Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

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Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water lake (or loch) in Scotland. Together with the beautiful surrounding hills and mountains, Loch Lomond and Trossachs is the most popular national park in Scotland. Since we were in Stirling, we decided to make the extra effort to see this beautiful lake.

After our walking tour of Stirling, instead of driving back to our hotel in Edinburgh we decided to try seeing Loch Lomond since it appeared close on the map and it was on our list of places to see.
However, we quickly lowered our expectations about what we can actually see, since our kids were very tired and the drive was taking longer than what we expected.

    Series: 4 days in Edinburgh.

  1. Walking tour of Edinburgh
  2. 5 beautiful fishing villages in Fife
  3. Walking tour of Saint Andrews
  4. Walking tour of Stirling
  5. Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  6. 8 beautiful castles near Edinburgh
  7. 6 day trips from Edinburgh

What to expect at Loch Lomond National Park

This area is filled with lakes of different sizes with Loch Lomond being the largest. Expect beautiful mountain scenery with the attractions being the lakes themselves and small communities around the shores.

My favorite places to see at Loch Lomond

Lake of Menteith is a tiny picturesque lake with a small historical island.

Aberfoyle is the gateway to the northern part of the park. From here you can visit Lake Katrine.

Balmaha is a small harbor with beautiful views of Loch Lomond’s larger islands.

Balloch sits on the southern tip of Loch Lomond.

Luss is a quaint Scottish fishing village with lots of tourist appeal.


Loch Lomond & the Trossachs driving map
Yellow – start/end, Red -see, Green – drive
See my photos from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Lake of Menteith

The tiny village called Port of Menteith has a long history due to the old priory of Inchmanhome. Built in the early 1200 this small monastery served as a refuge and retreat throughout Scottish history.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Scotland - The Lake of Menteith with the island where you can find the ruins of Inchmanhome Priory.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Scotland – The Lake of Menteith with the island where you can find the ruins of Inchmanhome Priory.
See my photos from Lake of Menteith

Lake Menteith is a beautiful small lake situated close to the road. It only takes a few minutes to get there and it is a very quiet and serene little place.

Aberfoyle

We learned thet the visitor center for Loch Lomond is located in Aberfoyle which is also associated with the important wool trade in this area. We wondered inside the small Scottish Wool Center and asked about the shortest way to see Loch Lomond.

The Tourist Information building in Aberfoyle with the beautiful green hills in the background
The Tourist Information building in Aberfoyle with the beautiful green hills in the background.
See my photos from Aberfoyle

The village of Aberfoyle is the gateway to the Trossachs. You can go north to Loch Archray and then continue West to Loch Katrine or go south west towards Loch Lomond.

We were directed to Balmaha as the closest spot for nice views of Loch Lomond. And off we went.

Balmaha

Balmaha has a beautiful small harbor overlooking one of the large islands on Loch Lomond.

Boats anchored at the beautiful harbour at Balmaha
Boats anchored at the beautiful harbour at Balmaha
See my photos from Balmaha

If you have time, you can continue along the shore road to the small Millarochy Bay and take in the beautiful views of the lake.
From Balmaha, you can take a boat to the village of Luss.

Since it was late in the day, we stopped our short exploration of this beautiful area even though there were more areas to visit. if you have more time, I suggest these places as well.

Balloch

Balloch sits on the southern tip of Loch Lomond and it offers beautiful views of the lake and an aquarium to visit.

Beautiful view of Loch Lomond at Balloch
Beautiful view of Loch Lomond at Balloch. Photo by Allie_Caulfield.

Luss

Luss is a picturesque village on the western shores of Loch Lomond. Its quaint cottages and country homes are popular with tourist groups.

The boat dock and village of Luss, Scotland
The boat dock and village of Luss, Scotland. Photo by Tom.

My best resources for planning your trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Find a budget hotel in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park. If you also want to be closer to Stirling, my suggestion is to find a place in Aberfoyle as it is the perfect place to explore in all directions.

Find a local tour of Loch Lomond from one of the major cities nearby. You can choose from driving tours, boat tours or walking tours.

Visit the official website for Loch Lomond National Park. You can download a map of the park.

Check the Loch Lomond boat schedule. Take a boat around Loch Lomond and enjoy the beautiful views.

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