Located at the centre of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond stretches north from Balloch almost the entire length of the Park, and is the largest loch in both Scotland and the United Kingdom. Known for its many walking paths and cycle routes, Loch Lomond is an outdoor enthusiasts delight and we are fortunate at Gallangad Lodge to have the newly opened John Muir Way right on our doorstep. The path runs from Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland to North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland. For cycling enthusiasts, the number 7 cycle path linking Sunderland in the north of England to Inverness, is only a ¼ mile from our door. The cycle route offers access to a variety of cycle paths across the Loch Lomond area and the whole of Scotland and we have bikes to hire, here at Gallangad Lodge.
For those who prefer water sports, Loch Lomond has a wealth of water sports to choose from including kayaking, canoeing, water paddling, wake boarding and water-skiing. You can also hire a boat and explore the lily-padded Loch Lomond narrows and if you’re brave enough take a swim! Alternatively, take one of the many waterbuses. There are over 50 islands on Loch Lomond with 22 of them named.
Dating back to 1693, the historic gothic building of Ross Priory is located at the south end of Loch Lomond and only a 4 minute drive from Gallangad Lodge. Meander through the stunning gardens with vibrant Rhodedendrons in May and June or enjoy a stroll down the front lawn to the jetty that looks out across the loch, before enjoying lunch in this majestic building!
The Trossachs are located north east of Gallangad Lodge and includes Loch Katrine, Loch Venachar, Loch Ard and Loch Chon as well as the small towns of Callendar and Aberfoyle. The paddle steamer boat at Loch Katrine is a must while you are visiting this area. If you want to be active, you can hire cycles and cycle the 7 miles to Stronlachar and then take the boat back.
For children, Ben A’an offers a short steep climb and is a great introductory mountain for unexperienced hillwalkers. Despite being small, Ben A’an offers spectacular views over the whole of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs national park. For those who want a longer walk, Ben Venue, Ben Vane and Ben Ledi (meaning hill of God and one of my favourites) offer a more challenging hill walk.