Traditionally a boundary between Stirlingshire and Dunbartonshire, Loch Lomond is currently split between the council areas of Stirling, Argyll and Bute, and West Dunbartonshire. Its southern shores are about 23 kilometres (14 miles ) north of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.
Loch Lomond is now part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Ben Lomond is on the eastern shore: 974 m (3,195 ft) in height and the most southerly of the Scottish Munro peaks. A 2005 poll of Radio Times readers voted Loch Lomond as the 6th greatest natural wonder in Britain.
The main arterial route along the loch is the A82 road which runs the length of its western shore.
To really appreciate the beauty of the loch and it's surroundings, Cruise Loch Lomond offers cruises throughout the year allowing you to experience the beauty, tranquillity and adventure on Loch Lomond considerd the jewel in Scotland’s first National Park.
For those visitors interested in seeing some of the wildlife in the Loch Lomond area, Wildlife cruises provided by the RSPB operate until end August, departing weekly on Tuesdays at 1130hrs from Tarbet Pier to Inversnaid RSPB Reserve.
Join the Reserve Manager aboard the cruise to the eastern shore. At Inversnaid join a guided walk up to the vantage point on the Reserve and learn about the wildlife and eco systems while enjoying the breathtaking vistas.
This guided walk will take around 1 hour, a moderate level of fitness is required, as it is fairly steep and has many steps up to the viewpoint. The walk is a circular route back to the Inversnaid Hotel, where you can have lunch prior to the return cruise to Tarbet.
A fleet of vessels operate from a number of departure points around the Loch providing a variety of cruises that will appeal to day trippers, holidaymakers, sailors and seadogs of all ages and abilities.
For visitors staying in the Trossachs and Stirling area, and day trippers from north Glasgow, Inversnaid provides a suitable embarkation point from which to enjoy a waterbus experience on the ‘Queen of Scottish Lakes’ (Sir Walter Scott).
For more information tel 01301 702 356 or visit the Cruise Loch Lomond website http://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/
Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages are all ideally located within the area for guests to enjoy a family day out at Loch Lomond.