101 Things To Do In Loch Lomond
Here is our guide to 101 things that you can see and do in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs. The list of course could be even longer, with so many natural wonders, attractions and experiences.
We hope you enjoy reading the list and experiencing some of them for yourself. The collection is deliberately varied and based on our own personal visits and experiences. Please note the list is not ranked in any way. Also do check availability/opening times before visiting.
001 Climb Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly munro (the term defines mountains over 3,000 feet) features in many views of Loch Lomond. The climb starts in Rowardennan and after the initial walk through the forest the path clears and you can start to see Loch Lomond and its islands. When you reach the summit chances are that you won’t be alone, as this is a very popular walk.
002 Camp in the Trossachs
If you can brave the midges during the summer there are some excellent pre-bookable camping pitches in the Trossachs. These include the ones along The Three Lochs Drive. There is also the new Loch Chon Campsite, between Aberfoyle and Stronachlachar.
003 Visit a country pub – The Oak Tree Inn
The Oak Tree Inn is renowned for its good Scottish food, made using local ingredients. Its location in Balmaha, close to the bay makes it a popular choice. During good weather there is plenty of outdoor seating. The Oak Tree has twice won the accolade of Scotland’s best pub.
004 Fly over Loch Lomond on a Sea Plane
The Loch Lomond sea plane is based at Cameron House and uses the nearby stretch of Loch Lomond as a runway to take off and land. There are a number of different routes and options are available. Your knowledgeable pilot will point out the landmarks and give you some history during a memorable flight.
005 Follow the BLiSS Trail in Bredalbane
From Loch Lubnaig, just north of Callander to St Fillans at the end of Loch Earn, there is a trail of interesting and different art installations. A new audio guide, available through an app, has been produced to help guide you through the trail, introducing local people and the artists who have designed and created the different art pieces.
006 Wake up in an Eco Pod on the banks of Loch Katrine
There are a number of new Eco Pods of various sizes and facilities at Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine. Don’t worry if you sleep in, the whistle of the first cruise of the Sir Walter Scott steamship will certainly wake you up! The site also features a midge proof open sided communal sitting area with fridge.
007 Cruise around Loch Lomond’s islands
Cruise Loch Lomond run cruises around Loch Lomond’s islands, with a new daily 45 minute circular tour from Balmaha. Your cruise will give you some of the nicest views on Loch Lomond, with commentary to introduce the islands. The pontoon/boats are wheelchair friendly.
008 Dine with a view – Lodge on Loch Goil
A treehouse is one of the options for a fine dining experience at the Lodge on Loch Goil. During good weather it is hard to imagine any nicer setting to enjoy the good food on offer, indeed Visit Scotland have used this tree house in their global advertising campaigns to promote Scotland.
009 See the Falls of Falloch – near Crianlarich
The Falls of Falloch can be found just off of the A82, south of Crianlarich. This is one of the many examples of beautiful waterfalls in the National Park. The ‘Woven Sound’ viewing platform allows visitors to enjoy the view, whilst helping to protect the environment of the falls.
010 Climb the Dumpling - Gartocharn
Duncryne Hill, otherwise known as The Dumpling at Gartocharn is easy to climb. The mainly simple ascent is pretty short, but the views are excellent looking towards Loch Lomond from its southern end.
011 Take the ferry to Argyll Forest
A popular way to get to the Argyll Forest region of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs is via the Gourock to Dunoon Ferry. The short journey over transports you to with easy reach of many of the wonders of this part of the Cowal Peninsula. Look out for the Waverley (The last oceangoing paddle steamer) which calls into Dunoon for cruises.
012 Shop, eat and play at Loch Lomond Shores
Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch provides a starting point for many Loch Lomond visits. There are shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. Attractions include birds of prey, tree climbing, mini golf, a children’s playground and sea life aquarium.
013 Visit Rob Roy’s Grave - Balquhidder
Rob Roy MacGregor was a Scottish outlaw, a folk hero who is buried in Balquhidder, which is where he had spent the latter years of his life. The epitaph on his grave reads ‘Macgregor despite them’.
