Loch Lomond in Summer
The idea for our series of guides to the seasons in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs was mainly to promote the non-summer months.
The still, cool, crisp winter days, the bluebells of spring and of course the stunning vibrant autumnal colours. The clear aim to show Loch Lomond as a total year-round destination, hopefully encouraging off season visits. Summer takes care of itself, drawing visitors from across Scotland, The UK and the world, although as we often find some areas can be incredibly busy and then other nearby gems are much quieter and less visited. Throughout this website we aim to try and promote all parts and qualities of the National Park.
Any feature about summer in the National Park has to include a taster of some of the many excellent events that are staged during the summer within communities all across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.
Top 10 Summer Views - Loch Lomond & the Trossachs
Here are 10 of our favourite summer views. Some of them are very well known, others less so, for each one listed there are ideas of nearby places and activities.
As always with any Top 10 list on this website we’re just scratching the surface as the list could be almost endless. Please leave a comment to tell us about your favourite summer days in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, using the comments box at the bottom of the page.
1. Island Adventure
Take a speedboat tour to explore some of the amazing Loch Lomond islands, like this one, Inchmoan Island, with beautiful sandy beaches. Portnellan Farm run daily speedboat tours, combine a trip with a visit to Aber Shore (details below). Click the link below to read more about our recent speedboat tour around the southern Loch Lomond islands.
2. Aber Shore
Walk along beautiful Aber Shore, near Gartocharn. This is part of the Loch Lomond Nature Reserve and the Loch Lomond RSPB reserve. Get some amazing views up the loch towards Ben Lomond. Nearby you will find the excellent RSPB visitor centre and Duncryne Hill, better known as The Dumpling. Click the link below to find out how to access Aber Shore.
3. St Fillans
St Fillans is a beautiful little village at the end of Loch Earn, right on the edge of the National Park. Follow the wonderful BLiSS Trail and see the special pieces of architecture that link the nearby communities. Click the link below to read more about the award winning trail and to access their brilliant new app guide.
In July each year Callander stages Summerfest a fortnight packed full of interesting events. Callander is also a great place to hire a bike and take the Number 7 cycle path to Strathyre, alongside Loch Lubnaig. There are events taking place all across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs each summer, with many communities staging Highland Games, click the link below to find out more.
This is the view from An Ceann Mòr, a scenic viewpoint at Inveruglas, Loch Lomond. This features in one of our most popular guides - The A82 Road Trip!, this i describes the points of interest on the A82 that runs from Balloch to Tyndrum, passing Luss, Tarbet, The Drovers Inn, Falls of Falloch as well as the scenic look out in Inveruglas. click below to view that guide.
6. Cormonachan Woodlands
This is the view of Loch Goil from Cormonachan Woodlands. The only thing that is likely to distract you from the excellent views, will be the beautiful red squirrels that can also be seen taking food from the feeders.
In the corner of the picture you can see the recently built contemplation shelter. See our guide below of the amazing views and experiences of Loch Goil.
It’s another boat trip, this time a cruise around the islands from Cruise Loch Lomond. Trips run from the new pontoon along the West Highland Way pathway. See our guide to Balmaha, linked below. Enjoy good food and drink at The Oak Tree, climb Conic Hill and visit the Tom Weir Statue.
8. Three Lochs Drive
The start of the Three Lochs Drive can be found along the dramatic, winding, Duke’s Pass road, our guide is linked below. There are new camping facilities at Loch Achray and the excellent Loch Katrine experience is just a few miles away.
9. Drymen Square
The village of Drymen is close to the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. On Thursday nights during the summer the local community organising ‘Bagpiping in the Square’, with the Strathendrick Pipe Band performing for locals and tourists.
Drymen is a great place to base yourself, with plenty of accommodation options and places to eat and drink. There is also lots to explore nearby, including Balmaha, The Trosachs, Glengoyne Distillery etc. See our guide to Drymen linked below.
The pier at Blairmore is Victorian and has been restored. The local community have created a great outdoor environment, with gardens, play areas and picnic spots overlooking Loch Long.
Blairmore is on the Cowal Peninsula, with lots to see and do including Benmore Botanical Garden, Ardentinny, Killin, Dunoon and Puck’s Glen.
This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.
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