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Loch Lomond

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Things To Do In Loch Lomond

Looking for things to do in Loch Lomond? The beautiful scenic Loch Lomond with the majestic National Park is a place to be discovered. From cycling routes, to walking and great restaurants and bars, Loch Lomond is more than just the place to come to see Nessie.

Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish loch. It is the largest lake in Great Britain, by surface area, and contains many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest in the British Isles. It is a popular leisure destination for locals and visitors alike.

This part of the world is the great to come, relax and unwind with friends or family.


1. Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

One of the first places to visit when looking for things to do in Loch Lomond is of course the national park. Created in 2002, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park has become a focal point for locals and travellers alike. The park is expansive and extends from Balloch and then north to Killin and Tyndrum. Looking west it ranges from Callander and to the forests of Cowal. The area is extensive and worth exploring over a few days.

2. Scottish Maritime Museum

Get all knowledgeable on the shipping front at the Scottish Maritime Museum. From the world’s first commercial model experiment tank, find out how ships are designed in the ship designer office, check out the different designs in the mini experiment tank and take a full guided tour of the museum at one of Scotland’s secret gems in Loch Lomond.

3. Ardardan Estate

This is a lovely place to visit with the whole family. The Ardardan Estate is great to visit at any time of year but during autumn time you get lost in the scenic views or bed down and enjoy the spring flowers that are scattered through the estate and create memories that last. A walk around the woodland paths here is a must as you will come into contact with some friendly visitors such as the cows, sheep and little lamas. After a morning or afternoon exploring the grounds take a trip to the farm shop and buy some organic eggs or fresh cream and milk. The area is vast so we suggest taking a few hours at least to get the most out of this attraction.

4. Loch Lomond Sea Life

The aquarium at Loch Lomond Sea life is another great experience to sample while having a hotel break in Loch Lomond as it has awesome displays on wildlife in and around Loch Lomond. Other amenities of note are the otter enclosure and other sea life exhibits.

5. Luss Seafood Bar

Tucked away from the Lake like a lot of the eateries around Luss, the Seafood Bar is the place to come to sample proper fish and chips. From salmon and potted fish to oysters, it has a lot on offer. The produce is fresh and of the highest quality so it isn’t the cheapest but worth the expenditure.

6. Loch Lomond Faerie Trail

This isn’t your typical nature trail as you get the chance to go on a mystery adventure that needs completed while you explore the Scottish landscape. The trail takes around 60 minutes to complete with it only being around a mile long. The children will be all over this adventure as you’re given guide books to help you find clues along the way.

7. Coach House Coffee Shop

If you’re looking for a rustic feel and place to cosy up then the Coach House Coffee Shop is the place to come to get out the cold of Loch Lomond. From fantastic soups, sandwiches, large filled rolls and a range of cakes, coffees and teas, it’s the place to come to end the day in this beautiful part of the country.

8. Maid of the Loch

The old paddle steamer was built in 1953 and to this day it awaits restoration. You may have the opportunity to get on board for a look around. Who knows, it might be the year that the Maid of the Loch is restored to its former glory.

9. Loch Lomond Shores

This is another popular tourist attraction that’s north of Balloch, around a half a mile journey time. Here there’s a really unique and splendid shopping mall. There are other boat trips, outdoor activities and visitor attractions to choose from as well. It’s a major visitor development in the heart of Loch Lomond.

10. Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Looking for a memorable experience during your trip to Loch Lomond? A family trip to the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre should be added to your itinerary. It’s the only bird centre in Scotland that has all five British Owls on display. Also, there’s Orla, the Golden Eagle who is a big hit with everyone too. Set in a woodland area learn about conservation and wildlife at this fantastic visitor attraction.

11. Balloch Castle Country Park

This is a great place to come if you want to real fresh air away from the other typical tourist places in Loch Lomond. Great for the kids too with the adventure play area at the water’s edge. Don’t worry the area is enclosed and there’s a café right next to it to keep an eye on the little nippers. There are other amenities to be discovered including the gatehouse and the ruins of the gamekeeper’s house.

These are just some of the attractions on offer in this picturesque and tranquil part of Scotland. When you’re next looking for hotels in Loch Lomond add some of these attractions to the ‘to do list’ when you arrive as it will make your hotel break in Loch Lomond even more memorable.


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