014 Race a duck at Easter! - Aberfoyle
The Lodge at Aberfoyle organise an annual duck race each Easter. Buy your plastic duck from their visitor centre in advance so you can decorate it. The races take place close to the waterfall on Easter Sunday and can get quite competitive within families!
015 Watch Piping in the Square – Drymen
On Thursday evenings, during most of July and August, Drymen Community Trust organise Piping in the Square. The Strathendrick Pipe Band march on to the pretty green in the heart of the village and play for an hour. They’re always very accommodating to musical requests.
016 Visit a Distillery – Glengoyne & Deanston
There are two excellent distilleries, within easy reach of the National Park. Glengoyne is just outside of Strathblane, close to Glasgow and Deanston Distillery is near Doune, on the edge of the Trossachs. Both have excellent daily tours.
017 See the Autumn Gold of Loch Lomond
Plan a trip to Loch Lomond during autumn and see the beautiful colours. Early November can often be when the colours are at their best, plus there are often good deals on accommodation at this time of year.
018 Visit the Lauder Memorial – Argyll Forest
Sir Harry Lauder was the first artist to sell a million records. The entertainer was described by Sir Winston Churchill as Scotland’s best ambassador. Tragically his son John, who was a captain in the army, died during the First World War, his memorial, erected by Harry is close to what was the family home.
019 Row a boat on your wedding day! – Loch Ard
Altskeith House on Loch Ard is a popular wedding venue. Newly married couples have the opportunity to row a boat on Loch Ard as part of their wedding day celebrations. The experience provides good views of the venue itself as well as Ben Lomond.
020 Stop at the Green Welly in Tyndrum
The Green Welly Stop is big and bold, located just on the edge of the National Park at Tyndrum. A popular and handy stopping point on a journey up or down the A82. There is a petrol stations, toilets, gift shop, restaurant and café.
021 Climb Conic Hill
If you’re walking the West Highland Way walk one of your highlights will be the descent of Conic Hill with fine views of Loch Lomond and its islands. The Conic can also be climbed with a walk that starts at Balmaha’s public car park.
022 Sleep in a Yurt – Trossachs Yurts
There are three secluded luxury yurts tucked away down a country lane at West Moss-side Farm, near Flanders Moss on the edge of the Trossachs. Good food is not far away, as this is part of a 150 acre organic farm. Local artists use the space at West Moss side to exhibit their work.
023 Wakeboard on Loch Lomond - Ardlui
Loch Lomond Wakeboarding is based at the Ardlui Hotel, at the northern end of Loch Lomond. A fun and adrenaline filled way to experience Loch Lomond, don’t worry if you’re not an expert as they offer full tuition. They also rent paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.
024 Visit a Victorian walled garden - Ardentinny
Glenfinnart Walled Garden was built in the 1840’s, close to the beach at Ardentinny in Argyll Forest. It is now owned by the local community, who have introduced themed areas and are growing organic food and veg. You’ll get a friendly welcome at the gardens and their events are well worth attending.
025 Take the children pond dipping at Gartocharn
The RSPB has two reserves in Loch Lomond, at Gartocharn and Inversnaid. New paths and trails have recently been introduced at Gartocharn, as well as a viewing platform towards Ben Lomond. Children can enjoy pond dipping, with information boards and knowledgeable RSPB staff to help them to identify what they have found.
026 Enjoy Loch Lomond Ice Cream
Loch Lomond’s first ice cream range was created by St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour in Balmaha, using milk from cows that graze on fields overlooking Loch Lomond. The ice cream is served both in St Mocha and the Oak Tree Inn next door. During summer months it is also available from the kiosk on Luss Pier.
027 Kayak or Canoe on Loch Ard
Park your car at the Village Hall in Kinlochard (leave a donation in their honesty box) and then launch your canoe or kayak onto Loch Ard. Head to Eilean Gorm, the largest of the loch’s islands, where you will find a tyre swing and bothy.
028 Support conservation in the park
The Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs is an independent conservation and heritage charity, supporting many good initiatives throughout the National Park. You can get involved by joining as a member and supporting the local businesses that participate in the ‘Our Park’ visitor donation scheme. At Loch Katrine and Weir's Rest, Balmaha there are collection posts for donations.
