Loch Lomond And The Trossachs…Breath-taking!

Early morning in Loch Lomond and the mist rolls towards the shores gently lifting, the wondrous loch begins to show itself. Based in the West Highlands of Scotland, Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water loch in the whole of the UK and spans a massive 5 miles wide and 24 miles long. It is so famous there is even a song about it.

The loch is part of The Trossachs national park and really is a stunning experience. There is so much to do and see, I have lived here my whole life and I am still discovering more things about the park every day.

When you take your trip to the loch there are many activities to keep you occupied, let’s see what Loch Lomand and The Trossachs National Park has to offer.
Hillwalking Around Loch Lomond
The Loch itself is surrounded by many mountains including the famous Ben Lomond, which is known as a Munroe as it is higher than 3000ft, the actual height is 3196ft. Access to the mountain is really easy as the ascent begins on the east side of the loch, at Rowardrennan. If you are on higher ground some people have reported spotting the mountain in Glasgow, and also at the peak of the largest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis.

There are a few other mountains that are just as beautiful, such as Ben Vorlich, which can be accessed between Ardlui and Struckendroin farm and is just north of the Arrochar Alps. There is the superb Ben More also which is at the top of Loch Lomond in the small village of Crianlarich. So for hillwalking you are really spoiled for choice.
Water Sports – Loch Lomond & The River Falloch
So as there is so much water you can be sure of some water sports and Can You Experience, is the company to offer this. They offer canoe trips which introduce you to the loch and to the sport of canoeing; the whole experience is about 2 hours.

Another favourite activity is water skiing and Loch Lomond Water Ski Club is the place to get involved. They offer great introductory experiences and also offer activities for the more advanced water skiers

There is also a water bus service, this is a great way to see the islands on the loch. It links the West and the east side of the loch and you can catch it at Luss, Tarbet and Rowardrennan. Most of the hotels and B&B’s will have the timetable and be able to let you know if it is running.

Now if you are adventurous and have experience the River Falloch and the Falls Of Falloch is the place for you. You will have to be experienced because you are going it alone. This location is known to canoe and kayak enthusiasts and also gorge walkers and wild swimmers. The river Falloch has a beautiful gorge route with a massive 30ft drop at the Falls Of Falloch, will you jump it.
Wildlife At Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
A lot of the beauty is in the outdoors at Loch Lomond, and this gives you an opportunity to spy some of the local wildlife. You can see things from fish in the loch to the gorgeous Golden Eagle soaring over the hills and higher ground.

Around the loch there are also opportunities to catch a glimpse of some wild deer. Just be careful at mating times the female does can get very protective and will fight to the death to protect their young.
Other Activities
As well as enjoying the outdoors there are more activities to keep you amused at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. If you want to refuel there is a lot of different restaurants and bars, I would recommend Duckbay Marina, which offers top quality food, with an amazing Loch side view.

Why not try a round of golf and the famous Loch Lomond golf course which is also one of the Top 100 finest golf courses in the world. It boasts a beautiful location with difficult course aspects such as streams, marshes and other natural hazards.
So not only will you be taken away by how gorgeous the location is, there are also lots to keep you amused. Outdoor activities are a great option such as hill walking, gorge walking, or may be a gentle forest walk. These are great to improve your fitness and the scenery will help keep you motivated.

No matter what you decide to do, I am sure you will love your Loch Lomond and The Trossachs visit…

Author Bio: Joe Elliott is a web designer from Scotland, he loves travelling. You can find out more about Joe and about walks in Scotland on his personal blog. You can also follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his RSS feed.