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Loch Lomond Walks: The 26 Best Walks in Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Walks: The 26 Best Walks in Loch Lomond

There are many outstanding walks to do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Scotland. Whether it’s bagging Munros or simply walking along the shores of a loch, this popular national park has you sorted. In this guide, we’re going to talk about the 26 best walks around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This Loch Lomond walking guide will also cover details about planning your visit. This will include details about things like how to get there, how to get around and where to stay in the area.

About Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The walks at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are certainly some of the best in Scotland. With 21 Munros (Scottish mountains over 914 metres [3,000 feet]), 20 Corbetts (Scottish mountains between 760 and 914 metres [2,500 to 3,000 feet]) and 22 lochs (lakes), there are many Loch Lomond walking trails to explore. And, we’re going to tell you all about the 26 best Loch Lomond walks.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs was declared a national park in 2002. The national park covers a vast area of around 1,865 square km (720 square miles), encompassing an array of varied landscapes. From mountains to woodlands and lochs in between, there are many adventures to be had hiking Loch Lomond.

Given the national park’s proximity to Glasgow and Edinburgh, it’s one of the most popular outdoor spaces to visit in Scotland. Of course, the famous Loch Lomond, which is the largest lake in Great Britain, draws many visitors. Certainly, there are many brilliant walking routes in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, which provide stellar views of the loch. Interestingly, the national park straddles the Highland Boundary Fault. This is a fault line that cuts through Loch Lomond, separating the lowlands and the highlands.

So, exactly where are all of the best Loch Lomond walks located?

A Loch Lomond cruise is a fun and memorable experience. Make sure to do a Loch Lomond cruise during your visit to the national park.

Loch Lomond Cruise

Loch Lomond boat cruise

No trip to Loch Lomond is complete without experiencing its famous boat cruise. Sail along the Queen of Scottish lochs aboard this wonderful sightseeing cruise.

26 Best Loch Lomond Walks Map

For your convenience, you can see all of the best Loch Lomond hiking trails on the interactive map below. Please click on the image to access the interactive map.

26 Best Loch Lomond Walks

Without further ado, let’s get stuck into the 26 best Loch Lomond walking routes. We’ll start with the most well-known Loch Lomond walking trails – Ben Lomond and The Cobbler (Ben Arthur). For these walks, we’ll provide a more detailed overview as these are the two most popular walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

We’ll then dive into the best of the rest when it comes to Loch Lomond hikes. We’ll keep our trail overviews a bit briefer for the rest of the Loch Lomond walks, so you can easily review them and get a sense of the ones you’d like to do.

FYI – Beck and I personally completed most of the Loch Lomond walks mentioned in this guide. If you’re particularly interested in one of the walks below and want more details about how to get there, where to park or what to expect, just click on the link provided in that section. That way, you’ll be able to read the individual article we wrote about that walk and all the in-depth information to go with it.

1. Ben Lomond

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 12.5km (7.7 miles)
  • Time: 4–5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,000m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Ben Lomond Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

The iconic Ben Lomond is the most popular mountain to climb in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. During the walk, you’ll enjoy spectacular views over Loch Lomond. But, you’ll have your work cut out. With just over 1,000 metres of vertical gain, expect this Loch Lomond walk to be quite physically demanding!

The Ben Lomond Mountain Path initially makes its way through oak woodlands, which are known as Creagan Breac. The narrow trail eventually emerges from the woods and as you begin to steadily climb more exposed areas of forest regeneration, the path becomes rockier underfoot. With many stone steps to conquer, the path eventually reaches Sron Aonaich with increasingly impressive views of Loch Lomond.

Thankfully, as you finally approach Ben Lomond, the gradient eases. But, it’s fairly short-lived as the trail steepens once again with two final considerable zig-zags up the summit. As well as the incredible views of the islands of Loch Lomond, you’ll also get to enjoy an amazing view east over the Trossachs, with Loch Chon and Loch Ard in the distance.

