Loch Lomond Things to Do

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    Luss Village

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    The pretty cottages which line Luss streets were originally build in the late eighteenth century to house workers from the cotton mills and slate quarries. The houses were build using local slate, which is very colourful in shades of pinks, blues, greys, cream and apricot. Luss became conservation village when the houses which had fallen into disrepair were totally renovated. The gardens are lush with a myriad of plants and flowers. Only around one hundred people live in these streets, at least one has a sense of humour. I had to smile when I saw the sign on a gate 'Beware Killer Cats' Well if you had a horde of tourist tripping by your door wouldn't you like to provide a warning?

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    Luss Parish Church

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 9, 2009

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    There has been a Church here in Luss since 510 AD founded by the Celtic Saint Kessog, his name in Gaelic is no surprise, he is known as MacKessog the Monk who introduced Christianity to Luss. Many pilgrims followed this Saint to Luss and the Church here was once linked to Glasgow Cathedral. The present Church in Luss was built around 1875 with major renovations both inside and out in 2001. The cost of the renovations was £900,000 with the bulk of the money coming from Historic Scotland - Boy they do a good job in preservation! I particularly liked the lychgate where funeral processions could stop to avoid inclement weather, the round squat tower was interesting and the tri fold window of the Holy Trinity held great significance to me. The surrounding Kirk Yard with its many graves pre dating the present Church is awesome to stroll around and absorb some history.

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    a walk along the shores.

    by margaretvn Written Aug 3, 2008

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    If you park your car at Balloch castle (free parking) you can do an easy walk along part of the shore of Loch Lomond and through the castle gardens. The paths are easy - no steep climbing or rough paths. the castle is not open to the public and is partly surrounded by fencing. I had a headache the last day of our holidays but we did not want to waste a day so decided to do a couple of gentle walks and get some fresh air. Along the shore you get wonderful views of the loch and surrounding mountains. We spent some time watching squirrels play in the castle gardens. I think that the gardens would get busy in the high season and weekends but when we were there it is quiet and peaceful.

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    Glen Finglas

    by margaretvn Updated Jul 11, 2008

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    This is a lovely area of the Trossachs Trail. Glen finglas was one of the most popular of the royal hunting forests during the period of the 1300's to the 1700's. David II, Robert II and the James I - VI all hunted here. It is thought that the glen has one of the largest collections of ancient trees in Scotland and many of these "old trees" can be seen near to lots of the trails.
    the writer Sir Walter Scott was inspried by the glen and wrote his epic poem "Lady of the Lake"which is set around loch Katrine (which is close by). He also wrote a ballad "Glenfinlas" which is set in the glen, it is a lament of a fatal hunting expedition .
    The Woodland Trust owns the area and is restoring the ancient woodland and looking after it. there are lots of trails with good walking in the Glen. We walked to the view point and got some wonderful views of the surrounding area. There is a parking and picnic areas.
    Loch Katrine was my grandfathers favourite loch, he always said that the water from there was the best there was.

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    David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre

    by margaretvn Written Jul 11, 2008

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    on a walk from the Visitor Centre
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    While doing the Trossachs bird of Prey trail take time to stop at this visitor centre.OK it costs 2 pounds to park there for the day but I think it is worthwhile. There are several shorter walks from the visitor centre, we did two of them. There is also a good gift shop and a good restaurant. You can sit outside with your meal of drink, we sat in the sunshine there for a while. there was also a television showing live film of Osprey in their nest with their young chick.
    http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6e4jvf

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    The Trossachs Birds of Prey Trail.

    by margaretvn Written Jul 11, 2008

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    on The Trossachs Birds of Prey Trail.
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    This is a wonderful 40 kilometre circular drive around Loch Venachar with various stops suggested. You can download the map and description at:
    http://www.birdofpreytrail.com
    We did the same drive a couple of days stopping at different places to walk - there are so many marked walks we did not manage to do them all..... going to do more next year.
    The trail has picnic areas, viewpoints and lay-bys - you just follow the Trossachs Trail signs.

    Lake of Mentheith and Loch Venachar are great palces to look for Osprey.
    The Dukes Pass is high and gives you wonderful views. Golden eagle are sometimes seen there but we were not lucky enough.

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    Argaty Red Kites

    by margaretvn Written Jul 6, 2008

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    About 2 miles out of Doune and well signposted is the Argaty Red Kites at Lerrocks farm on the Argaty estate. This farm offers visitors the chance to watch Red Kites flying in the area. Lerrocks farm is a 548 hectare farm with mixed moorland and upland pasture, there are roughly 120 hectares of deciduous and coniferous woodland.
    There is a hide where you can sit and watch the birds but you can also go with a guide to the area on a guided walk. We were there early in the morning and the notice said that the kites are not often seen in the morning but we were so lucky and saw them flying and also sitting in the trees.
    These beautiful birds were driven to extinction by persecution 130 years but have now been re-introduced to central Scotland by the RSPB. The birds are helped throughout the year with food being put out for them. They are so magnificant when you see them flying overhead, the colours are so beautiful
    There is an honesty box with the suggestion of a 4 pound donation for adults. the parking area is rough and you have to walk through part of the farm - but seeing these wonderful birds of prey flying free makes the visit worth while.

