Recommended Walking Routes around The Trossachs
Walks in the Trossachs and Loch Lomond are in abundance. Forest covered slopes, dramatic mountains and hills, waterfalls and miles of unspoilt countryside is what this area is renowed for. The Highland Boundary Fault is the reason for all the hills and the landscape. It is a geological fault separating 2 physiographic regions: The Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland. 520 to 400 million years ago, the Highland Boundary Fault was formed as a result of a plate tectonic collision.
There are many downloadable booklets and maps available on the Maps and Trails page which you can print and use as guides before planning a route. Before you set off on your walk or cycle you should be aware of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and ensure that you act responsibly and abide by the conditions in the code. The code can be read in full on the SOAC website or you can download a summary of the code in this leaflet.
Long Distance Walks
The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has many walking paths including Long Distance Walks such as the West Highland Way which starts in Milngavie near Glasgow and passes through the National Park. After 151 km (96 miles) it finishes in Fort William in the Highlands.
The route passes beautiful scenery including lochs, glens, woodlands, moors and historical villages. Each year more than 70,000 walkers walk this route along the East side of Loch Lomond, past the foot of Ben Lomond, before going North to Crianlarich then out of the Park and onto Fort William. In average the route takes about 5 to 8 days depending how many miles you want to walk every day. The official West Highland Way website has the map of the route and lots of information about the walk and how to prepare for it. If you are planning the route use our Free Accommodation Finder to help you find suitable bed and breakfasts or bunkhouses along the way.
The Rob Roy Way is another long distance route and passes the Southern Highlands along beautiful countryside and historical villages. It starts from the village of Drymen and passes Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Killin and some other villages until it reaches Pitlochry after 92 miles (148 km). The route leads you through the Rob Roy Country which has lovely lochs, Glens and woodlands. The paths go along the Loch Ard Forest, Loch Venachar, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn and Loch Tay. If you enjoy hillwalking you can combine this route with walks to Ben Ledi or Ben Lawers which are on the Rob Roy Way. This walk leads you through the heart of the Trossachs. Every year the foundraising event 'Rob Roy Challenge' takes place. It covers 55 miles of the Rob Roy Way. Read more.....
Low Level Walks
In the Trossachs you can find some good short distance walking routes such as the Fairy Walk to Doon Hill and Reverend Kirk's Graveyard in Aberfoyle. These walks are mainly on well defined forest tracks and trails and are waymarked. The maps have kindly been supplied by the Forestry Commission Scotland.