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Guide to the Parks | Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Loch Lomond is the ultimate escape from busy city life.

23 Mar 2020

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If you’re looking for a true getaway in a beautiful, waterside location and a place where you can shed everyday stresses, then Loch Lomond is our recommended holiday park.

The holiday park is situated right next to Loch Lomond, with certain lucky lodges having uninterrupted views over the water.
 

Overlooking Loch Lomond Holiday Park
The view overlooking Loch Lomond Holiday Park

We recommend this holiday park for everyone looking for a tranquil holiday - where the loch waters can wash away stress in a very peaceful and beautiful location - or an active holiday - with plenty of outdoor adventures on their doorstep.

Loch Lomond is an ideal choice if you are happy to spend a little more for truly luxurious accommodation in an unrivalled location.
 

The interior of a holiday home at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
The interior of a holiday home at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Loch Lomond fact! 
Loch Lomond is the largest lake in Great Britain in terms of its width (up to 8km) and length (36.4km)

Does this sound like your dream holiday? 

Enjoy our full guide to Loch Lomond Holiday Park below to discover reviews of what other guests love in the area, our top recommendations of what you have to do in each season and some great events coming up in 2020 close to Loch Lomond Holiday Park.


Quick Guide Menu

1. Is Loch Lomond your perfect holiday?
     a. By who’s in your group
     b. By what you really want from your holiday
2. Learn More About Loch Lomond Holiday Park
     a. Key site information
     b. What can you do on site?
     c. How to get here and road trip ideas!
3. What can you do close by?
     a. Adventure activities
     b. Attractions and places to see
     c. Classic holiday activities - walking, fishing, local beaches
     d. Food and drink - our top recommendations
4. How others have spent their holidays at Loch Lomond
5. Explore the holiday lodges


Is Loch Lomond Holiday Park your perfect choice?

The view over the loch on a sunny winter’s day
The view over the loch on a sunny winter’s day

Groups of friends

With spacious lodges sleeping up to eight people, this is a great place for a group holiday. Get your pals together for a great getaway all together! As well as this, there is plenty to do in the area for everyone to enjoy.

Couples

A snowy day at Loch Lomond from a hot tub
A snowy day at Loch Lomond from a hot tub

The beauty and luxury of Loch Lomond Holiday Park makes it the ideal location for a romantic getaway. With cosy 1-bed ayePods and many lodges and caravans with hot tubs, there are plenty of choices for those looking for somewhere to spend a special weekend with that special someone.

Families who love to get out and explore

If your family have an adventurous streak, Loch Lomond Holiday Park is definitely a choice to consider. It’s well located to make the most of the Scottish countryside, there are plenty of close by activities and things to do. Plus, it’s fantastic location means that it is really easy to get out onto the water.

If you are looking for:

The perfect place to take your children for loads of family fun on-site, we would recommend both Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village and Hunters Quay Holiday Village.

Loch Lomond Holiday Park is perfect for...

The view from Loch Lomond in the evening
The sunsets over the still Loch Lomond in winter

Countryside lovers

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat from the city, then Loch Lomond Holiday Park is the place for you.

It prides itself on being a tranquil holiday park, nestled deep in the stunning Scottish countryside. It is the very definition of a ‘getaway’ from everyday life, it’s almost difficult to not be relaxed when you look out at the views over the loch.

Loch Lomond fact!

Loch Lomond has its very own unique plant. Known as the Loch Lomond dock - or as Rumex aquaticus - it doesn’t grow anywhere else in Britain and can grow up to two metres tall.

Adrenaline junkies

Loch Lomond is also the perfect base for those looking for a more adventurous holiday with plenty of high octane activities located close by. 

There is a long list of activities available including mountain biking, canoeing, archery, gorge scrambling among many others. Whatever adventure you choose, it is sure to make your holiday one to remember. Then at the end of a tiring day outdoors, Loch Lomond Holiday Park is the loveliest of locations to come back to.

Local explorers

If you love to really get to know an area and the locals on holiday, then Loch Lomond should be on your list. 

There are loads of things to do and see in the region around the holiday park. Whether your ideal holiday is pottering around the local towns for great food and souvenirs, going on walks with breathtaking views, or seeing the famous tourist sights close by, we think Loch Lomond is a lovely base to explore the local region.

