It is easy to get a flavour of the Highlands of Scotland by exploring the Trossachs. Within a day’s drive from our capital.
The area known as the Trossachs is often described as the Highlands in miniature and here you will see glorious lochs, sweeping valleys and majestic mountains. Keep your eyes open too for some of our iconic wildlife such as highland cattle, eagles, ospreys, red squirrels and deer.
Depart Edinburgh and drive up the A90. In under an hour you will reach the city of Stirling with its romantic castle. The castle and Stirling is well worth visiting, as Stirling castle has undergone some wonderful restoration. Nearby, there is also the National Wallace Monument and the Battle Bannockburn Visitor Centre which tell the battling stories of Wallace and Bruce.
Driving northwards again towards Callander, you leave the motorway behind and enter dramatic scenery and typical highland villages. One of these villages is Callander. Callander is great for a bite to eat and some spectacular walks and cycle pathways along the river.
Continue on the A821, otherwise known as the Duke’s Pass. This small road weaves you in to the Trossachs. The journey highlights are: highland cottages, mirror like lochs and majestic scenery and then sweeping down to Loch Katrine. Loch Katrine was made famous by Victorian visitors in their quest to follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott and his widely acclaimed ‘Lady of the Lake.’ Stop off here and enjoy a detour to the stunning Loch Katrine, where you can enjoy a cruise on board the Sir Walter Scott, walk or cycle around the loch.
Fun Fact: Loch Katrine is now a source of water for the great city of Glasgow.
Continue on teh A821 to the village of Aberfoyle. Aberfoyle is another small typical village with quaint shops and restaurants for you to explore.
The Scottish Wool Centre is a very popular attraction here. It is for those seeking woollen items and souvenirs as well as offering daily sheep dog displays. Donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, sheepdogs, ducks and miniature horses are also to be enjoyed.
As you begin your drive back to Edinburgh, drive along the A81 and see Scotland’s only lake in the form of the Lake of Menteith before leaving the mountainous scenery behind as you rejoin the M9 at Stirling continue back to Edinburgh.