Destination: Loch Lomond


One of Scotland's most famous and beautiful Loch's

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing Loch Lomond

Just half an hour north of Glasgow is Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of inland water in Great Britain, and part of a National Park that includes both the loch and the inspirational scenery of the Trossachs. Loch Lomond has some wonderful contrasts. At the north end, the loch is much narrower and deeper, surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, with Queen Elizabeth Forest Park on the east shoreline and Loch Katrine and the Trossachs beyond. Further down towards the south-eastern end of the Loch, deciduous woodlands hug the shoreline along with the sheltered harbour at Balmaha, an ideal place for water sports and the calm waters make for great canoeing. Balloch Castle Country Park at the southern end provides gentler walking. Ferries and pleasure cruises operate on the loch from the lochside communities of Tarbet, Balloch, Balmaha and Luss and are a perfect way to explore the area.

Loch Lomond

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Region: Scotland

Time to spend here: 2 hours - 2 days

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What's nearby? Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye

What transport do you recommend? This area is difficult to visit without some form of vehicle or on a day tour.

Did you know? In 717AD Christian missionaries St Kentigerna, her brother and son settled on a Lomond island, which because of her became known as Inchcailloch or 'The Island of the Woman'.

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Balmaha is a village on the eastern shore of the loch. Here you can hire a rowing boat and take part in numerous water sports. Just a bit further north from Balmaha is the village of Rowardennan (the furthest north you can take a vehicle) from where you can begin an ascent of Ben Lomond the most southerly of the Munro mountains.
Time to spend here: half day   More information


Balloch on the southern shore of the loch was a former Victorian resort town which used to lure day trippers from Glasgow who would descend on the town as the interchange point between train and the loch steamers. Today the town is still easily accessed from Glasgow by rail and is the main base for Sweeney Cruises who have been operating on Loch Lomond for over 120 years and operate both daily cruises and private charters. Balloch Castle Country Park, just outside the town offers woodland and lochside walks, nature trails and of course a castle. Close to Balloch is the Loch Lomand Bird of Prey Centre which is a rescue, conservation and educational facility with over 28 species of bird.
Time to spend here: half day   More information


Opposite Balmaha on the western shore of the loch is the picturesque village of Luss. A settlement has probably existed here since the 14th century. A few miles south of Luss is the famous Loch Lomond Golf Course, which has hosted the Scottish Open Championship since 1996. This challenging course in spectacular scenery provides a rich golfing experience for players and spectators alike.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information


Further up the western shoreline, Tarbet is a great base for sailing, pleasure cruising and cycling. The 16-mile route between Balloch and Tarbet with railway stations at both ends mean you can travel just one way by bike and take your bike on the train to return. Arrochar, just west of Tarbet, is a village at the top of Loch Long. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Scotland, Arrochar has become a magnet for hill walkers of all skill levels.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

The Trossachs National Park

The Trossachs lie to the east of Loch Lomond. Access to open water paddling by canoe or kayak is particularly good within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. In particular, Loch Drunkie, Loch Achry, Loch Ard and Loch Katrine can be easily and safely reached. At Loch Katrine you can sail onboard the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott and have the legends of the beautiful loch narrated to you by a member of the ship's crew. The town of Callander a few miles east of Loch Katrine has many craft and woolen shops as well as the Rob Roy Centre which has an exhibition and film about the legendary local outlaw.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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