The word Trossachs means 'ragged rock'. Our chalets look out at the Menteith Hills, which is part of the Highland boundary Fault Line that traverses Scotland, we are also looking out at the unofficial border between Lowlands and Highlands.
They call the Trossachs the 'Highlands in miniature' as the variety of landscapes in a relatively compact area, reflects the drama, if not the vastness, of Highland Scotland, but it also means that civilisation, in the form of golf courses, restaurants, shopping and water sports are all very accessible. However take a hike up Ben Ledi, just outside Callander, and when the elements take hold of you, and I've never heard traffic from up there, it gives you a real sense of wilderness.
It is true to say that Sir Walter Scott and his flowery writing put the Trossachs area on the map and I think it's also true to say that the Victorians really made tourism a business due, mostly, to the railways. However I have often thought of them travelling from the then railway in Aberfoyle up to Inversnaid or Loch Katirne, by horse and cart! They are exciting roads to travel now by car, so they were an intrepid lot.