Scotland is a
beautiful spectacular land of lakes which are locally called Lochs. Can you believe that there are at least 31,460 freshwater lochs (including lochans) in Scotland? I know, sounds unbelievable so to keep things simple we will take a closer look at just one of them. But surely one of the most popular and amazing ones – Loch Lomond.
The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
ye’ll tak‘ the high road, and I’ll tak‘ the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland
meand my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond
That’s how the well known Scottish traditional folk song starts. It has been a really popular song that helped bring focus to this stunning area. It remains one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its location. Loch Lomond is located only 20 miles north of Glasgow and can be easily accessible. There are also 37 islands on this Loch and most of the tourist attractions are located on the western shore of the Loch and this is where we headed first as well.
The Loch Lomond Shores
… a principal gateway to Scotland’s First National Park.
Situated just north of Balloch, The Loch Lomond Shores is a development opened in 2002 and provides a point of focus on the southern end of the Loch. This facility provides plenty of free parking, a mall with the wide variety of shops and cafes. For kids, there is a Sea Life Aquarium, playground
The Trip Along The Loch
So we decided to get up close and personal with Loch Lomond and jump on board one of the cruises. It is something you definitely want to consider if you like boats we definitely do! It gives you a unique angle to explore the Loch and surrounding area. When you get on one that goes through a narrow bit between all the island cramped together it is pretty spectacular . This really narrow passage makes you think more of a rainforest river than the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. We finally went across to Luss and back accompanied with a decent commentary of surrounding area and some awesome views.
Thanks to The Inn on Loch Lomond we stayed over at one of their stunning Ben Vane room in Beach House with an equally stunning view from the window. Seems like Ben Vane was the best room in the house. It’s on the first floor and has floor to…
… ceiling windows with an uninterrupted view of the Loch Lomond…
We especially loved that it was spacious, decorated with nice warm tartan carpet, four poster bed and large ensuite with feature bath. Oh! and the balcony with a view over the woodland where we could hear the birds singing. On the day when we arrived the weather was rather Scottish, but this added quite a bit of character as we felt very warm and safe within the Beach House while planning where to go next day.
We didn’t have to be worry about where to go for a delicious dinner at the Inn on Loch Lomond which has its own bar and restaurant called
Encouraged by starters we went for the main course. We took a pizza, but no ordinary pizza! The Highlander Pizza! On the top of it, we could find haggis, black pudding, venison sausage and Kintyre cheddar. Honestly, these 4 ingredients are like a match made in heaven for an Italian pizza. So classy! The other course we took was Haggis and Pudding Pie bound in peppercorn creamy sauce. And again, we were positively impressed by how this combination could be so joyful. The only one complains we had was about our stomach. We could not eat anything else delicious more as we were almost in agony at the end.
Will have to come back for more!
Officially opened in 2015, it’s a final installation of the first phase of the Scottish Scenic Routes pilot project on the banks of Loch Lomond. This is a stunning pyramid shaped viewpoint made out of wood. To reach it you need to climb a couple of steps through the trees to then find this true architecture wonder and climb it to admire breathtaking views. At eight meters high hits pyramid-shaped viewpoint is a must see along the western side of the loch. Also, a great point to stop while on longer journeys. At the opposite side of the carpark, you can spot a power station on the hill.
Another great leg stretcher stops with toilet facilities and plenty of parking but also much much more than just this. Firkin Point is another scenic stop along the A82 that you can add to your list. Gives extensive angle at Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond in particular. One of the best spots for a picnic or to stretch your legs while driving along and singing the
♩♩ Bonnie Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond ♩♩
Falls of Falloch
Last stop on our lazy exploration of the western bank of Loch Lomond is the loud and stunning Falls of Falloch. Parking here is tricky and limited and can be muddy and wet as there’s no solid surface after you turn to park but rest assured that your effort and courage will be rewarded as after a short walk you will be greeted first by the sound and then by the view of this breathtaking waterfall. There is also a special installation made from metal rods that brings you a different angle to view the falls and also features an entry from Dorothy Wordsworth’s diary that recalls her thoughts of those who visited the falls back in the day.
Disclosure: This is a commissioned post for The Inn on Loch Lomond. We ate and stayed as guests of The Inn on Loch Lomond. All views expressed are our own.