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Top Choice National Park in Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

Two areas of great natural beauty, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, became the heart of Scotland's first national park, created in 2002. The park extends over a huge area, from Balloch north to Tyndrum and Killin, and…
Pub Food in Western Shore

Drover’s Inn

Don't miss this low-ceilinged howff (drinking den), just north of Ardlui, with its smoke-blackened stone, kilted bartenders, and walls festooned with moth-eaten stags’ heads and stuffed birds. The convivial bar, whe…
Aquarium in Balloch

Loch Lomond Sea Life

The centrepiece of Loch Lomond Shores is this aquarium, which has displays on the wildlife of Loch Lomond, an otter enclosure (housing short-clawed Asian otters, not Scottish ones), and a host of sea-life exhibits r…
Cafe in Western Shore

Coach House Coffee Shop

With its chunky pine furniture and deep, deep sofa in front of a rustic fireplace, the Coach House is one of the cosiest places to eat on Loch Lomond. The menu includes coffee and tea, home-baked cakes, scones, 'sto…
Seafood in Western Shore

Luss Seafood Bar

Curiously the eating establishments in Luss are tucked safely away from the lake; this place is no exception, set behind a shop on the main street. But it's a light, cheerful spot serving tasty fresh oysters, potted…
Pub Food in Drymen

Clachan Inn

One of several pubs in Scotland claiming the 'oldest inn' title (opened 1734), this is an atmospheric, family-run spot with thick whitewashed walls and two cosy rooms. It's very friendly and serves a reliable menu o…
Cafe in Western Shore

Village Rest

Set in a typically cute Luss cottage, this spot offers appealing outdoor seating for when the sun shines, a rather cafeteria-like interior, and tasty, well-proportioned (if overpriced) dishes that run from pastas an…
Pub Food in Drymen

Drymen Inn

Serving decent portions of uncomplicated pub nosh to walkers and locals, the Drymen is a lively pub in the town of the same name, just southeast of Loch Lomond. There's pleasant conservatory seating, and outdoor tab…
Ship in Balloch

Maid of the Loch

The vintage paddle steamer Maid of the Loch, built in 1953, is moored at Loch Lomond Shores while awaiting full restoration – you can nip aboard for a look around. With any luck, it might be operational for the 2019…
Area in Balloch

Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Shores, a major tourism development situated a half-mile north of Balloch, sports various visitor attractions, outdoor activities and boat trips. The heart of the development is a large shopping mall.