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Views over Loch Lomond

We’ve all heard of Loch Ness, but a visit to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the slightly less famous, but just as impressive, Loch Lomond. At 24 miles long and 5 miles wide, the beautiful Loch Lomond is the largest inland body of freshwater in Britain, and is part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It’s quickly becoming an extremely popular attraction for families, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Home to an abundance of wildlife and surrounded by vast stretches of mountain, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park truly is one to add to your travel wishlist!  If you’re looking for things to do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, look no further. We’ve got you covered! 

1. Ahoy There! Catch the Waterbus:


Catching the bus wouldn’t usually feature on our list of exciting things to do in Scotland, but it certainly does when the bus in question is a boat! There’s no better way to experience the lochs than by crossing them, and with over 30 islands in Loch Lomond alone you really aren’t short of places to explore. For some, catching a waterbus is simply a way to reach the lochs’ other shorelines, but for many it’s almost like a mini-cruise. If you thought the views of the surrounding mountains were breathtaking from afar, wait until they’re towering above you!

There are plenty of places to catch the waterbus from, and also plenty of places to visit.

  1. At the top of the list is a visit to Inchoailloch, Loch Lomond’s largest island. With a picnic area and three different walking routes, a whole day could be spent enjoying the tranquility of the woodlands. Keep your eyes peeled for the deer!
  2. Children will particularly love a trip to the Bird of Prey Centre, home to over 25 species of bird, and the Sea Life Centre, both in Balloch. 
  3. A trip to Balloch wouldn’t be quite complete without a blast from the past! Venture aboard the Maid of the Loch, the last paddle steamer made in Britain, for an insight into shipping in the 18th/19th centuries.  
  4. The shores of Loch Katrine are home to Scotland’s famous red squirrels, so a drop off here is a must for the nature-enthusiasts amongst you! 

 

 

sweeny cruises Loch Lomond 

2. Make a Splash! Watersports Activities: 

 Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is home to 22 lochs and one lake, so there’s one activity that many visitors just can’t resist trying out: watersports. From swimming to windsurfing, there really is a watersport for every age and ability. The open waters provide more than enough room to get to grips with whatever activity you choose, and in addition each of the lochs have wonderful shores and bays to explore.  Many of the lochs offer opportunities to rent canoes and kayaks, but if you fancy something a little different why don’t you try your hand (or foot!) at paddleboarding? Stand up paddleboarding, sometimes know as SUP, is quickly becoming one of the most popular watersports. Be careful though - if you fall in, don’t expect to live it down! If there’s one thing children love more than trying something new, it’s being better than their parents. Once you’ve mastered that, there are also plenty of places to give windsurfing a go. In fact, Loch Lomond itself is one of Scotland’s most popular areas for windsurfing.  For a slightly more leisurely day, there are also plenty of opportunities to go boating. Catching the waterbus is a must, but there’s also something special about renting your own boat. Motorboats are useful for reaching the islands, but peddle boats are just as fun for those of you looking to stay close to shore!

 

wakeboarding at loch lomond

3. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star... Stargazing: 

 Amongst the hustle and bustle of city life, it can be difficult to remember that there’s a world outside of offices, traffic jams, and hundreds of flashing lights. It’s true when they say the city never sleeps! That’s why it’s particularly refreshing when you have the opportunity to escape the chaos of everyday life, and relax within the peaceful setting of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Not only is the National Park incredibly quiet at night, but its remote location means that there’s little light pollution. So, when the sun goes down, why don’t you wrap up warm and go stargazing?  Stargazing is the perfect activity to get the entire family involved, and although you have the opportunity to you don’t have to travel far. Simply step outside, look up, and you’re bound to have a fantastic evening! All you need are clear skies away from any artificial lights, perhaps in a nearby park or wooded area. Children in particular will enjoy seeing which constellations they can spot (and the opportunity to stay up a little bit past their bedtime!). Ten points to whoever finds the Milky Way first!  Here are our top tips for a successful night of stargazing:  

  • Always stay in areas open to the public. Of course you’ll want to find the perfect stargazing spot, but it’s much more important to stay safe!  
  • Stay away from artificial lights, including street lights, cars, or well-lit residential areas. 
  • Wait until the skies are completely dark for the best view! This is usually an hour and a half after the sun sets. 
  • Don’t forget a torch! We know we said to stay away from direct lights, but you’ll be grateful for a bit of assistance when you’re trying to find your way back to the holiday park!  

stargazing at loch lomond

4. Giddy up! Pony Trekking:

 Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is home to an endless number of breath-taking views, and no matter how far you explore you’ll always find something new. Arguably one of the most iconic views is the sight of Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s most southerly Munros, from the banks of Loch Lomond itself. If you’re planning to visit the National Park, this is a view you truly should not miss! For the adventurous types amongst you, how about experiencing this by horseback? Pony trekking is an extremely popular activity in the park, particularly because it’s suitable for novices and enthusiasts alike. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone! You’ll be guided by a qualified instructor, starting with a peaceful walk through the countryside before attempting the slightly rockier terrains. If you love horses (and who doesn’t?) a day at Loch Lomond Pony Trekking might just be the perfect activity for you.  

5. Don’t go chasing waterfalls…(or in this case, do!)

 Hidden amongst the wilderness of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are a number of beautiful waterfalls. Due to the fact that large waterfalls are often closed off you’re rarely allowed a good view - unless you’re visiting ‘Woven Sound’ at the Falls of Falloch, of course! Designed by John Kennedy, ‘Woven Sound’ was constructed to allow visitors to get a little closer to the falls than would otherwise be permitted. The installation is a beautifully-woven steel cage which emerges from the surrounding trees, providing breathtaking views and plenty of photo opportunities.  The Falls of Falloch are incredible, but they aren’t the only waterfall worth visiting in the National Park. Here are just a few you might stumble upon during your woodland adventures: 

Sruth Ban Falls

Sruth Ban, which translates as “the fair torrent”, are a collection of waterfalls located on the Cowal Way. Cowal Way has been ranked as one of Scotland’s most scenic walkways, and we think Sruth Ban may be partly responsible!

The Falls of Leny

The Falls of Leny are also extremely impressive, and are just a short walk or cycle from the town of Callander. They’re part of the Pass of Leny running through the Trossachs, and are located on the Highland Boundary Fault.

Bracklinn Falls

Bracklinn Falls, also situated near Callander, are particularly popular amongst visitors due to the beautiful pool which forms at the base of the rocks. For a slightly different perspective, how about walking across the 20m bridge spanning the gorge? You won’t be disappointed!

Are you feeling inspired to visit yet? We don’t blame you! Luckily, with Argyll Holiday Parks there are plenty of places to stay in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond Holiday Park, Drimsynie Estate, Stratheck Holiday Park & Loch Eck Country Lodges are all situated within the park, so simply pick the site to fit your needs and enjoy!

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