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Camping in Loch Lomond: All you need to know

Written by: Ann Lukkien

July 15th , 2022

Camping in Loch Lomond: All you need to know

Loch Lomond is a freshwater lake in southern Scotland.  It is part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park so the scenery is breathtaking, whatever the weather. You’ll be surrounded by charming villages and rolling countryside and amazing activities for everyone to enjoy.  

Things to do in Loch Lomond

From romantic lakeside strolls to an afternoon of golf, there are lots of activities to keep you busy in Loch Lomond. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite activities for you to enjoy during your stay.

1.Loch Lomond cruise

Cruise Loch Lomond offer several types of cruise to help you enjoy the area to its full potential. They can help you access some of the most beautiful places in the National Park.  From hidden islands to ancient forests, you’ll get a truly unique view of Loch Lomond from the water. Scottish tends to have a cooler climate than the rest of the UK, particularly on the water, so be sure to take a warm and water resistant jacket like the FR 2L Down Jacket.

2. Loch Lomond Shores

This 5 star visitor attraction offers food and drink, shopping and plenty of things to do for the whole group. It’s a hub of activity, boasting boat tours, treetop adventures, an aquarium and even a bird of prey centre. It’s an amazing place to kick-start your stay, to begin your holiday with a sense of adventure.

3. Kayaking in Loch Lomond

The stunning waters of Loch Lomond are perfect for canoeing and kayaking.The National Park has a huge variety of paddling opportunities for everyone from beginners to experts and you’ll be safe in the company of a qualified instructor to get you started if you need. There is lots of additional information on the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park website.

Loch Lomond camping

Loch Lomond camping is one of the most picturesque breaks in the UK. There are many Loch Lomond camping sites but we have listed a few of our favourites.

1. Luss campsite

Referring to themselves as a ‘highland playground’, Luss campsite’s camping pitches offer incredible views of Loch Lomond. Some pitches also offer an electric supply so that you can maintain your home comforts, even as you gaze across at the water.

2. Cashel campsite

Situated in an idyllic spot on the east side of Loch Lomond, Cashel campsite is beautifully wild. It boasts a view of an incredibly diverse landscapes including highlands, lochs and forests and as it is an open campsite, you’ll have unfiltered access to it all. It’s a particularly handy location for anyone who enjoys water-based activities because of its proximity to the shore

3. Sallochy campsite

You’ll find Sallochy campsite on the Eastern shores of Loch Lomond. It offers wonderful views across the loch towards the Arrochar Alps and is perfect for walkers and families. There’s also a secluded, small beach which is the perfect spot to relax and unwind, enjoy the scenery and the 200 year old woodland is lovely to wander through or to explore and spot wildlife. 

Best places to eat near Loch Lomond

Scotland is known for its seafood and Loch Lomond is no different. There are lots of restaurants in Luss and Balmaha particularly that boast absolutely stunning, locally sourced menus, covering everything from traditional pub suppers to Michelin Star experiences. We’ve mentioned just a few of our favourites.

1. Colquhoun’s Restaurant

There are many great restaurants in Luss, but Colquhoun’s is one of the most highly recommended. This waterfront restaurant serves a quintessentially Scottish menu made with the finest local produce. They also serve an array of beer, wine and cocktails but the view alone makes Colquhoun’s Restaurant worth a visit.

2. Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond

Known for their attentive, knowledgeable staff, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond are seafood experts. Martin Wishart himself is one of the UK’s most highly respected chefs and uses classic French cooking techniques to make the most of the wonderful, Scottish produce on offer. Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond was awarded a Michelin Star in 2011, and has maintained it ever since.

3. Oak Tree Inn

If you’re looking for a restaurant in Balmaha, look no further than the Oak Tree Inn. It’s an inn, pub, restaurant, cafe and village shop in Balmaha, Loch Lomond. It has been named Scotland’s Best Pub twice and they roast their own coffee on site. The Oak Tree Inn is situated on the West Highland Way, so it’s the perfect place to pop in for a drink and a bite to eat while you continue to explore the highlands.