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Loch Lomond is the largest loch (lake) in the UK. It is 24 miles long, 5 miles wide, up to 600 feet Loch Lomonddeep and it has 38 islands. The loch and its surroundings would figure high in any list of the world's most beautiful places. The scenery is fantastic so, if visiting make sure you have a large memory card in your camera!
The large island in the centre left of the picture is Inchcailloch, known locally as the burying island. Some say this is because it has a graveyard on it, others because it looks like a body laid on its back.
The Loch is watched over by Ben Lomond, a mountain 3,192 feet high (973 metres). Since the foot of Ben Lomond is not much above sea level it appears to be a much higher mountain, although the many hill walkers who climb "the Ben" will probably agree with this. There is a path from Rowardennan on the eastern side of the loch that will take you all the way to the top. Even if you are very fit you should allow about four or five hours (up and down) for this climb. It's not for the faint hearted.
Our European visitors can take a direct route from airports such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Paris, Madrid and Milan while our American and Canadian cousins can fly direct from New York and Toronto.
With the advent of the Channel Tunnel, the British Isles and Scotland can now be reached by rail. Quick efficient rail services are available from many parts of England and Wales, which includes ScotRail's overnight Caledonian Sleeper service from London Euston to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
NorthLink Orkney & Shetland Ferries operate daily services to Orkney and Shetland from Scrabster and Aberdeen. Three new state-of-the-art vessels operate the routes providing customers with a wide range of facilities such as a la carte dining, cinema and shopping facilities. All cabins are spacious and have en-suite facilities.
Balloch is picturesque village known as the "gateway to the highlands". It is located directly at the Southern end of Loch Lomond and it is an ideal touring location with Glasgow being only Loch Lomond Highland Games45 minutes away on the regular electric train service from the local station. Balloch is a small village but being a tourist centre it has several good restaurants, hotels and bars where you can sample the local food and drink as well as dining Italian, Indian or Chinese style.
Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs and Breadalbane mark the spot where the Highlands and Lowlands meet. Much of this picturesque area lies within the boundaries of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.The Trossachs hills mark the dividing ‘Highland Line’ and, though its peaks may be humbler than those of its namesake, the Trossachs green uplands still dwarf the Lowland plain to the south.The gateways to this startling landscape, rich in mythology and folklore, are the villages of Callander and Aberfoyle.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes
During your visit you can even arrange a flight on the local seaplane service, which takes off from the Loch just North of the village of Luss. The image below is courtesy of the Loch Lomond seaplanes website and it is not taken on a Caribbean beach. This is actually Loch Lomond.
The River Leven (Uisge Leamhna in Gaelic) is a stretch of water in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, flowing from Loch Lomond in the North to the River Clyde in the South. The total length of the river is approximately six miles and is very popular with salmon and sea trout anglers, trying to catch one of these migratory fish going up to Loch Lomond.
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