Top 10 Loch Lomond
We’re building a series of guides to all of the loch’s in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. Even though it is well represented already on this website we must take time to feature Loch Lomond itself. With its close proximity to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland’s largest two cities, it is both much visited and much loved.
Top 10 Loch Lomond
There’s so much to the Loch Lomond story - geology, heritage, natural beauty, villages, communities, islands, wildlife, nature and so much more. This blog though quite simply features a Top 10 list of our favourite places on the Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond.
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10 – Aldochlay
A pretty spot just south of Luss. Here’s a view looking out towards the island of Inchtavannach and from the loch looking in towards Aldochlay. For this and other places in the Top 10 that are along the western shores of Loch Lomond read about our A82 road trip.
9 – Balloch
Next on the list is Balloch and specifically the Maid of the Loch, with all of its history and heritage.
8 – Inversnaid
Inversnaid is well worth a visit for its wonderful waterfall, close to the Inversnaid Hotel. Look out for it if you’re walking the West Highland Way.
7 – Inchmurrin
This is the largest of Loch Lomond’s islands and a lunch stop on the Royal Mail Post Boat cruise that operates from Balmaha Boatyard. The cruise allows visitors to join the iconic island postal sailing, delivering mail to the small number of inhabitants of the Loch Lomond islands. This service has been operating for decades in wooden boats.
6 – Inveruglas
The start, or end of the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way. Two landmarks that can’t be missed here (and are both pictured above) are ‘An Ceann Mòr’ the recently introduced Scenic Viewpoint) and the longer established Loch Sloy Hydro Power Station.
5 – Luss
One of the most well-known part of Loch Lomond, with a lot packed into this pretty little village. Plenty of good places to eat and drink with some popular craft and gift shops. The pier has sailings to other parts of the loch. There’s a really nice atmosphere, especially on a sunny day.
4 – Aber Shore
The southern shores of Loch Lomond are less visited, the walk along Aber Shore is beautiful. This is part of the RSPB’s Loch Lomond Reserve at Gartocharn. It’s an easy walk, on flat ground across fields, paths and beaches.
3 – Rowardennan / Ben Lomond
The top 3 are all on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, starting with Rowardennan. This is where the path starts for a climb up Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly munro.
Pictured above is the memorial at Rowardennan, commemorating those who gave their lives during the two world wars. This is part of the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park, with the famous mountain and the area around it paying a lasting tribute.
The instantly recognisable outline of Ben Lomond is dominant in many views around Loch Lomond, this one was taken on a boat on the loch.
2 – Balmaha
The beautiful bay makes the village, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular places in the National Park. The Tom Weir Statue was unveiled in December 2014 to commemorate the life of Tom Weir, who introduced the beauty of Scotland to many of its population through his long running TV show Weir’s Way.
1 – Inchcailloch Island
The National Park quite rightly describe Inchcailloch as the Jewel in the Crown of Loch Lomond. The island is a nature reserve, preserved and unspoilt. It’s a short ferry trip from Balmaha and provides some of the best views and landscapes in the park.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our 10 favourite places on the banks of Loch Lomond. As with any Top 10 that we compile there were numerous missed places. We will of course feature those on other parts of the website.
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