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The Trossachs

The Trossachs is, strictly speaking, the narrow, thickly wooded gorge between Lochs Katrine and Achray; the name itself is said to mean the rough or bristly country. To most people however, the Trossachs is the area from Loch Katrine, east to Callander and south to Aberfoyle. To further confuse matters the Trossachs is also seen as the larger area covered by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the first national park in Scotland.

The area is also described as Scotland in Miniature, which is easy to understand with its share of lochs, mountains, some of which are Munros, and forests. The best way to find out what the area has to offer is to travel around and see it for real. Callander is one of the better places to start, as here you can find the Rob Roy and the Trossachs Visitor Centre, in St. Kessog's Church, Ancaster Square, which will provide information on the area as well as on the life of the legendary outlaw.

From Callander there are two roads that lead to Aberfoyle – the A81, heading south from the town and then west, or the A821, which head west from Kilmahog towards Loch Katrine and then south to Aberfoyle. From Aberfoyle the B829 heads roughly northwest, leading to Loch Lomond, while the A821 heads southeast to join the A81, which leads back to Callander.

The main road through Callander, the A84, heads west from the town, through Strathyre, to Crianlarich and on to the Highlands.

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