Top things to see and do in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Home to mainland Britain’s largest lake, Loch Lomond’s raw nature, and dramatic mountain slopes imbue its landscape with layers of fiction and fantasy. A beloved destination in Scotland’s hill-walking culture, encounter the untamed Highlands and the remote coastlines on foot, exploring 18th-century and waterfalls, and craggy peaks rising from western reaches.
At Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, discover the woodlands of the Golden Eagle, climb the stairway in West Highland Way and explore the coastal islets of Inchcailloch — all embellished with picturesque villages and packed with wildlife.
Discover the treasures of West Highland Way
This linear long-distance route is a real treat for lovers of Scottish adventure and takes in Milngavie, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Inverarnan, Glen Coe, Fort William, and many stopover towns along the way. The enthusiasts will also be enthralled as the route travels through drovers’ roads – medieval rural trails that date back to Jacobite uprisings.
Walk through an ocean tunnel at the Sea Life Centre
This “tropical ocean tunnel” is right in the heart of Balloch. Located within the Drumkinnon Tower, the Aquarium Restaurant offers expansive underwater views of its 250,000-litre aquarium. The tour includes seven tropical zones, paired with views of an aquarium that houses more than 5,000 species of fish from around the world. The aquarium has an observation deck from where you can gaze at the awe-inspiring views of the lochs.
Enjoy pony trekking in the Midlands
Horses have played an influential role in Loch Lomond’s culture for centuries and were famously used as horses. Today, there is a multitude of different horse and pony riding experiences that will allow you to discover the charming moorlands and valleys. Take beginner lessons in Tullichewan Farm or, if you are more experienced, ride through Balloch and Drymen, renowned for its beauty and dotted with polaroid villages.
Visit the Island of Inchmurrin
The “Highlander”-style seaside holiday has been perfected on Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island. Alongside beach huts and the tall-standing Lennox, you will find quiet beaches and ruins for a cultural experience. Hop on the Burnfoot Jetty at Arden for a 15-minute ferry ride that will take you to the island. Book a stay at one of their rustic cottages and dine on some of the finest local produce with spectacular views over Loch Lomond.
Sail aboard the Maid of the Loch
Discover the grandeur of the thriving Scottish countryside scene of the West Dunbartonshire aboard Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s official paddle steamer. Help yourself to some traditional tea and home-baked confectionery before taking part in their onboard activities like audio displays narrating the journey of the steamer. Steamship enthusiasts can also volunteer to join the “crew” and experience the restoration campaign that is currently working to reconstruct the Maid for sailing in the summer.