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Loch Lomond Byelaws Review

Update 19th October 2022: This consultation has now closed.

Loch Lomond is an iconic and special place, for its value to nature and the environment, for the multiple recreation and wellbeing opportunities it offers, and the economic value it provides for the many businesses and communities around it.

Byelaws are in place on Loch Lomond specifically, and not on other lochs in the National Park, because of the levels to which is it used by many different people, to help manage the careful balance between these multiple uses and opportunities. There have been significant changes in the type and volume of recreation activities enjoyed on Loch Lomond, particularly in recent years. While more people enjoying the Loch responsibly is a positive, these changes can increase the potential for conflict between the ways different users want to use the Loch. It is vital that the byelaws are updated to respond to these changes, ensuring they provide clear rules and guidance to support safe and responsible enjoyment of the water and robust deterrents to irresponsible and dangerous behaviours.

The Loch Lomond Byelaws must be reviewed at least once every ten years. We have launched this public consultation to get your view on the changes being proposed in this review.

What changes are being proposed?

Six fundamental changes are being proposed to the Loch Lomond Byelaws to help meet these outcomes, along with a number of other minor revisions. These proposals have been developed based on the changes seen on the Loch in recent years, experience by the National Park Authority and our partners enforcing the byelaws, and insight from key stakeholder groups.

The six key changes being proposed in the consultation are:

  • the creation of zones for only low or non-powered activities, such as paddleboarding, swimming, kayaking and fishing, in order to improve safety in areas where there is a higher risk of safety issues, conflict and disturbance.
  • the compulsory wearing of personal flotation devices (PFDs) such as lifejackets for everyone under 16 on all vessels when on open decks to improve safety for young people.
  • the transfer of liability for offences committed by a young person in sole charge of a powered vessel to the registered owner of the vessel when there is no supervising adult.
  • the introduction of a new Loch Lomond User Registration scheme, in addition to the registration of a vessel, meaning any individual using a motorised vessels must be registered with the Park Authority in advance. This is to make the identification of individuals easier in the event of a contravention.
  • Simplify processes around businesses operating on the loch by changing the existing Permission to Trade byelaw to focus only on businesses on the loch causing nuisance.
  • Amend the boundary of the existing lower speed zone around Inchmoan island to be more easily identifiable for loch users.

You can read further information on each of these proposed changes and other matters we considered in the Consultation Document. A table of all changes being proposed is also available in the document.

We encourage everyone with an interest in Loch Lomond to have their say on the changes being proposed, or let us know any alternative proposals, by submitting a response to this public consultation.

Respond to our consultation

The public consultation on the review of the Loch Lomond Byelaws ran for 12 weeks from Wednesday 27th July 2022 until Wednesday 19th October 2022. The consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a response. We are now working to analyse the responses. Views from this consultation will help shape the final proposed byelaws to be presented to the National Park Authority Board and then to Scottish Ministers for approval in 2023.

If you have any questions about this review or what happens now the consultation has closed, please contact us at

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