Loch Lubnaig is a small but stunningly located stretch of freshwater nestling between two striking mountains, Ben Ledi and Benvane to the south-west and Ben Vorlich to the north-east. A bird’s eye view of the loch (or take look on a map), reveals how it came by its name, for Lùbnaig means crooked in Gaelic.
The A84 runs along the eastern side of the loch, which makes access very easy, whether by vehicle or bicycle. If you prefer your cycling to be a little quieter, a section of the National Cycle Network’s Route 7 runs along the west shore on the route of the former Callander and Oban Railway. The 9-mile trail, between Callander and Strathyre, is a scenic bike ride or a walk.
Strathyre, to the north of Loch Lubnaig, is the starting point for plenty of walks, including a short Strathyre Circuit or there is a four-mile walk to the 2667ft summit of Beinn Each for the lochside at Ardchullarie More.
Loch Lubnaig is also popular with paddlers, whether in kayaks or Canadian canoes and there are a couple of car parks for launching. Unusually for the Highlands, Loch Lubnaig runs north to south, and is more sheltered when winds are blowing along the usual west to eastwards lochs.
Increasingly, open water and wild swimmers are discovering the picturesque location (most wild swimmers wear wetsuits because the water is cold, even in summer, although there are those that dare to swim in just their costumes).
Fishing for wild salmon, trout and coarse fish is possible by purchasing a permit at The Cabin. The Cabin is the place to find out about camping and a tasty snack or a meal. And while you’re there, you can’t miss the scenic route viewpoint at the southern car park.
Whether you’re looking for the comfort of a campsite or the solitude of ‘wild camping’, the National Park offers plenty of places to immerse yourself in some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.
If you are planning to ‘wild camp’, be aware that seasonal byelaws came into effect on 1st March 2017 which affect how you can camp in some areas between March and September. During this time, you need a permit to camp or (in some locations) to stay overnight in your motorhome in these Camping Management Zones.
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