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49 Reasons To Head To Loch Lomond And The Trossachs Immediately

Deep waters, wild glens, and crisp, fresh air. *Packs bags, grabs car keys.*

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2. Its crystal clear waters are the perfect place to dip your toes. / Via instagram

Only in summer though, obviously.

3. But there are plenty of other lochs to explore as well.

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Like Loch Ard, with waters so still that you can lean over and just gaze at your reflection.


4. And Loch Katrine.

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This stunning loch is home to several islands, including Ellen's Isle (An t-Eilean Molach in Gaelic, meaning "the shingly isle").


21. It's also a great place for a bike ride. / Via instagram

Stronachlachar, Loch Katrine.

23. Don't worry if you don't want to row your own boat.

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You can always enjoy a leisurely cruise along Loch Katrine aboard the Sir Walter Scott steamship, which runs from the end of March till the start of October.


31. The national park has inspired countless poets and artists.

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William Wordsworth wrote his famous work "To a Highland Girl" after being inspired by the beauty of Inversnaid. If you want to know about other artists and poets, check out this handy Art and Literature trail guide.

32. It's also got its fair share of unusual mythology and supernatural stories.

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Just outside the village of Aberfoyle is a strange conical hill known as the "Fairy Knowe", said to be the haunt of fairies and otherworldly creatures.

34. All this exploring will make you hungry, so it's lucky that there are lots of cracking places to eat.

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Don't miss the quirky Wee Blether Tearoom in Kinlochard: A family run café on the banks of Loch Ard with a delicious breakfast and lunch menu.

35. The Wee Blether Tearoom serves the best toasties ever made. / Via instagram

36. Or head to the beautiful Inversnaid Bunkhouse, an old church converted into a restaurant and hostel. / Via instagram

Their hearty fare is perfect if you just walked miles along the famous West Highland Way.

38. No visit is complete without one of their sundaes. / Via instagram

39. If you fancy splashing the cash head to the Mhor Hotel in Balquhidder for a delicious lunch or dinner. / Via instagram

You'll want to take photos of every dish.

40. Or, if you like your dinner and wine with a view, head to the Shore House Inn in Lochgoilhead. / Via instagram

41. You'll probably want to spend more than a day here, so it's handy there are lots of places to lay your head. / Via instagram

The first option is to pitch a tent, though be sure to check out the National Park's guide to camping here before you do.

42. Or if you prefer a roof and four solid walls, put your feet up and relax at the luxurious Cameron House. / Via instagram

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