The Trossachs

Falls of Falloch, Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Finnich Glen and the Devil’s Pulpit

Header image: a view of Ben Lomond from Loch Ard near Aberfoyle

The Falls of Falloch

Car Park Map Coordinates: 56.349928, -4.696457

The Falls of Falloch can be found near Ardlui at the northern end of Loch Lomond. The falls are easily reached and not to be missed if you’re in the top end of Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond

The waters of Loch Lomond, the largest area of inland water in all Britain. Loch Lomond is one of the most famous of Scottish Lochs, and its pretty shores provide a haven for the citizens of Glasgow, eager to escape the hustle-bustle of city life.

Ben Lomond

30,000 people climb this peak every year. Its popularity, in part, is due to its proximity to the urban centres of Stirling and Glasgow. It is also one of the ‘Munro’s’, that most famous collection of peaks that only the most obsessive of mountaineers covet.

A great view of Ben Lomond is that from the town of Aberfoyle and ascents can also be made to conquer Ben Lomond from here.

Parking spot 1: Google map reference: 56.031247, -4.417470

Parking spot 2: Google map reference: 56.034123, -4.419246

Finnich Glen and the Devil’s Pulpit

Before you head to Glasgow and the South West of Scotland and all that City visiting entails, lets take some time to explore a real local gem. At time of writing this wonderful glen is not easily found. You would drive right past it if you didn’t know it was there. The only hint at anthing special is the unnamed little bridge which spans an unassuming (due to heavy foliage) span over the Carnock Burn. Even the stone steps leading to it are difficult to find but any effort is well worth the toil. Park at the initial parking spot at the side of the road just past the bridge. If there isn’t space, use the secondary parking spot and walk down the road towards the bridge. You are looking for a path that heads up the right hand side of the river (as you look downstream). The entrance to the mini gorge is down a 90-step, rock-hewn staircase known as Jacob’s Ladder. The Devil’s Pulpit is the mossy knoll in the pictures, only visible when the water is low. It is possible to follow the gorge downstream until it opens out again. Waterproof footwear is advised and really the only way to properly explore the gorge, otherwise you’re getting your feet wet