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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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      Open details for Ben Challum Walk

      Ben Challum Walk

      Very Hard
      11.5 km
      910 m
      4.5-6.5h

      Ben Challum stands at 910 m, and from the viewpoint of Glen Lochay, the fine peak’s prominence presents an attractive climb. The walk features a challenging ascent to two summits on a relatively faint path up the hillside. Much of the trail is boggy, particularly on the lower slopes, so waterproof footwear is a must for this walk. From the summit, the horizon is painted with incredible views of Ben More and Stob Binnein, and from the north summit, Glen Lochay looks extraordinary.

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      Open details for An Caisteal and Beinn a’Chròin

      An Caisteal and Beinn a’Chròin

      Very Hard
      14.0 km
      1,045 m
      5.5-7.5h

      The An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chròin Walk rewards hillwalkers for their efforts to reach 1,045 m with sensational views across the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, including Loch Lomond and Ben Nevis. Much of the route unfolds on amicable grassy ground with brilliant stretches of ridge walking. Check off two spectacular Munros on the An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chròin Walk as you enjoy a thrilling climb to both mountain summits.

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      Open details for Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean Walk

      Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean Walk

      Very Hard
      12.5 km
      1,019 m
      5-7h

      The Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean Walk is a superb hillwalk from Inverlochlarig, located near Balquhidder. The 12.5 km walk features two ascents to the summits of Beinn Tulaichean (946m) and Cruach Ardrain (1,046 m), from where you’ll unlock remarkable views out over the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This walk is best reserved for experienced hillwalkers seeking a challenging ascent, as sections of the trail are pathless and boggy. Proper footwear is a must for this one, as well as crampons and an ice axe for those wishing to do this walk during the winter months.

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      Open details for West Highland Way 5: Tyndrum To Inverarnan

      West Highland Way 5: Tyndrum To Inverarnan

      Easy
      14.0 km
      330 m
      3.5-5h

      Enjoy a section of one of the UK’s most famous long-distance hiking trails on section 5 of the 154.5 km West Highland Way. The Tyndrum to Inverarnan section consists of 14.0 km, mainly unfolding along the glen floor following a brief uphill stretch from Tyndrum. Superb views of the surrounding grassy slopes and a captivating section through enchanting woodlands make this a perfect day walk in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

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      Open details for Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig Walk

      Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig Walk

      Very Hard
      17.0 km
      1,230 m
      6.5-9h

      In the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’s northern reaches rise two marvellous peaks, Ben Oss (1,029 m) and Beinn Dubhchraig (978 m). This captivating hillwalk invites you to reach both mountain summits, where you’ll unlock incredible views down over Loch Lomond and across the horizon, where Ben Lui lords magnificently. The initial section of the walk leads through stunning woods of pine and birch, making for a picturesque lead-up to the climb. Extremely boggy sections, particularly on the lower approach, make suitable, waterproof footwear a must for this walk.

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      Open details for Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil Walk

      Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil Walk

      Very Hard
      15.5 km
      1,182 m
      6-8.5h

      The Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil Walk follows a superb, 15.5 km circular route, beginning at Glen Dochart and exploring the summits of both peaks. From the vantage point of 1,000 m+ above, you’ll take incredible views of the surrounding mountains, including Ben More, Ben Lawers, Ben Vorlich and more. The steep slopes of both hills present a challenging ascent, and in sections, the path is boggy and relatively undefined, so this is an ideal walk for somewhat experienced hillwalkers who are prepared with these types of hill conditions.

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      Open details for Duchray Castle Walk

      Duchray Castle Walk

      Easy
      7.9 km
      129 m
      2-2.5h

      The Duchrary Castle Walk is a splendid route in Stirling, Scotland, great for adults and kids alike and is also a favourite for those who like to walk with canine friends! Walkers will enjoy the scenic banks of the Duchray Water, which soon leads past the 500-year-old Duchray Castle (at a distance), originally built as a hunting lodge for Scottish Royals. The castle is also woven into the colourful history of Rob Roy MacGregor himself. Walkers will also take in the gorgeous shorelines of Loch Ghleannian and Loch ard, with a final stretch past the famous Rob Roy’s cave before returning to Milton.

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      Open details for Auchtertyre Farm Walk

      Auchtertyre Farm Walk

      Very Easy
      2.8 km
      12 m
      0.5h

      From peaceful riverbanks to lofty mountain views, the Auchtertyre Farm Walk features an array of gorgeous scenery along an easy trail suitable for adults and children. Although little ones can enjoy the walk, buggies aren’t recommended, as some of the trail features overgrowth and protruding tree roots. Spot mighty Ben More and Stob Binnein beyond the fields as you enjoy this pleasant walk in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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      Open details for Beinn Odhar Walk

      Beinn Odhar Walk

      Hard
      16.1 km
      924 m
      5.5-7.5h

      The Beinn Odhar Walk is a wonderful, straightforward trail up the mountain’s summit at 840 m. The grassy slopes make for pleasant walking, and the views from atop the peak are incredible, with the South Highlands sprawling before your eyes and Ben Nevis and others painting the horizon. The ascent is steep, but the views from above make it well worth the effort.

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      Open details for The Glacier Trail

      The Glacier Trail

      Easy
      4.8 km
      18 m
      1-1.5h

      This unique walk offers a look into the area's geology, featuring two glacial deposits and a lovely stretch of trail along the scenic banks of the River Teith.

