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No visit to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park would be complete without a trip out on a loch. Peacefully cruising across the waters provides you with unique views of the surrounding mountains, close-ups of numerous islands and perhaps the chance to spot local wildlife too. Choose from three cruise companies across two lochs.
Catching a cruise from Balloch couldn’t be easier. Cruises depart from both the River Leven, just across from Balloch Railway Station or from the pontoon at Loch Lomond Shores.
Cruises from Balloch are operated by Sweeney’s Cruise Company. Sweeney’s offer a selection of cruises – from a 1 hour introduction to the loch’s southern section, to island exploration, to sunset cruises.
All along the western shore there are options for catching a cruise to explore the northern reaches of Loch Lomond.
From 1 hour to 2¼ hours, their cruises give you the opportunity to explore Loch Lomond’s fjord-like northern end , its islands, wildlife (including a special RSPB cruise), history, and of course magnificent views of Rob Roy Country. During their cruises you’ll sail pass the lands of the Clan Colquhoun, MacGregor, Buchanan, Montrose, Graham and the ruined strongholds of the MacFarlanes.
A visit to Loch Katrine allows you to relish the stunning surroundings in a one hour cruise.
Departing from Trossachs Pier, both the steamship Sir Walter Scott and cruiser, the Lady of the Lake, will take you on an awe inspiring journey. On this 60 minute sailing you will glide past stunning Trossachs landmarks such as Ben A’an, Ben Venue and Brenachoile, from the Gaelic for “above the trees”.
This is the perfect cruise for visitors looking to relax and soak up the scenery. Enjoy the on board heated saloon and settle in with a drink and snack while listening to the tales and legends of the loch as narrated by the knowledgeable crew. Please be aware that wheelchair access is only available on board the steamship Sir Walter Scott.
Visit www.lochkatrine.com for further details.
Don’t forget that it you want to get off and explore the shorelines, look out for the Waterbus sign which provides point-to-point trips and tickets and the chance to discover more on lochshores. All three operators above offer this service.
Cruises may not operate all year round. Please check with operators’ websites to ensure timings for your preferred day of departure. Pre-book your ticket to avoid disappointment!