It was for good reasons that 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”.
The Highland Boundary Fault runs through Loch Lomond, making 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 also 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, while hillwalkers enjoy Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly “Munro” – a mountain over 3000 feet high.
The banks and islands of the Loch have been home to some of Scotland’s best-known clans and families – for example the McGregors and Colquhouns (who fought a bloody battle in nearby Glen Fruin in 1603), the Buchanans, McFarlanes and Galbraiths.
On the west bank visit Luss (arguably Scotland’s most beautiful village) or Tarbet, where in the past the Vikings pulled their longships overland to attack the Loch. The Loch Lomond Shores visitor centre at the south end offers shops and restaurants, an aquarium, a paddle steamer, and the chance to hire canoes or bicycles.
Loch Lomond has a lot to offer! Find out more at the Loch Lomond & Trossachs website.