blog | 13 Jul 23

5 things to do at Loch Lomond this autumn

Looking for ideas for October? Here are 5 of our favourite things to do around Loch Lomond this autumn suitable for all ages. We have road tested all of them! 


It might be a one and a half hour drive from Glasgow but what a stunning drive it is. Along the banks of Loch Lomond and up the Rest and Be Thankful you are driving through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery. The George Hotel is a perfect place to head to at this time of year. Flagstone floors, open fires and local ales it’s a great lunch spot, you’ll not want to leave. Take the afternoon to explore Inverary with the shops in the main street and then walk up to the castle and its grounds.


From the 6 of October the award winning Loch Lomond Faerie Trail has gone full on Halloween with a ‘Scary Trail’ and a pick your own pumpkin patch. If you purchase tickets for the Faerie Trail you will also get free admission to the Faerie Trail Farm so you can visit their donkeys, llamas and other hairy creatures! Woo hoo!

You can catch our daily cruise boat from Balmaha to Luss throughout October.


Conic Hill has had a bit of a facelift this year with work carried out on the path its now looking its best. Starting at the main public car park in Balmaha you walk up through magical forestry to the start of your climb up the hill. It’s worth the effort just for the views at the first viewpoint, across Loch Lomond including Ben Lomond and the islands. It won’t take you long to climb but its steep so take your time. Lunch at the famous Oak Tree Inn is a must on your return. We recommend booking especially at holiday time or at weekends.  

You can catch our daily cruise boat from Luss to Balmaha throughout October.


Did you know we have rainforest at Loch Lomond? The RSPB nature reserve at Inversnaid is an internationally important example of rare Atlantic Oakland, a habitat so rich it is also referred to as temperate rainforest.  This area is full of dramatic landscape, with waterfalls, forestry and hidden beaches to explore. Often the quieter part of Loch Lomond you might be the only one on this path so take a picnic and enjoy the peace.

You can catch our daily cruise from Tarbet to Inversnaid throughout October.



Depart from Luss Pier to Inchcailloch Island, our very own adventure island. This truly is a special place, with a pretty beach at Port Bawn, beautiful woodland walks across the island, steeped in history and folklore it gives you a feeling of remoteness whilst only a short cruise from the mainland. Walk up to the viewpoint, some visitors have said it has one of the best views at Loch Lomond! It’s one of our favourite cruises and perfect for families with little ones.

You can catch our daily cruise from Luss to Inchcailloch throughout October



Cruises you might like

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Inversnaid explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

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Inversnaid Explorer


Sail from Tarbet and explore this hidden gem on the eastern shore with waterfalls, woodland walks and hidden beaches to explore, perfect for a family day out.



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Balmaha Explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

Explorer Cruises

Balmaha Explorer


Sail from Luss to the picturesque village of Balmaha and explore this pretty village with woodland walks, Conic Hill and The Oak Tree Inn.



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Luss Explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

Explorer Cruises

Luss Explorer


Sail from Balmaha and spend time in the beautiful conservation village of Luss on the western shore of Loch Lomond with its famous beach and places to eat.



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Island Explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

Explorer Cruises

Island Explorer


Sail from Luss around pretty islands, passing the Narrows of Loch Lomond and disembark at Inchcailloch, our very own ‘Treasure Island’



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Across the Loch

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CRUISES 2023 Boats have been painted, spruced up and are looking great for the start of the season. Our full schedule of cruises departing from Tarbet, Inversnaid, Rowardennan, Luss and Balmaha will start on Friday 31st March. We have 'Classic' 1hr and 90 min cruises departing from Luss, Tarbet and Balmaha and our popular 'Explorer' cruises which drop you at different locations around Loch Lomond, perfect to explore all the amazing walks we have on our doorstep. We look forward to welcoming you on board!

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☕️???????????????? Our Bonnie and Ben takeaway cafe has had a bit of a makeover! Soon to be selling bacon rolls, paninis and homemade soup in addition to our delicious coffees and hot drinks. Pop in and say hello! ????Tarbet Pier car park ⏰ Open daily from 8.30am.

