Loch Lomond and The Trossachs – Scotland’s first national park – provides a beautiful natural landscape of mountains and lochs to explore. The Loch itself is an enormous pool of water on which you can enjoy a trip on the Loch Lomond Waterbus, fishing for salmon or trout, or even try your hand at a range of water sports. The park is made up of a number of lochs and over 700 sq miles of land to explore and peaks to climb.
On land you can expect to find a number of activities to take part in, whether walking at your own pace on the mapped out routes, cycling the many cycle paths in the park or taking on a climbing challenge with an experienced instructor, there is something for everyone to do. There is also a number of golf courses in the park for a more leisurely on land experience. The most well-known is Loch Lomond Golf Course, which hosted the Scottish Open in 1996. Situated on the Clan Colquhoun Estate it is surrounding by stunning scenery of mountains and the loch itself.
Walkers won’t be short of routes to explore, as the hills and mountains are perfect for this; if you are lucky you might even get to see a golden eagle soar overhead. Explore the hidden gem of Puck’s Glen, named after Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, a mossy moderate walk on an easy to follow path, or if you want a better chance of seeing the golden eagle walk along the Bird of Prey trail in The Trossachs. Although a 40km trail you can follow the trail in a car, by bus or in parts on foot too.
“Spreading for miles giving out to beautiful natural landscapes of peaks, lochs and islands”
The loch has lots to offer to visitors too, aside from the wildlife spotting and sight-seeing. With canoeing, sailing and windsurfing all on offer across the group of lakes there is some type of water sport for everyone. If you prefer a more relaxed water activity, there are perfect spots for swimming in the lakes and also paddle boarding sessions available.
The Loch Lomond Waterbus are a great way to see the lakes as they criss cross throughout the water and give cycle opportunities between journeys. The waterbus has a number of routes and departure points, including Luss Pier, so do check your route before you travel.