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With dozens of large lochs and Loch Lomond being the UK’s largest inland loch, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley is the perfect location for a large variety of watersports. No matter if you prefer more adventurous pursuits or quieter activities, you will find the right one for you.
One of Loch Lomond’s most popular activities is boating allowing you to discover Scotland’s first National Park from a different perspective and visit the 38 islands set within the loch. Other great watersports activities on Loch Lomond are sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Milarrochy Bay on the east shore of the Loch is one of the most popular spots for relaxed sailing or windsurfing.
Along with Loch Lomond, Loch Earn is another of the main lochs with a large choice of watersports. Found in the north east of the National Park the loch has a fantastic range of water based activities with Lochearnhead Watersports Centre providing waterskiing, wakesurfing, wakeboarding, water zorbing and kayaking. Other activities offered include kneeboarding, speed boating and banana boat rides.
Families are especially well catered for at Loch Ard. Here you will find the Go Country family waterpark with a host of fun inflatable kayaking challenges on the loch, including a giant iceberg. The Loch also provides excellent sheltered sailing water.
There are also superb watersports opportunities at Loch Venacher. At the loch you will find a fantastic sailing club which caters for all levels and abilities. Canoes, kayaks and motorboats are also available for hire.
For a completely different watersport activity; head to Loch Long in the west of the National Park. This sea loch has an interesting range of underwater caves and colourful reefs with lobsters and crabs. No matter if you go diving in the summer or winter, the water usually doesn't get much colder than 10 degrees Celsius due to the Gulf Stream.
With its seemingly endless coastline and long sea lochs, the Cowal Peninsula offers an enviable playground for sailors and paddlers alike. Take a guided kayaking tour to one of the numerous islands and your paddle will all too often attract a friendly seal.
Sail coast to coast, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, on the Union and Forth & Clyde canals. Opened in 2002, the Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first rotating boat lift allowing boats to travel across Scotland, from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea.