What To Do in Loch Lomond
What To Do In and Near Loch Lomond
As we all know, there's far more to Loch Lomond than just the song. This beautiful destination offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in nature, explore Scottish heritage or get their adrenaline pumping with some water sports.
Located in the heart of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is known for being one of Scotland's most scenic, natural gems. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a longer stay, there's plenty to see and do in and near this stunning area.
Here's just a few activities we've selected for you:
Hike the Trossachs National Park
If you're itching to get out into the great outdoors, you'll find hiking trails to suit all levels of fitness. Long distance routes like the Three Lochs Way offer stunning scenery to the dedicated hiker, while those who fancy something a little less strenuous can enjoy the winding forest paths of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and admire the beautiful views from the peaks of the Trossachs.
Try a wee dram at Glengoyne Distillery
No trip to Scotland would be complete without pausing for a sip of whisky. Glengoyne Distillery, near the village of Strathblane, is the perfect place for a day outing from Loch Lomond. See how whisky is made with an engaging tour, learn all about the production of this world-famous tipple - and, of course, sample a little in a tasting session.
Have a picnic at Balloch Castle Country Park
On the southeast shore of Loch Lomond, you'll find a stunning, well-preserved 19th century estate. Little about Balloch Castle has changed since 1800 and its rolling grounds are full of hidden treasures like the Chinese Garden, Quarry Pond, Kitchen Garden and Fairy Glen. In the summer months, a kiosk offers snacks for the perfect picnic. Relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch, surrounded by the beauty of the gardens.
Tee off in the home of golf
With Scotland being the home of golf, visitors to the Loch Lomond area will find plenty of options if they want to play a round. We even have two courses of our very own for golfers to take a swing on: the Championship level Carrick course and the Wee Demon. The Carrick is for those a little bit more experienced but even non-golfers will appreciate the chance to admire the fantastic views of the forests and Ben Lomond from this historic course. The 9 hole Wee Demon, although slightly less challenging, offers similarly stunning views of Loch Lomond and in particular, the Cameron House Marina.
Visit Rob Roy's grave
No history fan can go home from Loch Lomond without stopping by Rob Roy's grave. The famous Scottish folk hero lived from 1671 to 1734 and spent almost all his life in the Trossachs area. Scotland's most famous outlaw is buried in the tiny village of Balquhidder, in the north of the Trossachs National Park. His gravestone reads, "MacGregor Despite Them", a reference to the crown's attempt to strip him of his clan name.
Get on the water
Exploring the surroundings of Loch Lomond is unarguably enjoyable, but try getting close to the water itself too. Depending on your activity level and the time of year, there are plenty of options to explore the lake. Sightseeing cruises are a relaxed way to admire the picturesque views, while the more adventurous can enjoy kayaking, canoeing or windsurfing in the summer months. Whatever you choose, it's a fantastic way to spend an unforgettable few hours.