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    Sealife Loch Lomond Aquarium

    by dila Updated Nov 3, 2007

    i think it is expensive especialy if you have visite sealife before or see bigger ones like seaworld. but the view from the tower is great and some things in the aquarium where nice. but for the price it is small.

    Address:
    Loch Lomond Aquarium
    Loch Lomond Shores
    Ben Lomond Way
    Balloch
    G83 8QL
    Scotland

    open from 10.00

    DIRECTIONS
    By car:
    Loch Lomond Aquarium is just off the A82 at Balloch. Follow signs for Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores. Just 20 minutes from Glasgow. Loch Lomond Aquarium is situated within Loch Lomond Shores – home of the National Park Gateway Centre, shopping mall and tourist information office.

    By train:
    5 minutes walk from Balloch station

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    Great Lochside Picnic Site

    by RhineRoll Written Oct 30, 2005

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    Northern Loch Lomond from Firkin Point

    For all those who'd like to get close to Loch Lomond's shore but don't fancy the crowds of Lomond Shores, Firkin Point might provide a good alternative. This is a parking and picnic area north of Inverbeg on the Western shore. Very good facilities including a wheelchair accessible toilet. Wheelchair users who'd like to hike along the Loch can do so on a 3-mile paved stretch -- the former road. Great views to the Northern parts of the loch. View to the east is somewhat obstructed by the slopes of Ben Lomond on the other side of isthmus-like Loch.

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    Ben Lomond

    by zizkov Updated Oct 10, 2005

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    Ben Lomond from East
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    The most southerly Munro (hill over 3000 ft), Ben Lomond (974m, 3172ft) is a popular walk. You need to be reasonably fit, but it is a route done by dogs and children. Park in the woodland/ lochside car park past the Rowardennan Hotel. The path starts past the visitor building and first half hour or so is the hardest, with a few rocky bits to scramble over. It is not waymarked as there really is no way to miss the path. There is an alternative route, the Ptarmigan route, which starts past the Youth Hostel. This is a bit tougher, with some steeper bits, but still a path all the way.

    Update: climbed it again this year (2005) - a fine example of how simple things can go wrong. We decided to climb the Ptarmigan route, and although we 'knew' where the turn off to start this was, we missed it. And gave ourselves an extra hour plus walk, as when we realised, we walked on to try and find another path onto it. There isn't one. And Graham had new boots he hadn't climbed in, and which proved heinously unsuitable. They ended up in the bin when he eventually hobbled back to the car park. So, have a map, bother to read it, and make sure footwear is suitable and comfortable.

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    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

    by ginte Updated Sep 14, 2005

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    Sunrise at Loch Lomond lake

    If you're driving through the A81 highway in Scotland, don't forget to turn a little bit to the side and visit Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The views are just stuning and the nature is adorable. I'm sure you'll have at least half an hour of a wondeful rest there.

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    Holiday activities

    by shivan Written Aug 24, 2005

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    Holidays

    The Loch Lomond area hosts many recreative activities. The southern shore is dominated by a recently building structure, some sort of theme park. I saw so many cars queued to go there, I personally avoided it.
    That place may is a good choice if somebody is staying there for holidays and a rainy day occurs. I hate rollercoasters.

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    The lake

    by shivan Written Aug 24, 2005

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    lovely view

    A miserable attempt to make an artistic picture of the lake as seen from inside the cemetery.
    An INCREDIBLE thing, if compared what happened in the upcoming days, was that the entrance to the church WAS FREE!!!!
    Absolutely amazing.

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    The Church

    by shivan Written Aug 24, 2005

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    The small Luss Church

    Just beside the "main" street lies this lovely small church, with the regular cemetery just outside the building.
    I'll never get used to see these cemeteries, strange habits, but I was not home, had to accept it and gladly did it.
    The tourists' preferred activity is to walk among the tombstones searching ofr the oldest one. Quite a creepy one

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    Hard work, or an attempt to fill in lazy days?

    by shivan Written Aug 24, 2005

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    a jungle

    I could only argue how much work is necessary to create a garden like that.
    Weather is almost never sunny as it was that day and so the task should have been very hard for the house owner.
    I can let plastic plants die sometimes...
    Luss almost only shows houses with garden like this one. A local hobby

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