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The National Park

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs has long been recognised as a special place

Since the times of Wordsworth and Scott its scenic qualities have been celebrated. It is these qualities which have made the area such a popular place to visit and which contributed to its designation as a National Park in 2002. The Park also is noted for its natural and cultural heritage value, having a diverse range of habitats and species, and a distinctive cultural identity. And it is this cultural identity, carved by its people, that has made the Park’s Towns and Villages what they are today; but of course its special environment has played the role of both provider and inspirer in their development.

The National Park covers 1,865 square kilometres (720 square miles), extending from Holy Loch on the Cowal peninsula to St Fillans at the eastern end of Loch Earn, and from Balloch to Tyndrum. It is an area of contrasts from rolling lowland landscapes in the south, to high mountains in the north, and has many lochs and rivers, forests and woodlands. The Highland Boundary Fault, a defining feature in the geology of Scotland, crosses the south east corner of the National Park, and marks the dramatic transition from the gentle lowlands to the dramatic uplands.

Business and Development Opportunities

A large part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park falls within the Stirling local authority boundary and there are a huge wealth of business and development opportunities available within this area of the park.

It is the National Park Authority however which has planning powers to decide all planning and related applications within the boundary of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and full guidance can be found at:
http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/planning/
A proposed development plan for the park exists which is all about how development can make the National Park a great place to Live, Invest, Visit and Experience. The plan highlights the available opportunities and provides full guidance on planning any developments within the national park.

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