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    Walking In Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

    Region in Scotland, United Kingdom

    Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park sits on the cusp of the Scottish Highlands, a beautiful region of lochs, glens and miniature mountains. Often overlooked in favor of the taller peaks that characterize the central Highlands, this region abounds with fantastic hiking trails and some of Scotland’s most iconic lakes. Let your imagination take wing and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Trossachs.

    This region is particularly famous for its stunning lakes, most notably, Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in Britain. The calm waters of this immense loch have inspired poets and artists across the centuries, and today it remains as popular as ever. Hike along the shores of the Loch Lomond, or get out on the water for some boating, canoeing or even wild swimming. In addition to Loch Lomond, you’ll also find the still, shimmering waters of Loch Venachar and Loch Katrine, perfectly offset by the rugged mountains that surround them.

    The Trossachs is a landscape steeped in history and myth, and the unique Gaelic culture of the region is etched in every place name. Seek out creatures of myth at Doon Fairy Hill, or wander through ancient woodland. Kids will love learning about the history of this wild, beautiful part of Scotland. What’s more, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching, so keep your eyes open for red squirrels, majestic golden eagles, otters, and many kinds of wildfowl.

    This wonderful part of Scotland is the ideal location for a hiking adventure, with plenty of amazing trails, and some good pubs where you can curl up at the end of a hike and reward yourself with a drink next to a roaring fire! Here’s our list of some of the best hikes in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

    Top 12 Walks In Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

    Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, as the ‘miniature Highlands of Scotland’, offer a little something for all hikers, whatever their age, ability or fitness level. This region is a wonderful destination for families, with plenty of low-level, easy hikes that skirt the many lochs of the national park. Kids will love these exciting trails, winding in and out of fragrant woodland, with the possibility of a swim or some watersports in the chilly waters of the loch. This is the place to come for a memorable family walking holiday.

    However, just because the Trossachs are known as the ‘mini’ Highlands, this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing here to tempt more adventurous walkers. You’ll find some challenging day hikes that bring you over steep, rocky terrain, traversing the glens and peaks of this beautiful national park. Whatever you’re looking for, this wild, wonderful part of Scotland has a walking trail for you.

