The Loch Lomond area and west highland region of Scotland is the start of the dramatic landscape that Scotland is famous for. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs have been designated national park status so it is under the jurisdiction of a government controlled body, charged with its rural development and protection. The sight of Loch Lomond, with its large expanse of water and rising hills on either side, has inspired many a visitor. Most people will be familiar with the following lyrics: “Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road, and I'll get to Scotland afore ye; but me and my true love will never meet again, on the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond”. Travelling north out of the populous Glasgow area, it is the gateway to the Highlands, with its lochs and glens. This region covers Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Firth of Clyde, inner Hebridean islands, Kintyre, Argyll, Glencoe, Ardgour, Ardnamurchan and up to the Great Glen at Fort William. The Trossachs has some of the most famous mountains like Ben More, Ben Lomond, Ben Venue, Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich. Visitor Centres can be found at all the main towns in this region, including Balloch, Aberfoyle, Callander, Oban, Inveraray, Fort William and Campbeltown. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Etive, Awe, Orchy and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Oban and Tobermory offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. Inveraray Jail, Balloch Country Park and Arduaine Gardens are great days out for all the family. From the mountain biker to the garden enthusiast, there are many things to do in this area of west Scotland.
This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found.