Loch Lomond sits at the heart of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, just 30 minutes from Glasgow. The surrounding area offers brilliant walking, from gentle loch-side strolls to epic hill walks. Whether you want to bag a Munro, follow a long-distance trail or enjoy a family stroll, Loch Lomond has it all. This autumn, head to Loch Lomond and enjoy one of these wonderful walks.
This lovely spot can be found on the west bank of Loch Lomond about halfway between Inverbeg and Tarbet. Starting the walk from the car park and picnic site, you can follow the loch-side route north or south for about three miles. It’s a level surfaced path, so if perfect for families with prams.
If you fancy a hill climb, then Ben Arthur, known as ‘The Cobbler’, is for you. It’s one of Scotland’s most iconic peaks. At 884 metres (2,900ft) in height it's only a Corbett, but the views from the top are simply stunning. It sits at the head of Loch Long, but from the summit you’ll be treated to incredible views of Loch Lomond.
The Cowal Way – one of Scotland’s Great Trails – runs right across the Cowal Peninsula, starting at Portavadie on Loch Fyne and ending at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. This final section from Lochgoilhead to Inveruglas is around 15 miles and includes the highest climb of the route. You’ll get breath-taking mountain views to the Luss hills and Ben Lomond. This is followed by scenic walking alongside Loch Long and Loch Lomond.
Three Lochs Way
This 34-mile trail through southern Argyll links Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long in four stages. It starts at Balloch on the south west shore of Loch Lomond and finishes at Inveruglas near the top end of the loch. Rarely rising above 250 metres, it can easily be walked in three to four days.
John Muir Way
The first leg of the John Muir Way takes you from Helensburgh to Balloch. It's nine-miles long through scenic countryside. One of the highlights is Gouk Hill Muir Viewpoint. From here you have incredible views over Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond.
Loch Lomond Islands
Hop on board a waterbus to discover the islands of Loch Lomond. A number of operators offer scheduled waterbus services, with routes to the Loch Lomond islands. The ‘Geggles’ is a narrow and shallow strait between the islands of Inchcruin and Inchmoan and at times of low water you can cross this strait on foot. Inchcruin has a lovely peninsula, while Inchmoan is known for its large sandy beaches.
Ardardan Estate sits on the banks of the River Clyde between Cardross and Helensburgh. There’s a farm shop, tearoom and working farm. There are some great walking opportunities too. Enjoy a stroll around the walled garden, take a ramble through the woodland and meet the friendly Highland cows, pigs and hens. If you're feeling a bit more energetic, you can walk around Ardmore Point. The trail that offers wonderful views and the chance to spot wildlife.