Places to visit near Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond is one of the most beautiful and inspirational lochs in Scotland. If you’re wondering where you might have heard of it before, perhaps it was this song?
A loch is the Scottish name for a lake, and is pronounced…well, it’s not pronounced lock! Loch Lomond sits on the border between the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland. Geologically, it lies over the Highland Boundary Fault, an ancient faultline that won’t cause any earthquakes today. This fault line separates two different terrains, with large mountains in the north and more gentler hills in the south.
With a length of 36 km, a width of up to 8 km wide, and a surface area of 71 km2 the loch has something for everyone. From fishing to boating to wild swimming, it’s a popular loch for activities. It’s also a great place to come and do nothing but enjoy the scenery and enjoy the fresh air.
Loch Lomond the largest surface area of any lake in Great Britain. As such, it’s a haven for all sorts of wildlife. It’s part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is a stunning place to visit at any time of year, with lots of villages, towns and cities to visit nearby.
Loch Lomond Villages, Towns and Cities
When visiting Loch Lomond, take a trip out to the range of beautiful Scottish villages, towns and cities nearby, full of history and attractions.
Our Loch Lomond Waterfront resort is located near Balmaha, a pretty village on the eastern shore of the loch. It has a local visitor centre, boat trips and outdoor activities, and plenty of amazing walking routes. Other local villages include Drymen, Gartocharn, Balloch, Luss and Tarbet. There are also many larger towns to visit in the area, such as Auchterarder, Crieff, Callandar and Helensburgh. All of these places have wonderful cafes and bars to enjoy a break, as well as independent shops to look for perfect gifts.
The closest cities to Loch Lomond are Stirling to the east and Glasgow to the south east, around 30 minutes away by car. Perth and Edinburgh are both less than 2 hours’ drive. Each of our vibrant Scottish cities is packed with attractions and it can take several days to explore each one. So, plan what you want to see in advance to make sure you can fit it all in.
With all of these villages, towns, cities and other places to visit near Loch Lomond, you won’t run out of things to see and do!