029 Drink Loch Lomond brewed beer
The Alexandria based Loch Lomond Brewery is a real success story. Their range of beers can be now found in many supermarkets. Recently they have rebranded their bottles and cans with some striking graphic designs of Loch Lomond.
030 Visit Inchmahome Priory
An on demand ferry will take you to the ruins of the priory on the island of Inchmahome. The island can be found in Scotland’s only lake – The Lake of Menteith, which is in the Trossachs. Previous visitors to the island have included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.
031 Photograph the Milarrochy Tree
The tree at Milarrochy Bay, near Balmaha a much photographed feature. It is in a pretty bay, just beyond Balmaha on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. When the lochs water levels are high the tree is surrounded by water. There are toilets and a National Park Information Centre by the car park.
032 Zip through the forest in Aberfoyle
Go Ape! Just outside of Aberfoyle boasts the longest zip wire in Scotland. The crossing takes you over trees in the Queen Elizabeth Forest to an aerial assault course. Complete the course and then return by the zip wire.
033 Walk the West Highland Way
The famous long distance walk between Glasgow and Fort William is 96 miles. Drymen is the start of the section that goes through the National Park, walk over Conic Hill and then along the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. Just north of Tyndrum is where you leave the park as the path heads towards Glencoe. Lighten your walking load by hiring the services of one of the many baggage transfer companies that will transfer your cases onto your next overnight stop.
034 Relax in a hot tub
Stay in one of the luxury lodges in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, such as Loch Lomond Waterfront in Balmaha, or Loch Lomond Luxury Lodges at Croftamie and take advantage of their hot tubs. A great way to relax after a day spent walking or cycling.
035 Visit Loch Lubnaig
Loch Lubnaig is Just north of Callander. On the A84 side you can get a good view of both the loch and Ben Ledi from the ‘Faerie Hollow’. There is also a refreshment kiosk, bookable camping pitches and designated parking spaces for motor homes. On the western shores you can cycle by the loch through the Forest Holidays site.
036 Explore Pucks Glen, near Benmore
Puck's Glen is a must visit in Argyll Forest not far from Dunoon. Best seen in Autumn, when the colours are even more vibrant and the water levels rise to make the waterfalls and rapids more dramatic. There is a trail to reach nearby Benmore Botanical Gardens
037 Get a selfie with Tom Weir – Balmaha
Visitors to Balmaha can often be seen getting a selfie at the Tom Weir Statue in Balmaha. The much visited statue by the bay celebrates the life of the presenter of the long running TV series Weir’s Way, in which Tom introduced Scotland’s scenery to viewers. Tom’s infectious enthusiasm for Scotland’s scenery encouraged many to venture out of the cities to experience the countryside.
038 Walk the Three Lochs Way
The three lochs of the trail are Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long. The 34 mile route combines the National Park with the Clyde Sea Lochs and includes Balloch, Helensburgh, Arrochar and Inveruglas. The trail is detailed in an illustrated guide book which is available from the official website for the trail.
039 Visit Blairmore Pier – Loch Long
The Victorian wooden pier was thankfully restored by the local community, allowing the Waverely steam ship to once again visit the village. Opposite the pier The Blairmore Gallery & Coffee Shop serves good food and sells local art. There is also a community garden nearby with features to attract all ages, including children.
040 Enjoy events in Callander
Callander Summerfest, in the second half of July features a number of events and activities during a fortnights festival in the town. The opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Teith in Callander is also celebrated at the start of February each year.
041 Visit Inchcailloch Island – near Balmaha
Inchcailloch Island can be reached by an on-demand ferry, operated by Balmaha Boatyard. The island is part of a nature reserve, with a sandy beach at the southern end. The short climb to the islands summit is rewarded by excellent views across the loch to some of its other islands. This is often and rightly acclaimed as one of the most beautiful parts of Loch Lomond, unspoilt and protected it is well worth a visit.
042 Enjoy a round of golf with a view – near Luss
If golf is your thing you won’t enjoy many better views from a round than at The Carrick Golf Course. The Carrick golf course and spa is part of Cameron House Resort on the west side of Loch Lomond and has hosted many prestigious tournaments. You never know who you might meet when playing as the course is known for attracting famous stars.
