Walking in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Many of Scotland's long distance walks go through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, they are all featured below. There are though many excellent shorter walks throughout the park, plus of course some mountains to climb, including Ben Lomond itself.

The West Highland Way

The famous Glasgow to Fort William 96 mile West Highland Way walk enters the National Park close to Drymen. Climbing towards Conic Hill you get your first glimpses of Loch Lomond. At Balmaha you start your walk along the waters edge, heading north to the top of the loch and then onwards until the northern boundary of the park. Use one of the many baggage transfer companies that will give you a lighter load, allowing you to be reunited with your luggage at your overnight stops.  

The Rob Roy Way

Starting at The Village Square in Drymen the Rob Roy Way ends at Pitlochry, a 94 mile long walk.

The Three Lochs Way 

The Three Loch Way is 34 miles long and like the other walks crosses the National Park boundaries. Enjoy views over Loch Long, with the Arrochar Alps in the distance, including the famous Cobbler.

The Cowal Way

From Portavadie Marina to Inveruglas on the banks of Loch Lomond, The Cowal Way's 57 miles route goes through breathtaking scenery. 

Ben Lomond 

Of course you don't have to do a long distance walk in its entirety, you can choose a shorter section. There is of course many walks, alongside lochs, through forests, glens and up hills. There are some Munros to climb too, with Ben Lomond being the most famous (see the link below to our guide). You can though get similar views from the easier to climb Conic Hill, near Balmaha (pictured at top of page). 

The John Muir Way 

This trail goes coast to coast, starting just outside Loch Lomond in Helensburgh in the west, crossing the country to John Muir's home town of Dunbar. The 134 mile trail celebrates the Scottish born naturalist, known as the 'Father of the National Parks' in America, where he and his family emigrated to in 1849. The route runs along the southern end of the National Park and there is an interactive map if you want to plan your walk. If you decide to cycle it there is a slightly different route. 

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks
— John Muir (Scottish/American Naturalist 1838-1914)

The Great Trossachs Path 

The Great Trossachs Path links the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way. Around 30 miles, the route takes you through the Great Trossachs Forest close to Loch Katrine, Brig o' Turk and Stronachlachar. 

More Walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

We will be producing lots of mini guides to walks all over Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. At the top of the list will be guides to Bracklinn Falls in Callander, The Dumpling in Gartocharn and Glen Finglas, near Brig o' Turk. There will also be a comprehensive guide to The West Highland Way walk from Glasgow to Fort William. 

Recommended Books

These excellent books will guide you through some of the long distance and shorter walks around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. 

Loch Lomond - 40 Favourite Walks

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The Three Lochs Way - Pocket guide

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West Highland Way - Pocket Book

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