Things to do in Gartocharn, Alexandria | Loch Lomond Waterfront


Things to do in Gartocharn

Literally across the water from us at Loch Lomond Waterfront, is Gartocharn. This village in West Dumbartonshire is a 20-minute drive away. Situated close to the shores of Loch Lomond, there’s lots of local wildlife and plenty to explore here.

On the bonnie banks

Here on the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond nature reserve is a great place to visit for fabulous scenery and wildlife spotting. With an array of birds, such as osprey, pink-footed geese, wood warblers and redwings. There are also insects, fish and small mammals. So there’s plenty to look out for amongst the beautiful woodland and nature trails. Great for guided walks and picnics!

Up on the hill

The little hill Duncryne, known as The Dumpling, is a great local walk. It can be steep at parts, but is worth it for the views of Loch Lomond from the top. You can try and spot your lodge or chalet at Loch Lomond Waterfront from the summit! And interestingly, you will be walking in the footsteps of a local legend. It was a favourite climb of the famous hill walker Tom Weir, who lived in Gartocharn.

Out on the water

Based in Gartocharn, Portnellan Farm offers a range of water sports and activities, including kayaking and paddleboarding. You can also take a thrilling speedboat tour over the open water and through the lochs and islands.

An inspiring location

Scottish novelist, Sir Walter Scott, is said to have written his epic poem, The Lady of the Lake, whilst staying near Gartocharn. The poem, first published in 1810, was a story of three parts, set in The Trossachs, which inspired the Highland Revival romantic movement in Scotland.

Gartocharn makes a great trip out from your accommodation at Loch Lomond Waterfront near Balmaha. So, after exploring the village, you can return to your luxury lodge for some rest and relaxation.

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