Loch Lomond Travel Guide

  • Loch Lomond's Beach
    Loch Lomond's Beach
    by scottishvisitor
  • Loch Lomond
    Loch Lomond
    by scottishvisitor
  • Rest & Be Thankful
    Rest & Be Thankful
    by JessieLang

Loch Lomond Things to Do

  • Near the Rest & Be Thankful

    Still within 10 miles of Loch Lomond and less than 2 miles from the Rest and Be Thankful is a car park on the A83 where the road takes a wide bend at the bottom of Glen Kinglas. Like the Rest and be Thankful this car park has amazing views (but no burger van). There is an old bridge which is only used for foot traffic and is a good frame for...

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  • Rest & Be Thankful

    "Rest & be Thankful" were the words inscribed on a stone by soldiers who built the original road through Glen Croe in 1753. There is now a new road which runs higher up the hillside but the old military road still exists for use by farmers and for emergency use when the high road is blocked by landslides. The "Rest" is actually just a car park with...

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  • Get a view on Loch Lomond

    There is a view point that you ought to check out, it is actually at walking distance from Balloch. There is a visitor information, with a panoramic platform where you can take pictures.

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  • Visit Luss

    Little village maybe 15 or 16 km north of Balloch on Loch Lomond. It is quaint and small, cars are left in the parking lot. and then you can walk and enjoy the sceneries. Have tea in the little cafe or shop for souvenirs, or else go on the pier to take pictures of the loch shores...

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  • LOCH LOMOND

    Loch Lomond is actually the largest stretch of water in Britain at 24 miles long by 5 miles wide. The west bank is more geared for tourists with more towns, marinas and boat tours while the east bank is much quieter. In recent years the area became Scotlands first National Park and the West Highland Way [a walk that stretches from Milngavie -...

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  • Wild life

    Loch Lomond and the surrounding area are full of wildlife. Apart from sheep, cattle (especially the highland variety), and deer, you may spot llamas not wild of course), golden eagles, and even wild goats. Here are some pictures of the more common inhabitants of the area. Birdwatching and deerspotting are popular pastimes in the area.

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  • Luss, village on Loch Lomond

    Luss is the ancestral home of the Clan Colquhoun and has connections with St Kessog who brought Christianity to the area in the early 6th century. The current church was built by Sir James Colquhoun in 1875. The village itself is very picturesque witha row of early 19th estate workers' cottages lining the main street. This is well worth a short...

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  • A cruise on Loch Lomond

    My nephew and his wife came for a visit last week and we decided to treat them to a cruise on Loch Lomond. We went on the Silver Marlin, one of Sweeney's boats that sail from Balloch, just across the road from the train station. Although there are other boat cruises from further up the loch, Sweeney's have the advantage of being easily accessible...

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  • Fantastic scenery

    Balloch is billed as the gateway to Scotland's first national park. It is indeed a perfect starting point for those travelling north, who have hired a car from Glasgow Airport and want to get away from Glasgow but not travel too far the first day. There are a number of bed and breakfasts, and several small hotels. If you want a longer stay before...

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Loch Lomond Hotels

Loch Lomond Restaurants

  • Fast Food with an Amazing View

    The Rest & Be Thankful is in fact a car park with a burger van at the junction of the A83 and the B828. Doesn't sound promising? Wait until you see the view and taste the bacon rolls! ! The burgers, Lorne sausage on a roll, bacon rolls and other hot snacks are delicious - if not exactly health food. A perfect place to stop on the way to Inveraray...

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  • Happy We Stumbled Across It

    We had just arrived to the area after an overnight Trans Atlantic flight and were starving. We wandered from our hotel, Cameron House, over to Loch Lomond Shores in hopes of finding something delicious to eat. My husband suggested we try the Kilted Skirtle, so we headed in and were the very first guests on the overcast Tuesday (it was around...

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  • Balloch is not just fish and chips!

