In the north of Glasgow is Strathblane and the original site of Lennox Castle. Built by John Lennox in the 15th century, this was the family home for the next eight generations. A new castle was built in the 19th century and following its sale in 1927, became a hospital for people with learning difficulties until it closed in 2002. The clan seat moved to Downton Castle near Ludlow in Shropshire, England.
Continue northwards towards Loch Lomond as you journey through The Lennox, as the Lennox Earldom has been called. The urban landscape of Glasgow and its suburbs gives way to a lusher, greener environment and you will feel closer to the land your ancestors knew. Between the 12th and 14th centuries much of the land around Loch Lomond belonged to the Earl of Lennox. Amongst the rhododendrons and azaleas at Balloch Castle Country Park, at the southern end of the loch, you can still see faint traces of one of the earliest Lennox castles.
Inchmurrin Island, situated on Loch Lomond, is the largest inland island in Britain and is easily defended. Because of this the Lennox Earls built a castle here and the remains can still be seen. Today the island is in private hands but can be visited.