From the summit, most walkers will retrace their steps for the return journey. This is why the Ben Lomond Mountain Path gets so crowded. A much quieter option is to descend via the Ptarmigan Ridge Path. You’ll see far fewer walkers on this path; plus, there are different views to enjoy, that are just as superb as those seen on the Ben Lomond Mountain Path.

Read more: Hiking Ben Lomond – The Ultimate Guide To A Bonny Scotland Trail

Beck walks on the Ben Lomond Mountain Path – the most popular walk in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

2. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 13km (8 miles)
  • Time: 4–5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 890m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Loch Long Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

Ben Arthur, AKA The Cobbler, is one of Loch Lomond’s most popular mountain walks. Forming part of the stunning Arrochar Alps in the Southern Highlands, and sitting in the shadow of Ben Lomond, The Cobbler is an easy-to-spot landmark on an astonishing landscape.

The ascent to The Cobbler starts with a fairly tedious zig-zagging ascent through forestry on uneven terrain. But your hard work will soon pay off as stunning views of Loch Long appear in the opposite direction whilst you emerge from the forest. You’ll also catch sight of the marvellous three peaks of the Cobbler ahead. Continuing through this gorgeous valley will have you following the charming Allt a’ Bhalachain (stream) to your left.

As you gradually ascend, you’ll pass by incredible rock formations known as the Narnain Boulders to your right. The sides of the valley do start to narrow as another glorious prominence takes shape to your right – the Yawning Crag of Beinn Narnain.

Nearing the Cobbler, the path is less defined, but there is a straightforward ridge to follow, which takes you to the small summit plateau nestled between the North and Central peaks. At the summit, there is an epic rock pinnacle with sensational views across Loch Lomond to the left of it and across Loch Long to the right of it.

Once you’ve enjoyed the views, you can simply retrace your steps; but, it is quicker to descend on the path leading southeast, marked by a cairn at the top. You’ll eventually re-join the initial trail to complete the walk.

Views of Loch Lomond during the Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) Walk

3. Conic Hill From Balmaha

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 4km (2.5 miles)
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 315m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Conic Hill Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

Conic Hill is a well-known and famous hill in Scotland. The Conic Hill Walk, starting from the charming village of Balmaha, is a classic Scottish hill walk and one of the most popular walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Specifically, when it comes to Balmaha walks, the Conic Hill Walk is the most popular option. From the peak of Conic Hill, Loch Lomond is clearly and easily seen in the distance.

Read more: Conic Hill Walk, Balmaha – The Ultimate Guide

Dan at Conic Hill – one of the most popular walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

4. Ben A’an

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 3.6km (2.5 miles)
  • Time: 2.5–3.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 340m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Ben A’an Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

Ben A’an is one of the most famous hills in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Known as the mountain in miniature, Ben A’an doesn’t qualify for Munro, Corbett, Graham or Marilyn status. Despite only being a hill, Ben A’an is easily recognisable, standing prominently in the Trossachs landscape. Whilst, the views of the surrounding lochs from the summit are sensational.

Read more: Ben A’an – The Ultimate Walking Guide

Dan atop Ben A'an, enjoying views of Loch Katrine

5. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin

  • Type: Out & Back with Loops
  • Distance: 14.5km (9 miles)
  • Time: 6–7 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,160m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Loch Earn
  • Map: AllTrails

Ben Vorlich is a Munro located in the northeast corner of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. From Loch Earn, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable mountain climb to reach the peak of Ben Vorlich, where, you’ll enjoy spectacular views. After bagging this Munro, you can retrace your steps to finish the walk, or, continue to another Munro – Stuc a’ Chroin. The Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin Walk is certainly a popular option for bagging two Munros. That’s exactly what Beck and I did!

