Getting Outdoors

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The spectacular landscapes of the National Park offer a range of excellent opportunities to make the most of the outdoors in this special part of the world. From mountain climbing to simply going for a gentle stroll along one of our accessible paths, there are plenty of activities on offer which allow you to get outdoors and experience nature.

The National Park Authority is committed to enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities in the National Park – it’s one of the four National Park aims we work towards. You can find out more about how we’re doing this with a wide range of partners in our Outdoor Recreation Plan.

A key theme of the plan is linking up the park and creating journeys. So far access to over 450 miles of new and upgraded pathways has been opened up throughout the National Park. This includes new paths linking some of our most rural communities, cycle paths and upgrading popular walking routes such as the West Highland Way.

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In addition to this, a £25million Government initiative to create a National Walking and Cycling Network has led to the development of the Great Trossachs Path, a new trail creating links between the West Highland Way at Loch Lomond and the Rob Roy Way in Callander.

Our Waterbus service on Loch Lomond provides an accessible way to enjoy the water as well as providing the opportunity to explore some harder to reach areas around the loch and beyond. The service has recently been extended, with a new route between Ardlui and Ardleish providing access points to the West Highland Way. There is also an increased service running between Luss and Balmaha, opening up access to popular trails including the Millennium Trail and Luss Paths.

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There are lots of ways to get out and get active in the National Park, some of the most popular pursuits include walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and swimming, each offering a unique experience and the opportunity to enjoy this very special part of Scotland.

However you choose to spend your time in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park please ensure you do it responsibly and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.