The Trossachs refers to the area between Callander and Loch Lomond and is characterised by magnificent views over the heather-clad hills and many lochs, such as Loch Venachar, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, Loch Ard and the Lake of Menteith. It is no surprise that this area is an outdoor lovers paradise!
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The area is famous for the exploits of Rob Roy, a 17th/early 18th century bandit about whom Sir Walter Scott based his novel. The area was also the setting for another of his novels 'Lady of the Lake'.
The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park covers the area from the east of Loch Lomond to Strathyre and is ideal terrain for mountain biking, hill-walking and climbing as it comprises of mountain and moorland, forest and woodland, rivers and lochs. The David Marshall Lodge to the north of Aberfoyle provides information on the local natural habitat and on routes for bikes and walks and the award winning Go Ape High Wire Forest Adventure Centre is also situated there.
Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith is situated near Aberfoyle and is a popular fishing and sailing destination. There are a number of small islands on the lake and you can take a ferry to one of the largest, Inchmahome.
The ruins of the 13th century Inchmahome Priory are set on Inchmahome and it has a fascinating history. King Robert the Bruce is said to have visited three times for political reasons and in 1547 the priory served as a refuge for Mary Queen of Scots during the Rough Wooing, the war started by Henry VIII of England in an attempted to get the Scots to agree to a marriage between his son Edward and the infant Mary.
Loch Katrine is surrounded by a good road which is ideal for cycling trips or you can simply take a relaxing stoll by the shore; however, the best way to enjoy the charms of the loch is by taking a cruise on the Victorian steamer Sir Walter Scott or its younger companion 'The Lady of the Lake'.
The Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre is located in Callander which has a large selection of gift shops and tearooms. North of Callander there are pleasant walks to the Falls of Leny and Bracklinn Falls with a steep climb to the summit of the 876-metre Ben Ledi. Balquhidder, the site of Rob Roy's grave, is overlooked by the Braes of Balquhidder Mountains and a good base for hill-walking and fishing.