Read more: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin – The Ultimate Walking Guide

Beck and Dan at Ben Vorlich, doing one of the best walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

6. Ben More and Stob Binnein

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 10.5km (6.5 miles)
  • Time: 6–8 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,315m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Crianlarich (A85 verge)
  • Map: AllTrails

Ben More is an awe-inspiring Munro overlooking the small village of Crianlarich. This Munro and its neighbour Stob Binnein (another Munro), can both be climbed during an epic walk starting in Crianlarich. Personally, this was one of our favourite walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Read more: Ben More and Stob Binnein, Crianlarich – The Ultimate Guide

Views of Ben More from Stob Binnein, near Crianlarich

7. Ben Lui and Beinn a’ Chleibh

  • Type: Out & Back with Loop
  • Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)
  • Time: 5.5–7 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,190m
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trailhead: Glen Lochy Foresty Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

Known as the Queen of the South, Ben Lui is one of the most spectacular Munro summits to reach in the southern highlands of Scotland. Usually, after climbing Ben Lui, walkers will then summit another nearby Munro called Beinn a’ Chleibh. Indeed, it’s a good bang for buck double Munro walk.

Read more: Ben Lui and Beinn a’ Chleibh – The Ultimate Walking Guide

Dan walks towards Ben Lui in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

8. Ben Venue

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 14.3km (8.8 miles)
  • Time: 5–6 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 755m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Ben Venue Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

Ben Venue is an easily recognisable mountain in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Despite only being a Graham, the mountain dominates the Trossachs landscape. The Ben Venue Walk offers a chance to explore the magnificent mountain. Truly, the views of the surrounding lochs from the summit are amazing.

Read more: Ben Venue – The Complete Walking Guide

Dan on the Ben Venue Walk in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

9. Ben Ledi

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 8.6km (5.3 miles)
  • Time: 4–5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 730m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Ben Ledi Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

Ben Ledi is a well-known mountain (Corbett) in the southern Scottish Highlands. In fact, it’s the highest peak in the Trossachs. So, this Corbett is easily recognisable, especially from Callander and the eastern side of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The mountain has often been climbed doing a circular route. But, a straightforward out and back walk is becoming an increasingly popular option. Certainly, we recommend doing the out and back option.

Read more: Ben Ledi, Callander – The Ultimate Walking Guide

Beck on the Ben Ledi trail looking towards Loch Lubnaig

10. Ben Vane

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 11.7km (7.3 miles)
  • Time: 4.5–6.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,040m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Inveruglas Visitor Centre
  • Map: AllTrails

Ben Vane is another Munro located in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. From the mountain’s summit, you’ll enjoy awesome views of Loch Lomond. Whilst, the walk to the peak is a fun and thrilling experience.

Read more: Ben Vane – The Ultimate Munro Bagging Guide

Dan enjoys views of Loch Lomond during the Ben Vane Walk

11. Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 14.2km (8.8 miles)
  • Time: 5–6 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,285m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Loch Long Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime are two Munros closely positioned in the Arrochar Alps in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Although it’s possible to walk to each Munro as a standalone walk, many walkers combine climbing Beinn Narnain with climbing Beinn Ime. That’s exactly what Beck and I did and we highly recommend it.

Read more: Beinn Narnain – The Ultimate Munro Bagging Guide

Read more: Beinn Ime – An Epic Munro: The Ultimate Walking Guide

Dan walks on a trail with Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime prominent in the background

12. Bracklinn Falls Circuit Walk

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 5.5km (3.4 miles)
  • Time: 1.5–2 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 215m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Bracklinn Falls Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

The Bracklinn Falls Circuit Walk is one of the best short walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Located near Callander, the waterfall is an impressive natural site. To chase these falls, there are a few different walking routes to choose from. Beck and I did the Bracklinn Falls Circuit Walk. But, there is also the Bracklinn Falls and Callander Crags Walk.

Read more: Bracklinn Falls, Callander – Everything You Need to Know

Reaching Bracklinn Falls involves one of the best short walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

13. Callander Crags (and Bracklinn Falls)

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 6.8km (4.2 miles)
  • Time: 2–3 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 350m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Callander Crags Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

The Callander Crags is a popular place to wander and explore just outside of the town of Callander. You’ll explore woodland trails and reach Jubilee Cairn, which was erected to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Often, walkers will combine exploring the Callander Crags with seeing Bracklinn Falls.

