Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Location
This Park at Scotland’s heart is 720 square miles of mountains, moorlands, iconic summits, two forest parks (the Queen Elizabeth and the Argyll, both home to red squirrel, badgers, bats, red and roe deer) and water – lots of it. You’ll find 22 larger lochs (including sea lochs), numerous smaller lochs and lochans and around 50 rivers and large burns here.
It’s no wonder the park is well-known for its canoeing and other water-based activities. The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Loch Drunkie, Loch Achry, Loch Ard and Loch Katrine at the Stronachlachar end of the park are particularly popular with paddlers, while the challenging rapids and falls on Rivers Falloch, Leny and Dochart will appeal to the more experienced paddlers.
Loch Lubnaig, just south of Strathyre, is an excellent choice for watersport enthusiasts too, as is Loch Lomond. Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain – plenty of room to paddle here, but the loch is also popular for boating, water skiing, bathing and picnicking, or simply sitting back to soak up the unique atmosphere and scenery.
It’s on the shores of this great loch where you’ll find the Club’s two campsites in the Loch Lomond and Trossach’s National Park. Luss Club campsite is located on the western shore of Loch Lomond and its stunning views of the Park make it one of the Club’s most beautiful sites. Milarrochy Bay Club campsite is located across the loch from Luss Club Site on the east shore.
Camping in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Things to do from the campsite
The village of Luss – fans of the TV soap Take the High Road may recognise its slate workers’ cottages and quiet streets from the programme – is a short walk away has been designated a conservation village. A footpath and cycleway from Balloch to Tarbert can be accessed from the campsite. For something a little less energetic enjoy a leisurely cruise from Luss, Tarbert or Balloch to see Loch Lomond from the water.
Both kayaking and canoeing is possible from Luss. Head north from the Luss Club campsite to Tabert where there’s a beach and picnic area and access to the West Loch Lomond cycle path. From Balmaha on the eastern shore, take a boat to Inchcailloch, one of the Loch’s islands and part of a national nature reserve or enjoy a walk up Conic Hill and admire the stunning views over Loch Lomond and its many islands.
Places to visit
At the Loch’s southern tip, Balloch Castle Country Park and Loch Lomond Aquarium are great family days out. Head south for the attractions of Glasgow. Also see Milarrochy Bay Club Site for more places to visit.
East of Loch Lomond, the sheltered waters of Loch Long and Loch Goil are home to seals and porpoises.
Things to do from the campsite
This tranquil campsite is perfect for walkers, with the West Highland Way footpath right on the doorstep. It will appeal to canoeists and boaters too with a long loch-side frontage with two concrete slipways for boat launching - a fee is payable.
From the pretty village of Rowardennan north of Milarrochy Bay Club campsite you can bag yourself a munro. At 974m Ben Lomond is the highest mountain in the area. An activity centre in the village provides tuition in windsurfing, canoeing, orienteering and archery. There’s also a small safe beach where youngsters can enjoy a paddle in the Loch. Walkers can pick up the West Highland Way from the village too. Head south again past Milarrochy to Balloch and enjoy a guided hike from the Loch Lomond Shores Visitor Centre or follow the sculpture trail from Loch Lomond Shores. Hop on a water bus from here too and enjoy a wide range of cruises (some visit the Loch’s islands) or hire a kayak, canoe or pedal boat. You can also pick up the Glasgow to Killin cycle route from Balloch or in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, just north of Milarrochy Bay Club campsite.
Places to visit
The amazing Sea Life Centre at Balloch transports you to an underwater world. Learn about the Scottish folk hero Red MacGregor at the Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre at Callendar. Rob Roy’s Cave and Bracklinn Falls are here too. There’s a stunning circular walk through woodland and the surrounding countryside from the waterfall. Enjoy walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks at Balloch Castle and Country Park at the southern tip of the Loch. For a taste of Scotland’s most famous tipple head east from Balloch to the Glengoyne Distillery at Blairquhosh where whisky tours and tastings are on offer.
The village of Balmaha is around two miles away from Milarrichy Bay campsite by road. This small loch-side hamlet has a couple of pubs and a small village store. The National Park Information Centre is here and has informative interactive displays including some for children.