043 Cycle the Number 7
The National Number 7 cycle route connects Glasgow and Inverness. Within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs it covers an area from Balloch to Killin. Highlights include the section alongside Loch Lubnaig and the crossing of the Glen Ogle Viaduct near Lochearnhead.
044 Pay your respects at Rowardennan
The Ben Lomond Memorial Park at Rowardennan is dedicated to those that gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. A memorial sculpture at Rowardennan was unveiled in 1997 by Donald Dewer who would soon become the first First Minister of Scotland after devolution.
045 Visit Benmore Botanical Gardens
Close to Dunoon in the Argyll Forest is Benmore Botanical Gardens. There are plants and flowers that have been introduced from all over the world. A highlight is the avenue of giant redwood trees that were planted around 150 years ago.
046 Sample Balmaha Whisky
Two hundred years ago some of the Loch Lomond islands were home to illegal stills, producing 100 gallons a day that were transported via Balmaha to Glasgow. Now Balmaha has its own whisky and produced legally this time. Balmaha Whisky has been developed by Oak Tree Inn owner Sandy Fraser, enjoy it in the bar, or buy a bottle at the Balmaha Village Shop.
047 Sail on the SS Sir Walter Scott – Loch Katrine
Named after the famous writer whose poems first attracted visitors to the loch, the steamship and Lady of the Lake have recently increased the number of sailings each year. A popular option is to take your bike on board (cycle hire available) and then cycle back along the tarmac path that follows the loch.
048 Learn camera skills - Balmaha
Photography training courses take place throughout the year in Balmaha. The 2.5 hour course is delivered during a guided walk around some of Loch Lomond’s most beautiful scenery. The course is designed for all levels and will teach you how to take control of your camera to take better photographs.
049 Take a road trip on the A82
The section of the A82 in Loch Lomond goes from Balloch to just north of Tyndrum. This is a picturesque route, with lots of interesting places to stop at. You also get some excellent views of the western shores from the road. Stopping points and places of interest include Luss, Tarbet, Inveruglas, The Falls of Falloch, Crianlarich and Tyndrum.
050 See Ospreys at Aberfoyle
The Lodge at Aberfoyle has a Visitor Centre, where you can view live CCTV footage of nearby Osprey. In the forest itself there is a hide where you can see wildlife, including red squirrels. There are information panels to help you to identify what you have seen.
051 See Rob Roy’s Cave - Inversnaid
Just off the West Highland Way, near Inversnaid there is a cave that is said to be Rob Roy’s hiding place. Legend has it that the outlaw hid here as part of daring raids to steal cattle and sheep. The exterior of the cave can be seen on a Cruise Loch Lomond boat trip. ‘CAVE’ has been helpfully written in white to help you to spot it from the loch!
052 Experience Highland Games
You’re spoilt for choice for Highland Games each summer. One of the largest is the Cowal Gathering in Dunoon each August. Kinlochard near Aberfoyle, Killin, Ardui, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Luss, Balloch and Helensburgh are among some of the other communities in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs to host their own Highland Games.
053 Visit Inchmurrin Island - Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond’s largest island can be reached by an on-demand ferry from Arden (just off of the A82). There are walking trails, beaches, self-catering cottages and a restaurant. The post boat operated by Balmaha Boatyard includes a stop on the island for lunch when it is in operation.
054 Re-discover steam on the Maid of the Loch
Loch Lomond’s last paddle steamer can be visited at its berth in Balloch, close to Loch Lomond Shores. The charity and its volunteers have been working tirelessly on a major restoration programme and are making excellent progress to realise their dream of getting the Maid of the Loch back sailing again.
055 Drink Loch Lomond Coffee - Balmaha
In Balmaha brothers Stuart and David Fraser have opened The Loch Lomond Coffee Co. a coffee roasting facility in their St Mocha Coffee Shop. Book a free tour in advance to watch a roast. A red squirrel is the emblem of the brand and a donation of 50p for each bag sold goes to help red squirrel conservation in the National Park.
