There can be no more captivating place than Loch Lomond. As the early morning mists melt through~ to gently brush the shores with its golden warmth.
The very name Loch Lomond conjures images of noble mountains sweeping down to gentle foreshores; tiny, wooded islands set amidst calm, lapping waters and small villages playing host to an impromptu ceileidh and singing “ By Yon Bonnie Banks”
To the north the loch is narrow and deep, with the surrounding mountains rising majestically from the shoreline. The little village of Ardlui is tucked beneath these peaks, where the River Falloch flows from its Highland source into the north of the loch.
On the eastern side, a beautiful, sheltered stretch of the West Highland Way hugs the shore, passing a RSPB reserve amidst deciduous woodlands.
The hamlet of Inversnaid is accessible only via the stunning drive from Aberfoyle to the east or, of course, by boat from Inveruglas. Ferries and pleasure cruises operate throughout the season from the lochside communities of Tarbet, Balloch, Balmaha and Luss.
The Loch Lomond area is situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – the first in Scotland. Visitors can find out more about the Park at the National Park Visitor Centre and Loch Lomond Shores, a major shopping complex in Balloch.
Loch Lomond is one of a very few natural phenomena that are famous for being famous. The song may have something to do with this, but even without it, the place itself has a special quality that has always captured the imagination. The loch holds a very special place in the hearts of many, whether they live near of far away. What makes it so special is its natural beauty, the diversity of its landscapes and its wildlife, the contrast between highland and lowland, and the way the loch pulls all these elements together to become the Loch Lomond that we know and love.
It simply becomes an enjoyable addiction !