The landscape of the Trossachs has been influenced by man for more than 9,000 years. Different farming techniques, from large scale sheep rearing to more subsistence crofting, as well as timber production, tanning and charcoal making have all left their mark on the area.

It has featured in gaelic songs and stories for thousands of years. The Romantic poets of the 18th century made it famous worldwide, through poems like Sir Walter Scott’s 'The Lady of the Lake’ . This drew visitors from far and wide, and tourism became an important part of the local economy.

Now you can explore the Trossachs’ rich literary history by following the Art and Literature Trail and find out more about the artists, writers, composers and musicians who have been inspired by the beauty of this rugged landscape.