People happiest by the water/waterside

Holiday homes by the water of Loch Lomond
Holiday homes by the water of Loch Lomond

There is something inherently peaceful about staying by Loch Lomond. The loch is so large with plenty of room for watersports, ferries to cruise it, little beaches for picnics and totally still, tranquil vistas over the stretching out. There is something very satisfying about relaxing in a hot-tub, looking out to a beautiful view of even more water!

If you are looking for:

A busy and bustling holiday park with loads of onsite events and entertainment all year round, then we would recommend both Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village and Hunters Quay Holiday Village.

Argyll Holidays are perfect for...

Bringing Your Four-Legged Friends

A dog at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Everyone loves relaxing at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

We are happy to say that all Argyll Holiday parks are pet-friendly! 
We know that your dogs are an important part of your family, as they are ours. If you want to bring your four-legged friend to Loch Lomond Holiday Park just make sure to let us know beforehand so we can help you book some of our pet-friendly accommodation.

Everyone after a spectacular view

Who doesn’t want to spend their holidays surrounded by beauty? All of our locations in the Scottish countryside means that stunning views are a given. 

Loch Lomond Holiday Park looks out over the loch, Ben Lomond and landscape of mountains to admire (and maybe even conquer if you bring walking boots!).

Learn more about Loch Lomond Holiday Park

A field of bluebells at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
A field of bluebells at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

What you can find at Loch Lomond Holiday Park 

Loch Lomond Holiday Park has a handful of onsite facilities to enhance your stay within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park. 

Undeniably, one of the park’s star features is its setting on the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, giving great access to everything happening on the loch. It is a great location overall for people who like to spend their holidays going out and exploring the local area. 

Plenty of people enjoy a great holiday by staying on the Loch Lomond Holiday Park site for the duration of their holiday. It is especially perfect for those who enjoy relaxing whilst overlooking beautiful and peaceful waterside views.

The Stats

Percentage of people who would book again:
91%
Visit Scotland Rating:
5*s

What is on site?

A map of Loch Lomond Holiday Park
A map of Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Stuff to do on site:

  • We have a small playground for your children. Just to help keep the little ones entertained with somewhere to play, complete with a fantastic view.
  • Enjoy our residents lounge which is a place where everyone can kick back and relax onsite. Plus it includes a pool table!

Practical necessities:

A small playground at Loch Lomond Holiday Village
One of the things to do is a small playground at Loch Lomond Holiday Village
  • We’re also home to a small shop where you can find all of the holiday essentials. No need to worry about whether you forgot the toothpaste at home!

How to make the most of the loch location:

Jetty at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
The jetty at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
  • We have a jetty stretching out onto the loch
  • Hire a kayak from us and explore the loch from a completely different viewpoint
  • Bring your pups down to our little beach for dogs - the perfect place for them to have a splash and play in the water

How to get to Loch Lomond Holiday Park

(Whether you want to take the low road or high road)

The road to Loch Lomond
The road down to Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Loch Lomond Holiday Park is one of the easiest Argyll Holidays parks to get to - just off the A82 and less than 45 miles from Glasgow. You can get the full directions on our Loch Lomond Holiday Park page.

Road trip ideas

If you are happy to take the scenic route to arrive at Loch Lomond, there are some stops we would definitely recommend checking out. 

Inveruglas Pyramid

Less than 1 Mile from Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Inveruglas Pyramid
Overlooking Loch Lomond at Inveruglas | Credit: Andrew Lee

This interesting structure is on the doorstep to Loch Lomond Holiday Park. You can even walk there! Whether you want to learn about its history or just take a unique selfie, it is definitely worth stopping at. 

Dumbarton Castle

If you’re approaching Loch Lomond from the A82, make sure you take a little detour out of Dumbarton to visit the castle. In ancient times, this was Scotland’s capital, and the castle certainly has had a tumultuous timeline since then, from Vikings to Scottish Wars of Independence. It is even said to have been visited by Merlin!

Sea Life

We love Sea Life at Argyll Holidays! When approaching the loch, at the southernmost point is Balloch, where you will find Sea Life Loch Lomond. It’s about half an hour before the holiday park and is definitely worth diverting for. 

There are plenty of unusual sites to see at Sea Life, and even plenty to do - have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish? Check out their Rockpools! Maybe you can say hello to the cheeky three otters in residence. Or, if you’re feeling brave, walk through the tropical ocean tunnel where bonnethead sharks swim all around.

So much to do around Loch Lomond!

