Great Days Out on Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs
Looking for ideas for things to see and do and for great days out on Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs?
Visit Loch Lomond festivals and events, or take some time to enjoy a walk or a trail, a stroll along the beach, a picnic or a walk in the forest. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is full of amazing scenery and things to see and do, and you can join guided nature walks or activities with Park Rangers. You might like to try the new Clyde Sea Lochs Trail or walk from Balmaha to Milarrochy Bay.
Want to walk or travel without using the car? Try the Bus and Bike service until the end of October. The Loch Lomond Waterbus also offers lots of different cycling and walking combinations – check out the timetable. Find ideas for cycle paths and check out a list of cycle rack locations to make your visit easier.
If you want to experience Loch Lomond from the water, a cruise is ideal- travel with Cruise Loch Lomond, Sweeney’s Cruises or Loch Katrine cruises – all offer a great variety of different cruises and on several you can take your bike or combine with a walk. You can take a boat with Sweeneys from Balloch, just opposite the railway station, or right from within the Loch Lomond Shores visitor complex. Sail on a steamship from Loch Katrine, or choose from several different departure points around Loch Lomond including Tarbet and Luss with Cruise Loch Lomond.
If wildlife is your passion you’ll enjoy the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle which has some great wildlife and nature activities and facilities for viewing Osprey and other bird and wildlife. The RSPB Loch Lomond reserve offers guided visits and activities from time to time – check them out.
Did you know that Loch Lomond has two great whisky distilleries on the doorstep? Enjoy a tour and a taste, pick up something from the shop and even bottle your own whisky at the charming white-washed Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow’s closest distillery, or sample a whisky and chocolate matching tour, just one of many options, at Glengoyne Distillery in its lovely rural location. If tasting local beer is on your list, you can sample Loch Lomond Brewery beers and ales at lots of local locations, or try the Balmaha Brewing Co. beers from The Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha.
Kids and families have plenty of fun and rainy day options at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch – feed the otters at the Sealife Loch Lomond Aquarium, be wowed by the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, try your hand at adventure golf at the Wee Heilan Man or swing from the trees at new Treezone Loch Lomond. There is plenty of great shopping plus places to eat and drink, short local walks and more. There's plenty of free parking, or catch the train from Glasgow city centre to Balloch and walk the short distance from there.
If adrenalin adventures are on your bucket list, we have plenty. Wakeboard on the loch with Loch Lomond Wakeboarding at their complex based at Ardlui Hotel and Leisure, hire a boat or water-ski. Try a Segway safari, a canoe or kayak experience, or your hand at archery or just splash about on a pedalo! Do it all with Can You Experience – based at the beach at Loch Lomond Shores. Last but not least, swing from the trees in an amazing treetop adventure with Go Ape Aberfoyle.
Want to improve your golf swing? There are lots of excellent golf courses in and around Loch Lomond such as The Carrick, or take the kids to Jurassic Parr for dinosaur fun while you practice at the World of Golf driving range.
Check out our Love Loch Lomond leaflet and visitor map or pick up a free copy from local accommodation providers, visitor venues and shops in and around the area or further afield in Glasgow and beyond.