This region is highly noted for its folklore and history and of course the legends. The serene looking snow-capped glittering lochs and sheltered forests of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley have inspired heroes and artists alike. Today, you will find modern towns and villages nestled alongside the serene setting of Scotland’s first National Park.
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley are all easy to access whether by driving, flying or by train. This area is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks and beautiful scenery.
There are loads of things to do in this area: visit impressive castles; explore mountains, glens and lochs in the Loch Lomond National Park. You may also check out the wonderful local wildlife and visit a number of attractions which include historic houses, a wildlife park and adventure park.
History and Heritage
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley is famous for many important battles and is also the birthplace to national heroes and the place where the Scottish royalty held court.
One of Scotland’s most remarkable castles, the Stirling Castle, sits on Castle Rock. You may step inside the Royal Palace and visit the Great Hall. It houses the largest banqueting hall ever built on medieval Scotland. Learn the story of William Wallace and see the Halls of Heroes or how about climbing the 246 steps to the Crown for amazing views of Stirling, The Forth Valley and the Ochil Hills.
History has it that Robert the Bruce, who was Wallace’s successor, led the battle against the English at Bannockburn in 1314. Bruce’s men overturned the army of King Edward II, driving them homeward and marking a significant milestone in the Scottish War of Independence. Today you can walk the battlefield and visit the Bannockburn Heritage Centre.
Also in this area is a section of the Antonine Wall, which runs through Falkirk’s Callendar Park. This wall dates back to around AD142 and was constructed by the Romans as a barrier against the northern tribes. It stretched for 37 miles but was abandoned when the Romans left for Hadrian’s Wall.
When To Go
An old Scottish saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!” Although Scotland is not blessed with year round sunshine and tropical temperatures, this does not in any way affect getting in and around the country.
January and February are generally the coldest months, while July and August are normally the warm months. But even if you do visit and it rains there are so many fantastic galleries, museums and attractions that can keep you entertained all year round, regardless of the weather.