    Balloch is a popular stopping point for tourists starting their tour of the highlands. It is the gateway to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and has a caravan site, 3 hotels, a number of b&bs, 2 chip shops, a kebab shop, a Chinese take away and a number of restaurants including 2 Italian, a Chinese, an Indian, and several pubs. Our...

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  • Real fire, real ale, and the food's good...

    This pub has had some history, built in the 18th century, it became an inn in the 19th when it hosted Hans Christian Anderson and the Empress Eugenie (not together!). It is also the subject of a famous painting "Balloch Reflections" by the Scottish Colourist, George Leslie Hunter. The main attraction today is its location on the River Leven just...

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  • Drovers Inn

    Weird place, stuffed animals everywhere, very coolGreat food too!Located at the northern end of the west side of the lake

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  • Be Prepared to wait

    When we first arrived in Luss we stopped by the Village Rest but the queues were out the door and onto the street. The nearby hotel was closed for refurbishment and the only alternative eating place was the coffee shop which we didn't fancy much. We wandered around the pretty streets for almost an hour, returning to the restaurant around 14.00...

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Loch Lomond Transportation

  • Reduce your Carbon Footprint

    A sustainable way to get around Loch Lomond and the National Park is to take the 4Bs. This is a network of transport options of Boats, Boots, Bike and Bus. The service is offered on weekends and bank holidays from Easter to September and daily during the holiday season July 4th. to August 18th.The buses have bike trailers and your bike is...

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  • Cycle path around Loch Lomond

    If you want to cycle along Loch Lomond, you will be mostly off the road, worry free of the car traffic that can be a bit heavy at times. You will have trails, the sidewalk at times and some quieter roads designated for local traffic. You will be given the best panoramas, as you will be at times right by the water, and some other time, right in a...

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  • MAID OF THE LOCH

    I didn't do this, but you can take a cruise on the Loch on the Maid of the Loch which leaves from the outskirts of Balloch. There are other cruises from the marina near the centre of Balloch and also from other points around the Loch such as Tarbet and Inveruglas

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Loch Lomond Shopping

  • Luss get all you need

    Luss Village Store has everything locals or tourist alike could want to buy. All easily located in the village car park - a good marketing move as you will either visit on arrival or departure from the villlage. They have a good range of hot or cold snacks as well as freshly brewed tea or coffee and cold drinks to take away. The shop also sells a...

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  • All the touristy things

    C.John Studios kept popping up for us on our trip. I knew their main shop and art studio was on the Isle of Seil but didn't know it had branched out. We found one in Inverary and as we discovered one in Luss. All of the shops seemed to advertise the route to Seil on the A816 - the power of advertising might take you a fair distance between these...

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  • LOMOND SHORES

    This seems to be a new developement and includes a branch of the Edinburgh department store, Jenners, as well as a couple of other shops, a visitor centre and a museum.

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Loch Lomond Local Customs

  • Take the High Road to Glendarroch

    Glendarroch was a fictional village in a Soap Opera screened by Scottish Television from February 1980 until April 2003. The show was called 'Take the High Road' and featured the houses and the Church in Luss as well as the dramatic scenery of Loch Lomond. In the picture you can see the Glendarroch Tea Room which used to be the Garage in the show....

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  • Clan Crest & Motto

    Way back in history in 1424 The Clan Chief, John 10th. of Luss was ordered by King James l to seize the closely guarded Dumbarton Castle. The Chief answered 'Si Je Puis' translated into English 'If I can' The Chief and his clansmen hid in a wood outside the castle gates. Seeing a Red Stag they lured it towards the gates, chasing the animal with two...

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  • A Soldier's Lament

    The War Memorial which stands on the Main Street in Luss reminded me of the origins of the song ' By Yon Bonnie Banks' the original words spoke of two of Bonnie Prince Charlies men who were captured after the failed uprising in 1745 at Carlise. One of the young soldiers was executed and the other freed. The spirit of the dead soldier travelled the...

