Explore the best beaches in Loch Lomond
The Best Beaches In Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond & The Troassachs National Park offers a variety of large pebbly beaches, and hidden sandy coves, providing the perfect backdrop to your picnic or family day out during the warmer summer months. With many of the beaches around Loch Lomond offering a choice of water sports, you can have as relaxing or exhilarating day out at the beach as you please!
We’ve chosen our top 4 beaches in Loch Lomond below. Let us know if you know of any other hidden gems that should be added to the list! Tweet us @CameronHouseLL or leave us a comment on Facebook!
Luss Beach in Loch Lomond
Luss Beach is just 5 miles north of the Cameron House resort in Loch Lomond, in the picturesque village of Luss. Although one of many popular beaches, Luss Beach is one of the sandier beaches along the western shore of Loch Lomond, and most visitors consider it to be one of the best beaches on the loch.
Offering spectacular views of Ben Lomond and the best views of Loch Lomond, we think that Luss Beach is an ideal spot to sit back, relax and take in the stunning scenery which surrounds you. Or, if you’re looking for adventure, try your hand at one of the many water sports offered by Loch Lomond Leisure from their base at Luss Beach, including water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and canoeing.
Just 15 minutes away from the Cameron House resort lies the coastal town of Helensburgh, which boasts its own sand and shingle beach. Originally built as a Victorian seaside resort, it’s still a popular destination for families during the summer months, and is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic or, if you’re brave, to try dipping your toes in the waters of the River Clyde. Located at the mouth of the Gare Loch, where it meets the River Clyde, Helensburgh beach provides stunning views of the hilly Rosneath Peninsula.
Helensburgh beach sits below a promenade with shops and places to eat, and has a large car park which is attached to the ferry terminal at the south eastern end of the beach. Helensburgh is also easily accessible by public transport, making it the ideal destination for a family day out.
Milarrochy Bay, near Balmaha
You’ll find Milarrochy Bay 2 miles north of the village of Balmaha, on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. A popular resting spot for those walking The West Highland Way, it has its own Visitor Centre and is also one of the most Instagrammable places on the loch, with The Lone Tree of Milarrochy Bay featuring heavily in some of the most stunning pictures of Loch Lomond you’ll find. If you manage to snap a great picture here, tweet us @CameronHouseLL!
The beach itself is pebbly and perfect for a stroll, walking the dog, or some stone skimming, as you’ll find some beautifully smooth pebbles along the shore. At high tide though, some of the beach can become hidden underwater so it’s worth checking the high and low tide times before setting off on your adventure!
In his guest blog for Love Loch Lomond, Douglas Baird describes a family-friendly walk from Balmaha to Milarrochy Bay that he and his family love to walk, no matter what season it is. You can read about the walking route here.
Inchmoan & Inchcailloch Island Beaches
At 24 miles long, Loch Lomond is home to 22 islands, and 27 smaller islets, some of which boast the most unspoilt beaches in Loch Lomond.
One of the smaller islands, Inchmoan is part of an island group just south of Luss. There are no scheduled crossings from Luss to Inchmoan, making it one of the quieter islands you can visit. However, its large, sandy, sheltered beaches make the island a popular destination with campers and those looking for a secluded spot to enjoy a picnic. The island is only a short stretch of shallow water from the neighbouring island of Inchcruin, making it possible to wade between the two on a warm day (or a cold day if you’re brave enough)!
One of the larger of Loch Lomond’s islands, Inchcailloch is easily accessible, with scheduled ferries operating daily from both Luss and Balmaha, making it a popular tourist destination in the summer months. And although it’s more well-known for its two spectacular nature trails, Port Bawn at the South of the island is a beautiful sandy beach and is popular with families, campers and picnickers alike, thanks to its toilet and BBQ facilities.
Did you know that the Cameron House resort also offers a selection of hidden stretches of sand and pebbles along Loch Lomond shores, where you can relax and enjoy the view, or spot some local wildlife as you stroll along after a delicious meal in The Boat House, or a challenging round on The Carrick golf course?