    • Callender Crags Walk: The short loop over Callender Crags is one of the best easy walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and provides some incredible views over the mountains surrounding Callender. This is a good option if you’re short on time, or simply looking for a less strenuous, shorter walk in the Trossachs. Keep an eye out for shaggy Highland cattle grazing on the moorland, and watch the Trossachs’ scenery unfold all the way down to Stirling.
    • Cashel Forest Walk: This short hike offers fabulous views over Loch Lomond, and is an excellent way to experience some of the fantastic Trossachs scenery if you’re short on time. The route requires a short, steep ascent through a pretty forest, but the path is well maintained and easy to follow, and it’s an easy hike that will suit most walkers. Kids will love exploring the forest, and nearby Balmaha offers an excellent place for lunch or a pit stop.
    • Doon Hill Fairy Trail Walk: This magical trail is one of our favorite family walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs! Prepare to step into a world of myth and magic as you trace the ancient trail up to Doon Hill, passing by carved fairy houses along the way. This is an ideal walk to do with the kids, and a wonderful opportunity to learn about local Scottish folklore.
    • Lochan Spling: This short, family-friendly walk is a great option if you’re travelling with young kids, and the perfect way to immerse yourself in the peaceful serenity of the Trossachs. The path around the lochan (meaning small lake) is littered with beautiful metal animal sculptures, and offers beautiful views over the water. The trail is suitable for little ones with bikes, and we think this is one of the best family walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
    • Loch Venachar Walk: This long route around the beautiful Loch Venachar is one of the best day walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. You’ll have wonderful views of the loch from every possible angle, combined with the stunning mountain backdrop of the Trossachs. There are many options to craft a shorter walk from this route, but the full day hike is a fantastic experience, and you can reward yourself with some tea and cake at the fantastic Venachar Lochside restaurant at the end!
    • Ben Venue Walk From Loch Achray: We think this fantastic route is one of the best hikes in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and is one of our favorites in the whole of Scotland! Check the weather in advance, as you’ll want to tackle this strenuous walk on a clear day, when you can expect remarkable views over Loch Katrine, Ben Lomond, and the beautiful, rugged Trossachs scenery. It’s a strenuous climb, but absolutely worth the effort.
    • The Great Trossachs Path Walk – Day One: If you’re looking for an epic, challenging hike in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, look no further than the Great Trossachs Path. This strenuous hike is split over two days, beginning at Inversnaid and continuing all the way to Trossachs Pier at the head of Loch Katrine. This is a wonderful way to experience the spectacular views around Loch Lomond, and is a must for walkers looking for an extra challenge.
    • The Great Trossachs Path Walk – Day Two: The second day of the Great Trossachs Path walk can easily be done in conjunction with the first hike (described above) or as a standalone walk for a challenging but rewarding day out in the Trossachs. This section of the trail takes you from Trossachs Pier to Callender, passing high above Loch Venachar for fantastic views.
    • Ben Ledi Walk: Ben Ledi is one of the highest peaks in the Trossachs, meaning that you’ll enjoy some remarkable views on this tranquil hike. The path ascends steadily, ultimately following the ridgeline as it curves towards the summit of Ben Ledi, which is marked by an iron cross. The views down to Loch Venachar and Loch Lubnaig are simply stunning.
    • Ben A’an Walk: Ben A’an is one of the Trossachs’ ‘mini mountains’, and this small, perfectly formed hill is one of our favorites. It’s best known for its distinctive, outcropping peak, but the hike up Ben A’an is also a really enjoyable way to experience the majesty of this beautiful region. The views from the top are spectacular, taking in Loch Katrine, Loch Achray and Loch Venachar, as well as peaks such as Ben Venue and Ben Lomond.
    • Conic Hill Walk: This short, steep hike is a local favorite, rising up from Balmaha with fantastic views over Loch Lomond. The path ascends through atmospheric, ancient woodland, before circling around the back of Conic Hill and arriving at the rugged summit. The descent follows the West Highland Way all the way back to Balmaha, where you can enjoy a well-earned pint at the Oak Tree Inn. This is an excellent option if you don’t have much time but still want to get out on the trail for a satisfying walk in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
    • Ben Lomond Walk: The ascent of Ben Lomond is one of the most popular walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, but we think it’s worth braving the crowds to experience this wonderful mountain. It’s a strenuous climb, with a steep ascent over some rugged and rocky terrain, but you’ll have an amazing view down to Loch Lomond once you arrive at the summit. The descent we’ve marked here is a slightly more challenging but quieter route that allows you to experience a different side of the mountain.

    When Is The Best Time To Go Walking In Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

    The UK’s relatively mild climate means that you’re likely to find accessible trails all year round in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. In particular, many of the loch circuits described in this article make wonderful destinations for winter hiking, particularly as you can admire the backdrop of snow-capped peaks as you walk! Although most of the taller peaks will be covered in snow and ice (and therefore shouldn’t be attempted unless you are an experienced mountaineer with proper equipment), there are many lower level hikes that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

    However, the best time to go walking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is between April and November. The summer months offer the best chance of good weather, although Scotland is notoriously wet and you may encounter rain at any time! It’s also the busiest time of year, especially during the summer school holidays. Spring and autumn are typically much quieter, so you’ll have the trail to yourself and accommodation is likely to be cheaper. What’s more, if you arrive in September, you’re likely to avoid the clouds of ravenous midges that plague walkers in the Scottish countryside!

