The National Park feels worlds apart from the bustle of city life, yet it's less than an hour from Glasgow and not much more from Edinburgh. Roads and railways provide easy access to many places within the park, while cycle tracks and footpaths lead you to its hidden treasures.
Two worlds collide here. The gentle Lowlands end abruptly at the Highland boundary fault and give way to the mountainous landscape with narrow glens and slender lochs which has fired the imagination of writers and poets for centuries.
The wildlife of the area is as varied as its landscape. Arctic plants cling to the fragile moorland of the mountain tops while lichen and moss adorn the branches of the west coast woodlands in the warmth of the Gulf Stream.
Steeped in history, the National Park straddles the kingdoms of three ancient Celtic peoples - Scots, Picts and Britons and they brought with them their rich tradition of folklore, myth and legend.
Cashel Millennium Forest at Loch Lomond provides 800 acres of Scots pine and other indigenous broadleaf trees being planted on the east bank of Loch Lomond. Part of Scotland's exciting environmental intitiative Cashel Forest will eventually form a 3000 acre forest thus recreating Scotland's native woodland. Cashel visitor centre and forest walks are located at Cashel Farm which is located three miles north of Balmaha on Loch Lomond.
This beautiful estate lies approximately 2 miles east of Dumbarton at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills. Its many attractions include historic gardens, wooded glens and gorges. Guided walks during summer season.