Scotland’s beauty is hard to deny. Whether you’re rambling over the ridges of Glencoe, or passing through fishing villages on the Isle of Skye, the amount of wonderful scenery and wildlife at every turn is something to behold. Campers, more so than most tourists, get to bed down in the heart of this stunning country – to really feel the Scottish spirit.
Despite the surprises your trip may involve, one thing’s for sure: there’ll be a fair amount of walking! We have two pristine camping spots at Loch Lomond, tailored for those looking to strap on their hiking shoes and head out to the unknown. Only, with our walking guides, you’ll have a plan for soaking up the area, either with the kids or your partner…
Start at the northeast corner of the lake. Here, you’ll see four coloured waymarkers, after which there’ll be three more pointing right to Little Fawn Falls. Turn left up a track (more marker posts are there for reference) and press on to a small waterfall. Then it’s another right, proceeding downhill until the path levels out and climbs again. Here, it ends – you’ve arrived at the Lime Craig Quarry.
There used to be a mountain range here. In its place, a tough layer of ‘puddingstone’ rocks have bent into an upright position by the Highland Boundary Fault. There’s a reddish tinge to the back wall, coloured by the quartzite left over from the dissolution of the peaks. Some rocks are even pale green where they’ve been broken open.
A tighter path crawls up the left-hand side of the quarry. You’ll have a view from the Mentheith Hills to the Lake of Mentheith, the Lowlands, and north across Loch Venachar. Also, the woods of Queen Elizabeth Park are at your feet, plush as an emerald carpet.
At the top of the quarry, follow the fence on a trail that carries on for a few kilometres. Braeval car park is up ahead, but if you want a second dose of sight-seeing, bear right along a path with yellow markers. It swings around the head of Aberfoyle Golf Course, complete with more woodland. The whole walk should take around 6 hours.
Ben Lomond is Glasgow’s own mountain, and so very popular with people streaming in from Britain during the warmer months. The tourist route is especially busy during weekends and holidays; we’re going to nudge you along the Ptarmigan way, which is much quieter.
On the shore of the Loch, there’s a car park and a sculpture. Pass beyond it and fork off beyond a gate to a cluster of trees. The trails will zig-zag alongside a burn; when they branch off, move over the hillside beneath a row of crags like stone teeth. Head for the Tom Fithich ridge, and take in the scene – this could be your chance for a thoughtful munch on a sandwich before picking up the pace.
There are a further couple of miles to Ptarmigan itself. It’ll give you a boost to the summit of Ben Lomond; after you’ve cast your eyes sufficiently at the awe of the land below, leave on the south-east edge of the peak. A gentle descent will take you across the top of a broad spur, and deep into more forest. You’ll emerge, after 3 miles, to less crowded oak trees, meaning you’re back to the car park again.
How about that for a pair of walking pleasures? Camping in the Forest is adamant that you’ll have the best, most refreshing experience you could wish for, providing that you plan well in advance of your stay with us.
Book a campsite near Loch Lomond today for the seal of approval on your next best walk!
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