Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park View slideshowQueen Elizabeth Forest Park is a large area of land between Loch Lomond and the Trossachs that has been in the hands of the Forestry Commission since 1928. Footpaths, cycleways, nature trails and shelters are just some of the facilities available for those wishing to explore the beautiful countryside (Information center 1mi/1.6km north of Aberfoyle). The splendid woodland areas of Ardgartan, Benmore and Glenbranter encompass about 60,000 acres/24,000 ha.
Loch Lomond, the largest of Britain's lakes, is situated in picturesque surroundings northwest of Glasgow. The lake serves as the ideal attraction for fishing enthusiasts, hikers and water-sport lovers.
Lady of the Lake
The densely wooded gorges and the history of the MacGregors provided Sir Walter Scott with the setting for the "Lady of the Lake". The lady in question was Ellen Douglas who while fleeing from the king's sheriffs with her father seeks refuge with Roderick, the MacGregor clan chief, on an island in Loch Katrine. While out on a hunting expedition King James loses his way and finds shelter with Ellen who is not aware of his identity. A bitter struggle between the king and Roderick ensues but, despite all the intrigues, the story has a happy ending. The romance became a bestseller for Scott and Queen Victoria's visit to the valley has ensured that the Trossachs and Lake Katrine would remain universally popular.
Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre
The Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre is situated at Ancaster Square in Callander to the east of Loch Venachar. Displays in the center provide a detailed explanation of the background to the Rob Roy legend and also the history of the Trossachs.
Aberfoyle is located between the Loch Ard and Achray Forests north of Glasgow.
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