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Walking With Children Part 2

Walking With Children Part 2

An advantage of living in a relatively small country like Scotland, is you are pretty close to a lot of beautiful and wild places.

One of my favourite areas of Scotland is the Trossachs. The Trossachs are a bit like a miniature version of the Highlands, but easily accessible from Scotland’s central belt.

Last weekend we visited Loch Lomond on the west side of the Trossachs. Loch Lomond, has many beautiful places to walk with children, of different ages. We found ourselves on the east side of the Loch. The east side incorporates the West Highland Way, so there are many well maintained paths, with good access for buggies.

Now I must make a confession. After planning a beautiful Lochside walk, through woodland, we ended up not moving far from the Loch shore! It has been discovered an 19 month old little boy can have no greater fun than throw stones into water! The older children climbed on the rocks, and old tress. So although we did not go far a great time was had by all… I plan a return trip at some point!

For the more adventurous, and slightly older child there is Conic Hill- not one for buggies. Conic Hill is located beside the National Park Centre at Balmaha. Conic Hill is on the West Highland Way, so little hill walkers can feel very grown up!

For more information about Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park visit their website.

Also in the Trossachs is the Queen Elizabeth Forest. The best times to visit are the autumn- when the woodland is a blaze of colour, and in May when the forest is a carpet of blue. With the late Spring this year we were very blessed to see the bluebells in all their glory. The David Marshall Lodge near Aberfoyle is a good base from which to walk. There are many paths through the forest, which are buggy and young child friendly. Near the lodge there is even a waterfall in the wood.

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