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What a morning at Loch Lomond ????⛰????????

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What a glorious autumnal photo of our boat at Balmaha. Thank you to @myscottishlifestyle for sharing this pic with us!

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Our scheduled cruises run till the end of October, we’d love to welcome you on board!

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INCHCAILLOCH ISLAND - HAVE YOU BEEN? ???? This is one of our favourite ‘Explorer cruises’, a 45 minute sailing from the pretty village of Luss, sailing past the islands of Loch Lomond and arriving at Port Bawn on Inchcailloch. With a fantastic beach and picnic spot it’s a great place to relax and take in the beauty of the loch. There are pathways that lead you round the island, ideal for families with little ones. Keep an eye out for fallow deer, woodpeckers, otter and osprey, we have even seen white deer here! ⛴ Daily sailings from Luss at 10.00am, 11.30am and 1.45pm Return boat departs at 12.00pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. ???? Tickets: £18.00 adult return, Child: £10.00, family £54.00 ???? Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead on Inchcailloch Island Go to: ???? Stirling Experience

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With the weather still warm we’re off to a good start in September! Our full schedule of cruises will run from September through to end of October ( weather permitting). So come and explore Loch Lomond, whether you enjoy our classic stay on board cruises, or hop off with our explorer cruises at Inversnaid, Balmaha, Luss, Rowardennan or Inchcailloch Island. ????????‍♀️????????‍♀️???? Remember we’re dog and bike friendly too! ????

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Glorious views of Loch Lomond today ☀️☀️☀️

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DID YOU KNOW that all our skippers give a live commentary on our cruises? So as well as taking you to the most amazing locations around the loch, they’ll tell you the history of the area, the wildlife you might spot and there might even be the odd wee joke or two thrown in! Here’s Skipper Archie showing us how it’s done.

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We welcomed @scotlands_stories on board with us last week and here’s their story of their time on Inchcailloch Island…..‘ How can I get a picture with this view of Loch Lomond?’ I hear you ask! Well, while everybody else is on the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond, you're going to need to get yourself to Inchcailloch, one of the 22 islands in the middle. Molly and I took the scenic journey by booking a trip with @cruiselochlomond which left from the wee village of Luss on the west bank. The trip took a wee tour around the loch with expert commentary on some of the other islands along the way. No wallabies to be seen, but the Ospreys were out and about! Inchcailloch has been on my bucketlist for a while and it didn't disappoint, especially on a day like this. It's not a huge island, but there's still stories to discover. Buried in the undergrowth, but easy to find, you'll come across a ruined church and a jumble of old gravestones. This is the church of St Kentigerna, the mother of St Fillan who allegedly established a little chapel on this site in the 8th century. Inchcailloch is said to be named after her, translating as the island of the old woman or cowled woman meaning a nun! Amazing to think this was once a parish church and locals would row across the loch every Sunday up until 1621, true dedication. If you can read through the moss then you'll find a lot of Macfarlanes and Macgregors buried here, including Rob Roy's uncle once the Macgregor Clan Chief. After a couple hours of wandering the forest tracks and climbing to the summit of this little hill for the panorama, we still had an hour before Cruise Loch Lomond came to get us. Plenty of time for a wee dip in the shallow bay at Port Brawn, much needed for both Molly and I to cool off. This was easily up there with one of the most enjoyable things I've done all year and hopefully it's convinced you to get out there the next time you're visiting Loch Lomond and explore! It can get busy so book ahead and you can look through a range of boat trips like this through the @stirlingalive website - I reckon Molly would agree that this summer, happiness is a bookable experience!

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MAGICAL ISLANDS This was Inchcailloch Island yesterday, a wee taste of the Mediterranean on Loch Lomond! Departures from Luss daily: 10.00am 11.30am 1.15pm Adults £18.00 Child £10.00 Departures daily. We recommend booking online over the busy summer period. * Leave plenty of time to park your car and to make your way to the Luss Pier. ????

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We hosted an incredible wedding on board yesterday at @thecruin for Fraser and Julie! A beautiful day for a lovely couple! Here’s our crew member Helle walking down the pier to greet the boats.