Five great ways to explore the national park

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This is National Parks Week, the annual family festival championing all that is unique and special about our national parks.

Grand mountains, ancient forests, breathtaking glens, unique historic sites and spectacular lochs are all waiting to be discovered in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

With 720 square miles of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes, here are five ways to enjoy Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park this week.

Head to the Cowal Peninsula

Benmore Botanic Garden makes a fantastic start to the day. Be enchanted by a garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Then head to the magically dark atmosphere of Puck’s Glen, a fairy glen named after Puck from Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Travel around the coast to Ardentinny to look out for porpoises, seals or sea birds, such as guillemots and gannets, or go rock pooling.

Hop on a bike

Whether you are looking for a peaceful family-friendly bike ride through stunning forests or a trail with challenging terrain, cycling is a fantastic way to explore the park.

Stretch your legs

The park is a walker’s paradise. Loch, coastline, riverside, forest, glen, hill or mountain – a walk immersed in stunning surroundings will be good for the head, heart, body and soul.

Go camping

Experience the national park with a night under the stars. There’s a wide choice of places to camp in stunning surroundings. Find your perfect spot at: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/camp

Climb a wee hill with a big view

Whether are an experienced Munro-bagger or have never climbed a hill in your life, the national park has plenty of wee hills.

For more information, visit www.lochlomond-trossachs.org