blog | 30 Mar 23

Where to go this Spring at Loch Lomond

Spring is one of our favourite times at Loch Lomond. With the warmth of the spring sunshine brings greenery on the trees and a blanket of lilac as the bluebells spring to life on the banks of Loch Lomond. 
Springtime in Loch Lomond

Our Explorer cruises offer a 'hop off' experience where you can visit the often quieter destinations around the loch. 

Inchcailloch Island

Inchcailloch Island is truly magical at this time of year, between April and May the forest floor is carpeted in bluebells. With easy walks around the island it's an ideal day out for families with little ones. 

Picnic at the pretty beach at Port Bawn taking in the views across to Inchfad. Walk up to the summit for truly outstanding views across Loch Lomond, some visitors have even voted the view the best in Scotland!

Look out for fallow deer, woodpeckers, osprey and wild geese. There is a compost toilet at Port Bawn but no running water. With no bins on the island please take all rubbish home with you. 

With boats leaving daily from Tarbet, Inversnaid is very accessible with only a 30 minute crossing. With the famous West Highland Way Walk crossing in front of the hotel you can choose left or right to walk part of its route. 

Right takes you past the Arklet waterfalls and onto pretty little beaches and woodland. There are a few ups and downs on this rocky path so best to take suitable footwear.

If you take a left this will lead you through the Inversnaid Nature Reserve, owned and maintained by the RSPB. Beautiful ancient oaklands sweep down the banks to the loch shore, look out for our resident osprey and wild mountain goats!

At the old boat shed you will see a sign for the start of the nature trail which takes you up to a clearing where you will see fine views across to the Arrochar Alps. 

Enjoy a well deserved drink at the Inversnaid Hotel before your return cruise back to Tarbet. 

From the village of Balmaha on the eastern shore, take a cruise to Luss, a pretty conservation village on the western shore of Loch Lomond. With time ashore for lunch and a walk, enjoy the walks along the riverside and Luss beach. A new playpark for the kids and a faerie trail to explore it's a great destination for families. 

From Luss you can take a cruise to Balmaha on the eastern shore. A short 10 minute walk from the jetty around the bay you'll arrive at the Oak Tree Inn, a fabulous place for lunch and drinks.

The National Park Visitor Centre is directly opposite in the main car park. If you're feeling active then Conic Hill is a great walk for families, access it from the back of the car park and head up through the forest (look out for red squirrel) and then head up to the first flat clearing for fantastic views over Loch Lomond.

Another steep short climb will see you at the summit and it's all worth it for those views! Suitable for families and active kids.

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Inversnaid explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

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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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Island Explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

Explorer Cruises

Island Explorer Old

Half day / full day

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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Balmaha Explorer Cruise Loch Lomond

Explorer Cruises

Balmaha Explorer

Half day / full day

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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Balmaha Circular Loch Lomond

Circular Cruises

Balmaha Circular Old

90 mins round trip

We think Loch Lomond is best experienced from the water, so join us on a 90 min circular cruise, departing from the new floating pontoon at Balmaha.



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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.