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      Open details for Strone Hill Walk

      Strone Hill Walk

      Moderate
      7.8 km
      395 m
      2.5-3.5h

      Although Strone Hill isn’t one of the highest peaks in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the steep slopes that lead to its summit, 293 m above, make for an exhilarating climb for hillwalkers seeking a challenge. The walk begins in Kilmun, a small settlement perched on the shores of the Holy Loch and a great little village to explore prior to taking on the hill. Once on the trail, you’ll enjoy a steep route that leads up through a forest to the summit of Strone Hill, where you’ll enjoy marvellous views over Arran, Dunoon and out over Loch Long.

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      Open details for Beinn Narnain Circular Walk

      Beinn Narnain Circular Walk

      Hard
      10.1 km
      967 m
      4.5-6h

      The Beinn Narnain Circular Walk is an epic hike interspersed with a few exhilarating scrambles to reach the summit of Beinn Narnain 926 m. Views of The Cobbler and Beinn Ime from the summit make this challenging climb well worth the effort. The way is steep and unforgiving at times, making this walk best reserved for those up for a challenge.

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      Open details for Three Lochs Way: Balloch to Helensburgh

      Three Lochs Way: Balloch to Helensburgh

      Easy
      13.5 km
      157 m
      3-4h

      The 55.0 km long Three Lochs Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails and the first section, Balloch to Helensburgh, invites walkers to experience 13.5 km of stunning waymarked trails through gorgeous, gentle landscapes, with only minor ascents. Beginning at the southern end of dazzling Loch Lomond, this section of the trail features incredible scenery as you enjoy paths, minor roads, and wide-open moorland. The walk ends in the graceful town of Helensburgh, where you can either enjoy an overnight stay at a B&B before continuing on the next section or choose to end the walk here.

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      Open details for Three Lochs Way: Helensburgh to Garelochhead

      Three Lochs Way: Helensburgh to Garelochhead

      Easy
      14.8 km
      233 m
      3.5-4.5h

      The Three Lochs Way: Helensburgh to Garelochhead makes up the second section of the 55.0 km long-distance walking trail, The Three Lochs Way. This section has plenty in store, leading walkers past the legendary Hill House (Charles Rennie Mackintosh) and on a pleasant path through woodlands and quiet country lanes. Enjoy the scenery of Glen Fruin and a thrilling descent to top the walk off, leading down into Garelochhead.

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      Open details for Three Lochs Way: Garelochhead to Arrochar/Tarbet

      Three Lochs Way: Garelochhead to Arrochar/Tarbet

      Moderate
      19.0 km
      522 m
      5-6.5h

      The third section of the long-distance walking trail, known as the Three Lochs Way, is the longest in length and considered by many to be the finest section of the 55.0 km trail. The section from Garelochhead to Arrochar/Tarbet features some moderate ascents, but the incredible views make the effort well worth your while. The path unfolds on a good cycle path to begin before joining the main Three Lochs Way, which follows mostly tracks, with a minor section through woodlands. The section through woodlands can be muddy, so waterproof shoes are recommended on this walk.

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      Open details for Three Lochs Way: Arrochar/Tarbet to Inveruglas

      Three Lochs Way: Arrochar/Tarbet to Inveruglas

      Easy
      9.5 km
      260 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Three Lochs Way: Arrochar/Tarbet to Inveruglas is the final section of the long-distance, Scottish Great Trail, the Three Lochs Way. The 9.5 km walk can easily be done as a day walk or combined with the other sections by staying overnight in a B&B. This section features incredible views of the Arrochar Alps and consists of only gentle inclines, making it an excellent walk for all skill levels. Good paths and tarmac roads elevate the pleasantness, thanks to the lack of boggy ground or muddy paths.

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      Open details for Allt Robuic Waterfalls Walk

      Allt Robuic Waterfalls Walk

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      125 m
      1-1.5h

      Find yourself immersed in remarkable natural beauty on the Allt Robuic Waterfalls Walk in Glenbranter, Scotland. This forest trail makes for a perfect stroll for the whole family, featuring the impressive Allt Robuic gorge and its scenic falls. Enjoy the symphony of nature as you walk a great, waymarked forest path on this easy, family-friendly trail.

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      Open details for Ardgartan Lochside and Riverside Circular Walk

      Ardgartan Lochside and Riverside Circular Walk

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      60 m
      1h

      The Ardgartan Lochside and Riverside Circular Walk makes for a great walk for the whole family in a peaceful setting with the sound of Loch Long lapping on the shoreline accompanying you much of the way. The trail unfolds on tracks, a minor road and is waymarked, making for easy navigation and an enjoyable experience. The banks of the Croe Water are lined with woods and in the peak of summer may be quite buggy, so be sure to bring your bug repellent along for this trail.

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      Open details for The Brack and Cnoc Còinnich Walk

      The Brack and Cnoc Còinnich Walk

      Very Hard
      15.5 km
      1,086 m
      5.5-8h

      Rugged paths, steep ascents, and spellbinding scenery sum up The Brack and Cnoc Còinnich Walk best. The 15.5 km trail is not your average walk in the park but brings the heat with two challenging climbs to reach two incredible summits with a total ascent of 1,086 m. This walk features some of the most iconic views down to Loch Long, and the peaks that paint the horizon around the summits are innumerable.

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      Open details for Beinn Ime and Beinn Luibhean Walk

      Beinn Ime and Beinn Luibhean Walk

      Hard
      6.8 km
      990 m
      4-5.5h

      The walk of Beinn Ime (1,011 m) and Beinn Luibhean (858 m) invites hillwalkers to tackle two steep mountains in the Arrochar Alps, unlocking spectacular views from atop both summits. As the highest summit in the Arrochar Alps, the views from Beinn Ime are unparalleled. Although the terrain is rocky, you should be able to remain on two feet for the duration of the route. This walk is perfect for those looking for a challenge and enables you to check two spectacular Scottish Munros off of your list in the process!

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