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Sense of Place Toolkit Section 5: Ways to Explore

Exploring Places & Spaces

The Loch Lomond, Trossachs and Clyde Sea Lochs offers many ways for visitors to relax and retreat, to get away from it all, to explore for themselves and to discover new and authentic experiences. Consider how, as a business, you can help guests discover the area:

  • On foot
  • By bike
  • By car and by electric vehicles
  • On horseback
  • On one of Scotland's Great Trails such as The Three Lochs Way - find out more in Section 4.
  • As part of a small-group tour or activity
  • With a personal guide
  • By Waterbus, Boat, Cruise, Ferries
  • By public transport
  • By more unique means! Don't forget the Loch Lomond Seaplane or Campervan hire.

Visitors may arrive by car but they may also want opportunities to leave it behind during their stay. Understandably, this will depend on the area's infrastructure, but where possible, try to promote opportunities to explore the area by other means such as public transport and by cycling, walking and the water bus. Think about ways to make these experiences easier and more accessible for visitors.

Cyclists tend to spend money in the local community, on food and other items, and help to reduce congestion and carbon dioxide emissions. What can you do to facilitate cycling options for them?

Ideas for Sharing

  • Provide maps and information on local walks - on your website, in blog posts, links to other sites or in print or dedicated apps, for example.
  • Offer recommendations for favourite walks, trails, climbs, or cycle paths - encourage guests to leave their own travel tips via social media or reviews.
  • Provide detailed information on bike hire near to your business/property, bike racks, and related services for cycling and mountain biking.
  • Offer a pick up service from local bus or train stations or team up with a like-minded business which can offer this service
  • Partner with local guides, stables, tour providers to offer their services for your guests  - create an offer or promotion.
  • Keep track of local transport providers, timetables and weather channels for information which may affect your visitors' travel plans -social media is ideal for this as it tends to update in real time.
  • Embed relevant weather api's and forecasts into your website so that visitors can check this in relation to how they are travelling.


Getting to the Park

Getting around the Park

Combining Cycling with Public Transport

Munros by Public Transport

Loch Lomond Seaplanes

Campervan Hire

Experience Scotland's Wild

Loch Lomond Guides

East Cambusmoon Holiday Cottages Electric vehicle charging points

Did you know...?

50% of Scotland’s population lives within an hour’s drive of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Loch Lomond is easily accessible from central Scotland: 

  • By car: Within half an hour from Stirling (via the A811 and M9) and Glasgow (via the A82 or the M8 and Erskine Bridge).
  • By bus: A range of bus services are available to most towns and villages in the area. To plan your journey visit
  • By air:  Glasgow International Airport is only 15 minutes’ drive from the area.
  • By boat: Ferry services from Gourock to Kilcreggan, visit For a range of waterbus services linking villages around Loch Lomond, visit
  • By train: Services every half hour from Queen Street or Central Station in Glasgow. Go to

Related Resources

Sense of Place Toolkit Section 1:Sense of Place