Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Everything You Could Want from a National Park and More
National parks come in a wide range if locations and types. Some are perfectly placed on the coastline offering ample water related activities and others reside in an arid desert region where water is quite scarce. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is unlike many of the national parks you may have visited because this particular national park is not as old as many others in the world. This park was only established in 2002 and visitors have since flocked to this 720-square mile national park with visitation growing each year. Come discover what Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is all about today with your family.
People often remark that they would love to help the environment and be a part of something larger than themselves, but they do not know where to begin. The rangers and staff at loch Lomond and the Traossachs National Park make getting involved very easy for anyone who wants to help the park. Volunteers work directly with rangers to maintain the park and keep invasive non-native species from disrupting the delicate balance. They also work to keep certain species such as the red squirrels that are found in this part of the country from becoming rarer than they already are. Maintaining the naturally wooded habitat takes the efforts of everyone and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park want to invite you to help, so seek out those opportunities that you can take advantage of while visiting to help out the park.
Enjoy the Water
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is not exactly on the coast line, but there is no need to worry if water is what you seek. The park is full of rivers, streams, and lakes at every turn. In addition to the ability to bask in the cool waters, visitors are very likely to come in contact with one of the many waterfalls that are found in the area. No matter what hike you choose to go on, if you are close to a river, you will find one of these amazing wonders and they make for some of the best photo opportunities to be found anywhere in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, so be sure to pack the camera even if you are just going for a day visit.
Children these days do not seem to understand the significance of having to find their own food. They are so used to being able to get anything from the grocery store that they do not even consider the fact that food is everywhere if you know where to look. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a wonderful place to teach your children this quite helpful knowledge. Teaching children about picking food for themselves not only discourages them from being picky about foods, it also gives them the opportunity to taste food in its purest form without the preservatives that often take over the foods we normally eat. Your children may not always understand, but once you have taken them on a fishing trip through the national park, or had the opportunity to pick fresh wild berries along the trails, they will soon discover their love for nature and its bounty.
A visit to any national park is an enjoyable experience, but when you can extend a simple visit to include a night under the stars, the experience becomes even more memorable. A camping trip in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is something truly unforgettable because you can really get into the spirit of the outdoors. Hearing the wild animals in their natural habitat at night has a calming effect on those that enjoy the outdoors and can entice people that do not tend to spend much time in the outdoors to increase the frequency a little.
Camping tends to require a lot of preparation, but at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, you can camp how you choose to. Camping with an RV is easy and available at this national park with multiple RV friendly sights throughout. Some people prefer to rough it a little by glamping or simple campsites and that is an accessible option as well, but if you are truly an outdoors enthusiast and camping purist, wilderness camping is the type of camping you need to find. Here in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park all you need is a permit and the right equipment to camp how you want to.
Things to Know
The main thing to know before you visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is the fact that you may be subject to certain fees within the park. Be sure to understand the fees you need to pay for the specific activities before you arrive to avoid any disappointments or surprises and you are sure to have a great time in the park.
With 22 large lochs, 21 Munros and about 50 rivers and streams, you’re never far from a fantastic view across water.
Key areas of interest
- Dramatic mountain landscapes
- Great for hillwalking and climbing
- Boat trips, sailing and canoeing
- Less than an hour from Glasgow