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Ten Things to Do in and around Loch Lomond in Autumn

Autumn on Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs brings beautiful colours to our trees, a different light and a gentler pace.

It's a great season for admiring the colours in the landscape, for walks and getting outdoors, and for enjoying open fires and comforting food.

Why not enjoy a Loch Lomond weekend break or getaway, or plan a great day out with friends or family?

Ten Things to Do in and around Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs

Go for a walk or follow a guided trail and enjoy the fantastic Autumn colours and changing light.

Get on your bike and cycle on a local trail or path – did you know there are lots of cycle racks in and around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs?

Enjoy great local shopping. Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch, Mansefield Studios in Arrochar, or Helensburgh Farmers' market and its diverse local shops are all excellent choices. Shop for food and gifts at regular Farmers' Markets at Loch Lomond Shores (first and third Sunday of the month) or in Helensburgh (second Saturday of each month) or - dare we mention it - start browsing for Christmas presents!

Take time to explore or try something new on your doorstep!  Autumn is a great time for day trips and tours to Loch Lomond.  Visit somewhere you have always wanted to discover or rediscover, such as the Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium, Glengoyne or Auchentoshan Distillery, enjoy a Loch Lomond cruise, or a guided nature walk - find more ideas for things to see and do or check out What's On.

In this year of food and drink, there are plenty of opportunities to taste our best in and around Loch Lomond. Enjoy delicious seasonal Autumn dishes in our local pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants and Farmers' Markets. From tea, coffee and home-made cakes and scones in tearooms and cafes, to soups, stews, Sunday lunch or fine dining in our bars and restaurants. Sample locally produced beers and whiskies, or excellent locally sourced breakfast produce in our hotels, B&B’s and self-catering cottages, such as free range eggs, home-made jams and more. Loch Lomond offers a delicious natural larder waiting to be discovered.

On rainy days there is still plenty to do indoors - enjoy a swim-lunch at Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel, or families can enjoy golf at the driving range plus plenty for kids at Great Western Golf. Why not try a distillery tour, a trip to the aquarium, some great shopping, a pub lunch or afternoon tea, or treat yourself to a visit to the Carrick spa? Enjoy a movie at the Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium Community Cinema, or films, music and live-stream theatre at the The Tower, Helensburgh.

Visit local festival and events: find lots on our What's On listings.

Enjoy a weekend break or stay longer: cosy up in a lochside or forest retreat and enjoy a weekend away. We have plenty of great places to stay, from bunkhouses, glamping pods and B&B’s to cool cottages, lodges with hot tubs, charming inns and gorgeous hotels.

Wrap up, head out and enjoy the beauty of our Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs landscape, from the lochs, hills and glens to the coast and the forests, whether on foot, on a cruise, by car, bike or even by seaplane. Take photos, enjoy the space, the peace and quiet, the views and the fresh air, and don’t forget to come back and visit again soon. 

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