Wim van Velzen photography - landscape

the Trossachs

Callander 1 Callander 2 Callander 3 Callander 4

Callander 5 Loch Lubnaig

Loch Venachar 1 Loch Venachar 2 Loch Venachar 3 Loch Venachar 4

Loch Achray Achray Forest 1 Achray Forest 2

Inversnaid 1 Inversnaid 2 Inversnaid 3

Coilantogle 1 Coilantogle 2

Falls of Leny 1 Falls of Leny 2 Rowardennan Forest

Talking about the Trossachs, is talking about the highlights of romanticism and history. This area at the south side of the Highlands, around Callander and Aberfoyle, was loved by Queen Victoria - and by many of her well to do subjects as a consequence.
This alone was enough reason for me to avoid this area. Untill Christmas 2003, that is to say.

In the summer it is crowded by many tourists. It is near the larger cities, there is a beautiful Queen Elisabeth Forest Park, a lovely Loch Katrine. And a steam-ship! Everywhere you can see the name of the legendary cattle robber Rob Roy.
In summer many tourists visit Callander. Crowds are queueing, countless gimmicks are sold, as well as postcards and snacks. Admittedly, even then the little town is charming, but for me too crowded.

Our visit during Christmas was a pleasant experience. The place had refound its quiet, without getting comatose. All shops were opened, the people friendly.

The Trossachs showed they are worth a visit indeed. Not only had winter brought snow, but beautifully subdued colours too. A palette of red, brown and yellow. I certainly want to get back to the woods, especially the deciduous forest.
And well, let's do a steamer cruise along Loch Katrine too!