Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
The Park is divided into four distinct areas: Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Argyll Forest, and the Breadalbane. It is located NW of Glasgow with train access at Balloch, Arrochar/Tarbet, Ardlui and Crainlarich.
There are three national park visitor centers:
- National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A state-of-the-art interpretation centre exploring the nature, geology and social history of the National Park
- National Park Centre, Balmaha, In the pretty village of Balmaha, East Loch Lomond, ☎ . A stop-off point for walkers on the West Highland Way, local produce and top-up supplies
- National Park Centre, Luss, ☎ . Find out about Loch Lomond's islands, the conservation village of Luss, and local walks like the village paths and Luss Glen
The following communities are within the National Park boundaries:
Aberfoyle, Ardlui, Arrochar, Balloch, Balquhidder, Callander, Crianlarich, Drymen, Inversnaid, Kinlochard, Lochearnhead, Lochgoilhead, Luss, Kilmun, Port of Menteith, Rowardennan, Stronaclachar, Tarbet, Tyndrum
The following communities are located nearby:
The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park became fully operational on 19 July 2002 and was officially opened by Princess Anne on 24 July 2002.
Flora and fauna
- Balloch at the South of Loch Lomond has trains from Glasgow Queen Street low level, taking about 50 minutes, with generally two trains per hour.
- Garelochhead, Arrochar/Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum are all on the West Highland Railway, which has around three trains per day from Glasgow Queen Street main level to Oban and Fort William.
- The A82 road up the shore of Loch Lomond is used by the Citylink buses (3 per day)from Glasgow to Fort William.
- Citylink buses from Glasgow to Campbeltown go up Loch Lomond as far as Tarbet and then pass Arrochar and Cairndow on the way to Inveraray.
No permit is required to enter the park or explore on foot, by bicycle or by road. Permits may be required for fishing, or some boat use.
The National Park Authority publishes a timetable of all the buses and ferries  which may be available as a booklet locally.
If you're driving, mind that the road along the northern part of Loch Lomond is pretty narrow for the traffic it has.
Sightseeing trips by boat on Loch Lomond run from Loch Lomond Shores near Balloch.
There is also a useful passenger ferry between Inverbeg (served by Citylink buses) and Rowardennan (at the foot of Ben Lomond mountain).
- Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (From Glasgow follow signs on M8 for Aberfoyle. From Stirling/Callander follow A81 to Aberfoyle via Dukes Pass).
- Breadalbane Folklore Centre, overlooks The Falls of Dochart at the western end of Killin (easily reached from Aberfeldy and Kenmore (via the A827 along the shores of Loch Tay), and from Crianlarich and Lochearnhead (via the A85 and A827)). April to October 10AM - 5PM. discover the story of Scotland's 'High Country' Adult £2.75, Child (5-16) £1.80.
- Kilchurn Castle, North east end of Loch Awe (2.5m west of Dalmally via A85). 24Hrs. has a four-storey tower and was built by Sir Colin Campbell in XVth century, 1st of Glenorchy. The ruins are some of the most picturesque in Scotland with spectacular views down Loch Awe. Free.
- Hike the West Highland Way. the West Highland Way walking path journeys through some of the finest scenery that Scotland has to offer. Traveling from Glasgow (Milngavie) to Fort William, it crosses the National Park and runs the length of the eastern shore of Loch Lomond.
- Bike the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path. This is a 16.5 mile route between Balloch and Tarbet
- Do go Fishing.
- Briar Cottages, Lochearnhead (M9 Stirling J10, A84 to Lochearnhead, A85), ☎ . Briar cottages are holiday cottages for 4 plus 1 pet in the village of Lochearnhead Perthshire.
- Lake of Menteith Hotel (Lake Hotel), The Lake of Menteith Hotel Port of Menteith Perthshire Scotland FK8 3RA (From either Edinburgh or Glasgow follow the motorway to Stirling. At Stirling come off at junction 10 signposted for Callander and The Trossachs (A84). Take this road for approximately 4 miles and take a left fork to Aberfoyle and Port of Menteith etc (A873). Once on this road follow it through Thornhill towards Aberfoyle for approx 9 miles and you will reach The Port of Menteith. Once in the village take your first left onto the B8034 and we are approx 200 yds on the right.), ☎ . In The Trossachs National Park yet easily accessible, being an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and twenty minutes from both Loch Lomond and the ancient City of Stirling. You drive through some remarkable Scottish scenery and upon reaching Port of Menteith, the Lake unfolds before you with the hotel nestling lakeside.
- Rowardennan Youth Hostel, ☎ . By Drymen, G63 0AR, is right on the shore of Loch Lomond, at the end of the road on the Eastern bank.
- Inversnaid Bunkhouse, ☎ . Inversnaid YH, FK8 3TU.
Unusually for Scotland, wild camping is banned on the Southeast side of Loch Lomond. This affects the area near the road from Drymen to Balmaha, and these bylaws   were introduced following excessive litter and noise in these areas .
Wild camping is permitted in other areas of the park .