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The Best Things to Do at Loch Lomond This Summer Loch Lomond
May 2024
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This is one of Scotland's most popular lochs to visit - and it's easy to see why

Surrounded by lush green forest with plenty of stunning views, here's everything you need to know for a trip to Loch Lomond.
Cameron House Cameron House

Measuring more than 22 miles in length and nestled in the stunning Trossachs National Park, it’s no wonder that Loch Lomond is one of the most popular lochs in Scotland. With so much space to explore, there’s no shortage of activities to get stuck into – from making a splash on the lake, to heading into the surrounding forest and mountains.

Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to experience Loch Lomond is by boat. Get the most out of your holiday by booking a gentle cruise or for something more exhilarating, take a trip across the water on a speedboat. You could even join the Loch Lomond Water Ski Club, based at the Loch’s southern end, which provides water ski lessons for beginners from May to September. Don’t fancy getting wet? Head to SEA LIFE Loch Lomond and discover an underwater world full of incredible sea creatures, and seven themed zones, and make sure to say hi to their rescued Olive Ridley Turtle, April, while you’re there. In the same area, head to Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre for one of their spectacular daily flying shows, and to learn more about the conservation of the amazing animals they house. If you’ve come here to escape everyone else then head into the beautiful Trossachs National Park with its many trails, or better yet, enjoy the scenery from horseback with Loch Lomond Pony Trekking.

Fancy a challenge? For the very best views of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, you have to head up Conic Hill, accessible form the village of Balmaha. Although only a reasonably short walk, the well-trodden path is a steep one, but well worth the effort. Enjoy expansive views of Loch Lomond and its islands, with miles of greenery and woodland visible to the south.

There’s no shortage of great choices when it comes to picking somewhere to eat here. If you’re looking for a light bite (or a sweet treat) during a day of exploring make sure to stop in at St Mocha Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour on the Loch’s eastern shore. Not only does it serve speciality coffee that is roasted in-house (with 50p from each bag of beans sold donated to red squirrel conservation), the team at St Mocha make their own ice cream too. For a refined evening meal, there’s no better place to head than Colquhoun’s Restaurant with its stunning views across the water to nearby Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s most popular Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) where the menu highlights the very best of local produce, including potted smoked salmon, seared lamb’s liver and haggis croustade.

Loch Lomond Waterfront Loch Lomond Waterfront

Where to Stay

Loch Lomond Waterfront

Enjoy luxury self-catered accommodation right on the shore. Loch Lomond Waterfront also has a private beach and each holiday lodge comes with access to its own private hot tub and steam cabin – perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring the area. If you’re looking for a truly cosy hideaway, opt for a luxurious shepherd’s hut, ideal for a trip for two.

Cameron House

Comprising of a stunning mansion, estate and luxury lodges, this is a truly indulgent spot to rest your head. In the Auld House (the 17th century baronial mansion) you can choose from 14 beautifully decorated suites with stunning views across the Loch. For something more understated, the Cameron Club Lodges are just a short distance from the main hotel, and ideally placed to take full advantage of the golf course and award-winning Cameron Spa, with a rooftop infinity pool to boot.

The Tarbet Hotel

Head further north along the west of the Loch and you’ll find this charming baronial hotel, which is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busier tourist areas. There’s a total of 49 rooms to select from but to make the most of the hotel’s fabulous location, we recommend trying their Loch View rooms so you don’t miss out on the stunning scenery. Best of all, the hotel has a number of dog-friendly rooms, so bring your four-legged friend along too.

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