antique print of the Pass of the Trossachs Scotland. Trossachs Scottish Gaelic, Na Tròiseachan) is a small woodland glen in the Stirling area of Scotland. It lies between Ben A’an to the north and Ben Venue to the south, with Loch Katrine to the west and Loch Achray to the east. However, the name is used generally to refer to the wider area of wooded glens and braes with quiet lochs, lying to the east of Ben Lomond. The Lake of Menteith, lies about six miles (10 km) to the south east of the glen, on the edge of the Trossachs area. The scenic charms of the area came to popularity with Sir Walter Scott‘s 1810 poem The Lady of the Lake, extending his romantic portrayal of Scotland’s past from border ballads to poems of a medieval past rich in chivalry and symbolism. The poem gives a roll call of Trossachs place names, the lady herself being found on Loch Katrine. Scott followed up with his 1817 historical novel Rob Roy romanticising the outlaw cattle thief Raibert Ruadh born by Loch Katrine and buried at nearby Balquhidder. The Trossachs Hotel was built on the north bank of Loch Achray in response to the growing number of tourists visiting the region. In 1859, a dam was built at the eastern end of Loch Katrine and connecting aqueducts were added to as part of a new main water supply to Glasgow. At the expense of the Glasgow water company, Queen Victoria had a holiday house built overlooking the loch. The house, Royal Cottage, later became accommodation for the employees of Scottish Water. A steamer service was introduced, and the SS Sir Walter Scott, launched in 1900, remains in operation. The area is now part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and remains popular with walkers and cyclists. Scenic boat rides on Loch Katrine are also popular with visitors.