Just 30 minutes from Glasgow, Loch Lomond is perfectly placed for a family day out in Scotland. With family-friendly visitor attractions, fantastic walking and cycling trails, boat trips and watersports galore, this beautiful part of Argyll has all the ingredients for an unforgettable day trip. You’ll find lots of great places to eat, as well as some cracking picnic spots on the banks of the loch. Here’s why you should have a family day out in Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Shores
There’s something to keep everyone happy at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch, with a range of shopping, activities and visitor attractions to choose from. How about checking out the aerial adventure course Treezone? Other attractions include Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium and a play park. Loch Lomond Shores also plays host to great events throughout the year including a farmers' markets. The location on the banks of Loch Lomond is pretty unbeatable too!
Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater loch in the UK, offers a wealth of watersports that all the family can enjoy. Try kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing and more in stunning surroundings. In Your Element at Loch Lomond Shores offers a full range of land and water-based outdoor activities and from the main beach. You can join an instructor-led course (summer only) or hire boats and bikes.
Take a boat trip
Did you know that Loch Lomond is home to 37 islands and islets? Hop on a boat trip to visit the islands and discover other beauty spots. A number of operators offer scheduled waterbus services. Another option is to take a tailored cruise. Cruise Loch Lomond and Sweeney’s Cruise Co offer cruises and excursions, including trips to the island of Inchcailloch where you can picnic on the beach and enjoy a stroll. Kids will love spotting the localwildlife. Keep an eye out for Loch Lomond’s fallow deer. They regularly swim out to the larger heavily-wooded islands at the south end of Loch Lomond!
Bikes and buggies
The West Loch Lomond Cycle Route makes for a brilliant family cycle ride. The path is level and traffic free for most of the way, with only two short sections on minor roads. There are lots of places to visit along the way, including the village of Luss, as well as beaches for picnic stops. Starting at Balloch and finishing at Tarbet, the route is 17 miles long. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority produce a detailed leaflet for the cycle path.
For a gentle family stroll and picnic, visit Firkin Point halfway between Inverbeg and Tarbet. You can follow the loch-side route north or south for about three miles on a level surfaced path, so it’s a great walk for families with prams. There’s also a car park, toilets and picnic site next to the beach. Kids will love paddling here in the summer. The views of Loch Lomond and the hills are simply stunning.
Head to Helensburgh
Helensburgh is just a 45-minute train ride from Glasgow Queen’s Street. Discover broad avenues, piers, promenades and shops. Don’t miss the new Scottish Submarine Centre, which uses immersive video and audio to show submarine life. See the X51- HMS Stickleback submarine. Duchess Wood is a lovely woodland near Helensburgh. With a network of paths and bridges, it’s the perfect place for a family stroll.
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