Ben Lomond Hike

For spectacular views across the National Park, take an exhilarating hike up Ben Lomond on the Ptarmigan Ridge or Tourist Route from Rowardennan.

Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the Ptarmigan Path forms an exhilarating walk to the summit of Ben Lomond (3,192 ft). The rocky trail is well trodden with much of the hillside designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest. Also explore the Ardess Hidden History Trail near Rowardennan. A return ferry at 1645hrs allows just over 7 hours for the hike, which requires sturdy boots (please keep dogs under control). A complimentary coffee / tea on outward journey and a beer, wine or soft drink awaits you on your return leg – or perhaps refresh yourself at the Rowardennan Hotel.

The more popular and easier route starts at Rowardennan Car Park.

Please note: Return from Rowardennan departs from Rowardennan Youth Hostel Jetty.

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Something special for your trip

We have a selection of treats available for pre-purchase for your cruise to make your trip on the Loch extra special.


Hot Drink & Shortbread

Treat yourself onboard to a tea or coffee and shortbread.

£2.50 each

Tea / Coffee & Tunnocks

Cup of tea / coffee with Scotland's national favourite biscuit or teacake

£1.95 each

Soft Drink & Crisps

Can / carton of juice with a bag of crisps

£2.00 each

Rob Roy Whisky Coffee

A cup of coffee with a wee dram

£2.50 each

Brandy Hot Chocolate

A warming hot chocolate with brandy

£2.50 each

Loch Lomond Ale

Award-winning ales from a local micro-brewery

£4.00 each

Help Conserve Our Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a beautiful place. If you'd like to help it stay beautiful, please consider a £1 donation to Friends of Loch Lomond the the Trossachs, who work tirelessly to nurture, develop and make the best of the Park.


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Departs from Tarbet

Available from 5th April 2019 to 3rd November 2019.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A selection of commonly asked questions follows. If you have a query that is not answered below then please contact us for further information.  

When do the cruises and waterbus services operate?

Our services run daily between April 5th and November 3rd 2019, however you can check the availability calendar on each page for more details.

What is included in a Family Ticket?

Family Ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children aged between 5-16 years.  For families with 2 adults and 3 children please add £3.00 and call to book.

Where can we buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online; Tarbet Ticket Office; VisitScotland Information Centres, Luss Shops (Luss cruises only) and  Balmaha Village Shop.

Is there parking?

There is ample parking at all departure points.

Are there toilets on board?

Yes there are toilets at all departure points and on board each vessel.

Are cruises and the waterbus child friendly?

All children are very welcome.

Is there any concession offered?

Yes there is a £1 reduction on concession on the adult fare.

Can you take bikes on board?

Yes, bikes are welcome. We have racks on board – there is a charge of £1 per bike.

Can we take our dog on the cruise?

Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome on board free of charge but must be kept under control at all times. At Rowardennan and on Inchcailloch Island advice from National Park is to keep your dog under close control especially during the breeding season (1 April to 1 August).

Is a commentary offered?

There is live, informative commentary on all cruises with translations offered.

Are there refreshments available?

There are full bar facilities on board with tea, coffee and snacks also available.

Do the boats have safety equipment on board?

All vessels are fully Marine Coastguard Agency compliant and have open reversible life-rafts and lifejackets for everyone on board, including infant lifejackets.

Do the vessels have disabled access?

Cruise Loch Lomond strives to offer assistance to passengers with reduced mobility. Please state your specific needs at the time of booking and contact us for additional information.

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