Loch Lomond became Scotland’s first national park in 2002.
It is perhaps Scotland’s most beautiful loch, (Lake) and is also world-famous through the song about its ” Bonny Banks”.
What makes it so special?
- The Highland Boundary Fault runs through Loch Lomond, this geological fault line makes its southern end broad and shallow and surrounded by gentle hills, whereas the northern end is narrow and deep with rugged mountains. Consequently, a wide variety of plants and wildlife live by the Loch. In particular it is home to the powan, a fish which occurs in only one other location in Scotland!
- The Loch contains around three dozen islands, several of which are permanently inhabited and served by a mailboat from Balmaha.
- The West Highland Way footpath follows the eastern shore of the Loch.
- Hillwalkers enjoy Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly “Munro” – a mountain over 3000 feet high.
- Home to some of Scotland’s best-known clans and families – e.g. the McGregors and Colquhouns (who fought a bloody battle in nearby Glen Fruin in 1603), the Buchanans, McFarlanes and Galbraiths.
- Luss (arguably Scotland’s most beautiful village)
- Tarbet, where in the past the Vikings pulled their longships overland to attack the Loch. Today you can take a cruise on the loch from here or just park up and walk down to savour the tranquility.
Loch Lomond Shores at the south end of the loch offers shops and restaurants, an aquarium, a paddle steamer, and the chance to hire canoes or bicycles.
Loch Lomond has a lot to offer!