Loch LomondLoch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park straddle the highland boundary fault between the lowlands and highlands of Scotland.  Some consider Loch Lomond the jewel of the National Park.  Loch Lomond is the largest body of inland water in the United Kingdom, covering over 27 square miles.  It is 23 miles long, the second longest to Loch Ness and at 623ft, the third deepest after Loch Morar and Loch Less.  Before the thirteenth century it was known as Loch Levan or Levand from the vale of the river Leven, the only outlet from Balloch in the south to Dumbarton on the Clyde.  The southern end of the loch is only four miles from tidal waters, and the northern end just less than two miles from the sea loch in Loch Long at Arrochar.

Tarbet is situated about half way up the loch.  It was here that the Vikings dragged their longboats from Arrochar on Loch Long to raid havoc on Loch Lomond in the 13th centuary.

From Tarbet pier (5 minutes walk from the house) you can experience some of the great cruises that offer.  One of my favourite walks is to take the West Highland Way Rambler that combines the cruise with a 7.5 miles walk on the scenic West Highland Way on the eastern side of the loch.  During May/June the hillside is covered with bluebells and the fragrance is just wonderful.  This cruise either departs Tarbert Bay08.45am or 10.00am from Tarbet pier (opposite the Tarbet Hotel) and drops you off at Rowardennan pier to walk north to Inversnaid through the oak woods and along the shoreline, or you have the option of taking the 11.30am cruise to Inversnaid and walking south to Rowardennan and then sail back to Tarbet.  Plenty of time is allowed for the walk.  Bicycle hire is now available from Cruise Loch Lomond.

For those of you who are “Munro Baggers” (mountains over 3000ft) Cruise Loch Lomond operate the ferry service from Tarbet to Rowardennan where you can start your climb of Ben Lomond.  Plenty of time is allowed.  There are many Monroes in the area and you can of course just set off walking in the morning and take your pick.  A packed lunch can be provided with some advance notice.

For guests not quite as energetic  you can of course choose a leisurely cruise only from either Tarbet,  Luss or Balmaha.

Another great day is to sail from Luss to the wooded island of Inchcailoch (part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve).  Here you can explore the island and the ruins of the old settlement where there are still the remains of the church and several old gravestones.  There is a pebble beach on the island.  On a good day it is nice to pack a picnic.

There are lots of wonderful walks in the Loch Lomond area and some you can even just leave your car at the house and start off. Two of these being the Tarbet Loop and the Tarbet Isle Loop.

For a leisurely flat walk you can drive 2 miles south on the A82 to Firkin Point Picnic Area (free parking) and then you have the choice of walking along the shoreline of the old A82 road to either Inverbeg Hotel approximately 3 miles or the conservation village of  Luss approximately 6 miles.

Ardgartan Forest  is 4 miles and there are several walks to choose from  - 8, 16 & 32 km.

LussLuss is a very pretty village with quaint cottages and a pretty Church built by Sir James Colquhoun as a memorial to his father and five estate staff who were drowned in an accident off Inchtavannach.  Many celebrities come to Luss Church to be married as the setting is so pretty  with the loch featuring in their wedding photographs.

There still remains in the graveyard a Viking burial stone.  A mill once stood in Luss and slate was quarried nearby.  This was used on the cottages in the village.  There is a nice walk along the river to the old slate quarry.  Cruises also depart from Luss Pier.  The annual Luss Highland games takes place in July.

A few miles further is the town of Helensburgh, birthplace of John Logie Baird.  This Victorian town is built on a hill overlooking the River Clyde with many beautiful villas including Hill House – designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  (Hill House is open to the public in the afternoon).

In the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, activities such as walking, climbing, golf, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, sailing, canoeing and various water sports are closeby. provides canoe hire, bike hire, guided canoe trips, guided hikes and cycle trips.

The West Highland railway comes in from the south and west at Tarbet and gives fabulous views of the loch.  You will see some truly splendid scenery while taking a trip to either Oban, Fort William or the fishing village of Mallaig where  you can take the ferry to Skye.  You can also take the one hour train journey to Glasgow and enjoy many of the cultural attractions or incorporate a day shopping. for timetables.  Train station 10-15 minutes walk from house. for bus timetables travelling both north and south through Tarbet.  Bus stop 300 yards from house.

Tarbet is ideally situated for day trips to Inverary, Oban, Crinan Canal, Dunoon, Aberfoyle, Callendar, Stirling or north to Fort William Glen Coe and Pitlochry.

Loch Lomond SeaplanesGlasgow Airport is approximately 40 minutes drive from Tarbet, Prestwick Airport is approximately 1hr 15 minutes and Edinburgh Airport is approximately 2 hours.

Full details of things to do and places of interest please visit the official website @

For details of the history of our immediate area visit our local website @ compiled by local residents.

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