    Other Outdoor Activities In Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

    Although walking is undoubtedly a popular activity, there are plenty of other outdoor activities in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs! The Trossachs are a wonderful place for a camping trip (make sure to book a permit if you want to go wild camping in certain areas of the park), and there are many long distance backpacking trails suitable for the entire family. You can try your hand at road biking or mountain biking, or head out into the wild to catch a glimpse of some of Scotland’s majestic wildlife. There are also many opportunities for watersports out on the lochs, from sailing to canoeing and paddle boarding,

    How To Plan A Trip To Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

    Want to know how to plan a trip to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs? Look no further! We’ve done the hard work and put together the ultimate guide to planning a trip to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. You’ll find advice on when to go and how to get around, all the best walks in the region, and even a guide to walking the West Highland Way! There’s never been a better time to enjoy the spectacular scenery that Scotland has to offer.

    Frequently-Asked-Questions About Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

    Are the Trossachs in the Highlands?
    The Trossachs sit on the southern edge of Scottish Highlands, and indeed, are often referred to as the ‘Highlands in miniature’. This area is considered to be the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. The mountains in the Trossachs are not among the highest in Scotland, but this region is packed with glistening lakes, wild forest and moorland, and wonderful wildlife.

    What is Loch Lomond famous for?
    Loch Lomond is the largest lake in Scotland, and the largest freshwater lake in Britain. It is also the subject of a famous Scottish folk song.

    Can you camp anywhere in the Trossachs?
    Wild camping is permitted in most parts of Scotland, provided that visitors camp responsibly and leave no trace of their presence. However, there are some areas of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where wild camping is restricted, and you must either stay in a campsite or book a permit in advance.

    What is the West Highland Way?
    The West Highland Way is a long-distance hiking trail that stretches for 96 miles from Milgavnie to Fort William, passing through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This popular hiking route passes through some of Scotland’s finest scenery, and is a bucket list adventure for all keen hikers.

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      Beinn Dubh Walk

      Moderate
      11.5 km
      725 m
      4-5.5h

      Beginning in the charming village of Luss, the Beinn Dubh hillwalk features stunning scenery over Loch Lomond and a great vantage point for taking in the rugged Arrochar Alps. The walk unfolds mostly on the grassy hills above Glen Straddle with a pleasant ascent up from Luss, along a ridge. Walkers can appreciate the beauty of some incredible mountains during this walk, including The Cobbler (Ben Arthur), Beinn Ìme, Doune Hill, and more.

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      Glen Ogle Trail

      Moderate
      10.5 km
      402 m
      3-4h

      The Glen Ogle Trail is a brilliant walk beginning in the tiny village of Lochearnhead in Stirling, Scotland. The walk features undulating hills with a mix of gentle and moderate climbs and boasts an array of forest and burn scenery as you walk through the glen. Sections of the trail invite you to follow an abandoned railway line and an old military road peppered with ancient stone bridges.

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      Ben More and Stob Binnein Walk

      Very Hard
      12.0 km
      1,335 m
      6-8h

      The Ben More and Stob Binnein Walk is a superb, 9.8 km lollipop route that is every bit exhilarating as it is challenging. Although this walk isn’t suitable for those looking for a leisurely stroll, those keen to ascend two spectacular summits to take in awe-inspiring views across the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park will find their match. The walk features demanding ascents and descents of the Ben More and Stob Binnein peaks, opening to spellbinding views of Ben Lui and Ben Lawers and surrounding Lochs.

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      Loch Katrine Walk

      Moderate
      21.0 km
      180 m
      4-6h

      The Loch Katrine Walk can be enjoyed in both directions, from the Stronanachlar or Trossachs Pier. The option to sail back to the start point on a steamer ship makes this walk extra special. The linear trail isn’t particularly challenging but does cover a fair bit of ground with some steep sections interspersed. Ellen’s Isle on Loch Katrine inspired the fictional setting of the famous poem The Lady of the Lake written by Sir Walter Scott. The Loch is also the site of several fascinating historical events, like the imprisonment of the Duke of Montrose’s debt-collector by Robert Roy Macgregor on Factor’s Isle. The Loch features several small islands and a beautiful shoreline, making for a gorgeous outing.