Surfs up at Loch Lomond
Surfs up at Loch Lomond

Not only does Loch Lomond and the Trossachs boast some of the most bonnie, bonnie views to see in the whole of Scotland, it also offers plenty to experience. 

Whether you’re outdoorsy or not, love historical architecture or prefer to relax by a lake - this region has it all. 

We have split our list of our favourite things to do into three categories:

  • Adventure activities you’ll never forget
  • Attractions which are definitely worth a visit
  • Classic holiday pastimes including walking, fishing, and going to the beach!

The fun never stops at Loch Lomond Holiday Park and the list of activities is as long as you want it to be. Make sure you have a look at the full list of things to do and remember that when staying with Argyll Holidays, you’ll receive exclusive discounts on your activities.

Hold on to your adventure hats, here are our top recommendations.

An adventure to remember… 
...for anyone who wants to ditch the beaten track

4x4 Adventures Scotland (20 minutes drive)

4x4 Adventure Holidays
Go offroad in one of these 4x4s

Discover the Scottish countryside with a thrilling journey in iconic Land Rover Defenders. 


What better way to discover the National Park and the stunning landscapes than with an off-road experience? Adventure through the loch’s hills, tracks, and everything Loch Lomond has to offer. If you’re not the most confident behind the wheel, then don’t worry, you can opt for a guided experience instead. Trust us, it’s definitely a ride you won’t forget…

An adventure to remember… 
...with adrenaline pumping, heart racing activities

In Your Element (TreeZone 1 hour’s drive)

River Sledging in Scotland
Who needs snow for sledging? Guests love the ‘River Sledging’ activity when visiting Loch Lomond

Outdoor activities don’t get better than this! Try your adventure side out with segways, canyoning, canoeing, and river sledging.

We always recommend the company - In Your Element for their sheer variety of different experiences on offer. Even if you’re out of your comfort zone, you’ll definitely be in your element.

Treezone at Balloch
Feeling brave? Check out the treezone!

For anyone feeling particularly brave, we would recommend a visit to the Treezone at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch. Test your nerves against treetop heights as you explore the tops of branches. You don’t have to worry about getting back down either... thanks to the 65m zipline. They also have a second, smaller course designed for children! So the whole family can have an experience to remember. 

An adventure to remember… 
...To experience Loch Lomond from the waves

 Loch Lomond Leisure (20 minute drive)

Loch Lomond Leisure
Hire some fun equipment from Loch Lomond Leisure 

We suggest packing your wetsuit for this one because it’s time for some splashingly good fun. Get wet’n’wild with Loch Lomond Leisure and their endless watersports equipment and crafts for hire. 

How well can you ride the waves? Because it will be put to the test with wakeboarding, water-skiing, paddleboarding, kneeboarding, and even banana boating if you’re ‘peeling’ up to it. From speedboats which zip across the water, to rowing boats for those who prefer a more relaxed river ride, there’s something for everyone.

Definitely worth a visit for...
...A day out the whole family will enjoy 

Ardkinglas Estate (30 minute drive)

Set within 4,800 hectares of stunning scenery and surrounded by forests and mountains, the Ardkinglas Estate is a haven for any architecture fan. It’s home to the “mightiest conifer in Europe’ and is open all year round for families to enjoy. It’s known as the perfect setting for any occasion.

The woods at Ardkinglas Estate
What will you find in the woods at Ardkinglas Estate?

Plus, if there are any fans of the Gruffalo in your party, you should make sure to visit the estate’s woods. Take little ones on a magical journey through the grounds and follow the trail signs to catch a glimpse of forest fairies and elves, and maybe even the Gruffalo if you’re lucky. 

Definitely worth a visit for...
...pals passionate about the perfect pint!

The Fyne Ales brewery
The Fyne Ales brewery in its picturesque location

Fyne Ales (30 minutes drive)

Fancy a pint? At Fyne Ales brewery you’ll be raising your glasses quite a bit with a guided tasting tour, where you’ll have the chance to experience some of the best quality beer in Scotland. 

After the tour you can  relax in the courtyard with a delicious, fresh pint and pie - what more could you want? There’s also an on-site shop for you to fill your bags with outstanding ales.

Loch Lomond fact!

A view over Loch Lomond

Queen Victoria embarked on a cruise through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in 1869, and The Queen’s View is named after her majesty’s visit - the panoramic viewpoint of the loch is well worth a stop.

