Pull on your boots and head outdoors - there's a wealth of walking and climbing around Loch Lomond, from pleasant strolls to the West Highland Way, as well as many challenging mountain ascents.
From Luss and Inverbeg Holiday Park, there are numerous options for serious walkers and mountain climbers to those wishing to enjoy a gentle country stroll through woodland or a breezy coastal walk. Being situated in the heart of the National Park, there are many organised walking festivals and events throughout the year. Guided walks can also be arranged and are an excellent way to enjoy a good walk while learning about the flora and fauna of the Park.
Loch Lomond is 24 miles in length and is 600ft deep at its deepest point. There are approximately 38 islands, some of them inhabited. There is some debate about the number of islands on Loch Lomond, as there are varying arguments as to what constitutes an island. Some of the islands are "crannogs" - man made islands dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Luss is an ideal base from which to explore the island of Inchailloch, which can be visited in the summer months by the ferry service. Once on the island, there are two walking routes, each taking between 30 and 45 minutes. The Low Path, a gentle woodland walk with a few slopes, and the Summit Path, a more strenuous path with steep climb. It is a good idea to pick up the booklet, "A walking guide to Inchailloch" before you head to the island as it provides an excellent guide to the walks, history and wildlife.
The Luss Heritage Trail is an hour long, easy walk starting at the carpark in Luss. The walk explores the village, the river paths and boasts stunning views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding countryside.
To climb Ben Lomond, why not take the summer ferry from Inverbeg to Rowardennan. From there, Ben Lomond is a mere 3196ft (917m) high and is the most popular of the Munros. The Cobbler, also known as Ben Arthur, has the most distinctive outline of any mountain in the Southern Highlands and makes a fantastic short day out. This is a popular mountain with a path on the way up, which has been improved in recent years.