Loch Lomond

The Queen of the Scottish lochs
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The jewel in the crown of Scotland and centre piece of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond’s vast expanse of water, the largest inland waterway in Britain some 23miles long and up to 5 miles wide with its 34 islands, sandy beaches and rocky shores is both a fascinating and fantastic place to visit.

Some 23 miles long and up to 5 miles wide, Loch Lomond boasts 34 islands, sandy beaches and rocky shores making it both a fascinating and fantastic place to visit.

Positioned between the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with Ben Lomond to the East and the Arrochar Alps to the West, its superb scenery and natural beauty make Loch Lomond one of the most desirable holiday locations in Scotland and the UK.

The interesting and varied geology around the Loch is immense. The Highland fault line crosses Loch Lomond with the lowlands to the south and the highlands to the north. Totally dormant and inactive now it still portrays natural beauty and grandeur on a scale that is envied worldwide.

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Loch Lomond presents a perfect holiday location within its own right and offers lots to see and do in the local area.

There are numerous attractions such as walking, cycling, climbing, golf, water sports, sailing, fishing, photography, wildlife, quad biking and shooting in the vicinity.

If it’s something a bit more adventurous that you’re after, the Loch Lomond Seaplane does trips around the Loch and beyond out to the West Coast Islands. Alternatively access the many sea lochs and rugged shorelines by car, which is only 30-minutes away.

Loch Lomond is well positioned in West Central Scotland to form an ideal base for whatever type of holiday you’re looking for. Relax on and around the lochside or for the more adventurous traveler there is easy access to touring routes around Scotland with the perfect accommodation to retire to at the end of the day.

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Loch Lomond

The jewel in the crown of Scotland and centre piece of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond’s vast expanse of water, the largest inland waterway in Britain some 23 miles long and up to 5 miles wide with its 34 islands.

Boating on Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond has always had a tradition of boating, the Loch has been used by people wanting to enjoy the area from the water, for many years.

Name Location Description
Sweeney's Cruises Balloch Sweeney's Cruises is a family run business and has been operating boats on Loch Lomond for over 100 years. They operate five passenger boats: Astina, Silver Marlin, Lomond Duchess, Lomond Sunrise and Glen Falloch
Ardlui Marina Ardlui The Marina offers berthing in a number of different locations, including floating pontoons, swinging moorings, and out of the water in our boat yard. All berthing (excluding swinging moorings) are equipped with shore-power and fresh water.
Cruise Loch Lomond Tarbet & Luss Daily schedule operating from both Tarbet and Luss Piers offers a variety of cruises in the heart of the National Park. Relax of one of the circular cruises; explore some of the hidden gems on Explorer cruises to the eastern shore or to Inchcailloch Island; weekly RSPB Wildlife cruise or combine cruise with bike hire for Two Lochs Tour. Something for everyone.

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Cycling around Loch Lomond

This region marks the start of the famous Scottish Highlands with the first of the Munros, the mountains higher than the magical figure of 3000ft. It is also the start of the most spectacular section of the West Coast of Scotland, fractured into hundreds of islands with sea lochs penetrating deep into the coastline. The remoteness of much of Argyll and Bute makes it ideal for tough but very beautiful bike rides. Ferry trips will take you to the rugged islands of Islay, Jura and Mull. The National Cycle Network in the form of the Lochs & Glens Cycle Route threads its way through the region from Glasgow to Killin, offering both traffic-free sections suitable for families and a longer challenge for those on multi-day tours. For the mountain biker there are plenty of testing forestry routes in Argyll and the Trossachs.

Route Description
Two Lochs Tour Loch Ard Forest can be a good day out whatever your ability. The Loch Ard route is an easy cycle near to the loch. Fairly flat with fine views, it's an excellent option for young children.
The Trossachs A fairly hilly back road leads eventually to Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond to Aberfoyle Runs through lush farming country into Highland scenery.
Loch Ard Forest Mountain Biking Waterbus from Tarbet to Inversnaid on eastern shore; 3 mile cycle to Stronachlachar and catch Sir Walter Scott Steamship for cruise to Trossachs Pier; cycle back along Loch Katrine to Inversnaid (17 miles) and cacth 1630hrs return waterbus to Tarbet. Cycle Hire available Tarbet Pier.

