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Location Guide – Things To Do In Loch Lomond And The Trossachs National Park

Situated in southern Scotland, Loch Lomond is a major part of The Trossachs National Park – a beautiful and expansive landscape. From hiking to water sports, there’s so much to do at Loch Lomond, so we put together a few of our favourites to inspire you for your next visit!

Loch Lomond National Park

Dotted with islands, this freshwater loch is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. The Trossachs National Park was established in 2002 and is managed partly by Scottish National Heritage. The name Loch Lomond, derives from the Gaelic, meaning Lake of Elms.

Loch Lomond Camping Sites To Pitch In

With so many beautiful spots around Loch Lomond, you’ll be sure to find a scenic campsite for you and the family. There are lots of official campsites all around the national park, both on the edge of the loch and more inland. The wooded trails around Sallochy campsite are perfect for spotting wildlife like the beautiful roe deer.

With stunning and often quiet pebbly beaches nearby too, Sallochy is a popular spot for a spot of wild swimming. Sallochy Campsite is a tents-only site and is open between Easter and October.

Loch Lomond Hiking Spots

Looking to visit Loch Lomond? We recommend the best way to see the loch is to walk around it. Walks in the Trossachs provide some of the most beautiful views in the world!

Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll, or a something a little more intrepid there are plenty of routes to take. Don’t forget to pack a good pair of walking boots for your Loch Lomond walks!

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Places to visit in Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park covers 1,865 km2 of Scotland, and has something for all lovers of the outdoors. Looking to spot some stunning wildlife? Take a trip up to the north side of the loch.

Here you will find Cashel Forest. The Cashel Forest is being restored to regenerate Scotland’s native woodlands, as part of the Forest for a Thousand Years Project.

With a little luck, you may spot a variety of reptiles such as adders and slow worms. They will most likely be basking in the sun on pathways, so keep your eyes peeled!

Exploring The Towns Of Loch Lomond National Park

Looking for something a little less remote? Surrounding Loch Lomond are some beautiful towns and villages, such as Balloch. It’s one of our favourite villages and can be found by heading towards the southern shores.

This delightful little village has plenty of cafes, shops, and restaurants but its crowning glory is Balloch Castle. Built in 1238, these historical remains are definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in exploring the area’s history. We love Balloch so much, we built the Loch Lomond Hawkshead store there – so pop in and say hi!

Water Sports At Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park

Looking for things to do around Loch Lomond? Many of Loch Lomond’s main attractions are located on the loch itself. If you want to take in the beautiful scenery, why not take a trip on one of the loch cruises? Loch cruises can last anywhere between one, to two and half hours, and are a great way to take in the loch’s beautiful scenery. Feeling a little more adventurous? Why not try a spot of kayaking. It’s a great way to explore Loch Lomond with a little more freedom!
There’s so much for you to see when you visit Loch Lomond. From wildlife watching, to camping under the stars, your visit to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park will be like no other. Make sure to stay protected on your Scottish travels with a wide array of walking gear – perfect for your adventures!

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