Top 10 Lochs
What is your favourite loch within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs? Here is a list of my favourite 10 to get you thinking….
Just below the 10
Special mention for two great lochs that didn’t quite make the 10… Loch Tay near Killin and right on the edge of the National Park and Loch Drunkie, which is on the Three Lochs Drive in the Trossachs.
(10) Loch Long
As the name suggests it’s long, stretching from its head in the Firth of the Clyde, up to Arrochar, a distance of around 20 miles. Along the shores of the Cowal Peninsula you will find the villages of Ardentinny and Blairmore. The Victorian pier at Blairmore is now operated by the trust and is a stopping point for The Waverley Steam Ship in summer months. At Ardentinny visit Glenfinnart Walled Garden, another restored treasure from the Victorian age.
(9) Loch Lubnaig
Loch Lubnaig sits between two impressive mountains, Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich. The number 7 cycle path follows the route of the former railway line on the western shores. This is one of my favourite cycle routes, leaving the Callander public car park and then cycling to Strathyre and beyond.
On the eastern shores of the loch in Loch Lubnaig's Car Park 1 is Faerie Hollow, the first in a series of different art installations and sculptures that make up the BLiSS Trail. This award winning trail links the communities of Strathyre, Lochearnhead, Balquhidder and St Fillans. The Faerie Hollow is a great spot for looking out over Loch Lubnaig.
(8) Loch Voil
Deep in Rob Roy Country Loch Voil is just west of Balquhidder. The journey along to Monachyle is pretty stunning, on the road that hugs the shores of the loch. This is the route that many take when visiting the renowned boutique hotel Monachyle Mhor. I’ve made this journey in all of the seasons, summer and spring are incredible, autumn takes some beating and winter is not to be missed with snow capped mountains.
A narrow strip of land separates Loch Voil with its near neighbour Loch Doine. See them both simultaneously via the Mirror Box that sits in between them. This is part of the previously mentioned BLiSS trail.
(7) Loch Achray
With scenes like the ones shown above how could you not love Loch Achray? Sitting between Lochs Katrine and Venachar in the heart of the Trossachs Loch Achray is what you see at the end of a journey across Duke’s Pass. It’s also part of the Three Lochs Drive, currently there are new camping facilities being installed. This is also on the National Number 7 cycle route.
(6) Loch Eck
I love escaping to Argyll Forest, exploring a quieter part of the National Park. Loch Eck is easy to get to on the Cowal Peninsula and has many places to view and enjoy the loch. My favourite place is Jubilee Point, pictured above.
(5) Loch Earn
Another link to the BLiSS Trail, as you will find man of the art sculptures close to the road that links Lochearnhead and St Fillans, along the banks of Loch Earn. St Fillans at the edge of the National Park, in Perthshire is one of the most beautiful villages in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.
(4) Loch Ard
I have spent many happy days for work and pleasure on and around Loch Ard. For work I have photographed many weddings at the stunning Altskeith House on Loch Ard, even photographing couples rowing on the loch as the sun sets over Ben Lomond. I’ve also been on family kayak trips on the loch, as well as enjoying the many walks and viewpoints.
(3) Loch Katrine
The iconic SS Sir Walter Scott steamship has been in operation for nearly 120 years. Named of course after the famous poet and his blockbuster series of poems ‘The Lady of the Lake’. Again work and pleasure takes me regularly to Loch Katrine, more recently it has been to photograph and make films about the new eco camp at Trossachs Pier. At the other end of the loch is Stronachalchar with its excellent Pier Cafe. Loch Katrine is great for cycling. Read more in the guide linked below.
(2) Loch Goil
Loch Goil is a sea lock on the Cowal Peninsula, it flows into Loch Long. Like many of the lochs featured it has a stunning, but narrow, road that follows the banks of the loch. This goes from Lochgoilhead onto the community of Carrick Castle. This short drive contains some of my favourite places and views. Places of interest include the Lodge on Loch Goil with its famous tree house and Cormonachan Woodlands. Read about the latter at the link below.
(1) Loch Lomond
With apologies for being predictable Loch Lomond is number 1. I live close to it and love seeing it changing with different extremes of weather through the seasons. There are so many places of interest, with contrasting views around the UK’s largest expanse of freshwater. Towering over the loch is the mountain that provides its name - Ben Lomond. Scotland’s most southerly munro helps to distinguish many views as Loch Lomond.
There’s the 10. Hope you enjoyed the list, let me know about your favourite loch(s) of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs in the comments box below. Thanks for reading.
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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