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On the banks of iconic Loch Lomond and the famous West Highland Way. Ardlui offers superb views of hills, mountains and loch. Take the boat and walk a part of the West Highland way north to Inverarnan or south to Inversnaid. Scotrail station, Citylink bus stop, B&Bs, camping, hotel, cafe, shop, restaurant, marina, West Highland Way Waterbus and on demand ferry.


Activity hub with great transport links. Passing through Balloch is the John Muir Way, Three Lochs Way, NCN 7, West Loch Lomond Cycle Path and Glasgow to Balloch Cycle Path. Visit Balloch Castle Country Park and enjoy a variety of walks, walled garden, castle and great views over Loch Lomond. Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cafes, toilets, bus station, railway station, shops, Tourist Information Centre, car parking.


Tantalising view across the bay towards Inchcailloch island. Unique destination on the Highland Boundary fault line. The Millennium Trail takes you around the village or tackle Conic Hill (part of the West Highland Way). A longer day out can include walking north to Rowardennan. Don’t miss the opportunity for a selfie with the statue of Tom Weir at Balmaha Bay. Shop, Restaurant, ice cream parlour, bar meals, coffee shop , B&Bs, Bunkhouse, toilets, National Park Visitor Centre, canoe hire, car parking.


Inchcailloch is a wooded island rich in biodiversity and history. An ideal place to experience remoteness and wildness. Cherish the tranquillity, peace, beauty and scenery the island has to offer. There are three walking routes on the island which can be enjoyed separately or together. Composting toilets, campsite and picnic area.


Views of Ben Vorlich, Ben Vane and Beinn Narnain. Local path up through the Oak woodland. Walk or cycle to Stronachlachar on the Old Military Road (part of The Great Trossachs Path). Visit the RSPB visitor centre at the remains of a Garrison Fort. Walk north to Ardleish/ Inverarnan or south to Rowardennan on the West Highland Way. Cafes, Restaurants, Toilets at Stronachlachar and Aberfoyle.


Magnificent views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. The walk to Loch Sloy or Arrochar is a great day out enjoying superb views of Loch Long and Ben Arthur, Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime. This is a termini of the Cowal and Three Lochs Ways and a popular starting point for Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich. Cafe and toilets, Citylink bus stop, car parking, picnic area. B&B’s in Arrochar.

Loch Lomond Shores

So much to see and do as well as some retail therapy. This special destination has a Bird of Prey Centre, Sea Life Centre, High level Ropes Course, Maid of the Loch, cycle & canoe hire. Seasonal promotions, markets, crafts, and woodland walk. Restaurants, cafes, shops, toilets, picnic areas, car parking, Hire of bikes, canoes, Twizy, pedaloes and Quadricycles.


A conservation village with pretty 18th and 19th century cottages, very picturesque and photogenic. Short local walks and superb views from the pier to Ben Lomond, Inchcailloch and other Loch Lomond islands. Frequent Waterbus services to Inchcailloch and Balmaha. Cafes, restaurants, shops, hotels, B&Bs, toilets, Citylink and local service bus stops, toilets, car parking (£).


The starting point for Ben Lomond, walking part of the West Highland Way or just to relax and take in the wonderful scenery to the north of Loch Lomond. Easily accessed from Tarbet by Waterbus to the SYHA hostel jetty in Rowardennan. Hotel, bar meals, tea and coffee, toilets, Youth Hostel (also provides meals and snacks to non-residents), B&Bs, bunkhouse, car parking (£).


A gateway to the delights of the north section of Loch Lomond and the Arrochar Alps. Local walks, The Three Lochs Way, Cowal Way and a short Waterbus voyage to the Great Trossachs Path and West Highland Way at Inversnaid. Cafes, hotels, B&Bs, toilets, West Highland Railway station (½ mile), Citylink bus stop, car parking, picnic area, bicycle hire.

Loch Katrine

Stronachlachar is a small hamlet that can be found at the far end of Loch Katrine. Historically this was ‘Rob Roy land’, still standing is Glengyle house originally built by Rob Roy. Stronachlachar has a real sense of splendid isolation. The Pier Cafe, toilets.

Trossachs Pier – The hills and forests surrounding Loch Katrine are home to many species of wildlife, including Scotland’s elusive Red Squirrels. A perfect day away location where you can cycle, walk, sail, fish or simply do nothing & enjoy the views. Brenachoile Cafe, toilets, car parking (£), cycle hire.

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