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Enchanting hikes in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

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Enchanting hikes in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Hiking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

25:09 h

46.4 mi

12,475 ft

With wild, snow-tipped mountains in the north, rolling lowland landscapes in the south and myriad lochs, rivers, glens and ancient woodlands, it is easy to see why the Scottish made Loch Lomond and The Trossachs their first national park.

Boasting some of the finest scenery in the world, the national park covers an area of 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers). The wildly contrasting landscape affords a diverse and beautiful place to explore—making it a Mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The diversity means there is lots of wildlife to see. Keep a lookout for red deer, the famously-shy red squirrels, black grouse, buzzards and hen harriers. If you get off the beaten track, you might be lucky enough to encounter golden eagles soaring high on the thermals or catch a glimpse of an otter hunting along the loch shores.

For the hill-baggers, there are 21 Munros (mountains above 3,000 feet/914 meters) to hike and 20 Corbetts (mountains over 2,500 feet/762 meters with a 500 foot/152 meter drop between them) in the national park. There are also 22 large lochs, numerous smaller lochs and lochans, around 50 rivers and large burns and the national park contains one of the UK’s largest National Nature Reserves, the Great Trossachs Forest.

This Collection aims to introduce you to the many different characters of this national park. From wild mountain hikes to gentle strolls around tranquil lochs, there is something for all ages, abilities, moods and interests here.

In these routes, you will explore Ben Lomond, the most popular of all the Munro mountains; take a spellbindingly beautiful trail up to the Cobbler, one of the most dearly loved Corbett mountains; and adventure far off the beaten track on a wild circuit of Meall an t-Seallaidh and Creag MacRanaich.

However, there are also some leisurely hikes here, too. Try the fantastic loop of Ben A’an, for example, which offers some intermediate hillwalking that is suitable for the family. Or, how about a brief stroll around Balloch Castle and Country Park from the beaches of Loch Lomond to fill an afternoon?

A good place to stay in the national park is Balloch; an enchanting village on the southwest shores of Loch Lomond. Often referred to as the gateway to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, it has excellent road and rail links from Glasgow. There are plenty of places to stay and an assortment of shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

For information about Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, visit: lochlomond-trossachs.org.
For information on public transport links in the national park, visit: lochlomond-trossachs.org/plan-your-visit/getting-around-the-park/by-bus-or-trai.
For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com.

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    8.00 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This challenging, yet utterly spellbinding route traverses the most popular Munro mountain of them all—Ben Lomond.

    

    From the Rowardennan car park on the banks of Loch Lomond, you follow the waymarked 'Ben Lomond Access Path' as it rises through mesmerizing mixed woodland.

    

    The gradient eases a little over

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  • Intermediate
    02:16
    4.01 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This fantastic circuit of Ben A’an offers some intermediate hillwalking that is suitable for the family; something that is often hard-to-find in the Highlands.

    

    Whilst this route is relatively easy-going it crucially does not lose any of the beauty and interest you would expect from this region.

    

    The trail

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  • Difficult
    07:05
    10.2 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,650 ft
    4,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this spectacular route you will traverse the summits one Corbett and two Munros—in some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery.

    

    You begin by following a fantastic trail to the summit of Ben Arthur, which is also known as The Cobbler.

    

    One of the most distinctively shaped mountains in Scotland, Ben Arthur

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  • Difficult
    05:41
    12.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Getting off the beaten track in the Highlands is easier than most places. However, this short but challenging route goes one step further—taking you far away from most of the major routes through the glens.

    

    Both summits on this route are Corbetts; stand-alone mountains over 2,500 feet (762 meters) with

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  • Easy
    01:26
    3.39 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you fancy a break from high mountains, rocky ridges and biting winds, this leisurely circuit takes in some lovely scenery and little culture, too.

    

    From the tranquil banks of Loch Lomond, the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain, you cross the bridge and stroll into Balloch Castle and Country

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  • Easy
    01:18
    2.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This delightful woodland walk packs a lot of punch for its size. With some fantastic views, two waterfalls and plenty of interest along the way, it is a fantastic way to spend an quick hour.

    

    Auchmore is on the south side of the River Dochart and to the east of the village of Killin. Most of this route

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    5.38 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Loch Lubnaig is a small but stunningly located stretch of freshwater nestling between the striking mountains of Ben Ledi and Benvane to the southwest and Ben Vorlich to the northeast.

    

    This relatively easy-going route takes you through mixed woodland, moorland and farmland to some glorious spots. You will

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    46.4 mi
  • Duration
    25:09 h
  • Elevation
    12,475 ft

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