loch-lomond-1458598669opdAt the heart of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is the loch itself, an immense area of water, 24.5 miles long. Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and a fantastic destination for stunning scenery, and plenty of outdoor activities and interests.

There is a good choice of self-catering holiday cottages and apartments available, including lodges on the shore of the loch, giving you the freedom to explore the area at your leisure

 

Walking and Cycling

This really is great walking country. With a choice of short to moderate and long distance walking routes, there’s something to suit your ability or your mood.

For short walks, try the Millennium Forest Trail at Balmaha, following the shoreline of the loch then climbing up to Craigie Fort; or the West Highland and Rob Roy Circular, through the forest and along a quiet country road

For long distance routes, six of Scotland’s Great Trails connect in and around the Trossachs National Park. Each of these is at least 25 miles long. The Great Trossachs Forest Path takes you from Callander in the east to Inversnaid in the west, and you’ll see plenty of scenery and wildlife along the way.

The West Highland Way was Scotland’s first official long distance route, connecting Milngavie to Fort William. You might not want to walk its total 96 mile length, but you certainly can experience part of it.

The Loch Lomond area is also ideal for hillwalking, including the popular route to Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly munro (mountain).

For cyclists, there are family-friendly routes or tougher mountain bike trails with a rougher terrain to challenge you. The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path is graded as easy but takes in some spectacular views of the Loch and its islands.

Taking the Banks of Loch Eck Loop route provides more tranquil scenery, including beaches and forests.

For mountain biking there is the Old Military Road that includes the three Lochs of Lomond, Arklet and Katrine. And you’ll have a pretty wild experience on The Three Glens circuit, where you climb to the upper part of Glen Kendrum, then dramatically descend at Glean Dubh into Glen Dochart.

On the Water

When you’re here, you really shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience the water up close on a loch cruise.

On a loch cruise you’ll get unique views of the mountains and countryside and the various loch islands. Cruises on Loch Lomond run from Balloch and all along the western shore, from Luss, Tarbet and Inveruglas.

There are also cruises on Loch Katrine departing from Trossachs Pier.

Other water activities on Loch Lomond include canoeing and kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. You can also enjoy a bit of swimming, if you feel up to the challenge of the loch’s water temperature – plenty of people enjoy it.

Unmissable Views

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is abundantly blessed with places where enjoying the view is its own reward. There are almost too many locations to choose from but there are some key ones not to miss.

The mirrored lookout cabin at Loch Voil offers spectacular views of the landscape while the mirrored stainless steel of its outer surfaces reflects the surroundings to mesmerising effect.

Also to the north of the Trossachs are the Falls of Falloch. The Woven Sound shelter space here is a long trellis of woven steel rods overlooking the waterfalls. It offers the opportunity for a close up view without being overly intrusive on the encompassing landscape.

Finally, the An Ceann Mòr viewpoint at Inveruglas, on the shores of Loch Lomond, is an architecturally intriguing wooden structure, pyramid shaped, where viewers can climb to its apex to experience superlative views of the loch and surrounding mountains.