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Visit Loch Lomond Newsletter Autumn 2020

Travelling to & around Scotland
The National Park is open
Staycation at Loch Lomond
Wildlife and Nature in Autumn
The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey
West Highland Way Celebrates 40 years
Visit Loch Lomond celebrates 21 years online
FACTS - advice from the Scottish Government

Travelling to & around Scotland

Facilities have gradually been reopened throughout the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines. If you are planning a trip to Scotland from outside the UK in the next few months, please keep up to date with the latest foreign travel advice in relation to Covid-19 from your own government, which should include any travel restrictions in place, and please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers before travelling. You can get the most up-to-date information on Covid-19 in Scotland at the Scottish Government website. Things are not back to normal, please follow the latest local guidelines.

Useful Links
Scottish Government Covid-19
NHS England Covid-19
GOV.WALES Covid-19
NIdirect Covid-19 (Northern Ireland)
VisitScotland Covid-19

The National Park is open

We’re delighted to say that the National Park is now open, offering a beautiful yet safe destination for everyone. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Loch Lomond is on the doorstep for many.
Within easy reach of the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, Loch Lomond is the perfect scenic location for a great day out. The Park's one commitment remains the welfare of local communities, employees and welcomed visitors. The local businesses want you to have a wonderful time and want to help you do this with confidence. Whilst your experience still remains a priority, businesses throughout the Park have implemented the highest standards of health and safety, ensuring both guests and employees are working together in confidence and in a safe environment. The local businesses and communities' concern is not only to give visitors the most positive of experiences, but also to ensure that health and safety is paramount. Follow the rules and visit Loch Lomond when you can this autumn.

Staycation at Loch Lomond

Autumn 2020 in the northern hemisphere will begin on Tuesday 22nd September. The appeal of holidaying in Scotland lies in the diversity of the seasons. Autumn in Scotland is one of the most beautiful times of the year, punctuated with beautiful autumn colours - purple hued heathers, green and gold, ochre and orange, bronze and burgundy. As the days get colder and shorter, enjoy glorious seasonal colours and magnificent sunsets - autumn has the lot! It’s a photographer’s and artist’s dream! Loch Lomond hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation along with holiday and caravan parks are now open throughout the National Park.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." - John Muir, father of National Parks.

During these difficult times escape the city, take a staycation and visit Loch Lomond whilst punctuated with beautiful autumn shades.


Wildlife and Nature in Autumn

Enjoy strolls through the oak woodlands and pine forests as a sense of relaxation takes over the landscape. Autumn also brings its own particular wildlife spectacles - the rutting season and the sight of a majestic red deer stag, birds from the Arctic migrate south and join us in Scotland while golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, black grouse, ptarmigan, capercaillie, crossbills and many other species remain. Now is the time to visit Loch Lomond as the landscape transforms. Could there be anything nicer than enjoying Loch Lomond? Relax your mind with a piece of wild Scotland all to yourself with only the wildlife and landscape to enjoy!

Learn more about Loch Lomond Wildlife and Nature.

The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

Help save the Scottish Red Squirrel. Last year over 600 people reported 828 squirrel sightings in just one week. The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey returns this autumn and is set to be their biggest and greatest survey yet! Between 21st and 27th September, @ScotSquirrels are asking you to record any sightings of either red or grey squirrels on their website. Save the date and put your squirrel spotting skills to the test, looking out for tufted ears and bushy tails. Please record your sightings, whatever the colour at The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey.

West Highland Way Celebrates 40 years

The West Highland Way approaches its 40th anniversary this autumn. The West Highland Way stretches 96 miles (154 km) from Milngavie to Fort William. On October 6th 2020, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the West Highland Way. To mark this milestone, the West Highland Way are creating an online exhibition of peoples experiences, including a short film. To find out some great hints and tips and where should you should take time and explore some highlights along the route including Rob Roy’s Cave, Tom Weir's statue and Inversnaid Waterfall.

Stuck at home due to restrictions? You can enjoy walking the West Highland Way online this autumn. It’s good for the soul.

Visit Loch Lomond celebrates 21 years online

Visit Loch Lomond is celebrating 21 years online this autumn. The first destination website, for the area that was Loch Lomond, went live in October 1999. This popular leisure destination, located between the Lowlands and Highlands of central Scotland was awarded National Park status in July 2002. Opened by HRH Princess Anne, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park was the first in Scotland. During these difficult and unpredictable times we look forward to continuing to promote the area and local businesses throughout 2020 and beyond.

FACTS - advice from the Scottish Government

Remember FACTS:
Face Mask Wearing - wear a face covering on public transport and enclosed public spaces.
Avoid crowded places.
Clean your hands and surfaces regularly and as soon as you get home.
Two metres distance remains. Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people.
Self-isolate if you have symptoms and book a test.

Coronavirus in Scotland. Stay safe, protect others, save lives. Enjoy a safer Scotland.

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Current weather

Loch Lomond

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  • Temperature: 13 °C
  • Wind: Variable from South-Southeast to Southwest, 4.6 mph
  • Pressure: 990 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 94 %
  • Visibility: 6.2 mi
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