With the national guidance on travel restrictions easing, visitor facilities around the National Park are beginning to open. However this does not mean that it is ‘business as usual’ and we must all continue to take action to stop the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus.
The National Park has a wide variety of paddling opportunities from the many lochs, to meandering rivers such as the Endrick, Balvaig and Forth and even some coastal sea paddling on Loch Long and Loch Goil. For the experienced paddler there are more challenging rapids and falls on Rivers Falloch, Leny and Dochart.
Loch Lubnaig, just south of Strathyre, is an excellent choice for watersport enthusiasts, being open all year to non-motorised water activities. For canoeing and kayaking, its sheltered position makes it ideal for learners. High winds are rarely a problem so it’s perfect for open canoeing and for savouring the tranquillity of one of the Park’s most beautiful lochs.
The spectacular waters of Loch Lomond are fantastic for canoeing and kayaking with the lochs many islands providing interesting bays and narrow straights to explore. Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain, so there is plenty of room to paddle about! The loch can be easily accessed on its eastern side from the car parks at Milarrochy Bay, Sallochy and Rowardennan. On its western shores there are car parks at Luss, Tarbet and Inveruglas, while at the southern end of the loch, you can use Balloch either from Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway or Duck Bay.
Access to open water paddling by canoe or kayak is particularly good within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park too. In particular Loch Drunkie on the Three Lochs Forest Drive, Loch Achray, Loch Ard and Loch Katrine at the Stronachlachar end.
For more information on canoeing and kayaking and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, download the Paddlers’ Access Code produced by the Scottish Canoe Association.
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