Famed as Britain’s largest lake, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice on things to do in Loch Lomond.
Sitting amongst the rural beauty of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
You’ll find a plethora of walking trails, water sports and fun-filled attractions here, each promising an action-packed adventure away from home.
Read on to discover our hand-picked guide on the best things to do in Loch Lomond…
Renowned as the birthplace of Scottish tourism, a cruise along the glistening waters of Loch Katrine is a must.
Enveloped by rolling mountains and peaceful greenery, Loch Katrine is a hidden gem. Where better to experience the rural delights of Scotland?
Loch Katrine found its fame in 1810 based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, The Lady of the Lake. His vivid descriptions of the picture-perfect landscape continues to draw visitors today.
Loch Katrine’s natural beauty is best experienced on board a historic steamboat. Cruise from Trossachs Pier toward the far side of the loch, catching sight of Ben A’an and Ben Venue along the way.
Choose between 45 minute, hour or two-hour long cruises, each showcasing the very best Loch Katrine scenery.
2. Climb The Cobbler
Despite not being tall enough to qualify as a Munro, The Cobbler is one of Scotlands most iconic peaks. Sitting at an elevation of 884 metres, what it lacks in height, it makes up for in atmosphere and awe-inspiring views.
A relatively short hike, the Cobbler is one of the most accessible mountains in the area. A maintained path runs its course, whilst challenging hikes are available to the more experienced climber.
A backdrop of the glistening shores of Loch Long and the Arrachar Alps provide the perfect photo opportunity. Pack your walking boots and head off on a two-footed adventure to The Cobbler.
3. Spot some wallabies
Perhaps the most unexpected attraction on our list of things to do in Loch Lomond is spotting wallabies! A colony of wallabies live on the Inchconnachan island, in the centre of Loch Lomond.
Otherwise uninhabited, Loch Lomond Leisure offer exclusive speedboat tours of the island. Be sure to pack your binoculars ahead of an exciting day of exploration!
Native to Australia, these quirky animals were relocated to Scotland by an eccentric aristocrat in the 1940s. One of the only viable colonies outside of Australia, this is one you don’t want to miss.
4. Take the High Road
The West Highland Way is arguably the most famous walk in the country. Stretching 154 km long, this sought-after trail traverses through some of the National Parks most spectacular scenery.
The West Highland Way was traditionally completed in a week, with walkers setting up camp along the trail in the evenings. Nowadays, it’s much more common for walkers to complete small sections at a time.
Browse this wonderful range of cottages in the Highlands and position yourself right in the heart of the action.
Expect to see Garadhban Forest, the Devil’s Staircase and the peak of Ben Nevis along the way. The West Highland Way can be enjoyed at any time of year, however, the varying terrains and levels of elevation may be tricky to navigate in the Winter.
5. Enjoy an animal experience
Get up close and personal with creatures from across the world at the Sea Life Centre and the Bird of Prey Centre.
The Sea Life Centre is home to the albino dogfish, a species native to Scottish lochs! And if you’re feeling brave, come face-to-face with Blacktip sharks as you wander through the ocean tunnel.
Meet over 26 different species at the Bird of Prey Centre. Here you can try your hand at something new and work as a keeper for the day, or join an owl or hawk encounter! You can even learn the secrets behind capturing the best photographs of nature from the professionals!
We’re sure that the whole family will enjoy these fun-filled attractions on our list of things to do in Loch Lomond.
5. Pony Trek through the countryside
Whether you’re an experienced equestrian or a beginner, a pony trek through The Trossachs National Park is one for you.
Immerse yourself in the rural beauty of the Scottish countryside on horseback with Loch Lomond Pony Trekking. Ride with an experienced guide along the southern tip of Loch Lomond, taking in the breathtaking views of this truly magical Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the way.
Treks run at a leisurely pace and typically last an hour, with spaces for both individuals and group bookings
Please be aware that horseback riding is a high-risk activity and is not recommended to those faint-of-heart.
6. Lose yourself amongst the treetops
One of the most exhilarating things to do in Loch Lomond, the Treezone Aerial Adventure Course is hidden high in the treetops.
This fun-filled aerial adventure course consists of zip wires, tight-ropes and gap jumps to name a few. If you’re brave enough, the course typically takes an hour to complete.
Strap yourself in and navigate the hanging obstacles as you take in the spectacular views from a different perspective!
Little ones aged eight or above are welcome to tackle the adventure course, however, there is a minimum height restriction of 1.1m.
Book your tickets here and look forward to your tour of the enchanting forest canopy.
7. Shop until you drop at Loch Lomond Shores
Positioned on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond Shores is a bustling shopping, dining and entertainment hub.
Shopping opportunities include both high-end and independent retailers. Here you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy or pick up a gift for your loved ones at home. If you time it right, there’s even a regular outdoor market, stocking fresh produce from local vendors.
Following an afternoon of window shopping, there’s a wealth of food spots to help refuel. Tuck-into a hearty sit down meal, or opt for a spot of fish and chips and a stroll along the shoreline.
If it’s adventure you’re looking for, there’s an adventure golf course and a thrilling playpark for the little ones.
Looking for a place to stay whilst exploring the very best of things to do in Loch Lomond? Browse our range of Loch Lomond & Trossachs cottages to secure your perfect base!
If you’re bringing the little ones along, give our guide on the best days out the kids a read ahead of your visit!
This blog has been adapted from original content published by LHH Scotland