A Stroll By The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomand In Scotland.


Loch Lomond (www.photoanswers.co.uk)

Loch Lomond (www.photoanswers.co.uk)

Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park is Britain’s largest freshwater lake and celebrated in the famous song.

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Loch Lomond(www.flickr.com)

The area offers many different kind of walks through remarkably beautiful and varied landscapes rich in flora and fauna.

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Glasgow (www.hotelsbreak.com)

The Loch Lomond Trossachs National Park Scotland has always been popular from the nearby cities, like Glasgow and Stirling. Balloch the main town is very easy to get to and is a centre for outdoor activities.

Sailing at Loch Lomond (www.daza2010.files.wordpress.com)

Sailing at Loch Lomond (www.daza2010.files.wordpress.com)

Cruising and sailing the Loch is a great day out for many folks and for others it is the walking that draws them.

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www.rock-cottage-argyll.info

Footpaths meander beside the loch, up the mountainsides, through forest parks and along rivers and streams with their waterfalls and rock pools.

There is also a scenic stretch of the West Highland Way that runs up the side of the loch.

Rowardennan(www.walkhighlands.co.uk)

Rowardennan(www.walkhighlands.co.uk)

From Rowardennan you can follow the long distance footpath north for seven and a half miles to Inversnaid. The track is a pleasant fairly easy walk through the lochside woods and at Inversnaid there’s a hotel for refreshments.

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As you walk the ?bonnie banks of Loch Lomond? you will get glimpses of what is known as Scotland in miniature with its landscape of forests, lochs and hills. The trail continues on to Fort William highland capital , which is the end of the West Highland Way.

Inversnaid pier

 

The good news is that you don?t have to walk back but can catch the boat from Inversnaid Pier to take you back to your starting point. Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park extends into the beautiful Trossachs where you’ll find wild glens, sparkling lochs and the pretty towns of Callander and Aberfoyle, which are useful bases for walkers to this area.

Callander(www.drookitagain.so.uk)

Callander(www.drookitagain.so.uk)

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park encompasses the beautiful Trossachs area of wild glens, brooding lochs and the charming towns of Callander and Aberfoyle, which are ideal bases for walkers and hikers.

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Rob Roy MacGregor (www.virginmedia.com)

This is Rob Roy MacGregor country who is a folk hero a kind of Scottish Robin Hood. He became a legend in his own lifetime when a fictional biography Highland Rogue was published in the 1700?s by the author Daniel Defoe. The story was embellished, in the 19th century, in the novel Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott and then more recently it was made into a film.

Ben Lomond(www.summitpost.org)

Ben Lomond(www.summitpost.org)

You can imagine Rob Roy walking the paths around here and especially the path to the summit of Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.

This Ben or mountain is one of the most popular in all of Scotland, because it is so accessible from the big conurbations. Known as the Glaswegian?s Munro, it is seen across Loch Lomond as people drive on up to Fort William.

On bank holidays and in good weather it can get very busy.

view from Ben lomond mountain (www.monklandsramblers.org.uk)

view from Ben lomond mountain (www.monklandsramblers.org.uk)

Over thirty thousand people make it to the top each year and are rewarded with wonderful views of Loch Lomond and its many islands. There is said to be hundred-mile view in all directions on a good day. To the West of Loch Lomond you can see the stunning steep Arrochar Alps (Ben Arthur, Ben Vane, Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain, Ben Vorlich and Beinn Buidhe) and north to Ben Lui.

There is also the Campsie Fells in the south-east, with the Ochils beyond them running down to the Firth of Forth and the Pentland Hills. To the east is the ?Highlands-in-miniature? of the Trossachs with the peaks around Ben Lawers farther away. To the north the 3,852ft Ben More overlooks Crianlarich and the Road to the Isles. And as already mentioned out to the west an array of mountains parting to reveal the Inner Hebrides and the upthrust Paps of Jura.

There are a number of ways up to the summit but the easiest is the ?tourist path?. This is a broad well marked trail, that ascends the long and gently rising south ridge of the mountain. The walk to the summit at 3,192 feet normally takes about five to six hours for the average hiker.

The main path starts at Rowardennan car park and climbs through the woods into open ground. The final and steepest part of the climb zigzags up to a long fairly level track with steep slopes to the left and then you are at the top.

Just a wee stroll and you?ll be amazed at the views.
After your climb to the top of Ben Lomond you could go on to do some Ben Nevis walking.



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