LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS
Stretching across central Scotland from east to west, the landscapes of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. Sandwiched between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, the area is woven together by rivers, canals and lochs, meaning that there are plenty of water-based activities to enjoy and lush scenery to take in. Cross Loch Lomond by speedboat, discover the shipbuilding history of West Dunbartonshire or cycle alongside the Union Canal.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is quite a big deal. Here’s why:
- 220 miles of mountains, glens, woodlands and lochs
- 2 forest parks: Argyll and Queen Elizabeth
- Home to 25 percent of the UK’s threatened bird, animal and plant species, including red squirrels, golden eagles, otters and more.
- 40 summits above 2,500 feet
- 21 Munros
To the west of the town lies the ever popular Overtoun Estate. This splendid mansion house dates back to 1859.
The grounds have a variety of landscapes, from wooded glens and gorges to rolling parkland and exotic gardens, with colourful species collected in the Himalayas. Superb views of the surrounding Kilpatrick Hills can be enjoyed from the estate.
Dumbarton is a town on the River Clyde, west of Glasgow where you will find Dumbarton Castle.
Founded in the fifth century, Dumbarton was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde. The key to the town’s original success was the volcanic rock, which is now home to Dumbarton Castle. This dramatic volcanic plug, Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides.
Established in 1823, Auchentoshan (pronounced Ock-un-tosh-un) Distillery is on the mainland of Scotland, situated on the A82 between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.
This lowland malt distillery rests at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills, overlooking the famous River Clyde, once renowned as the Scottish gateway to the world.
A warm welcome awaits you – take a guided tour of the distillery, sample a wee dram, and browse round the gift shop which stocks the full range of Auchentoshan Lowland Single Malt Whiskies and a selection of branded merchandise.