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Love Loch Lomond Celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland With New Product Offers

Love Loch Lomond Celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland With New Product Offers

Destination organisation Love Loch Lomond is a consortium of over 140 tourism businesses from the Loch Lomond and the Clyde Sea Lochs. This beautiful area close to Glasgow offers the perfect location for visitors to experience the best of Natural Scotland.

Love Loch Lomond is exhibiting at Visit Scotland Expo at the SECC Glasgow on 17 and 18 April, 2013. Meet the team at Stand H1.

New products for 2013 showcasing Love Loch Lomond’s natural attractions include:

Cruise Loch Lomond has launched two new Nature Cruises in partnership with the Royal Society for Protection of Birds and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The RSPB Nature Cruise sails every Tuesday from Tarbet Pier to Inversnaid RSPB Reserve on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. Join the Reserve Manager aboard and then afterwards, a guided walk to learn about the wildlife and eco systems of the Reserve.

The National Park Nature Cruise departs every Wednesday from Luss to the National Nature Reserve on Inchcailloch. The National Park Ranger leads the cruise to this special island and is on board helping visitors watch out for special wildlife such as osprey. More information: www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/new-for-2013/  

Sweeney’s Cruises new Balloch to Inchmurrin Island to Balmaha ferry service now gives visitors the opportunity to visit the largest island on Loch Lomond. Inchmurrin has been inhabited since the 6th century and is the setting for ruins of Lennox Castle, once visited by King Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. The island also has a small family run hotel serving pub lunches during the summer months. Visitors can then carry on the route to Balmaha on the west side of Loch Lomond with its walks, trails and bike routes. More information: www.sweeneyscruises.com/ferry_e.php  

The Iconic A-listed Titan Crane in Clydebank, which helped build some of the most famous ships in the world, is now home to Scotland's second permanent bungee jump. Adrenaline junkies plummet 164ft from the cantilever of the crane towards the River Clyde at 50mph whilst enjoying breathtaking views! www.titanclydebank.com  

Photography Breaks are the latest special break offering at Knockderry House Hotel on Loch Long in conjunction with Paul Saunders Photography. The Introduction to DSLR Photography Course is a real hands-on training day, teaching guests how to get the most out of their camera and to improve their photography. Knockderry House has excellent training facilities in a wonderful lochside setting, perfect for capturing the beauty of natural Scotland. www.knockderryhouse.co.uk  

A brand new and detailed guide book on The Three Lochs Way, one of Scotland’s Great Trails is about to be published. The Way enables keen walkers to enjoy some of the most scenic of the Love Loch Lomond area. It goes from Balloch to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. It is 55 kilometres (34 miles) long and can easily be walked in three to four days. One of the walk’s highlights is the beautiful Glen Loin Woodlands, Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to red squirrels. www.threelochsway.co.uk

Bike Hire developments for 2013 include well-known activity operator Can You Experience, who have been offering bike hire at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch for the past 11 years, now working with partners in Luss, Rowardennan and Balmaha so that customers can pick up and drop off their bikes around Loch Lomond. More info available from Natalie Miller at www.canyouexperience.com 

Visitors can also take bikes on board Sweeney’s and Cruise Loch Lomond sailings for a very nominal charge.

Cruise Loch Lomond are also about to start a new cycle hire operation from Tarbet Pier offering visitors the opportunity to combine outdoor family adventure with the Loch Lomond Waterbus Service to explore the area in a sustainable way. More information: www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/new-cycle-hire/

Visitors to Glengoyne Distillery are now offered a delicious insight matching a world class single malt whisky and gourmet chocolate. Visitors can pair two whiskies (including their multi-award winning 21 year old) with four handmade chocolates from local chocolatier Nucoco, to create a delicious sensory experience.www.glengoyne.com/visiting-us/tours/13/whisky-and-chocolate-matching  

The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha has just launched the Balmaha Brewing Company, brewing a range of real ales and ciders using local ingredients and supporting green credentials. It has long been the dream of owner Sandy Fraser to offer visitors and walkers a truly locally brewed beer - with tasting notes as well.www.oak-tree-inn.co.uk  

Love Accommodation - As one of Scotland’s longest-established visitor areas, accommodation ranges from traditional inns to modern luxury hotels & spas, lochside hideaways to elegant town-houses. There are also hostels and bunkhouses for the budget-conscious. And all of this is a short journey from the cities and airports of central Scotland. Click here for more information.

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For further information contact: Gill Robertson, Manager, Love Loch Lomond

Mobile: 07425 175 950 / Email: manager@lovelochlomond.com 

Media Contact: Johanna Campbell – Tel: 07909 113780 / johanna@johannacampbell.co.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lovelochlomond

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lovelochlomond

Notes to Editors

1. Love Loch Lomond is a trade led body that is passionate about promoting the Loch Lomond, Strathendrick, West Dunbartonshire and Clyde Sea lochs area as a must see year round quality destination. It currently has over 140 business members and is dedicated to working on a collaborative basis to capitalise on the area's strong tourism potential.

2. Love Loch Lomond enjoys the supports of Argyll & Bute, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire Councils, VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise.

3. VisitScotland is providing Love Loch Lomond with funding from its Growth Fund and Scottish Enterprise is supporting new seasonal marketing campaigns and product development initiatives.

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