056 Kayak to a Loch Lomond island
Many of Loch Lomond’s islands are privately owned, or small and uninhabited. Inchmurrin and Inchcailloch are served by ferries, the rest are best reached by kayak. Inchfad is the closest to Milarrochy Bay and Clairinsh, which is part of the Loch Lomond Nature Reserve is closest to Balmaha.
057 Visit Carrick Castle, Loch Goil
You can’t go inside the 14th century castle, as it is now in private ownership. However Carrick Castle, both the building and the tiny community that takes its name has made the list because of the pretty spectacular setting on the banks of Loch Goil.
058 Photograph a 'Highland Coo'
You can see Highland Cows as you travel around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. Often visitors will stop along the road to take a photograph. At Kimahog the Trossachs Woollen Mill famously have a couple of Highland Cows in their grounds. They ask that if you want to feed them it should be with vegetables only.
059 Buy local art in Cowal
Around Argyll Forest and the Cowal Peninsula there is a talented group of independent artists. Each September there is a week where they all open their studios for public visits. One of those artists is Moira Ferguson of Kilmun who creates decorative and functional clay pieces from her studio overlooking Holy Loch.
060 Rent a bike
There are many places where you can hire bikes to explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. Bike shops in Callander, Lochearnhead and Aberfoyle are located close to the Number 7 Cycle Route, which runs along the old former railway lines.
061 See Bluebells in Loch Lomond
There are many places in the National Park that for a few weeks in May have a beautiful carpet of bluebells. One of the best is Inchcailloch Island.
062 Camp on the beach at Ardentinny
Camping pitches and toilet facilities are available (in season) at Ardentinny, Cowal’s longest sandy beach, on the banks of Loch Long.
063 Follow the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail
The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail starts at Dumbarton Castle and includes Helensburgh, Cove and Kilcreggan. The trail is completed on the banks of Loch Long at Arrochar. Look out for the information boards along the route, to find out more about local history and to learn about the wildlife and nature that can be seen nearby.
064 Stay at Monachyle Mhor
The single track road along the banks of Loch Voil provides a dramatic way to the fine dining and artistic bedrooms of the renowned boutique hotel Monachyle Mhor, near Balquhidder. The modern hotel has been stylishly developed within an 18th century farmhouse.
065 Get a panoramic view of Loch Lomond
Drumkinnon Tower can be accessed via the Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch. Take the lift to the top floor and enjoy the excellent panoramic view across the loch. You can see the Maid of the Loch steamship, berthed nearby with Ben Lomond in the distance.
066 Photograph a sunset – Drymen Viewpoint
There are so many good places to watch the sunset in Loch Lomond. A vantage point such as the Drymen Viewpoint lets you see the loch in the distance with all of the fields in between giving some depth to your photograph. Keep your camera with you on a winter visit as you never know when the sky can suddenly turn orange.
067 Eat a Trossachs Pie
The Trossachs Pie & Pastry Co. company have won a stack of awards for their pies. They are delicious and another good example of locally produced food and drink.
068 Play in the Park - Balloch
The National Park’s only country park, Balloch Castle Country Park, is at the southern end of Loch Lomond. The two hundred year old castle in the grounds is mainly unused today. There are several play parks for children close by. An autumn visit is rewarded by the strong colour of the gardens.
069 Learn more about the National Park
Aa helpful ranger, or a visit to one of the Visitor Centres will tell you more about the history, wildlife, nature and geology of Scotland’s first National Park. At the National Park Visitor Centre in Balmaha you can learn about the Highland Boundary Line that crosses Scotland, including Loch Lomond and separates the Highlands from the lowlands.
070 Visit Luss
The pretty conservation village is one of the most visited places in Loch Lomond. You can hire a boat or take a cruise from the pier, or follow the newly introduced children’s Faeriee Trail. There are some good restaurants in the village as well a clan shop. The church in Luss is one of the most popular for weddings in Scotland.
071 Enjoy a Forest Walk in Balmaha
The Millennium Forest Path provides a short, but very enjoyable walk around Balmaha. The walk starts at the public car park and leads up to Craigie Fort where there are good views of the nearby islands on Loch Lomond. The path merges at a point with the route of the West Highland Way Walk.
