Like most national parks, here you will find plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. This area offers fishing, golf, watersports, walking, cycling, and horseback riding.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fisherman, you will find this area a pleasure to fish at. With the many lochs and rivers, there is a wide range of fresh water fish waiting to be caught. With Loch Lomond being the UK’s largest body of fresh water, it follows that it hosts wide a variety of fish as well. Coarse fishing and pike fishing are excellent at both Loch Lomond and Lake Menteith. The other lochs are known for having excellent salmon fishing between February and October, as well as great trout fishing between March and October. It is important to remember to obtain fishing permits, which are readily available for purchase in tackle shops and other locations. Prices vary depending on where and what type of fishing you will be enjoying.Of course, when we talk about Scotland, we are going to talk about golf! With ten courses to choose from in the area, you will certainly be able to pick one to fit your ability. There are standard PGA courses to play, as well as shorter courses. Being Scotland, you are guaranteed to find a great course with stunning views.If you want to enjoy your views from the water itself, you will find plenty of opportunities. For the more adventurous, there is kayaking, wind surfing ,wake boarding, and water skiing. If that is a little too close to the surface for you, there are plenty of opportunities to sail on the lochs. Be sure to check in with each loch to determine what the requirements are in terms of permits for the watersport you would like to try. For a more relaxing time on the water, look for the cruises that are available. The cruises will to allow you to just sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery – no exertion required.
Walks are very popular in this region, especially because it covers both the lowlands and highlands of Scotland. These two zones are separated by the Highland Boundary Fault. You can expect enchanting forest scenery, cascading waterfalls, quaint villages, and unforgettable vistas. There are walks for all levels, just be sure to bring a map, water, and plenty of provisions. Leave notice with someone on where you plan to walk and when you will be back.
There is a lot of territory to cover in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and you might find walking too slow. Hop on your bike and cycle if you want to cover more ground and soak up more of this area’s beauty in less time. There are many well maintained and clearly marked trails that lead you through the best scenery. Just as with the walking paths, there are trails for every level and of many different lengths. If you are traveling with your family, ask for one that would be suitable for the age ranges you are have in your group. You will find plenty of cycling shops and centres in the area to get you started.
Horse riding is another great way to enjoy the natural beauty of this park. Centres are dotted throughout the region. It is recommended that beginners look for their mounts in the southern area, where the trails are less challenging. Check in with the experts, and let them recommend the best trail for you.
For the truly adventurous, you can rent a quad or go zip lining. Just make sure you are not moving too fast to enjoy the beauty of the region!
You can still find plenty do to even if you are not an outdoor adventurer. There are tons of activities in and nearby the park and loch that don’t require getting wet, dirty, or breaking a sweat. If you want a glimpse of park action without having to make much effort, consider David Marshall Lodge. They have cameras trained on areas known to be frequented by the wildlife. Visit the Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre to learn about the birds of prey from the area and their importance in the area’s ecosystem. If you are traveling with kids, consider going to the Blair Drummond Safari Park. It boasts viewing areas, shows, boat trips, and play areas. The Wallace Monument and the Stirling Castle are also both quite popular and provide a glimpse into the exciting history of the area. For those looking for a cultural experience, take a stop into one of the local galleries or stroll through the beautiful gardens. Don’t miss out on tasting the local culture either! There are many distilleries and breweries to check out – some of them world famous.
If you think there isn’t enough to do on any given day, consider visiting during one of the many festivals and events. The Highland Games in the summer are a real treat for anyone wanting a look at this traditional sporting event. In the spring, the Snowdrop Festival is a beautiful time to enjoy the close of winter and the spring’s beautiful blossoms. If you are looking for an exciting way to celebrate the year’s end at Hogmanay, go to Stirling Castle, where they celebrate with fireworks blasting above the castle.
One thing is for sure, if you visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs you will not be lacking in things to do. With a huge collection of outdoor sports for all levels, you will be able to find plenty of active ways to soak in the scenery. If that is a bit overwhelming, enjoy the many other cultural activities and historic locales nestled amongst the beauty of the region. Finally, consider going during one of their many festivals and events to really take part in the local culture.
Fiona Thomas is a freelance writer and travel blogger for Holiday Parks, who have a wide range of lodges and carvans to hire all over Scotland.