Introduction

Leaving Balloch behind, the road along the western shore offers great views of Loch Lomond. There's also busy traffic along what is a major route to north and west Scotland.

Some would say that the western shore of the loch serves a purpose: to take one for the team, accept the tour coaches and leave other parts of the lake comparatively traffic-free.

Head first for the picture-postcard village of Luss. Stroll among the pretty cottages, built by the local laird in the 19th century for his estate workers, and admire the lochside vistas. You won't be alone: to live in one of these cute cottages must occasionally feel like being a celeb with paparazzi camped outside the door.

Beyond Luss, Tarbet sits at the junction where you choose between Argyll and Kintyre or Oban and the Highlands. Following the shore brings you to Ardlui and thence Crianlarich.