Special qualities in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

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10 reasons why Loch Lomond and The Trossachs is a special place...

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is special place because of its diversity of landscapes and experiences including:

  • A rich biodiversity: habitats and species of national and international importance.
  • Important geodioversity: illustrated by the Highland Boundary Fault, which runs through the park and separates Lowland Scotland from Highland.
  • Mountains and moorlands: iconic summits and montane habitats where rare alpine plants grow.
  • Lochs and rivers: with 22 larger lochs (including sea lochs), numerous smaller lochs and lochans and about 50 rivers and large burns.
  • Forest, woodlands and trees: two Forest Parks, fragments of Caledonian pinewoods and significant semi-natural oakwoods, all supporting a rich variety of wildlife and plants.
  • Cultural landscapes: evidence of human activity on the open uplands, wooded slopes, farmed glens, historic gardens and designed landscapes.
  • Historic association: historic and mythical associations inspired great writers, poets and artists.
  • Communications, travel and accessibility: important routes and journeys feature in historic drovers’ roads and modern long-distance paths like the West Highland Way.
  • Communities, local culture and traditions: a wide range of cultural events such as highland games and agricultural shows, and rich Gaelic and Scots heritage.
  • Wild camping: it's permitted in certain sections of the park, providing you act responsibly and leave the countryside as you found it. www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/camping

Keeping it special - the role of the Authority