This loch (lake) is world famous through the famous traditional ballad beginning ‘ Yon bonnie banks and yon bonnie braes’ believed to have been inspired by the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Key statistics:
The name ‘Lomond’ is derived from Ben Lomond ( Beinn Laomainn or beacon hill in Gaelic), which stands guard on the eastern shores of the loch.
Loch Lomond is home to numerous varieties of waterfowl,various species of fish and boasts some 30 islands.
Loch Lomond is easily accessible, being situated just 20 miles (32km) from Glasgow
Here is information on history, activities and places to see.
Loch Lomond forms part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a popular and scenic holiday area. For more information on the Trossachs region refer this sister web page.
Rob Roy Legend
Rob Roy MacGregor was born 1671 at Glengyle and was buried 1734 at Balquhidder. He led an illustrious life variously engaged in cattle dealing and stealing (reiving), farming at Craigroyston near Loch Lomond and participation in the 1715 Jacobite uprising.
Walk, Cycle, Climb, Canoe, Sail
The east bank of Loch Lomond is best for walking.This is where the famous West Highland Way follows the east bank from Drymen through Balmaha, Rowardennan and Inversnaid. Rowardennan is a good base from which to mount an assault on Ben Lomond (3,192 feet) whilst Conic Hill (1200 feet) can be accessed from Balmaha There are gentle walks in and around the heritage village of Luss.
A 15-mile (24 km) cycleway and footpath linking Balloch at the southern tip of Loch Lomond to Tarbert at the north.
The huge expanse of water offers opportunities for water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and boating.
Golf at Loch Lomond
The area is spoilt for choice with over 50 courses.
Boat Cruises on Loch Lomond
This heritage village is very popular with visitors. The name derives from the Gaelic lus , a plant or herb. The quaint cottages were originally built for workers at a local slate mine. Most of the cottages boast very colourful and well kept gardens.
The Luss Parish Church, Mackessog’s, sits on a site which has been sacred for at least 1500 years although the current building dates from 1875. Features inside the church include a magnificent hammer-beam roof styled to imitate an upturned boat , an ancient christening font and colourful stained glass. In the graveyard are situated some very ancient Viking era ‘hogback’ grave markers which may date back over 1100 years and point to the antiquity of the site.
A small village on the eastern edge of the loch accessed via Drymen. Here visitors can connect with boat trips and avail of the superb opportunities for photography.
A busy commercial town situated at the southern tip of the loch offering a wide range of accommodation for visitors. Close by is Loch Lomond Shores, a large visitor centre which operates as a gateway to the National Park.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes
Offer a wide range of excursions throughout the year from the Loch Lomond area.
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