072 Rest and Be Thankful
The A83 is a very scenic road, going through spectacular scenery towards Argyll Forest and the Kintyre Peninsula. The Rest and Be Thankful pass is 245m above sea level, with a car park where you can take a break, enjoy the view and see the old original road. Huge metal nets are being installed to try and prevent any future landslides closing the road.
073 Shop for whisky and gin in Callander
The recently opened Spirit of Callander shop stocks an extensive range of whisky and gin representing all regions of Scotland. The knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you through the range, there are regular tasting events too.
074 Organise a family gathering in Loch Lomond
We have photographed many family gatherings as Loch Lomond is a very popular choice for many families to bring everyone together from near and far, to celebrate an anniversary or special birthday. There are many rental properties that can accommodate large family groups.
075 Buy Loch Lomond pebble art
The wonderfully named Loch Lomond Rocks use pebbles from the beaches to produce imaginative art that make excellent gifts. See a short film about the making of their art on our Watch page.
076 Climb Ben A’nn in the Trossachs
Panoramic views can be enjoyed at the summit of Ben A’nn in the heart of the Trossachs. As well as nearby Loch Katrine the views extend on clear days towards Loch Lomond and the Arrochar Alps. As these good views can be achieved from one of the smaller hills, Ben A’nn is very popular, so the designated car park by Loch Achray fills up quickly.
077 Visit Bracklinn Falls in Callander
Another waterfall on the list, this one is just outside of Callander. A circular walk from the car park will take you around the magnificent falls, this include the crossing of a bridge that was installed in 2010, replacing the original one that had washed away in 2004.
078 Renew your vows on Loch Lomond
As well as a popular choice for weddings Loch Lomond is the choice for many who wish to renew their wedding vows. Many of the venues can accommodate the smaller, more intimate settings for these moments. You can even renew them on a cruise boat on the loch.
079 Get a panoramic loch view at Inveruglas
The Cowal Way ends at Inveruglas. This is a 57 mile walk from Portavadie to the banks of Loch Lomond. A relatively recent addition has been a pyramid shaped viewpoint An Ceann Mòr, which can be climbed to achieve a panoramic view of Loch Lomond from the elevated platform.
080 Visit picture perfect Balmaha Bay
Balmaha Bay is a picture perfect beautiful village on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. The wooden boats for that are used for the island mail boat service and island ferries help to enhance the view. Looking out beyond the harbour is Inchcailloch Island, whilst behind you is Conic Hill.
081 Cycle through the forest at Ardgarten
Argarten is in the Argyll Forest, close to Arrochar. There are trails through the forest that are ideal for cycling, or you can choose your own route. Look out for wildlife along the way including red squirrels and otters.
082 Explore pretty St Fillans
St Fillans is at the end of Loch Earn and right on the edge of the National Park. It is one of the prettiest villages and a good place to wonder around to enjoy the local shops and restaurants. The Arran Brewery has the Loch Earn Brewery which is a hotel, coffee shop and bar which serves their highly recommended Arran Blonde Beer.
083 Stay at a Youth Hostel
SYHA has two youth hostels in the National Park at Crianlarich and Rowardennan. Both are on the West Highland Way walk. Rowardennan is on the lochside, with a jetty that has water bus links. The site is available as a wedding venue.
084 Enjoy Trossachs Distilled Gin
Scotland has an ever increasing artisan gin market, with each producer adding their own unique story and taste. One of the recent entrants is McQueen Gin, produced at the Trossachs Distillery, just outside of Callander. They have an innovative range of flavours including mint, sweet chilli and mocha.
085 Explore Argyll
The Argyll Forest features some of the best scenery in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. Within the county of Argyll the many other amazing places can also be combined with a visit to the National Park. Highlights include the Clyde Sea Lochs, with Helensburgh in particular, as well as the Kintyre Peninsula and islands.
086 Spot birds at the RSPB reserve in Inversnaid
The RSPB reserve can be reached either by water bus, or by road from Aberfoyle, it is also on the route of the West Highland Way. Look for the board which records recent sightings and keep your eyes peeled, especially for ospreys. Don’t forget to update the board with details of what you have seen.
