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Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular inland lochs for windsurfing. The best areas for windsurfing on the loch are south of Rowardennan on the loch’s eastern shore. The open landscape south of Ben Lomond allows the wind to blow more freely than in the mountainous northern parts of the loch.

Where on the loch is best for windsurfing on any day is a matter dictated by the wind. Sites where the wind blows offshore (from the land) should be avoided – the wind tends to be gusty and unpredictable in such conditions and you will find it difficult to return to your start point. The most popular launch sites are Milarrochy Bay, on the east shore (best in south westerly to north westerly winds) and Duck Bay, on the west (best in north easterly to easterly winds).

Under the Loch Lomond Byelaws it is compulsory to carry a buoyancy aid or life jacket while windsurfing on Loch Lomond. Although the regulation covers carrying, it is strongly recommended that you wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid at all times when on the water. Remember to bring one and check it is compatible with your harness where appropriate.

It’s essential that you’re well prepared before getting into the water. Before you head out read our guide on how to have fun and stay safe in the water.

Stop the spread

Invasive non-native species are one of the key threats to nature in the National Park. Aquatic plants and animals can sometimes be unwittingly transported into a new environment on people’s equipment such as wetsuits, kayaks and fishing gear. The introduction of new species can threaten the delicate ecosystems in the National Park.

Every time you leave any body of water (in or outside of the National Park), please follow the national ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ guidance:

  • Check your equipment and clothing for living organisms. Pay particular attention to damp or hard to inspect areas.
  • Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them or on a hard surface to die out.
  • Dry all equipment and clothing. Some species can live for many days in damp conditions.

Read the full Check, Clean and Dry guides for different water users.

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