The beauty of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest fresh-water Loch (35 km/22 miles) long and 8 km/5 miles wide) is celebrated in literature, song and legend and since 2002 as part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park – a real haven for hikers.
The loch is something of a tapestry of some 30 pretty islands, some with ancient ruins, lying beneath the hulking form of Ben Lomond (974m/3,196-ft). It’s skirted by the West Highland Way on the quieter eastern shore, while the west is known for its busy lakeside leisure facilities – shopping, golf, watersports – that draw Glaswegians here in numbers. Their city is just 30km (19miles) away.
Boat trips operate from several villages including Balloch, Tarbet and Balmaha where speed boats, kayaks and jet skis can also be rented.