Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is sharing the stories of its staff to celebrate its opening 20 years ago.

Dylan McInnes, an HR support assistant, features on the park’s social media channels, speaking about his time with the company when he started in 2016.

The 24-year-old started an apprenticeship at the National Park right after school.

He then secured a role in the HR department and has been there ever since, believing “it is a great place to work”.

Dylan said: “During my apprenticeship the national park gave me lots of experience working across different teams and helped developed my core skills to take my career further.

“I love how much I have learned during my time here and the insight into the (geographical) area of the national park.

“It’s a great place to work due to its facilities, annual leave, flexibility and above all, people.”

Louise Milne is one of the park’s rangers. And 24 years ago, Louise’s dissertation for her Masters in Environmental Science - “Loch Lomond and The Trossachs - Scotland’s First National Park” - discussed the need to establish National Parks in Scotland.

She has been a volunteer at the Park since 2010 and has now joined the permanent Ranger team.

The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park became fully operational on July 19, 2002.

It was officially opened by Princess Anne five days later, on July 24.

National Parks had been designated in England and Wales since 1949 however, none existed in Scotland. They were finally established by the Scottish Parliament under the terms of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000.

The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs then became Scotland’s first National Park.

The park has an area of 720 square miles and a boundary length of 220 miles.

It is well-known for being the location of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch and real heart of the National Park.

Six of Scotland’s Great Trails (long distance routes) connect in and around the National Park, and are part of the national walking network across Scotland.