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      Open details for Loch Ard and Ghleannain Loch Walk

      Loch Ard and Ghleannain Loch Walk

      Easy
      6.8 km
      160 m
      1.5-2.5h

      The Loch Ard and Ghleannain Loch Walk is a scenic, 6.8 km circular walk that invites you to take in the beautiful scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and provides the opportunity to explore Rob Roy's Cave. Known as a folk hero in Scotland, outlaw Rob Roy is said to have hidden in the cave in the mid-1700s, and hillwalkers can brave the 2 m drop to explore his hideout on this walk. The hike also features stunning views of Loch Ard and the Ghleannain Loch.

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      Sròn a Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk

      Moderate
      4.0 km
      498 m
      2-3h

      The Sròn a'Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk is a challenging 4.0 km hill climb that first leads hillwalkers high above the village of Killin, achieving incredible views of Loch Tay and the tiny village below. The climb up the line of crags (Sròn a'Chlachain) is challenging but well-rewarded with further spectacular views. The second challenge of the walk is an ascent of Creag Bhuidhe, where you can press on to reach the summit at 510 m from where you’ll see the impressive, green Glen Lochay.

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      Auchmore Circular Walk

      Very Easy
      4.5 km
      68 m
      1-1.5h

      The Auchmore Circular Walk is a delightful, easy route that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Unfolding on a scenic forest path, the Auchmore walk explores mixed woodlands on the south side of the River Dochart and the outskirts of the village, Killin. A section of the trail features awe-inspiring views of Loch Tay, opening to the Tarmachan Ridge, making for spellbinding scenery to enjoy while walking.

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      Acharn Forest Walk

      Easy
      6.0 km
      130 m
      1.5-2h

      The Acharn Forest Walk is an easy circular trail through the beautiful native woodlands of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is suitable for kids.

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      River Eachaig and Massan Circular Walk

      Easy
      5.0 km
      20 m
      1-1.5h

      The River Eachaig and Massan Circular Walk follows a lovely trail that begins at the Benmore Botanic Gardens and then follows the riverbanks of the Massan and Eachaig. The route is mostly flat, making for a pleasant stroll, with a minor stretch on a rougher, less well-marked trail. Walkers can expect a scenic path through woods, a lovely bridge crossing over the River Eachaig, and can opt to explore the Benmore Botanic Gardens further, either before or after completion of the walk.

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      Beinn Mhor Walk

      Hard
      12.0 km
      700 m
      4-5.5h

      The Beinn Mhor Walk is a fantastic hill walk that takes you to the highest peak in Cowal. Reaching the summit of Beinn Mhor, you’ll unlock incredible views across the highlands as well as Loch Eck and the Clyde Estuary. Rough terrain and boggy stretches make for a challenging hike, but the views from the summit make it well worth your while.

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      Callander Heritage Trail

      Very Easy
      3.0 km
      16 m
      0.5-1h

      The delightful burgh of Callander in Stirling, Scotland, where the Lowland meets the Highland, is a lovely setting for a family stroll. The circular route takes in several historical sites throughout Callander, including Ancaster Square and the lion-topped war memorial, as well featuring gorgeous natural scenery like the River Teith.

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      Inversnaid RSPB Nature Trail

      Easy
      2.5 km
      145 m
      1h

      This captivating nature trail that begins in Inversnaid sweeps you up in the beauty and peace of Loch Lomond as you enjoy a scenic walk along its oak-lined shores. The Inversnaid RSPB Nature Trail unfolds on clearly marked paths, and though it is not particularly long, it does incorporate some steep sections.

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      Open details for Glen Loin and Coiregrograin Walk

      Glen Loin and Coiregrograin Walk

      Moderate
      17.5 km
      455 m
      4.5-6h

      A great walk for those looking to experience the beauty and might of the Arrochar Alps while enjoying a lengthy circuit without any significant climbs. Views throughout include Beinn Narnain, A’Chrois, Ben Vorlich, Ben Vane, Ben Lomond and more! This is a great route to practice photography, due to the diverse scenery and a solid path on a good road.

