Guest Blog: Lose Yourself in Loch Lomond
Renowned for its rolling hills and vast stretches of water, Loch Lomond is popular with locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re searching for serenity by the sea or looking for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, this scenic part of Scotland has it all.
From breathtaking views to drinking in local history, your action-packed day will leave you hungry for more, and in this guest blog post, the explorers at Wilderness Scotland are bringing us some exciting reasons why Loch Lomond should be on your 2016 itinerary.
Hit the water
If you're right at home out in the open air, you won’t want to miss a chance to take to the water. Whether it’s kayaking, trying your hand at sailing or fishing, viewing Loch Lomond from the water will be sure to take your breath away. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or need a hand to guide you around the region’s waters, a trip out onto the loch guarantees an exciting day out for the whole family.
For the adventurer in you, Loch Lomond is home to some of Scotland’s most exciting watersports. Show off your skills with an afternoon spent wakeboarding or hire a boat and explore the loch solo. After a day of action-packed fun, you’ll be ready to refuel - and there are plenty of bars and restaurants on hand to assist.
A stroll with a view
If you can’t find your “loch legs”, there are plenty of opportunities to get active on dry land. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, grab your friends and family and head for the snow-capped hills. Working to your own itinerary, you can take breaks when it suits and even stop off for a bite to eat. If you prefer to holiday on two wheels, you can hire a bike and hit the road - winding your way through the beautiful valleys before stopping off for a picturesque picnic.
When it comes to scenery, no one delivers a view quite like Scotland. With placid lakes melting into the colourful skyline and rolling hills ripe for the exploring, there’s no better place to take a hike. Thanks to minimal manmade structures, you can wake up with the wildlife to take in the sunrise or finish your day watching the sun set over the still waters.
Wildlife, wildlife, everywhere
One of Scotland's biggest draws is its weird and wonderful wildlife. From playful otters to the elusive red squirrel, Loch Lomond is rich in intriguing inhabitants. If you’re spending the day in the hills, watch out for the stunning golden eagles soaring overhead or head down to the water where you can catch a glimpse of ospreys and voles in their natural habitat.
For a fun-filled family day out, head over to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, where you can get up close and personal with hedgehogs and red deer. If you’re prepared to brave the elements, you can camp on-site and enjoy an evening in Scotland under the stars.
With activities aplenty, stunning scenery and interesting wildlife at every turn, whatever you’re looking for from your Scottish break, Loch Lomond promises to deliver.