Things to Do in Loch Lomond
Posted on: 15 August 2016 by Steve Harper
Situated along the Highland Boundary Fault, Loch Lomond is a 24.5 mile stretch of freshwater, the largest loch in Scotland.
It contains over thirty islands, with the largest being Inch Murrin. In July of 2002, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area received National Park status which is a testament to its extreme beauty and importance to Scotland. It is a popular tourist destination due to its location between the Central Lowlands and Highlands and in 2005, a Radio Times poll voted Loch Lomond the sixth Greatest Natural Wonder in Great Britain.
The Glengoyne Distillery has always been an incredibly popular attraction for visitors, along with the Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton and the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. These attractions give tourists a real feel of the old traditions of the Scottish Highlands and how they are incorporated in to modern Scottish life today.
Scotland is a stunning country of forests, lochs, woodland and hills, and there is a wealth of natural scenery through which to walk. Trails around Loch Lomond and through the Trossachs National Park cater to all levels of walking ability, from beginner all the way through to seasoned expert. You can test yourself by ascending Ben Lomond or you can enjoy an easier stroll along the flatter loch shore. There is something for everybody but the weather can change very quickly so be sure to venture out fully equipped.
Where To Stay
There are plenty of accommodation options from large and small hotels to bed and breakfasts and campsites. If you want to really enjoy the authentic Loch Lomond experience, a self-catering stay is just the way to do it. There are various options including the Cameron Lodges, where the accommodation is a home away from home and there's the complete freedom to travel and explore at your own convenience.
Loch Lomond has so much to offer to tourists with varied interests. Along with the obvious walking trails, there are attractions such as the Blair Drummond Safari Park that is filled with animals and makes for an exciting day out. If you want to get even closer to some Scottish animals, then the Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre might be the outdoor activity choice for you. The weather might not always be the very best in the world, but the atmosphere of the Scottish outdoors is something that should not be missed, and the area gives you plenty of opportunities to make the most of it.
Museums And Castles
Dumbarton Castle is probably the most iconic castle in the Loch Lomond area, it stands guard over the Clyde estuary and sits atop an isolated group of basaltic rock that rises up from the shore.
Another must visit historical attraction, set in a massive 200-acre estate of glorious Scottish countryside is Balloch Castle and Country Park. This castle incorporates a glorious nature trail and moated mound that gives it a truly fairy tale feel. The original Balloch Castle was one of the historic homes of the Earls of Lennox in the early medieval period, and when you visit the sight you can just imagine how regal it would have been to wake up every morning as the owner of such a magnificent building in the beating heart of Scotland.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is a magical area of a beautiful country and visitors will never fail to be impressed nor satisfied with a visit here.