Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park includes all of the area around Loch Lomond. Opened in 2002, it was the first in Scotland. This was an appropriate designation for a spectacular and beautiful landscape, celebrated in song, that has been a place of recreation for generations of visitors and residents.
Explore Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
You can start your discovery of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park at several places around the Loch. There is a National Park Centre at Balmaha with an exhibition and audio visual presentation.
In Balloch, you’ll find another Visit Scotland Information Centre, and also the Park’s own Headquarters. Other places on the lochside with visitor information include the Duncan Mill Memorial Slipway (Balloch again): also Inveruglas, Luss Pilgrimage Centre, Luss Visitor Centre, Millarochy Bay and Tarbet VisitScotland Information Centre. Other nearby Visit Scotland Information Centres are at Dumbarton and Helensburgh.
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Initiatives
Naturally, in such a popular area, it can be a fine balance to make sure that visitors have a great experience of Loch Lomond, while at the same time the beauty and special ambience of the area is maintained for all to enjoy in the future. The Park Authority runs its own Respect the Park initiative. The Park’s Ranger Service is also on the ground – and on the water - to help, advise and assist – so remember to say hello to them!
Though Loch Lomond is big, it’s just a part of the 720 sq miles (1865 sq. km) encompassed by the whole National Park – to travel round the Park boundary would take you 220 miles (352 km). And there are 20 Munros (mountains over 300ft / 914m), around 50 rivers and more than 20 lochs. And all this is backdrop to all the ways you can enjoy yourself here. It’s simply a great visitor destination.