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Loch Lomond Warnings and Dangers

  • Midgies

    Our own domestic mini mosquito find some of their favourite spots in the campsites at Loch Lomond. Descending , sometimes in clouds, from late afternoon onwards, the nippy little monsters can drive you to distraction. Midgie repellent or citronella may deter them - then again, maybe not.One time my friends went camping here, they ended up sleeping...

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  • Awkward Road

    Looking at the map you will see that you can only go along the east side of the Loch by road. (On the west the road only goes for a few miles). And while there have been massive improvements on the road to Tarbet (going north) and the first few miles from Crianlarich (going south) there is a stretch in the middle which may be the poorest main road...

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  • Know your mushrooms!

    Never eat a mushroom you don't know! This one on the picture is poisonous. However really pretty and photogenic...There are lots of mushrooms along the shores of Loch Lomond so if this is your thing, you will find lots of them around.

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Loch Lomond Tourist Traps

  • National Park Loch Lomond - All Cash...

    Loch Lomond is now reduced to "park" status. You will be micro-managed in every way and made to feel most unwelcome. Don't come unless you: want a ticket for stopping at the roadside, charged for enjoying a glass of wine with your picnic, spoken to by a ranger who wants to know where you come from and your e-mail address, hunted down for camping in...

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  • No Parking

    Not really a tourist trap but more a mark of courtesy for the residents of a small village like Luss. There are no double yellow lines or traffic wardens to stop you parking in the little streets but if you do you may albeit unwittingly stop a resident from returning to his or her village. There is a large sized car and coach park very near by....

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  • expensive exchanges

    If you are buying anything in the many woollen mills/tourist shops around Scotland using your credit card watch which currency they do the bill in. The exchange pound/euro they use is very high. They should ask which currency you want to pay in before ringing up the amount. In several shops we were in they did but in the Jedburgh woollen mill they...

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Loch Lomond Off The Beaten Path

  • The Dumpling

    One of the local landmarks at the southern end of Loch Lomond is the Dumpling, or Duncryne Hill, as it is officially known This hill can be seen not long after you leave Balloch on the road to Gartocharn, a small village just a few miles fromm Balloch on the A811. The hill is only 460 feet (142 metres above sea level) but a short but steep walk up...

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  • Rest and Be Thankful

    We stopped at a viewpoint called “Rest and Be Thankful” to take pictures of the hills. Our guide told us the Air Force trains in these valleys to prepare for Afghanistan

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  • The Crannog

    On the edge of Loch Tay not far from the village of Kenmore is the Scottish Crannog Centre and that is really really worth visiting. the word "crannog" comes from the Gaelic word "crann" meaning tree. Crannogs where built on an artifical rock island with timber posts and struts supporting a hut above the high-water level. From prehistoric times up...

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Loch Lomond Favorites

  • Loch Lomond

    Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water Loch in the UK. The Loch is 24 miles long and five miles wide and at its deepest point is some 600 feet deep.On the Loch there are approximately 38 Islands, some of them inhabited and there is even a Hotel on one, Inchmurrin.Loch Lomond must be the worlds most famous Loch and has been much written about, both...

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  • Loch Lomond

    As it is said in the sign near Loch Lomond "Nothing can be more striking than the first view of Loch Lomond" and it's true. I guess, I've never seen such an amazing landscape near the lake before. So calm and cosy.

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  • LOVELY VIEWS

    There are a lot of different places you can stop along the way for differing views of the scenery and Loch Lomonds Bonnie Banks. This happens to be one of my favourites spots. Its just before you reach Luss - after turning off the main road - near Aldochlay.

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The Glebe
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Beautiful Stained Glass
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Luss Village
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Luss Parish Church
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a walk along the shores.
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David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
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The Trossachs Birds of Prey Trail.
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Sealife Loch Lomond Aquarium
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The Loch Lomond Monster
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Luss again
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LUSS
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Bonny Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond
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BEN LOMOND
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