LOCH TROOL, SCOTLAND
Have u ever walked the entire circumference of a lake. It’s oddly pleasing. The sense of accomplishment you get in doing so ranks among some of the best feelings you can ever feel. I’m sure the same feeling will be experienced by climbing to the top of a mountain, finishing a cross-country walk, running a marathon etc. It all depends on your goals, desires and stamina. The sky is the limit.
As all these excellent-stamina-requiring-tasks are a relatively new phenomenon to me, I am totally satisfied with starting small. Hence, I tackle things that I know will not be too much of a HUGE task to handle.
Therefore, I chose this beautiful walk around a very picturesque lake in Scotland.
Because in Scotland lakes are called lochs, hence I will be using this term or some of my Scottish readers will get a bit offended. (That’s what I have learned so far. Otherwise the Scots are pretty easy-going. ?)
So, the loch in question is called Loch Trool which is situated in the beautiful Galloway Forest Park of Scotland.
The walk is a circular one that takes you all around the lake. I enjoyed it very much. On my way I encountered just a handful of people. I’m not sure if it was due to the pandemic or if it is generally like this here.
The whole setting is beautiful and tranquil. It’s hard to imagine it was once the place for a bloody battle, the Battle of Glen Trool.
On your way, you will also come across Bruce’s stone which commemorates Robert the Bruce. He was the king of Scotland which led the Scots to victory in this battle. This site is also a lovely viewpoint from where you get amazing views of the loch. Even if you aren’t doing the walk, you can bring your car and park right next to where this stone is located.
Before ending this blog here with a few important tips, I want to say that just be careful walking over the bridges when the conditions are wet. I took a nasty fall on one of the slippery bridges and hurt my knee. I was wearing hiking boots and all but still my shoes failed me on this particular bridge. So just be careful guys. ?
Tips for visiting Loch Trool:
? It’s a circular walk that takes you all around the loch.
? Total distance is roughly 5.5 miles.
? The walk itself is fairly easy. There are parts with ascent and descent but nothing too steep. You will cross a few bridges and there are some steps on the way. Therefore, I would rate it as easy+.
? Picnic bench on the opposite shore gives excellent views over the loch. Don’t forget to sit here for a few minutes. Or do what I did. I had my lunch at this spot. It was perfect!
? Another spot to get excellent views is from the Bruce’s stone.
? Route is well mapped out and easy to follow. So, you won’t be getting lost.
? Allow 4-5 hours to complete it. You might even be able to finish in 3 hours if you have really good stamina and don’t stop a lot. As for me, I had to stop to take pictures, videos, fly a drone and take a fall on a slippery bridge. Despite all this chaos, I managed to finish the walk in 5 hours.
? No toilets on-site.
? Free carpark right where the walk starts. Note that it’s not the carpark at the Glen Trool visitor centre. Keep going further and you will find this free car park right before a bridge.
? Question: Who has completed this walk around Loch Trool?
? Link for my previous post about Coral beach on the Isle of Skye: https://www.facebook.com/sumbulproductions/posts/798492107638055