Definitely worth a visit for...
...those who want to know the real Loch Lomond

Cruise Loch Lomond (10 minutes drive to Tarbet port)
 

Cruise Loch Lomond
It's only a 10-minute drive to get to a port for Cruise Loch Lomond

Cruise Loch Lomond has several types of cruises, allowing you to experience the loch from the water however you want. 

Do you want a faster one-hour-highlights tour? Perhaps more of an adventure where the cruise visits shores which are otherwise inaccessible. Or if you really want to relax, opt for a full day cruise to fully unwind and watch the scenery pass you by.

Definitely worth a visit for...
... anyone wanting to feel like royalty

Inveraray Castle (40 minutes drive)

Inveraray Castle
The stunning Inveraray Castle

Transform your break into something royalty would be jealous of, with a trip to Inveraray Castle. It’s the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and is definitely a must-see attraction. With three floors to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice of which part of history you want to discover first, from exquisite tapestry rooms to the Armoury Hall where Queen Victoria once visited.

If that hasn’t satisfied your historical needs, then taking a look at the Inveraray Jail certainly will. Watch courtroom trials, see how you’d cope behind the bars, and even sample punishments. Do you reckon you could escape?

Classic holiday fun!

Here are the classic holiday activities which families and friends have enjoyed for decades around the country.

Walking

Walking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Whether you prefer strolling or hiking, there are walking routes for you

Whether you’re a pro-hiker or have just purchased your first walking boots, Loch Lomond has plenty of stunning walking routes for you to explore. Surrounded by beautiful views and calming lakes, this is the perfect location to get those laces tied. 

There are various routes available including family friendly ones. Whether you want to discover Loch Lomond yourself or take part in a guided walk, there’s a choice for everyone.

Check out our favourite walking routes

Fishing

Fishing at Argyll Holidays
Fishing at Argyll Holidays

If you’re surrounded by stunning lakes, you would think that there would be opportune fishing moments, right? Well, you’re not wrong. Loch Lomond is the perfect place for all you budding anglers. You can try your rod at fishing at River Leven, Loch Awe, and Stratheck. 

Want to book a fishing break with Argyll Holidays?

Loch Lomond fact!

Loch Lomond has 15 native fish species and has more native and introduced species than any other loch in Scotland

Cycling

The cycle tracks and forest paths around Loch Lomond allow you to explore the stunning scenery and countryside, no matter your cycling abilities. Discover the hidden sites of the forests and explore the incredible surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. 

Whether you’re after an adrenaline-packed cycle or just a gentle bike ride to take in the beautiful sights, the mountain bike tracks cater for all. You can bring your own bike along or hire a set of wheels.

Beaches

Machir Bay Beach
Machir Bay Beach in Scotland

Loch Lomond itself has some smaller beaches where you can head down to the water. The two of these we would recommend are Luss Beach and Duck Bay.

However, the most popular beaches in Scotland are undeniable the traditional coastal stretches. Here is our list of 10 beaches you can visit in West Scotland.

Where to eat and drink

Although Loch Lomond Holiday Park doesn’t have an onsite restaurant, there are plenty of pubs, cafes and great restaurants in the local area serving a variety of cuisines.

We’ve counted almost 20 eateries around the loch (and dozens more in local towns!), so there is more than enough choice, even for picky eaters. Below we have narrowed it down to four of our favourites, each of which offers something different.

Where to eat and drink… when you don’t want to drive

The Slanj restaurant  (8 Minutes Drive)

The Slanj restaurant near Loch Lomond Holiday Park
The Slanj restaurant near Loch Lomond Holiday Park

We have found the local Slanj Loch Lomond restaurant to be one of the most popular with guests. One reason being the fantastic menu - expect a variety of international cuisines to choose from, all home-cooked with fresh Scottish produce. Plus, they have a variety of local ales to accompany your meal.

The Slanj prides themselves on a friendly and relaxed atmosphere - it is a dog friendly restaurant and at the weekends you can even enjoy live music. 

With so much going on and it being so popular with Loch Lomond Holiday Park guests, we run a free shuttle bus between the Park and restaurant. Meaning you don’t even need to worry about who is going to be driving back!

Where to eat and drink… for a traditional pub night out

The Drovers Inn (12 Minutes Drive)

The Drovers Inn has built its reputation to become one of the most famous pubs in Scotland, thanks to its establishment dating back all the way to 1705. Its friendly, warm, and welcoming nature has led to their saying of “check in as strangers, leave as friends”.

