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With such an enormous and varied landscape to explore, there really is an amazing range of activities to enjoy. From hiking, water-sports, horse riding and climbing for the more adventurous, to angling, golf and cruises for those looking for a more relaxed pace to their holiday. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a true treat for lovers of the outdoors, with an incredible variety of geology, flora and wildlife to see.
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From our port in Newcastle it’s just 3 hours by car to reach Loch Lomond. Leaving Newcastle on the A69, head towards Carlisle. Via the A689 outside Carlisle, join the M6 and head north. Then, take the A74(M) and M74 head towards Renfrewshire. You’ll eventually reach the A898 that will lead you to the A82, which will in turn take you to Balloch and the shores of Loch Lomond.
The area is best known for its lochs and Munros (the name given to Scottish mountains over 3,000ft). The National Park is home to 22 lochs of varying sizes. At over 24 miles long, Loch Lomond is Britain’s largest inland body of water, but other large lochs in the area worth visiting include Loch Katrine, Loch Voil and Loch Venachar.
When it comes to the Munros, of which there are 21 in the area, visitors seeking a thrill should be sure to take in the views from atop Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Beinn Challuim, Ben More and two peaks called Ben Vorlich.
You can make one of the area’s various festivals part of your holiday too.
With events like artisan markets on the shores of Loch Lomond, organised walking festivals around the hills and mountains and Scottish folk music festivals dotted throughout the year, there’s something for every holiday, whether it’s a relaxed family trip or a group adventure experience.
The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is split into four distinct areas: Breadalbane, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Cowal.
You’ll find impressive mountainous areas in the highland north, beautiful rolling lowlands in the south and tranquil lochs to explore in-between, there’s something for everyone.