Visiting Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
While the picturesque waters of Loch Lomond might be what attracts most visitors to the area, the Loch (Scottish term for lake) actually forms part of the beautiful Lomond and Trossachs National Park, meaning that visitors who make the half hour trip northwest from the centre of Glasgow will quickly learn that there’s a whole lot more to discover in this tourist-friendly area than a large expanse of fresh water.
Surrounding Loch Lomond itself are a string of villages and towns, some rural and some with a more urban feel. Discover the town of Balloch, a fabulous little place that takes up the majority of the southern shoreline and offers a range of interesting restaurants and cafes, an excellent sealife centre and a diverse range of shops to explore. Parklands are plentiful, with Balloch Park and its castle a highlight, but a short drive northwards on either side of this stretch of water brings you to the more remote, and wild, reaches of Arrochar in the west and Aberfoyle in the east. There’s plenty to see and do here, from watersports to hiking, so it’s no wonder Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations.
Where to Stay
From pleasant and pretty Bed and Breakfasts to high-end luxury hotels, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs knows how to look after its guests. There’s something here for every budget to enjoy, from 5 Star luxury baronial accommodation to youth hostels with a view, but wherever you choose to lay your head you will guarantee that you’re never far from everything this fabulous location has to offer. Check out our Where to Stay in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs page for some great suggestions.
Where to Eat
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is a diverse destination, and its range of eateries is a true reflection of that. If you have the time to wander, you can find some outstanding village cafes serving interesting local cuisine, while it’s also possible to uncover hotels offering outstanding dining with Michelin starred chefs at the helm. From seasonal Scottish cuisine to a range of menus from around the world, finding your favourite restaurants in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs isn’t a difficult task. Follow this link to check out some of the area’s best restaurants in our Where to Eat in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs page.
Activities in Loch Lomond
Land, sea and air, this unique destination really has it all. The mountainous Arrochar Alps, and an impressive collection of Munro’s (the name given to Scotland’s highest mountains) create a dramatic skyline between the labyrinth of inland waterways and the sea to the west. Whether you want to rev up the adrenalin with some exerting physical activity or take it slow with and enjoy the scenery you’ll never be bored here. From zip lines and high wire climbing to speedboat tours and bicycle hire, there’s an endless choice just minutes away from Glasgow, Scotland’s capital city. Check out our What to Do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs page for some great ideas to fill your time.
Getting to the southern stretch of Loch Lomond where the famous Loch meets the village of Balloch is simple. Direct trains run from Glasgow Queen Street station every half an hour, giving you time to enjoy the scenery on your way past the ClydeRiver as you head out of the city. If you’re good at working out timetables then buses are also pretty regular, but depending upon where you start your journey, you might need to make a few changes to reach your final destination. The best method is by car, giving you the chance to explore the area at your leisure, and with so many lovely spots largely untouched by public transport, you’ll guarantee you won’t miss a thing.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is prone to changeable weather, much like the rest of Scotland. Dress warmly during the winter months and be prepared to bring some wet weather clothing even in the summer. If you’re heading into wilder areas then you’ll want to bring sturdy boots and walking gear – it’s no walk in the park – and if it’s the mountains you’re heading for, extra care needs to be taken at any time throughout the year.