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Things to do

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes<br /> Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond

Song lyrics, original author is unknown.

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By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes.

Lochs and Glens

Scotland’s scenery is majestic and mystical. Perhaps the most famous Scottish loch is Loch Ness, where a trip could mean a special encounter with the most elusive of monsters for a keen eyed visitor. However there are other wonderful lochs within easy reach of Glasgow, such as pretty Loch Katrine with the world-famous steamship, Sir Walter Scott, and Loch Fyne famed for its oysters and salmon which grace international tables.

Loch Lomond is just 35 minutes’ drive from Greenock Ocean Terminal in Scotland’s first National Park. Teamed with the National Park Gateway Centre and Loch Lomond Shores complex, it makes for a stunning attraction with aquarium, woodland trails, cruises and speciality shopping.

Scotland’s scenery provides perfect opportunities to see the country’s famous flora and fauna which can even be viewed by seaplane, with regular departures from Glasgow taking passengers to Oban bay in just 24 minutes.


Following the scenic A82 from Glasgow to the western side of Loch Lomond ensures a tour of outstanding natural beauty. Stop at Balloch, the gateway to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park for speciality shopping at Loch Lomond Shores and the unique aquarium at the Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre.

Just 15 minutes north, is the quaint little conservation village of Luss with its stone cottages, gift shops, tearooms and river/lochside walks. Tours can continue onwards to encompass other lochs such as Loch Fyne and Loch Eck.


Three miles north of Luss, Firkin Point is the perfect stopping point for photographs, with views north and south over Loch Lomond and a flat lochside path where you can stretch your legs.

Also enjoy:

Boat trips and exploring the gardens and grounds of Balloch Castle Country Park, which offers beautiful views over the famous ‘bonnie banks’.