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The Trossachs (Scottish Gaelic, Na Trosaichean) itself is a small woodland glen between Ben An to the north and Ben Venue to the south, with Loch Katrine to the west and Loch Achray to the east, but the name is used generally to refer to the wider area of wooded glens and hills with quiet lochs lying to the east of Ben Lomond. Note: This page contains phonetic information presented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using Unicode. ... Loch Katrine is a freshwater loch in the district of Stirling, Scotland. ... Categories: UK geography stubs | Munros | Marilyns of Scotland ...


The scenic charms of this area came to popularity when Walter Scott extended his romantic portrayal of Scotland's past from Border Ballads to poems of a medieval past rich in chivalry and symbolism, with his 1810 poem Lady of the Lake giving a roll call of Trossachs place names, the lady herself being found on Loch Katrine. This was followed up by his 1817 historical novel Rob Roy romanticising the outlaw cattle thief Raibert Ruadh born by Loch Katrine and buried at nearby Balquhidder. Perhaps ironically, Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith, lies about 6 miles (10 km) to the south east of the glen, on the edge of the Trossachs area. Sir Walter Scott (August 14, 1771 - September 21, 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe. ... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... In an Arthurian legend, the Lady of the Lake gave King Arthur the sword known as Excalibur. ... 1817 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Rob Roy is a novel by Walter Scott about Frank Osbaldistone, the son of an English merchant who goes to the Scottish Highlands to collect a debt stolen from him. ... Robert Roy MacGregor, usually known simply as Rob Roy, was a Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the 18th century. ... The Lake of Menteith is the only natural or large body of water in Scotland that is referred to as a lake (although there are two small artificial bodies of water known as lakes). ...


The effect of this romantic literature was to draw tourists to the area and make the Trossachs Hotel well known. Loch Katrine itself changed in 1859 when a dam was built at the eastern end and connecting aqueducts built to bring a new main water supply to Glasgow. Queen Victoria had a holiday house built overlooking the loch. A steamer service started, and the 1900 SS Sir Walter Scott is still going, giving visitors a delightful way to enjoy the scenery while adding to the picturesque view. The area is now in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, remaining popular with walkers and cyclists, and for the motorist the winding roads have a certain charm as well as views that make it worth stopping. 1859 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... This article is about the structure aqueduct, for the racecourse see Aqueduct Racetrack. ... Glasgows location in Scotland Glasgow is Scotlands largest city, located on the River Clyde in West Central Scotland. ... Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819–22 January 1901) was a Queen of the United Kingdom, reigning from 20 June 1837 until her death. ... Paddle steamers - Lucerne-Switzerland Left: original paddlewheel from a paddle steamer on the lake of Lucerne. ... 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ... The SS Sir Walter Scott is a small white painted steamship that has provided cruises and a ferry service on Loch Katrine in the scenic Trossachs of Scotland for over a century, and is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. ... Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a national park in Scotland. ...


External links

  • The Trossachs (http://www.scotlands-best.com/lomondtrossachspark/national_park/trossachs.html)
  • Walks 2 (http://www.homeatfirst.com/walks2.htm)
  • Loch Katrine Steamship, Sir Walter Scott - Steamer on Loch Katrine (http://www.incallander.co.uk/steam.htm)
  • SS Sir Walter Scott (http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/ss_walter_scott.htm)
  • Sir Walter Scott (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/tramways/SirWalterScott.htm)

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Trossachs B&B in Strathyre & Trossachs Information (480 words)
For centuries the Trossachs was the hideaway of bands of highland robbers or 'caterans', this being a possible origin for the name 'Loch Katrine'.
The Trossachs village of Brig o' Turk is the scene of a new acquisition of the Scottish woodlands Trust - the Glenfinglas property.
The Trossachs is also the name now used within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to define the eastern part of the Park, that is the area between Aberfoyle, Callander and up to Balquhidder and including Strathyre - described in detail on the Strathyre page.
Scottish Accommodation Index - The Trossachs, Rob Roy Country, Scotland UK (754 words)
Today, the Trossachs is bordered by the Crianlarich Hills and Balquhidder in the north and Aberfoyle and the Loch Ard forest in the south, while the shores of Loch Lomond mark its westernmost boundaries and Callender its easternmost.
In 2002 the opening of the 'Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park' was seen as recognition of the value of preserving this largely unspoiled landscape.
Rob Roy began to develop a protection racket at the expense of The Trossachs' fearful landowners: the term 'flmail' is said to come from the 'fl meal' (a form of cattle feed) he extorted from his unwilling sponsors.
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