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Ben Lomond Explorer


Ben Lomond Explorer

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Situated on the eastern shore this area of Loch Lomond is the gateway to many iconic walks, the climb up Ben Lomond, The West Highland Way or the Ardess History Trail.

This cruise is bookable from the 4 May - 29 Sep 2024

Start your exploration of this area at the Rowardennan Youth Hostel where you can decide on your days itinerary. For spectacular views across the National Park you can climb Scotland’s most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond.

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.

As with all mountain walks, suitable footwear and clothing must be worn. Dogs must be kept on a lead as there is livestock on the hill. 

Good to know

• Bring a picnic for the beach or your walk up Ben Lomond
• There are facilities aboard all of our boats
• Dogs welcome on all cruises
• Paths here can be muddy and unsuitable for pushchairs
• Live commentary on all our boats 


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How to get here

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Tarbet Pier

GPS / Satnav: Tarbet Pier Car Park, G83 7DE
This departure point is approx 40 miles from Glasgow city centre. Paid parking is available at Tarbet car park but can be restricted at peak times.  There are free public toilets and the Bonnie and Ben takeaway cafe situated at the car park.
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Frequently asked questions

What is included in a Family Ticket?
A family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children aged between 5-15 years.
Where can we buy tickets?
We strongly suggest purchasing cruise tickets online prior to arrival to avoid disappointment. Tickets can also be purchased at various locations around the Loch, the Luss Village Shop, the Balmaha Village Shop and Oak Tree Inn, Tarbet Ticket Office and VisitScotland Information Centres.
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 on 01301 702 356.
Is there parking?
There is paid parking at all departure points. *In the busy summer months we recommend you arriving with plenty of time prior to departure to secure a parking space.
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 for a 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 £3.00 per bike and £5.00 per e-bike. Please can we ask that all panniers and batteries are removed from bikes prior to boarding. 
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. Advice from The 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 from our skippers 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.
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