The idyllic falling-down romance of the ruined 13th-century priory on Inchmahome Island in the Lake of Menteith was once escaped to by Mary Queen of Scots herself. It’s a dreamy location for a picnic with many secluded spots among the ruins, as well as an easy stroll around the island to help your food go down. Children love this place too. Now run by Historic Scotland you can take the seasonal short foot-ferry across from the pier signposted off the B8034.
Incailloch, the largest island (52 acres) in Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s Natural Nature Reserves. Small boats taxi visitors here and back year round (weather permitting) from Balmaha Boat Yard.
The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha will provide a takeaway lunch with notice, or pick up some pies from David Macdonald, the excellent Drymen Butcher, not far away.