Things to See and Do on Loch Lomond: Water
Find the attractions, events and tours and accommodation on the Love Loch Lomond website.
Just a couple of minutes away from Balloch, Arden is a rural community hidden between road and shore. There is some lovely accommodation, places to eat, plus the ferry terminal for Inchmurrin. Take the third exit at the Arden Roundabout and you will find the Ferry Terminal with secure parking. Return ferry fare £4 per person, £2 for children under 12 years of age. (You can also get to Inchmurrin with the Water Bus from Sweeneys – see entry under Loch Lomond Water Bus).
Ardlui - New Ferry Service at Ardlui - 'The Coral Anne'
Ardlui has a summer ferry, linking the Ardlui hotel, Ardlui Holiday Park and Campsite with the West Highland Way at Ardleish. The Jetty has now been launched and is ready to transport guests back and forth across the loch. Carrying a maximum of 11 passengers, the ferry service operates from 9am until 7pm every day until the end of October 2013.
Simply raise the ball if you require the ferry at Ardleish and the boat will head over and collect you. Prices: £4.00 per person each way, or £6.00 for solo passengers. (Break in service between 2.30 – 3.30pm). For more info contact The Ardlui Hotel on 01301 704 243.
Enjoy a sea guided kayak adventure on Loch Long with Wild by Nature when you stay at Mansefield House, Arrochar. Linger over beautiful views over Loch Long or climb the Arrochar Alps. Stay in some lovely self-catering houses or great Bed & Breakfasts which you can find on the Accommodation Page on our website.
Sealife Loch Lomond
Balloch is home to visitor attraction Sealife Loch Lomond at Loch Lomond Shores, which as well as offering a great family day out to meet all kinds of sea creatures and the famous Otters, the centre also houses the first Community Cinema for Loch Lomond, with some great movie listings from now until September – why not check them out? Walk for Whales on Sunday 30th June and meet the Octonauts coming to the centre in early July!
Can You Experience at Loch Lomond Shores
Get out on the water in a canoe, kayak or pedalo on Loch Lomond. Can You Experience offer Views From the Loch 2 hour canoe trip on most days of the week between June and August or how about an Island Hopping Safari? You can also rent bikes and pedalos at their base at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. Check out their timetable for details.
Balloch is also home to the departure point for some great cruises on Loch Lomond with Sweeney’s Cruises. Visit Loch Lomond’s largest island, Inchmurrin, enjoy a range of Loch Lomond cruises departing daily or how about a Sunset Evening Cruise in July and August?
Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer
The Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer at Balloch is open every day from June to the end of August from 11am to 5pm, with a tea room, souvenir shop and parking nearby. Admission is free. Donations are welcome and help the upkeep of the Maid. The Balloch Steam Slipway is a 1902 heritage attraction, with "In Steam" days every Saturday and Sunday until the end of September. Opening times are 11am to 4pm, and entry is free.
Loch Lomond Waterski Club has been providing water-ski lessons to club members, members of the public and tourists for over 25 years. Whatever the standard of skiing they aim to help improve your skills and 'Beginners' are always welcome. During this season (first weekend in May to the end of September), they will be operating from their site adjacent to the "Maid of the Loch" in Balloch at the south end of Loch Lomond.
Balmaha Boatyard has been established since the 1870's and is still same family owned and run today by the MacFarlane family. Hop aboard the famous Loch Lomond Mailboat, or take their on-demand ferry service to the magical island of Inchcailloch, take a cruise on the Loch, or hire a rowing boat. Moorings, berths, winter storage and launching facilities also available. For more info click here.
The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
Balmaha is an idea base for those who love the great outdoors. The West Highland Way is on the doorstep offering a scenic walk along the east side of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan (8 miles), and Conic Hill is just a short climb away which has fantastic from the top – you can actually see the highland boundary fault running across the loch which separates the highlands from the lowlands. Stop at The Oak Tree Inn for lunch while taking a cruise from Luss with Cruise Loch Lomond.
Cardross/ Clyde Estuary – Nature Trail around Ardmore Point
Enjoy a short, easy walk around Ardmore Point, a small peninsula in the Firth of Clyde. Excellent views with seal and bird watching opportunities. Narrow path, can be very muddy at times. Public transport available by Bus on the A814 from Helensburgh or Dumbarton stops at road end at Lyleston Cottage. More info from Walk Highlands here.
The Titan Crane
The town of Clydebank offers visitors and locals alike rich maritime heritage and an insight into the industrial history of shipbuilding and engineering and the significant role of Glasgow’s River Clyde. A great way to learn more about this and experience amazing views of the Clyde from the top, is by visiting Titan Clydebank.
Clydebank Canal Festival, Saturday 6th July: Join in celebrations of this historic waterway on Saturday 6th July - more info on our What's On page.
Pleasant scenery, plentiful activities and a surprising history make Helensburgh and the Clyde Sea Lochs an excellent touring centre. In 1812, resident businessman and engineer Henry Bell launched the Comet. This became the very first steam powered vessel on a public service in Europe, connecting Glasgow, Greenock and Helensburgh.
Pipers welcome the famous Waverley Paddle Steamer as it arrives into Helensburgh on several Saturdays in July and August at 12 noon – find out when to catch this event on our What’s On page.