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      Beinn an Lochain Walk

      Moderate
      5.5 km
      720 m
      3-4h

      This is a fantastic walk for those looking to reach a summit in under 5 hours while enjoying the spectacular scenery of Scotland’s Arrochar Alps. A fairly brief, steep ascent with some minor scrambles rewards hillwalkers with marvellous views over Butterbridge and Beinn Ìme. The trail is extremely boggy in sections, and this, paired with a steep incline, makes proper footwear a must for this walk.

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      Loch Sloy Walk

      Easy
      12.2 km
      464 m
      3.5-5h

      The Loch Sloy Walk begins in the small village of Inveruglas at the cordial Inveruglas Visitors Center. The starting point features a cozy cafe overlooking Loch Lomond and a great viewing platform. The trail follows a solid path through the hills and out towards the historic Loch Sloy Dam. Opt to stop when you reach the dam to enjoy a picnic or head back to the visitors center for a bite and hot drink after completing the trail.

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      Beinn Chabhair Walk

      Very Hard
      14.0 km
      1,010 m
      5-7.5h

      The challenging hillwalk to the summit of Beinn Chabhair (933 m) is renowned for its spectacular views down over Loch Long and pleasant summit ridge composed of rocky humps and grassy knolls. The Beinglass Falls grace the route, adding a dose of extraordinary scenery beyond the surrounding hills. This is a great walk for those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for a half-day or so and the option to camp at the Beinglas Farm Campsite affords you the option to make this a combined hillwalking and camping adventure.

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      Balloch Castle Country Park Walk

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      60 m
      1h

      On the southern tip of Loch Lomond sits the stately Balloch Castle Country Park. As the only country park in all of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this walk features a unique setting and a great outing for the whole family. The Scottish baronial style Balloch Castle was built in 1808 and overlooks the shores of Loch Lomond. The walk unfolds on a mostly flat tarmac path, inviting visitors to take in the grand walled gardens on the grounds, the scenic banks of River Leven, and the impressive Balloch castle architecture.

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      Open details for Balloch Country Park and Whinny Hill Walk

      Balloch Country Park and Whinny Hill Walk

      Very Easy
      8.9 km
      230 m
      2-3h

      The walk begins on the sprawling grounds of the Balloch Castle Country Park, through a wooded area that opens to a lochside stretch before ascending Whinny Hill. The ascent of a mere 230 m makes this a great hillwalk for the whole family or for those looking to work towards a more significant climb. The views over Loch Lomond are stunning, and the woodlands are filled with charm.

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      Open details for Beinn Luibhean Walk

      Beinn Luibhean Walk

      Moderate
      4.5 km
      674 m
      2.5-3.5h

      Some may overlook Beinn Luibhean due to its position next to its towering neighbour, Beinn Ìme; however, this hill features a swift, challenging ascent and fabulous views across the Arrochar Alps, making it a walk well-worth adding to your list! The ascent features a pleasant, albeit steep, climb up grassy slopes with a lovely stretch from midway up the Rest and Be Thankful Pass. Panoramic views from the summit at 674 m invite hillwalkers to enjoy a natural canvas painted by Loch Restil, Beinn an Lochain, The Cobbler, and of course, the highest mountain in the Arrochar Alps, Beinn Ìme.

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      Open details for Ben Vorlich and Stùc a’ Chròin Walk

      Ben Vorlich and Stùc a’ Chròin Walk

      Very Hard
      14.5 km
      1,145 m
      5.5-8h

      Enjoy the popular hillwalk up Ben Vorlich from Loch Earn and press on to tackle a second Munro by combining Stùc a' Chròin on the Ben Vorlich and Stùc a' Chròin Walk. You may note that from afar, that the two peaks look almost identical, but the walk proves that the two mountains are quite different indeed. While Ben Vorlich is a fairly straightforward venture, Stùc a' Chròin brings the challenge, with an extremely steep ascent that requires some intermittent scrambling. This is a great walk for those looking to cross two Scottish Munros off their list in around 7 hours, making for a spectacular full-day adventure.

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