Loch Lomond and Helensburgh – from the skies or the water!

Loch Lomond sits at the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and marks the first rise of the Highlands. The surrounding area is renowned for walking and biking, with trails for all abilities. But you don’t have to stay on land to appreciate the beauty of this scenic area of Argyll. With brilliant boat trips and fantastic flights on offer, why not take to the sky or water to see Loch Lomond from a totally new perspective?

Take the high road
For an unforgettable experience get airborne with Loch Lomond Seaplanes, the UK's only seaplane airline. What could be more exciting that soaring high above Loch Lomond and getting a bird’s eye view of Scotland’s magnificent west coast? You’ll be awestruck as the stunning Argyll landscape unfolds below you. Choose between a 40-minute Discovery Flight over Loch Lomond and the west coast beyond or a 55-minute Explore Journey that takes you a little further afield. Your pilot will identify the individual mountains, glens, lochs, castles and islands as they appear before you. Taking off and landing on the loch is pretty spectacular too. After disembarking there’s just one thing left to do – enjoy a glass of champagne by the dock and start planning your next flight!

Catch the (water) bus
Hop on board a waterbus to discover the villages, islands and beauty spots of Loch Lomond. A number of operators offer scheduled waterbus services, with routes to the Loch Lomond islands, Balloch, Luss, Inversnaid Balmaha, Rowardennan and more. It’s a fabulous way to travel. Sit back and soak up the views as you set out across the loch and then enjoy a walk, cycle or picnic before heading back or onwards to another destination. Bikes are welcome on board the waterbus services, so why not combine a boat trip on the loch with a biking adventure? The waterbus also help you access and connect some of Scotland’s Great Ways, including the Cowal Way, the Three Lochs Way and the John Muir Way.

Cruise along
Experience the magic of Loch Lomond’s magnificent scenery with a tailored cruise. Discover the fjord-like northern landscape of the loch, the island gems of the south and the loch’s varied wildlife. Cruise Loch Lomond offers a number of fabulous cruises and excursions, including trips to the island of Inchcailloch where you can picnic on the beach and enjoy a gentle stroll. You could join the RSPB for a wildlife cruise and walk. Get unique insights into the abundant birdlife at the reserve near Inversnaid. If you’re lucky, you might glimpse a golden eagle above the tree-tops or see black- and red-throated divers skimming the loch in the early morning mist. The sun setting over Loch Lomond is a spectacular sight so take a 75-minute sunset cruise in the summer with Sweeney’s Cruise Co for a magical end to your day.

From Tarbet on the western shores of Loch Lomond it’s just a short drive or cycle to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long which connects with the other Clyde sea lochs of Loch Goil, Holy Loch and Gare Loch. You can explore these stunning lochs with Clyde Cruises. Enjoy live commentary and breath-taking views as you sail these stunning waters. The cruises depart from Greenock and Blairmore. Or how about a cruise through Loch Long and Loch Goil on board the PS Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world?

Find out more about things to see and do in Loch Lomond and Helensburgh.

Header image courtesy of Loch Lomond Seaplanes.