Stirling and the Trossachs
Stirling and the Trossachs have long been seen as the 'gateway to the Highlands'. The region is bounded to the west by the shoreline of Loch Lomond, a place that clearly shows the distinction between Highland and Lowland scenery. The grassy southern banks contrast with the mountainous northern edge where the slopes Ben Lomond stretch skywards. The towns of Callander and Aberfoyle were among the first to prosper from the increasing number of Highland tourists during the nineteenth century. Notable locals include the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, who was immortalised in Walter Scott's romantic novel of 1818, and the artists David Allan and George Harvey. Stirling boasts the impressive Stirling Castle, seat of the Stuart Kings and one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland.