Head to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond for your next Scottish adventure. The mesmerising loch lies in the heart of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, where you’ll be surrounded by charming villages, rolling countryside, hills and some truly wonderful activities.
Getting out on the water or near is a great way to have fun but it's important to stay safe too. Make sure you're well prepared by following these safety tips.
Travel to and around Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond is served by regular rail services from Glasgow Queen Street to both Balloch and Helensburgh Lower with a journey time of less than an hour. Many of these services also run through to North Lanarkshire and West Lothian.
The famous West Highland Line runs through the area on its way from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig. This scenic railway journey stops at Dumbarton, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar/Tarbet and Ardlui on its way north, providing good access to the western and northern parts of the Loch Lomond area.
Driving to Loch Lomond from the central belt is easy, especially from Glasgow via the A82 or the M8 and Erskine Bridge. If you want to visit the eastern side of the Loch Lomond area, follow signs for Drymen, leaving Glasgow via Milngavie. Via the A82, take signs for Dumbarton, then Balloch. For the western sea-lochs, travel via Helensburgh (A814 from Dumbarton).
Glasgow Airport is located just under 30 minutes from Loch Lomond, offering UK and international links. Loch Lomond is home to the UK’s only commercial seaplane service, Loch Lomond Seaplanes which connects Glasgow with Loch Lomond.
Edinburgh Airport also offer many flight connections and takes just over an hour to get to Balloch by road.
Bus and coach
Take the bus from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station to the south side of the loch with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes. Or head to Ardlui at the northern tip which takes around 1 hour 20 minutes.
Take advantage of the Waterbus service departing from piers and pontoons around the loch.
The Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway (NCN7) takes you from Glasgow to Loch Lomond along former railway lines and canal towpaths. You’ll immerse yourself in the great outdoors through forests and past castles before you reach Loch Lomond.
The West Lomond Cycle Path starts next to Balloch Railway Station at the south of Loch Lomond and runs north along the loch for 27km to Tarbert. You can even catch a train back to Glasgow and the central belt of Scotland. The path is level and traffic free for most of the route with only two short sections on minor roads.
Places to Stay
Find suitable accommodation in Loch Lomond to suit your budget.
Loch Lomond's accommodation offers a wide range of facilities to make your stay as comfortable as it gets.
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