The Trossachs & Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

The Trossachs and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park are a beautiful area of hills, forests, lochs and moorland lying to the east of Loch Lomond.
The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park itself contains some magnificent, tranquil woodland, and a visit to the excellently situated David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre offers wonderful views and woodland walks among trees and waterfalls.  There are a number of lochs offering beautiful lochside walks and also fishing and leisure opportunities, such as Scotland’s only lake – the Lake of Menteith – or Loch Ard, Loch Achray, Loch Lubnaig and Loch Katrine.
Loch Katrine itself is famous for several reasons.  It is the main reservoir of fresh water for the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas.  It is also the “lake” which features in Sir Walter Scott’s “The Lady of the Lake”, as well as being the inspiration for the loch of the same name, Loch Katrine, in North Canterbury, New Zealand.  There are excellent lochside walks and cycling opportunities at Loch Katrine, as well as (at the time of writing) fly and boat fishing for trout; check locally before fishing.
The Trossachs contains some beautiful villages, most notable Callander and Aberfoyle.  Located on the Highland Boundary Fault, Callander is a great place to visit, especially in the summer, with Ben Ledi rising behind and River Teith flowing through it.  Visit Rob Roy and the Trossachs Visitor Centre, browse traditional Scottish shops on Callander’s main street, or take a riverside walk in the evening sunlight.  Aberfoyle is a smaller village, lying on a headwater of the River Forth, which ultimately passes Stirling and becomes the Firth of Forth beside Edinburgh.  It is located below the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre, and it is from this area that one can see Ben Lomond from a less usual angle.
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