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Starting from the town of Inveraray, the Cowal Peninsula is a huge area of land that sits on the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Fyne, travelling all the way down to Ostel Bay.

Home of Knockdow House in Dunoon, Argyll, this is an enchanted part of the world, known as Scotland’s ‘secret coast,’that forms part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Here’s our pick of the top things to do in this beautiful part of the world:

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

No visit to Loch Lomond is complete without a trip to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

This is a huge area of land featuring 22 lochs and one lake. Covering 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometres), the park covers a number of different landscapes, including the Highlands and the Lowlands.

From cascading waterfalls to rare animal sightings, Loch Lomond really does have it all.

Fancy a hiking trail? You’ll be spoilt for choice here with hundreds of walking trails to choose from – whether you’re a seasoned hiker or prefer a leisurely amble.

Exploring the national park is best done on foot, though there are also plenty of cycling routes available. When you reach the summit, take a deep breath and absorb the incredible panoramic views that abound.

There are also plenty of water sports on offer including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and much more. All levels are catered to and there are even instructors for those seeking a safe environment to learn more.

Finally, for those seeking adventure, there are plenty of climbing and mountaineering opportunities to experience first-hand.

Dumbarton Castle

This 18th century castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland. It sits on a volcanic rock known as the Dumbarton Rock, which is 240 foot high and was active 350 million years ago.

To get to the top of the stronghold you will need to climb up more than 500 steps, so be sure to take your walking shoes along with you!

Just like Knockdow House, this castle features many wonderful examples of 18th century Georgian architecture, including military architecture. Historically it was the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Strathcylde, and became a cornerstone of medieval royal power.

Throughout the castle’s long history it was also used as a royal residence and fortress, and was even visited by Mary Queen of Scots in 1548.

Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium

For exciting marine displays, talks and demonstrations, visit the Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, which features otters, rock pools and much more. You can even experience the aquarium after dark, where children are invited to bring their sleeping bags for a sleepover beneath the ocean tunnel!

From the Trossachs National Park to a sleepover in an aquarium, there really is so much to see and do in Loch Lomond.

Have you visited this magical part of the world?