Fishing on Loch Lomond

The fishing is one of the best in Scotland, with Loch Lomond containing salmon, sea trout, brown trout and is legendary for it's pike, being one of Scotland's premier pike waters.

Fishery Description
Carbeth Fishery Situated in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 1 mile from Queens View and within easy reach of Glasgow. This peaceful area allows you to enjoy a quiet and relaxing few hours, whilst you enjoy a sport that is loved by many.
Carman Trout Fishery Carman Trout Fishery is situated in the hills above Renton in West Dumbartonshire, the fishery is stocked with hard fighting Rainbow Trout, Blue Trout and Brown Trout.

Golfing around Loch Lomond

There are 17 local golf courses that give you a feast of opportunities plus there is the exclusive Loch Lomond course, with it's World Invitation Open championship and holders of the Solheim Cup.

Course Holes Description
The "Wee Demon" 9 The 9-hole Wee Demon at Cameron House is not for the faint hearted. The older of the Cameron House courses is cleverly designed, and offers quite a test.
Helensburgh Golf Club 18 Nestling on the shore of the great river Clyde, Helensburgh is only 23 miles north west of Glasgow. With excellent train and road links Helensburgh is easily accessible.
Vale of Leven Golf Club 18 Vale of Leven Golf Club was founded in 1907. Situated in Alexandria, close to Loch Lomond, it boasts a beautiful 18-hole course with stunning views over the loch and surrounding mountains, including Ben Lomond itself.

Places of interest

Leisure time, a precious thing to us all. If you are looking for ideas on how to spend your leisure time Loch Lomond has plenty on offer.

With such a diverse landscape there are plenty of age old and new skills that you might like to turn your hand to and take away a true Loch Lomond experience.

With water skiing, fishing, nature trails and cycle routes there is something for people of all ages.

Place of Interest Description
Glengoyne Distillery Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world. An award winning malt, it's the product of an unconventional process, remarkable ingredients and the pride and passion of its people.
Mugdock Country Park Mugdock Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions offering a great countryside experience.
Auchentoshan Distillery The visitor reception centre offers a full range of Auchentoshan Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies as well as a selection of high quality gifts.

Restaurants near Loch Lomond

Within a short walk there is a choice of five restaurants/bars. The Cruin bar/restaurant is a five-minute walk and overlooks the loch to Ben Lomond. The famous Cameron House Hotel (five star) offers various restaurants, bars and lounges it also provides facilities such as shooting, fishing, quad-biking, water sports, massage and beauty therapy.

A short taxi ride or a 30-minute walk along the lochside is the nearby town of Balloch where you will find various bars and restaurants.

Restaurant Food Type Description
Princess Rose Chinese At the Princess Rose our meals are individually prepared to the highest standard, in the traditional Cantonese and Pekinese manner.
Duck Bay Traditional With its extensive menus and unsurpassed views our restaurant at Loch Lomond is one of Central Scotland?s finest
The Cruin Bar & Restaurant Traditional The Cruin restaurant was opened in the summer of 1998 and since then, has gained a reputation for quality food with one of the finest settings on the shores of Loch Lomond
Cameron House Various 3 restaurants and bars on the shores of Loch Lomond. The Claret Jug, The Cameron Grill and The Boathouse
Palombos Restaurant Fish & Chips In 1963 Palombos opened a traditional Fish & Chip shop and since has established itself as an award winning, and one of Scotland most popular Fish and Chip shops. Following from this in 2007 Palombos opened a café bar offering a fusion of Italian and Scottish food and a fine selection of whiskeys, wines and of course, soft drinks and coffee.

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