Inchcailloch is part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. This magical island is steeped in history and a haven for wildlife. Medium difficulty walk after ferry crossing. Look out for: woodland, woodland plants, birds, fallow deer. In the spring the island is carpeted with bluebells. Further information: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
How about a National Park Nature Cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond? It departs weekly on Wednesdays at 1000hrs from Luss Pier to Inchcailloch Island. Join a National Park Ranger on board for cruise around the island jewels in the Loch Lomond crown, keeping eyes peeled for osprey, fallow deer and even wallabies, to Inchcailloch – a magical island steeped in history and a haven for wildlife. Disembark for time ashore and guided tour of the island.
Inchmurrin is Loch Lomond's largest island and is situated in the south of the loch. The island has been inhabited since the 6th Century and houses the ruin 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. You can carry on the route to Balmaha on the west side of Loch Lomond with its walks, trails and bike routes or stop in at the Oak Tree Inn for a spot of lunch.
You can reach Inchmurrin via the Ferry Service or via Sweeney’s WaterBus Service (July & August only).
Loch Lomond Water Bus
This is a fantastic way to get around Loch Lomond and in a sustainable way as you can combine with taking your bike or going for a walk and reach areas of the Loch that you wouldn’t normally be able to.
Why not plan a day out, a round trip or a weekend break using the Loch Lomond Water Bus? There are 9 different routes on the Water Bus which you can use to complement with journeys by bike and on foot. Most services run till October/November but please check the2013 timetable for details.
Cameron House resort is right on the Bonnie Banks with amazing Loch views, not only from the hotel but also from the Infinity Pool at the Carrick Spa, 2.5 miles along the road. There is also a great Leisure Centre and pool, with plenty of water-based activities, and the Loch Lomond Seaplane has a departure point at Cameron House on Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes
Enjoy a breath-taking journey by seaplane over some of the most beautiful Loch Lomond scenery. Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band recently enjoyed a trip! Check out the Loch Lomond timetable & routes.
Wild By Nature offer all kinds of Scottish adventures on the water in and around Loch Lomond including canoe safaris and sea kayaking, as well as bushcraft, survival and lots more for individuals, groups, and kids. Check out their programme or their listing on our website.
Luss Swim Festival Open Water Swimming, Saturday 6th July. This open water swim will take placefrom Luss Beach and will now be part of the Luss Highland Games. This event will include 1k, 2k & 5k swims. Registration will take place from 6am with events starting from 8am.
Great Scottish Swim, Luss, Saturday 24th August
The Great Scottish Swim has relocated to breath-taking Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National ParkChoose from ½ mile, 1 mile or 2 mile courses. The perfect challenge for swimmers of all abilities, from first timers to Olympic champions. Experience open water swimming safe in the knowledge expert kayakers and safety boats are with you every step of the way!
Cruises with Cruise Loch Lomond Departing from Luss
Cruise Loch Lomond offers various trips departing from Luss Pier between March and November. http://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/cruises/luss-cruises/
Don’t forget the lovely Loch Lomond Arms Hotel if you want to extend your stay, enjoy a drink or a meal or check out the Hotel’s events programme.
The Rosneath Peninsula - known locally as ‘the Green Isle’ - is quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. Its name derives from the Gaelic ‘Rosneimhidh’, meaning a sanctuary - most appropriate as the visitor escapes from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The villages of Cove, Clynder, Rosneath and Kilcreggan are secluded little communities, amidst natural beauty with a character of their own. Enjoy pleasure cruises from Kilcreggan or follow the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail. Why not stay at Knockderry Country House Hotel to enjoy the beauty of this area? It also offers special breaks, events and great food and drink. View the Kilcreggan Ferry timetable.
Rowardennan - WakeBoarding
Why not try your hand at wake boarding on Loch Lomond? Loch Lomond Wakeboard is Scotland's first purpose-built wake-skate and wakeboard school and will guarantee you the ride of your life. Based on the shores of Loch Lomond next to the Rowardennan Hotel and within easy reach of Glasgow, it offers professional wakeboarding lessons from the UK's top 10 coaches for boarders and skaters of all ages and levels.
Loch Lomond Boat Hire
A fleet of very modern, reliable, low emission craft are available to hire from Tarbet on Loch Lomond (even at short notice). This is the first season of operation and the company has found that it’s receiving bookings long in advance, especially for its Loch Safaris that are proving ever so popular. They run a fleet of fantastic Jeanneau Cap 400 boats. These boats are stable, safe and fun, carrying a maximum of up to 5 persons (4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children under 16 years).
Tuesday Nature Cruises with Cruise Loch Lomond to the RSPB Inversnaid Reserve
Join the Reserve Manager aboard the cruise to the eastern shore. At Inversnaid join a guided walk up to the vantage point on the Reserve and learn about the wildlife and eco systems while enjoying the breath-taking vistas. This guided walk will take around 1 hour, a moderate level of fitness is required, as it is fairly steep and has many steps up to the viewpoint. The walk is a circular route back to the Inversnaid Hotel, where you can have lunch prior to cruise returning to Tarbet at 1445hrs.
The “Water of Life”
Don’t forget that Scottish water is an important component of Scotch Whisky so our guide wouldn’t be complete without mention of two great Scotch Whisky distilleries in the area.
Auchentoshan Distillery is Glasgow’s closest distillery, offering a selection of whisky tours, events and more. Glengoyne Distillery is situated next to Dumgoyne Hill, around 14 miles from Glasgow and within easy reach of the city. Find them both on our See and Do pages.
Waterfront, Loch Views, Coastal Views
Find some great waterfront lodges, B&B’s, hotels, lodges and self –catering properties with waterfront views, loch views and if not right by them, they’ll be a stone’s throw away. Check out our great accommodation options to make sure you enjoy being on the water, on the Bonnie Banks and on the Clyde Sea Lochs.