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If you’d like to take things at your own pace, there are lots of options available.

On Loch Lomond it is possible to hire a variety of self-hire boats, from pedal boats to boats with outboard motors. It is also possible to hire a speed boat with skipper or charter a larger boat.

You can investigate the many of the Islands on Loch Lomond. Inchcailloch is a must do, with its walking trails, ruined church and grave yard and its wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna or simply enjoy being out on the water and with the ability to stop at some of the lochside villages and settlements.

Boat hire

  • Balloch. There are a variety of boats available at Loch Lomond Shores. See In Your Element.
  • Luss. Pedal boat, boat hire and speed boat trips are available at Luss Pier. See Loch Lomond Leisure.
  • Balmaha. Balmaha Boatyard has traditional clinker built wooden rowing boats with the option of outboard motors. See Balmaha Boat Yard.

Chartering a boat

Loch Lomond


If you would like to investigate some of the fantastic coast line and sea lochs that we have in the National Park you can hire a boat from Lochgoilhead (just past Carrick castle) and experience Loch Goil and Loch Long from the water. It is also possible to charter a boat for the day from here and take a longer trip around the Clyde and sea lochs. See Loch Goil Cruisers.

A number of fishing and angling associations and businesses also hire out boats on a number of smaller Lochs in the National Park, for more information please see our angling pages.

Bringing your own boat

If you would like to bring your own boat with you, please see our boating safety, notices to mariners and Loch Lomond byelaw information. If you’d like to use any craft with a motor on Loch Lomond, you need register it with the National Park Authority and display the registration number on your craft.

Please be aware that from 1st April 2017, the slipway at Milarrochy Bay will be no longer be in operation. Find out more here.

Launch facilities will continue to operate from the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch seven days per week.

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