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Loch Lomond is part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and one of the most spectacular, best known and popular lochs in Scotland.
The main route into the West Highlands runs alongside the loch, where there are ample opportunities to stop and admire the views, have a cup of tea and drink in the scenery at Tarbet, Inveruglas, Ardlui or Inverarnan. To fully appreciate the many attractions, walks, glens and the cycle path stay a few days at the many hotels, caravan parks and bed and breakfasts in the area.
The loch narrows as it reaches its northern most point, and the road continues to Crainlarich.
Keeping to the main road through Tarbet leads you towards Mid Argyll but take time to stop in Arrochar, where the first taste of the pace of Highland life will strike you as you unwind along the shores of Loch Long.
Loch Lomond South has so much to offer and so much of differing character. The south end includes the bustling town of Balloch, with boats galore lining the rivers leading into Loch Lomond to the stately Balloch Castle Country Park, where walks through the park lead along the shores of the loch itself.
The east side is a popular day out, travelling through the smaller villages like Gartocharn, across the Endrick Waters towards Drymen and Balmaha, another yacht haven for those making the most of the vast expanse of Loch Lomond on the doorstep. The area is steeped in history and if you can, take in a trip out to one of the islands, where it is difficult to believe the city of Glasgow is just a few miles away.
The West Highland Way meanders north from here, towards Rowardennan and the Ben Lomond National Park, officially opened in 1997, where a granite sculpture by Doug Cocker commemorates those who gave their lives during World War Two and the permanent freedom for the nation that Ben Lomond represents.
On the west shores of Loch Lomond, golf is a huge attraction, along with the popular village of Luss and a variety of holiday parks offer the chance to stay a while and soak up the atmosphere, take in all the attractions, explore all the glens and many hostelries along the way.