On the Water
Loch Lomond is the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain and with deep sea lochs, the estuary of the mighty River Clyde and numerous other lochs, rivers and streams, it is no wonder that messing about on the water is one of the most popular activities in the Love Loch Lomond area.
Here are details of some of the ways you can enjoy water based activities on Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Water Buses
A network of regular, timetabled water bus services operate on Loch Lomond into Autumn. Sweeney's Cruises operate services out of Balloch to Balmaha on the east shore of the loch and to Cameron House on the west shore. Further north, Cruise Loch Lomond operate services across the loch from Tarbet to Inversnaid and Rowardennan, as well as services from Luss to Rowardennan and to Balmaha via the island of Inchcailloch.
There are also a number of on-demand water bus and ferry services operating to and from Ardlui, Inverbeg, Inchmurrin Island and Inveruglas.
Full details of all water bus services and timetables and on-demand ferry services can be found on the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority website at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
Loch Lomond Cruises
What better way could there be to enjoy the autumn beauty of Loch Lomond than on a relaxing cruise across the loch?
Sweeney's Cruises are based at Balloch at the south end of the loch and operate 5 passenger boats that offer a full range of one hour, two hour and evening cruises with live commentaries and catering. Full details can be found via Sweeney's Cruises.
Cruise Loch Lomond operate out of Tarbet and Luss on the west shore of the loch and offer a range of cruise excursions to the fjord-like north of the loch and the gentler, more open waters and islands of the south. Full details can be found via Cruise Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond Boat Hire
If you want to explore the waters of Loch Lomond under your own steam (or diesel engine to be more accurate), Loch Lomond Boat Hire at Loch Lomond Shores,Balloch, run a fleet of safe, stable and fun Jeanneau cap 400 boats with low emission engines that can carry up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. All safety equipment and instruction is provided by Loch Lomond Boat Hire.
There are over 5,000 boats registered on Loch Lomond and strict byelaws govern their use to protect the natural environment and minimise disturbance to wildlife and people. Full details of byelaws and speed restrictions can be found on the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority website at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Loch Lomond is immensely popular with kayakers and there are access points to the loch for kayaks at Milarrochy Bay, Sallochy and Rowardennan on the east shore; Luss, Tarbet and Inveruglas on the west shore; and Balloch and Duck Bay at the south of the loch. There is no need to register your kayak for use on Loch Lomond unless it has an engine!
Kayak, canoe and pedal boat hire is available from Can You Experience at Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch until the end of October. Hire periods are for half an hour upwards and you can enjoy paddling around a sheltered lagoon that is patrolled by safety boats.
Loch Lomond Kayak Club offer training by UKCC level 1 and level 2 coaches for all standards from complete beginners to experienced paddlers. The club runs pool sessions and outdoor trips throughout the year.
Outdoor activities specialists, Wild by Nature, operate guided canoe safaris that range from single day trips to multi day experiences with overnight camping.
Loch Lomond has something for every kind and level of sailor, whether you are looking for peaceful relaxation on gentle breezes, more challenging open waters, or the excitement of competitive racing.
Loch Lomond Sailing Club is based at Milarrochy Bay on the east shore to the north of Balmaha. It operates an extensive training and racing programme for adults and juniors of all standards from absolute beginners to keen racers.
You can launch your own boat from two public facilities at Milarrochy Bay and Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway at Balloch. All boats have to be registered with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and must adhere to local byelaws regarding safety, details of which can be found at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org.
Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Wakeskating
Waterskiing is increasingly popular on the open, southern waters of Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond Water Ski Club offer lessons from beginner to competition standard until October and operate from Balloch Pier at the south end of the loch. Visit Loch Lomond Water Ski Club for more information.
Wakeskating and wakeboarding is also available with optional tuition at Rowardennan on the east shore of the loch.
There are speed restrictions on many parts of the loch including all areas within 150 metres of the shore. Full details of local byelaws can be found on the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority website.
Loch Lomond is one of the finest inland lochs in Scotland for windsurfing. The area south of Rowardennan is the most popular as the more open landscape allows the wind to blow more freely. There are a number of launch points along the loch, although you should note that wind conditions can be gusty and unpredictable. This can sometimes make it difficult to return to your start point. Milarrochy Bay to the north of Balmaha on the east shore is popular in south westerly to north westerly wind conditions, while Duck Bay to the north of Balloch on the west shore is favoured in north north easterly to easterly wind.
Under local byelaws, it is compulsory to carry a buoyancy aid or life jacket when windsurfing on Loch Lomond and care should be taken to avoid launch sites where the wind blows off shore from the land.