and the Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from
The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is less than an hours drive from the Monklands or Glasgow area. It was opened in July 2002 and the extent of the national park has been defined to encompasses the whole of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, the area around Callander, Balloch in the south to Crianlarich and Killin to the north, (and a bit more besides over to the west of Loch Lomond to Loch Long, Gareloch and
Strachur in the Cowal Peninsula).
The National park has four distinct areas:
- The area surrounding Loch Lomond (,
the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain). including Balloch, Rowardennan, Balmaha, Luss, Tarbet and Ardlui. Ben Lomond is on the east side of Loch Lomond.
wild glens and sparkling lochs between Callander and Aberfoyle including Loch Katrine pier, Brig o' Turk, and Strathyre. This area also includes the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, seven major lochs and even more small lochs.
the high country of the north, Glen Dochart, Killin and Glenogle,
with some of Scotlands finest munros, Ben Lui, Ben Challum, Ben More and Ben Vorlich
- Helensburgh, Strachur, Gareloch, Arrochar and the Argyll forest park
of the Cowal peninsula bordered by sea lochs
This is where the Highlands meet the Lowlands, where the lochs, mountains, rivers and villages hold secrets of history, legend and tradition.
The Trossachs and Breadalbane mark the spot where the Highlands and Lowlands meet. Much of this picturesque area lies within the boundaries of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
The Trossachs hills mark the dividing Highland Line and, though its peaks may be humbler than those of its namesake, the Trossachs green uplands still dwarf the Lowland plain to the south.
The gateways to this startling landscape, rich in mythology and folklore, are the villages of Callander and Aberfoyle.
is a colourful, bustling holiday town set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags and close to the Pass of Leny. It sits at the Northern gateway to the Trossachs and the foot of the Highlands. Callander has an abundance of craft and woollen shops and the centre of the town cradles the memories and exploits of legendary Highland Rogue Rob Roy MacGregor, local hero and bandit.
To the north of the town, lies Strathyre
, meaning "sheltered valley" this charming small village clustered around the main street is protected on all sides by beautiful rolling hills.
Further north lies the less excitable, more tranquil hamlet of Balquhidder, where the churchyard containing Rob Roys grave can be found, etched with the stirring epitaph MacGregor Despite Them.
pop. 600) is an attractive village with a thriving main street at the Southern gateway to the Trossachs. Situated in the midst of the magnificent scenery of the Highland edge. It offers many attractions for the visitor.
Above Aberfoyle the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is a haven for walkers and trekkers, and the splendour of nearby Loch Katrine, the inspiration for Walter Scotts Lady of the Lake and Rob Roy, can be enjoyed from the decks of the elegant Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott.
Breadalbane, Gaelic for the high country, is where the Scottish Highlands truly begin. This is a place of grand majesty, with the Crianlarich and Ben Lawers mountain ranges amongst the highest in Scotland - a wild landscape of deer and eagles.
Yet, Breadalbane is also a wilderness of beauty spots and welcoming hostelries, a place to relax and enjoy, a place of lore and legend.
Traditional villages like Killin nestle amid magnificent scenery; the spectacular Falls of Dochart, Lochearnheads stunning loch-side setting and, nestling in an ancient glacial valley, the Highland villages of Tyndrum and Crianlarich.
With its pretty shop-lined main-street and stunning, mountainous backdrop, Callander has long held the affection of shoppers and tourists alike. Whilst in
Callander don't forget to visit some
The Shell Centre
- 31a Main Street,
Callander- as it name implies it sells all types of tropical sea shells. Ray Handyside - the proprietor also keeps the connection with the sea and sells a large variety of Model Ships, Galleons, Glass boats, Knot pictures, Lighthouses and other marine bric-a-brac ......
Paeony - Gifts and Cards
- 30 Main Street, Callander 01877 339400 sells a
wide variety of gifts, scented candles (the place has a very pleasant smell) and Greeting Cards of all types. Paeony gifts and cards is one of Callander's newest shopping additions and, since opening its doors to the public in March 2006, the shop has wasted no time earning itself a reputation for excellence when its comes to quality and choice.
A family run antique shop located
in Callander in the heart of the
Trossachs, dealing in antiques for
over four generations
Antiques, Curios &
55 Main Street
T: 01877 339 943
Blythswood Care charity shops sell a
range of goods including clothing,
furniture, soft furnishings, toys
and bric a brac, You can also donate
goods by handing them in to your
The Glass Roofed
Cafe Restaurant is
situated above the
store in Callander.
Restaurant has been
2002 and is located
in the picturesque
town of Callander in
the heart of the Trossachs. The
produce all meals
and home baking
on-site. The lemon
meringue pie is
renowned and people
come from far & wide
to taste the
The Atrium Club
Sandwich filled with
succulent pieces of
bacon, tomato, crisp
Atrium Burger is
made from 100% beef
served in a floured
bap with lettuce,
tomato & barbecue
Our coffees are
truly delicious -
whether you prefer a
mild cappuccino or a
cafe Americano we
can cater for all
Lemon Meringue Pie,
Banoffee Pie (MY
& Raspberry Tart,
Bailey's Cheesecake, Pavlova, Strawberry
& Cream Meringues
Get in touch
NOW! 01877 332 612
is an attractive village with a thriving main street at the Southern gateway to the Trossachs.
Whilst in Aberfoyle don't forget to
have a meal and visit some delightful shops!
When in Aberfoyle dine at the
Main street Aberfoyle Tel: 01877
Cosy comfortable family
atmosphere -Extensive menu including
bar snacks - Open log fire -Beer
garden with childrens' play area
See Jean at the Spinning Wheel
Campbell the Birdman
is in the centre of the Aberfoyle Village set between the west end of the car park and the Main Street.
Main Street, Aberfoyle Phone: 01877 382308
Guyana garden & gifts has a wide range of arts and crafts sourced from throughout the world, making for a fascinating visit together with attractive plant areas, with an excellent selection of plants, planters and garden art...