From hearty, traditional Scottish classics with a host of great drink deals - The Drovers Inn is the perfect place to stop off for a ‘wee bite’ whilst exploring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. 

It’s not just great food you’ll be getting, either. You’ll be entertained with live music and maybe even have an extra guest at your table, as their infamous ghosts may join you for the main course.

Where to eat and drink… For a meal with a view!

Duck Bay Marina view
The view over Duck Bay Marina

Duck Bay Marina (26 Minutes Drive)

Now, this eatery is definitely one for Instagram thanks to their breathtaking views of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. A combination of world food (from Mexican to Malaysian) has helped to establish a real Scottish fusion cuisine.

Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea - there’s something for everyone on their extensive menu. Plus, their ice-cream is delicious and a great treat on a sunny day whilst walking the shores.

Where to eat and drink… for an awarding winning pint

The Tullie Inn (30 Minutes Drive)

In the ideal location right next to Loch Lomond, the Tullie Inn has won CAMRA awards for having the best cask ale in the area. So, if you’re looking for a place to quench your thirst, then this is certainly one to look out for. The Tullie Inn is Cask Marque accredited and has a menu that will please everyone.

Loch Lomond fact!

Captain Haddock drinking Loch Lomond Whisky

In the Adventures of Tintin, Captain Haddock’s favourite drink is Loch Lomond whisky. This is a real drink with its distillery located just to the south of the loch!

Planning the perfect holiday, with so much to do...

As you can see, there isn’t a shortage of stuff to do on site and around Loch Lomond Holiday Park. Come rain or shine, you can make your holiday as busy and adventurous as you want. As long as you don’t forget to relax!

We love reading how guests spend their holidays at Loch Lomond Holiday Park in reviews. We’ve collected information to help you spend the perfect break at Loch Lomond based on actual guests' experiences. A taste of what you can actually expect and the fun that others have had in the Loch Lomond area.

A Family Fun Weekend Holiday

A family holiday at Loch Lomond
The family up to some fun at Loch Lomond

Read up on how one family group of six, with teenagers and children, spent a December weekend at Loch Lomond Holiday Park.

What they got up to...

Romantic getaway for a couple and their dog

A pet dog at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Who doesn't want to bring their pup on holiday?

The Scottish blogger Rachel from Tender Loving Style was invited to stay at Loch Lomond Holiday Park in spring and she was more than happy to bring along her boyfriend and his pup.

How they spent their weekend..

An adventure break full of activities

A man and son in a canoe at Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond is the perfect location for an adventure holiday 

This family really made the most of their time away at Loch Lomond Holiday Park, experiencing some of the fun activities on offer close by.

Which activities they chose...

Your home away from home!

Self-Catered Holidays

The pods and lodges at Loch Lomond are like your homes away from home.

A luxury lodge at Loch Lomond Holiday Park
A luxury lodge at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Whether you’re wanting to cook up a feast for your friends in a modern large kitchen with mod-cons, dreaming of relaxing in a hot tub or sauna with your partner, or planning to spend as much time out and about exploring the area, we know that everyone’s ideal holiday home is different. 

Loch Lomond has a wide selection of accommodation for up to eight people, from large and spacious lodges for lots of friends and family, or cosy and comfy for smaller groups.

An interior of a holiday home
Another inside look at one of our holiday homes

Plus, depending on which you choose, our lodges can have all the amenities you need (and some luxurious extras). Or if you prefer to spend less on the home, maybe because you’d rather spend your time and money exploring the area, we have plenty of options for that too.

Want to find your perfect holiday lodge? Explore the different options to suit your needs and budget

Don’t forget to have a look at the special offers page to find yourself a tempting discount, and start your Loch Lomond holiday the right way.

What are you waiting for?

We hope our guide has given you inspiration for your next holiday!

Maybe you’ve been coming to Loch Lomond for years but didn’t know about some of the attractions right on your doorstep. Is there anything we have missed, which you always recommend?

For those of you who haven’t visited before, you can see why we’re so proud of our beautiful local area and holiday park. It is a special part of the world which enchants so many to come back time and time again.

We do believe that Loch Lomond Holiday Park is the perfect antidote to the everyday hustle and bustle. Whether you’re wanting to keep busy with lots of activities, or just want to sit back and relax, there truly is something for everyone. 

So, come to Loch Lomond Holiday Park and escape with Argyll Holidays!

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