Looking to explore around the Loch on foot? We've put together some great rambling and hiking itineraries’ to get the most out of your trip.
Try a taster of The West Highland Way - Scotland's famous long-distance walking route, running along the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. Ancient oak woodlands, an amazing variety of wildlife and breath-taking scenery it is a fabulous active day out in the fresh air. Approximately 7.5 miles long with lots of opportunities to stop at beaches along the way. Take a picnic and enjoy eating al fresco!
* Remember to dress for our Scottish weather, we recommend sturdy boots and warm, waterproof clothing should the weather suddenly turn. Please keep dogs under control.
There are 2 options for accessing this walk.
1. Tarbet to Inversnaid (North to South) Depart Tarbet 10.00am or 11.30am (30 min crossing)
Walk South to Rowardennan Depart Rowardennan at 4.45pm to Tarbet (45 min crossing)
*Departure at Rowardennan Youth Hostel Jetty
2. Tarbet to Rowardennan (South to North)
Depart Tarbet 10.00am arrive Rowardennan
10.45am Walk North to Inversnaid
Depart Inversnaid to Tarbet at 2.15pm or 4.30pm (30 min crossing)
For spectacular views across the National Park, take the sustainable route to Rowardennan to start an exhilarating hike up Ben Lomond, the most southerly of Scotland’s Munro’s from Rowardennan. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the path takes you to the summit of Ben Lomond (3,192 ft). This rocky trail is well trodden to the summit with much of the hillside designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest.
Depending on your fitness you have a 6 hour window to climb the Ben leaving you time to enjoy a well-deserved refreshment at the Rowardennan Hotel or Youth Hostel afterwards!
*Remember to dress for our Scottish weather, we recommend sturdy boots and warm, waterproof clothing should the weather suddenly turn. Please keep dogs under control.
Depart: Every Saturday and Sunday at 10.00am Tarbet to Rowardennan ferry (45 minute crossing)
Return: Every Saturday and Sunday at 4.45pm Rowardennan to Tarbet ferry (45 minute crossing)
*The ferry arrives and departs at The Rowardennan Youth Hostel jetty.
Top travel tip!
Leave the car at home and jump on the train from Glasgow Queen Street Station. Take the sustainable route to the Ben, don’t worry about car parking and enjoy a refreshment on the way home. Here’s how you can plan your day up The Ben.TRAIN, BOATS, BOOTS AND THE BEN
8.23am Saturday Depart Glasgow Queen Street
9.37am Arrive Arrochar and Tarbet Train Station
10.00am Depart Tarbet Pier for Ben Lomond Hike Cruise
5.30 pm Arrive Tarbet from Ben Lomond Hike Cruise
6.00pm Dinner at The Slanj restaurant, Tarbet (adjacent to the train station)
8.06pm Depart Arrochar and Tarbet train station for Glasgow
9.24pm Arrive Glasgow Queen Street Station
Inchcailloch Walks (perfect for families with little ones)
Jump on board at Luss and cruise to the hidden gem Inchcailloch Island, spending time ashore with a choice of woodland walks.
The Low Path is a gentle woodland walk with a few slopes and steps. At first sight the woods look untouched by man, but look closer and you’ll discover that people played an important part in creating this wonderful home for wildlife.
The Summit Path is more strenuous with a steep climb to the top of the island. Here you’ll find out how dramatic forces of nature have sculpted the island and created lots of different homes for plants and animals.
Each path takes 30-45 minutes, just take your time and enjoy the view.
Central Path – this is the most direct route from Port Bawn to the North Pier and takes around 20 minutes.
The Ardess Hidden History Trail (perfect for families with little ones)
The National Trust for Scotland own this part of Loch Lomond and have created a short history trail to explore the archaeology found beneath the heather, bracken and oak trees and they explain how this part of the countryside used to be lived and worked in. It’s a waymarked trail on woodland paths with some up and down sections.
Approximately 1.7 miles long this is an easy circular walk with good views over the loch.
Access is through the Rowardennan Car Park.