“On the bonnie…bonnie…banks…o' Loch Lomond!”
Loch Lomond and its surrounding area is a very popular destination for tourists who often travel from far and wide. Captured in the traditional song, “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”, the loch and the area are highly regarded for their natural beauty with visitors relaxing both on the water and on the loch’s shores. There they are surrounded by the majestic Scottish countryside which includes one of Scotland’s most popular munros, Ben Lomond.
How deep is Loch Lomond?
Loch Lomond, ‘Lake of the Elms’ is a natural body of water which has the largest surface area of all the freshwater lochs in the UK. The loch is a ribbon lake estimated to be 153 metres deep in some of its northern points and only about 30 metres deep in its southern areas.
How big is Loch Lomond?
The loch stretches for a distance of more than 36 kilometres and the width varies between 1-8 kilometres, giving it a total surface area of 71 kilometres squared. The southern shoreline of the loch is approximately 23 kilometres from Glasgow and forms part of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Parks.
Loch Lomond Islands
Loch Lomond has more than 30 different islands, some of which are only visible when the water levels are low. The largest island is Inchmurrin, which is also the largest freshwater island in the British Isles. The wooded island covers 120 hectares and is 89 metres at its highest point. The history of the island is rich and varied with various forms of royalty occupying the island throughout the years.
Loch Lomond Wallabies
The island of Inchconnachan has the unusual distinction of housing the only colony of wallabies outside Australia. Introduced in the 1940s to the island by Lady Colquhoun, it’s estimated that there are around 60 of the animals currently residing on the island. In the past there has been some fierce debate among environmentalists about whether or not the wallabies should be culled as some argue that they pose a threat to the island’s capercaillie population. However so far, they remain on Inchconnachan.
Loch Lomond Wildlife
Due to its size, some believe the loch hosts the largest variety of fish species of all the Scottish lochs. The islands are also home to various bird species such as the Greenland white-fronted geese, which you can spot in the area from September to March, escaping the arctic winters. The other birds can generally be found wading on the shore alongside the local otter families. A range of other wildlife can be found in the hills around the loch including deer and mountain hares.
Loch Lomond Activities
Loch Lomond with its close proximity to Glasgow is widely regarded as a top area for Boating and Water Sports. Visitors can enjoy a number of different activities like water skiing, wake surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. There are great opportunities for anglers with fly and coarse fishing amongst some of the other regular activities. Just don’t forget to get the appropriate permits or permissions before you begin. The annual Great Scottish Swim also attracts thousands of participants and visitors to the local area.
For those who prefer the slightly drier activities, there are a number on offer in the area such as hiking, mountain biking, archery and golf, with our very own championship level, Carrick course a firm favourite for the enthusiasts.
Loch Lomond Cruises
There are various loch cruises which operate from towns and villages like Luss, Balloch, Tarbet and Inversnaid. The well-known paddle steamer, Maid of the Loch, which operated on the Loch, is currently being restored at Balloch pier and will be another great attraction when completed.
Where to Visit in Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond has various villages and towns throughout the area which offer great sights and places to visit. Balloch which is situated on the southern shores is viewed as the entrance and gateway to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The historic and scenic village of Luss lies on the western shores of the loch and other settlements include Ardlui, Balmaha, Rowardennan and our very own Alexandria.
How to get to Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond can be reached easily by car and public transport from Glasgow and other major cities in Scotland. By car it’s around 30 minutes from Glasgow City Centre and approximately 2 hours from Edinburgh. If you prefer to travel by public transport, there are a number of trains from Glasgow City Centre to the local Balloch station throughout the day and the average journey time is around 1 hour 20 minutes.