Getting to and around Loch Lomond
Directions by Road:
Within half an hour from Stirling (via the A811 and M9) and Glasgow (via the A82 or the M8 and Erskine Bridge).For the eastern side of the Loch Lomond area, follow signs for Drymen, leaving Glasgow via Milngavie. Via the A82, take signs for Dumbarton, then Balloch. For the western sea-lochs, travel via Helensburgh (A814 from Dumbarton). Travel time from Glasgow city centre to the lochside can be as little as 30 minutes. Plan your journey at https://www.google.co.uk/maps/
Directions by Air:
Glasgow Airport, with its UK and international links, is under half an hour by road. Car hire and taxi available. The UK's only commercial seaplane service, Loch Lomond Seaplanes, also connects Glasgow with Loch Lomond. Plan your journey at www.glasgowairport.com. Likewise Edinburgh Airport has numerous international connections and is just over one hour by road to Balloch.
Directions by Train:
The Loch Lomond area is served by regular and comfortable suburban rail services from Glasgow Queen Street to both Balloch and Helensburgh Lower. Many of these services run through to North Lanarkshire and West Lothian giving fast and easy access to our area from many parts of Scotland.
Both Balloch and Helensburgh Lower are less than an hour's train ride from Glasgow Queen Street and enjoy half hourly services for much of the day.
The world famous West Highland Line runs through our area on its way from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig. Recognised as one of the world's most scenic railways, it stops at Dumbarton, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar/Tarbet and Ardlui on its way north, providing good access to the western and northern parts of the Love Loch Lomond area. There are up to six trains a day in both directions and timetables are ideal for traveling north in the morning and enjoying a day in our great outdoors, before catching an early evening train back to the city.
Full details of all routes. timetables and ticket offers can be accessed at www.scotrail.co.uk.
Directions by Bus/Coach:
There are also good coach links to Loch Lomond - for example, from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station to the south side of the loch is only 45 minutes. Ardlui at the northern tip is one hour and 20 minutes.
For travel and public transport information within Scotland
Directions by Bike:
Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway
This popular route takes you from Glasgow to Loch Lomond along former railway lines and canal towpaths. You’ll cycle through forests and past castles before reaching the beautiful Loch Lomond. For more details visit: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/clyde-and-loch-lomond-cycleway
West Loch Lomond Cycle Path
This popular route starts next to Balloch Railway
Station at the south of Loch Lomond and runs north along the loch for 27km to
Tarbet, where you can catch another train back to Glasgow and the central belt
of Scotland. The path is level, purpose built and traffic free for most of the
way with only two short sections on minor roads. You'll find bike racks,
toilets and refreshments along the path as you visit picturesque lochside spots
like Luss and Firkin Point.
You can find out about more local cycle trails and paths by visiting: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority
Directions by Water:
A large part of the Loch Lomond area comprises lochs and river estuaries and travel by water is a great way to visit us and explore our area.
Extensive Water Bus services operate on Loch Lomond on a seasonal basis, linking villages such as Balloch, Balmaha, Luss, Rowardennan and Tarbet as well as some of the loch's islands. Full details of services and timetables can be found at:Sweeney’s Cruises and Cruise Loch Lomond .
A fun way to travel to our area is on the passenger ferry service across the Clyde estuary that links Gourock, Kilcreggan and Helensburgh. It's a 15 minute crossing from Gourock to Kilcreggan and 25 minutes from Kilcreggan to Helensburgh. Services from Gourock link into trains from Glasgow Central Station and there are up to a dozen crossings a day, making the ferry a handy link for anyone planning to explore the Rosneath peninsula. Plan your journey: https://www.calmac.co.uk/article/7440/Rosneath-Gourock---Kilcreggan-from-1-June-2020