The Trossachs

The Trossachs - Birthplace of Scottish Tourism

Sir Walters Scott's, The Lady of the Lake (1810), created a vogue for the Trossachs and is primarily responsible for the area's enduring popularity with tourists. Due to popular demand, Thomas Cook started his first Scottish tours in 1846.
In 1859, Queen Victoria visited Loch Katrine, catapulting the loch and the Trossachs area into the premier league of desirable destinations. Sightseers flocked to Loch Katrine to visit 'Ellen's Isle'.
Loch Katrine
loch katrine
Enlarged in 1859 to provide the first reliable piped water supply for the city of Glasgow.
The Trossachs
the trossachs
For those tourists that couldn't afford a grand tour this was the closest they could get to the Swiss lakes
The Dukes Pass
Duke's Pass
Constructed by the Duke of Montrose in 1885 to join Aberfoyle to the old Trossachs pass. The Pass, was opened to the public in 1931 when the Forestry Commission acquired the land.

Sir Walter Scott's "The Lady of the Lake" 1810
The influential poem was a world wide success- The vivid description of Loch Katrine brought visitors from far and wide.

And now, to issue from the glen,
No pathway meets the wanderer's ken,
Unless he climb with footing nice
A far-projecting precipice.
The broom's tough roots his ladder made,
The hazel saplings lent their aid;
And thus an airy point he won,
Where, gleaming with the setting sun,
One burnished sheet of living gold,
Loch Katrine lay beneath him rolled,
In all her length far winding lay,
With promontory, creek, and bay,
And islands that, empurpled bright,
Floated amid the livelier light,
And mountains that like giants stand
To sentinel enchanted land.
High on the south, huge Benvenue
Down to the lake in masses threw
Crags, knolls, and mounds, confusedly hurled,
The fragments of an earlier world;
A wildering forest feathered o'er
His ruined sides and summit hoar,
While on the north, through middle air,
Ben-an heaved high his forehead bare.

From the steep promontory gazed
The stranger, raptured and amazed,
And, 'What a scene were here,' he cried,
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Rob Roy MacGregor: hero or villain?
Rob Roy
Liam Neeson as Rob Roy
Clan Leader, Cattle Drover, cattle thief and blackmailer
cruise loch katrine
Sail on the historic steamship,
'Sir Walter Scott', nobly cruising these waters for over a century

Accommodation in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Braeside Drymen
Braeside Guesthouse, Drymen
Braeside is a charming Victorian sandstone cottage providing excellent Bed and Breakfast holiday accommodation in the picturesque village of Drymen, on the Eastern edge of Loch Lomond and within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Braeside is also a perfect base for those seeking to enjoy the delights of Loch Lomond and the surrounding National Park locale; an area of outstanding natural beauty and historical significance.

"Our aim is to do our utmost to ensure that your stay with us is both comfortable and enjoyable, to exceed your expectations in the hope that you return to us in the future."
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The Buchanan Arms Hotel & Leisure Club
Buchanan Hotel is situated in the conservation village of Drymen, in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Free Wi-Fi. With a whisky bar, stylish rooms and a restaurant. The elegant bedrooms at Buchanan Arms Hotel each has a private bathroom with free toiletries.
The Buchanan Club features an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. There is also a modern fitness centre with squash courts and aerobics classes.
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