Fun on the water
What better way to explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs than by water? On Loch Lomond itself, as well as many of the other lochs in the National Park there are cruises and water sport activities available. Here is our guide to some of the most popular services.
Water based activities across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
- For a wedding, or other special occasion charter luxury cruiser Beau Jangles.
- Hire a cruiser and sail on Loch Goil from Loch Goil Cruisers.
- Go Country has an assault course on Loch Ard, as well as many other adventures
- Go fishing on a loch or river in the National Park.
- Loch Lomond Wakeboard are based at Ardlui Hotel and offer wakeboarding, motor boat cruises and paddle board hire
- Canoe and pedal boat hire is available from Loch Lomond Shores.
- Go on board Loch Lomond's last paddle steamer The Maid of the Loch at Balloch.
- A wide range of watersports are available on Loch Earn at the Loch Earn Watersports Centre
Cruises and Water Buses
For a touch of history head to Trossachs Pier and sail on Loch Katrine, on board the SS Sir Walter Scot Steamship. Daily cruises go to Stronachlachar, where you can visit The Pier Cafe for something to eat and drink.
Sweeney's Cruises have been serving Loch Lomond since the late 1800's and today run regular cruise sailings from Loch Lomond Shores and Balloch. On board you can hear commentary by historian and TV presenter Neil Oliver. They also run a series of water bus services connecting Balloch and Luss along with Balmaha and Luss.
Cruise Loch Lomond is another long established Loch Lomond business. Based in Tarbet they offer a wide range of cruises and services, with live commentary. Their regular water bus services connect the communities of Rowardennan, Luss, Inveruglas, Inversnaid, Balmaha and Inchcailloch Island. New for Summer 2018 are daily cruises from Balmaha, around Loch Lomond's beautiful islands.
Balmaha Boat Yard provide the short ferry ride from Balmaha to Inchcailloch Island. They also run the iconic Post Boat cruise, delivering mail to the residents of Loch Lomond's islands (contact for sailing dates). Balmaha Boat Yard's sailings are in beautiful wooden boats.
Calmac operate the Dunoon Ferry ferry service from Gourock in Inverclyde to Dunoon. This is a great way to reach Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and a chance to explore the Argyll Forest and Cowal Peninsula. Look out for summer visiting dates of the Waverley Steamship to Dunoon and Blairmore and enjoy a sailing experience on the worlds last seagoing paddle steamer.
Check boat operators websites in advance for latest routes, timetables and fares. Watch the videos below to find out more: