Family favourites

There is so much to see and explore in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park. Here are our top family favourites:

Local attractions

Glasgow

Glasgow is filled with indoor attractions for families. From the Kelvin Grove museum, Glasgow Transport Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, Imax, and the Xscape snow dome and indoor activity centre.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Come to Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park and experience one of the best value for money days out Scotland has to offer. From the Wildlife Animal Reserves to the Adventure Playground and many more attractions, there is plenty of fun and excitement for all the family. Included in your ticket price is: Wild Animal Reserves, Adventure Playground, Boat Trip around Chimp Island, Pets Farm, Lemur Land, Flying Fox, Giant Astraglide, Sea Lion Shows, Bird of Prey Centre & Displays & Pedal Boats.

Sea Life Centre, Loch Lomond

Situated at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch you can experience life beneath the surface of the loch. Paddle boats and water balls, Segway, kayaking and canoeing are also available. There is also an array of gift & coffee shops.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey centre

Also situated at Loch Lomond Shores is the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey centre. There are over thirty birds of prey, representing more than twenty species. Get up close to birds of all sizes including the Little Owl, Kestrels, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles, including ‘Orla’, their Golden Eagle.

Castles

There are too many to choose from but our family favourites have always been Stirling Castle, Dumbarton Castle, Inveraray Castle and Jail, and Edinburgh castle (slightly further afield).

Adventure

Bike trails and bike rental

We are surrounded by forestry tracks which are ideal for exploring on bikes. The Balmaha Woods trail starts just 100m along the road whilst the West Highland Way track runs up the length of Loch Lomond. A couple of miles away is the Buchanan Castle Estate, Forest of Garradbhan and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. There is also an indoor skate park in nearby Dumbarton, for bikes and scooters.

Bushcraft and survival skills

Forage and learn the rudiments of survival with experienced trainers from Wild by Nature. Explore the scenic low lying areas of Loch Lomond and learn skills such as shelter building, deer tracking, water filtration, Fire lighting, foraging for woodland foods.

Loch Lomond Islands

Loch Lomond’s islands are fascinating to explore with children with ancient ruins, miles of forestry tracks, camp fires, sandy beaches and safe swimming waters. Some even have their own wallabies!

Go Ape

A firm family favourite for all ages, this high ropes adventure experience is among the very best with Britain’s two longest zip slides. Take to the trees and swing through an exhilarating course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides; all set up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Its a firm family favourite and sure to meet the needs of the most adventurous children

Can you experience

Situated just 10 miles away, Can You Experience, Loch Lomond offer outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Activities include Abseiling, Archery, Canoe an Kayak sessions, Bushcraft, Mini Highland Games, Power Kiting, Quadracycle hire, treasure hunts, paddle board hire, segway safaris, rib rides and much more.


On the water

Waterbus

Cruise Loch Lomond from Balmaha, Macfarlane’s boatyard from Balmaha, Sweenies Cruises from Balloch. Sir Walter Scott Steam ship from Loch Katrine..

Canoe safaris

Enjoy a canoe safari from our private beach to the historic island of Inchcailloch, an island on the Highland Boundary and explore the rich deciduous woodland on land and from the water. Find out more about our guided Loch Lomond canoe safaris  >

Waterfront beach

In the summer it’s a family favourite to swim in the safe, clean shallows of the loch. The shallow sandy shores of our own private beach are also ideal for kayaking, canoeing and boating from.

Play

Outdoor playgrounds

Our nearest is a short walk in to the village at the Balmaha Visitor Centre whilst Balloch Castle Country Park, Mugdock is a short drive away.

Soft play

Dumbarton is our nearest soft play centre (approximately 30 minutes drive), however Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch (11 miles away) does have a soft play area in the coffee shop. It’s an ideal day trip with Children as the Loch Lomond SeaLife Centre also situated there.

Swimming pools

Buchan Arms leisure club and spa in Drymen is just 3 miles away. It’s a private members club but guests of Loch Lomond Waterfront can take advantage of their jacuzzi, steam room and swimming pool with reduced day rates.  The Meadow Centre, Dumbarton is slightly further afield but offers wave machines whilst the Play Drome, Clydebank is the place to go for flumes.