Even though the largest City in Scotland and the third-largest in the United Kingdom, Glasgow sits in close proximity to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The park is a popular destination for tourists and day visitors from Glasgow and nearby towns. Here are our GSPC top tips for visiting this beautiful area of the Scottish Highlands.
Take a boat
Travelling by cruise ship on Loch Lomond or Loch Katrine is a great activity for the whole family and a great way to see the stunning scenery. The SS Sir Walter Scott is situated on Loch Katrine is the last surviving steamship in regular service in Scotland and is a great way to explore the loch and mirroring the Ben Venue mountain range.
Cycling is probably one of the easiest ways to enjoy the spectacular views of Loch Lomond and its famous islands. For example, the West Loch Lomond cycle path of 17 miles is suitable for all levels of cycling, passing the Balloch Castle Country Park featuring a beautiful walled garden, nature trials and interrupted views of Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Water Ski Club offers water ski lessons from beginner to competition standard beside the ‘Maid of the Loch’ paddle steamer at Balloch Pier. Water skiing is a great way to literally experience the loch first hand!
By foot is the obvious first choice to explore Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. There are hundreds of walking routes to choose from, including The Great Trossachs Paths One and Two and the Ben Lomond mountain walk which is one of Scotland’s most climbed hills due to its gentle terrain and little navigation required.
Where to Stay?
Situated just a six minute walk from Balloch train station, these cabins are less than a ten minute walk from Loch Lomond and just 21 miles from Glasgow city centre. The wood panelled cabins feature all mod cons such as flat screen TVs and ipod docks and upgraded cabins can sleep up to eight people with the addition of a hot tub! Check out more photos and booking options here.
If you are looking for a more luxurious overnight stay, this modern inn offers individually designed rooms and beautiful Loch views. Guests can also enjoy Mr C’s Fish and Whisky Bar. The inn is also less than a five minutes’ walk away from the shores of Loch Lomond. Discover more and prices here.
If camping is more your thing, check out this campsite on the banks of Loch Lomond, offering breath-taking scenery all around the campsite. Boat hire and cruises can be arranged from the Luss jetty and the campsite is located close to Balloch train station and just 500m from a bus stop, making it easily accessible. For further information, click here.