Loch Lomond

About Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is the centre of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and is probably best described as the 'fun' place in the park. This is due to the popularity of the southern end of the loch with the watersports fraternity. The broad southern part of Loch Lomond is dotted with a multitude of islands - all of them owned by somebody and many private. There are small bays like Milarochy bay and Balmaha bay with its moorings where watersports enthusiasts congregate.

Further north is Rowardennan - the start point for the walk up Ben Lomond. There is also a sandy beach at Rowardennan. A reasonably spacious car park provided a chance of leaving the car to explore - BUT - due to the attractions in these parts the narrow road from Drymen to Rowardennan can be extremely busy during the visitor season and may be best avoided at peak holiday times.

Close to Balloch at the south end of Loch Lomond is the 'Loch Lomond Shores' complex. Here you will find tourist information and a shopping area with views up the loch to Ben Lomond and access to see the old lady of the loch - the 'Maid of the Loch'. This is a paddle steamer which plied Loch Lomond for many years prir to retirement for use as a floating restaurant. There is a project to restore the old lady to her former status as a cruise ship but this is still some way off.

Drive up the west shore of loch Lomond to Luss (and leave your car in the car park as no cars allowed in the village) and you could almost be stepping back in time. Luss was the venu for the TV series 'Tak the High Road'. The 'Main Street' is very narrow and is lined by rows of chocolate box cottages which present a bonny picture as you walk down to the lochside. At the lochside you find the old steamer pier with an icecream stall. Some pleasure cruises still call at the pier to add interest to your visit. Excellent views here to Ben Lomond on the opposite shore.

Continue north past Inverbeg (where you can catch a foot ferry to Rowardennan) to Tarbet where you can cross over to Arrochar on Loch Long for the view or the ascent of the famous Cobbler - Ben Arthur.

Further north on Loch Lomondside you come to Inveruglass with its island - Wallace's Isle' and Castle on Inveruglas Isle.

A few miles further and the road is narrowed due to the limited space by the loch and traffic lights may slow your progress if the road is busy. Just beyond the traffic lights look left to see 'Pulpit Rock' Where a local priest promised to minister to the populace if they provided him with a pulpit. A local miner obliged with the assistance of a little explosive and balsted out the raised opening in the roch to form the pulpit. The minister kept to his word.

Last stop on Loch Lomond is Ardlui. There is a station here where you can catch a train to Oban or Fort William.

Ardlui is also the best place to start a walk up Ben Vorlich. A foot ferry operated by the local hotel will take you over the narrow neck of Loch Lomond to join the West Highland Way (long distance footpath) if you are so inclined.



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