087 Let your children enjoy the Glen Finglas Play Trail
The Woodland Trust have created a trail for children, with points to play at along the route. The adventure starts at an excellent visitor centre, with colouring for children, information panels and interactive videos. This is just one of the many walks that are part of the Great Trossachs Trail. Glen Finglas is close to Brig o’ Turk.
088 See Lochs Doine and Voil through a mirror box
‘The Lookout’ is a mirror box between Loch Voil and Loch Doine, near Balquhidder. Sit in the box and look towards Loch Doine, whilst seeing Loch Voil reflected in the mirror. This is part of the BLiSS Trail and one of the Scottish Scenic Viewpoints.
089 See red squirrels alongside Loch Goil
Cormonachan Woodlands is another example of a local community working together to improve an experience in the park. These woodlands, near Lochgoilhead are one of a number of places to see red squirrels on the Cowal Peninsula. The trail has hides, to allow you to see the feeding platforms for squirrels. There is also a reflection shelter, with beautiful views over Loch Goil.
090 Enjoy winter days with blue skies and cosy fires
Scenery in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs can be at its most dramatic in the winter months. Bright blue skies can really enhance the views. Plan a winter visit and stay in accommodation that has a warm cosy fire, perfect after a day exploring. Just like we mentioned earlier for autumn, you can also take advantage of many low season offers and bargains.
091 Falls of Dochart - Killin
The falls run through the pretty village of Killin, close to the edge of the National Park. The Bridge of Dochart goes over them and was built in 1760. The River Dochart originates from Loch Dochart, and ultimately flows into Loch Tay.
092 Swim the loch – Great Scottish Swim in Balloch
Open water swimming is growing in popularity. The Great Scottish Swim is one of the biggest annual events in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. The race takes place in August, at Balloch with the backdrop of the Maid of the Loch. The Maid is a good place to watch the start of the races and then Drun
093 Visit Kilmun Arboretum
Here you will find 150 species of tree from around the world. The arboretum was established in the 1930’s and many of the trees have labels detailing when they were planted. From the car park you can choose which trail you want to follow by the distance you would like to walk and the different species that you would like to see.
094 Take to the water at Loch Lomond Shores
Take your pick from pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards that are all available for rent from the beach at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch.
095 Travel by water bus on Loch Lomond
The two main cruise operators on Loch Lomond also run water bus services. The routes include connections Luss with Inchcailloch Island, Rowardennan, Balloch and Balmaha. Tarbert has connections to and from Inversnaid and Rowardennan. Check the websites of Cruise Loch Lomond and Sweeney’s Cruises for their timetables and fares.
096 See the waterfall at Inversnaid
An interesting feature on the West Highland Way walk, the falls at Inversnaid are next to the hotel. You get a good view of them on a Cruise Loch Lomond pleasure boat.
097 Buy local produce at a farmers market
The Sunday Farmers Market at Loch Lomond Shores draws a wide variety of food & drink and craft producers from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. This is a good place to buy bread, shortbread, meat, cheese, candles and sweets. A good example of this is Erincroft Bakery from Brig o' Turk who have a stall at the loch side market.
098 Visit an Agricultural Show - Drymen
The oldest agricultural show in Scotland takes place in Drymen each May. Beyond the judging of competing cattle there are also fairground rides, a beer tent, helicopter rides and craft stalls. The petting tents are popular with children who have a chance to hold rabbits and see a variety of annimals. Local school children also enter poems, stories and art, with awards for the best work.
099 Do the Three Lochs Drive - Trossachs
Look out for the entrance of the Three Lochs Drive on the Duke’s Pass Road just north of Aberfoyle. Loch Drunkie is the star of the three lochs, with places for BBQ’s and loch side walks. There are some fun activities for children along some of the trails.
100 Enjoy the Woodland Light Experience – Near Drymen
At North Ballochruin, near Drymen the woodland comes to life each winter with an interactive light experience. Also available is a fairy trail and just before Christmas a trip by tractor to meet Santa.
101 See Lochs lubhair and Dochart
Last and definitely not least are two neighbouring lochs that are close to Crianlarich. Loch Dochart can be viewed by stopping at a layby on the A85, from there you’ll see the ruined castle on the nearby island in the middle of the loch. It’s neighbour Loch lubhair is the bigger of the two and has a designated car park.
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