From walking, to hiking, and cycling to flying, there are many ways to explore the natural beauty of Loch Lomond. But one of the best ways to explore Loch Lomond is to take to the water on a boat trip. With daily Loch Lomond boat trips departing from various points along the loch’s shore, including Balloch, Luss, Tarbet, Balmaha, Rowardennan and not forgetting, the Cameron House Marina, you will find a boat trip that ticks all your sight-seeing boxes in Loch Lomond.
Here is a selection of some of the best companies who provide boat trips and tours on Loch Lomond.
Sweeney’s Cruise Co.
A family run business, Sweeney’s Cruise Co. have operated Loch Lomond boat trips since the 1880s! Experts in their knowledge of the loch, they offer a variety of seasonal boat trips including the popular Island Discovery Cruise which departs twice a day from Balloch and features commentary from Neil Oliver. A Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become well-known for his popular BBC television series’ A History of Scotland and Coast.
The 2 hour long Island Discovery Cruise will take you past some of Loch Lomond’s most famous islands before heading towards the picturesque village of Luss. Sweeney’s also offer a range of shorter boat trips, ideal for those looking for just a taster of Loch Lomond.
Cruise Loch Lomond
Cruise Loch Lomond, based in Tarbet, operate a selection of adventure, relaxation and specialist cruises, departing from Tarbet, Luss, Inversnaid and Rowardennan.
Combine your love of nature with the RSPB Wildlife Cruise, or pack your walking boots and get on board the West Highland Way Rambler or Ben Lomond Hike cruise. Or if you’re simply looking to sit back and relax, enjoy one of their 90 minute cruises, taking in the fjord-like northern part of the loch, or the wonderful landscapes of Rob Roy Country. You can also discover the rich history of the loch and surrounding area, from feuding clans to the Viking invasion with the circular Capercaillie cruise.
Loch Lomond Leisure’s Speed Boat Tour of Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond Leisure operates a selection of speed boat trips on Loch Lomond, with various departure points around the loch. For a whistle-stop tour of the loch and for those tight on time, consider their short speed boat tour which takes only 20 minutes and departs from Luss Pier.
At 23 miles long, there is a lot of loch to discover, and to make the most of it, Loch Lomond Leisure offer a range of memorable full day cruise options. Cruise slowly between the loch’s many islands before your skipper cranks up the speed out in the open water, turning the surrounding landscapes into a mere blur. You can also arrange for your skipper to stop off for refreshments at various restaurants around the loch.
Water Bus Loch Lomond
The Loch Lomond Waterbus offers a regular waterbus service between both shores of Loch Lomond. Operated by Loch Lomond Cruises and Sweeney’s Cruise Co., the waterbus offers departures from various points on the loch including Inveruglas, Inversnaid, Tarbet, Rowardennan, Luss, Balmaha and Balloch. The waterbus service was designed to provide visitors with a link between Loch Lomond’s two main train stations, Balloch and Tarbet, allowing visitors to easily explore as much of the National Park as they wish to.
The Celtic Warrior at Cameron House
Experience true luxury on board the Celtic Warrior, the legendary Cameron House motor cruiser. Departing from the Cameron House Marina, each cruise trip lasts 60 minutes and is an experience not to be missed.
Cruising past various islands of Loch Lomond including Inchmurrin, as well as the hidden coves situated around the banks of the loch, our skippers will regale you with tales of the loch’s rich history and point out the most scenic spots to snap a photo.
All Celtic Warrior cruises include a glass of champagne, which can be enjoyed on-board from the upper deck, making the Celtic Warrior cruise one of the most memorable and exciting ways to experience Loch Lomond.
With a selection of cruise types on offer for hire, including a family cruise and exclusive private hire, a trip on the Celtic Warrior boat will add some extra sparkle to your visit to Loch Lomond. The Celtic Warrior can even be the stunning backdrop to your romantic proposal on Loch Lomond, just get in touch with our team to discuss.
If you’re looking to explore Loch Lomond for more than a day, consider Cameron Lodges as your base for a self-catering break. We have a selection of lodges, bungalows, cottages and apartments available to rent, all of which include access to our award-winning resort spa and 20% off treatment prices, and discounts on food and drink at our resort restaurants. The Cameron Lodges resort also boasts two stunning golf courses and lodge guests can enjoy discounted green fees throughout their stay.