14. Falls of Falloch

  • Type: Out & Back with Loop
  • Distance: 0.6km (0.38 miles)
  • Time: 15–30 minutes
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 20m
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Trailhead: Falls of Falloch Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

The Falls of Falloch is the most popular waterfall to visit in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. By doing a short walk, you can visit this captivating waterfall.

Read more: Falls of Falloch – The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

Falls of Falloch

15. Loch Ard Sculpture Trail

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 7.1km (4.4 miles)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 155m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Loch Ard Forest Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

When it comes to Loch Lomond forest walks, the Loch Ard Sculpture Trail is definitely one of the best of them. Loch Ard is a lesser-known yet picturesque loch located in the national park. Found near the charming village of Aberfoyle, the Loch Ard Sculpture Trail involves finding one of Rob Roy’s Caves. Compared with some of the tougher Munro walks, this walk is much more suitable for children.

Read more: Loch Ard Near Aberfoyle – The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

An aerial shot of Loch Ard near Aberfoyle

16. Loch Katrine and Primrose Hill Walk

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 10.9km (6.7 miles)
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 375m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Loch Katrine Visitor Centre
  • Map: Wikiloc

The Primrose Hill Walk, starting from Loch Katrine, is one of the best short circular walks in the Trossachs. After all, Loch Katrine is a breathtaking and well-known loch in Scotland. From Primrose Hill, you’ll enjoy lovely views over Loch Katrine.

Read more: Loch Katrine – The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

17. Little Fawn Waterfall

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 1.5km (0.6 miles)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Accumulated elevation gain: minimal
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

Little Fawn Waterfall is a lesser-known waterfall in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which is located in the Trossachs area of the national park. From the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, follow signs for the Waterfall Trail and you’ll be arriving at the delightful Little Fawn Waterfall in no time. It’s actually one of the best waterfalls you’ll see in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Read more: Queen Elizabeth Forest Park – 15 Awesome Things to Do

Dan at Little Fawn Waterfall, found on a waymarked walking route in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

18. Balloch Castle Country Park

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 3.5km (2.2 miles)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 65m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Moss o’ Balloch Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

Balloch Castle Country Park is the only country park located in the national park. By doing a circular walk around the country park, you’ll see the Walled Garden, Balloch Castle and Fairy Glen. You’ll also walk alongside Loch Lomond on the Waterside Way.

Read more: Balloch Castle Country Park – The Ultimate Guide

Dan walks towards Balloch Castle, near Loch Lomond

19. Inchcailloch Island

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 3km (1.8 miles)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 95m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Inchcailloch North Pier
  • Map: AllTrails

Located in Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, Inchcailloch Island is one of the larger islands nestled within Loch Lomond. From Balmaha, you can catch a boat over to the island and explore woodlands and historical attractions. As expected, the walk also offers nice views of Loch Lomond.

20. Inversnaid RSPB Nature Trail

  • Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 2.5km (1.5 miles)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 145m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Inversnaid
  • Map: Wikiloc

This short yet steep walk explores pristine oakwoods along the east side of Loch Lomond. Of course, make sure to check out Invernsaid (Arklet) Falls whilst you’re in Inversnaid. There’s also the option of a slight detour to Rob Roy’s Cave. Both of these attractions are also seen along the multi-day West Highland Way. Indeed, the Invernaid RSPB Nature Trail follows a small section of the famous multi-day walk.

21. Glen Ogle Trail

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 10.5km (6.5 miles)
  • Time: 3–4 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 400m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Lochearnhead
  • Map: Wikiloc

The Glen Ogle Trail starts in Lochearnhead and follows an old railway line that’s now a cycling path. Along the way, you’ll explore deep into the stunning Glen Ogle, which involves scoping out the Glen Ogle Viaduct. You’ll find the Glen Ogle Trail follows along a section of the multi-day Rob Roy Way.

22. Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 4.7km (2.9 miles)
  • Time: 1–2 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 125m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Aberfoyle
  • Map: AllTrails

Starting in the quaint village of Aberfoyle, this family-friendly Loch Lomond walk involves exploring a lovely wooded area before climbing Doon Hill. Certainly, the highlight of the walk is reaching the peak of Doon Hill, which, as legend has it, is the doorway to an underground Fairy Queen’s palace!

23. Strone Hill

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 7.7km (4.8 miles)
  • Time: 2.5–3.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 395m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Graham’s Point, Kilmun
  • Map: Wikiloc

Starting at the shores of Holy Loch, you’ll have a steep walk on your hands as you ascend to Strone Hill. From the top of Strone Hill, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Loch Long, the Firth of Clyde, Arran and the Arrochar Alps.

24. West Highland Way

  • Type: One-way
  • Distance: 151km (94 miles)
  • Time: 5–8 days
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 4,800m
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trailhead: Milngavie
  • Map: AllTrails

The famous multi-day West Highland Way explores a great detail of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Starting north of Glasgow, you’ll eventually reach the national park, walking along the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. After walking along part of the Inversnaid RSPB Nature Trail and seeing Falls of Falloch, you’ll inevitably arrive in Tyndrum at the northern end of the national park. Roughly, halfway through the multi-day walk, you’ll leave the national park, heading deeper into the West Highlands.

Dan on the West Highland Way

25. Rob Roy Way

  • Type: One-way
  • Distance: 128km (79.7 miles)
  • Time: 5–8 days
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 4,225m
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trailhead: Drymen
  • Map: AllTrails

Rob Roy Way is another well-known multi-day walk that partly takes place in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Starting in Drymen, you’ll pass Aberfoyle, Loch Venachar, Loch Lubnaig and Loch Earn before passing the Falls of Dochart in Killin. You’ll then leave the northeast edge of the national park, eventually finishing the walk in Pitlochry.

26. Three Lochs Way

  • Type: One-way
  • Distance: 44.4km (27.5 miles)
  • Time: 3–4 days
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 1,620m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Balloch
  • Map: AllTrails

The Three Lochs Way is another multi-day trail taking place in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Sure, the Three Lochs Way isn’t as popular as the West Highland Way or Rob Roy Way. But, that might be exactly what you’re after – a quieter and lesser-known long-distance walk! The three lochs that you’ll explore include Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long.

So, there you have it – the 26 best Loch Lomond walks!

Things to Know Before Doing Loch Lomond Walks

To help you plan your walking adventures in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, let’s look at some logistics below. We’ll cover all the practical tips for visiting and planning your trip. With this in mind, let’s start with how to get there.

How to Get to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

There are a few options for getting to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Personally, Beck and I usually drive to and around the national park and that’s what we recommend. So, let’s start there!

By Car: Driving to Loch Lomond

Although reasonable bus and train services are available in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, we still recommend driving yourself. That way, you have the ultimate freedom and flexibility to do Loch Lomond walks whenever you like. Certainly, driving to the trailheads for many of the walks is often the most simple and straightforward option. If you don’t have your own set of wheels, consider renting with Discover Cars.

Car Hire

If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

Public Transport to Loch Lomond

As mentioned, there are decent bus and train services in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. From Glasgow, you can easily catch a train or bus to various villages in the national park. We recommend using Google Maps, Citylink and Trainline to help plan your journey using public transport.

Booking Trains


Trainline is one of the best online platforms for booking trains. By using Trainline, you can easily find the best available prices and times for your journey. We always use Trainline to book our train journeys in the UK and in Europe.

Flying to Loch Lomond

To do this trip from abroad, it makes sense to fly to Glasgow or even Edinburgh. When booking flights, you should definitely use Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights. When flying abroad, we always get the ball rolling with a Skyscanner search.

Loch Lomond Walking Tours

There are some fantastic Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park walking tours. If you don’t have a car and would prefer a guide, then a tour is a perfect option. GetYourGuide offers some awesome Loch Lomond walking tours. The most popular Loch Lomond walking tours include the Full Day Hiking Tour of West Highland Way and the Loch Lomond National Park Tour with Two Walks From Glasgow.

Of course, the most popular Loch Lomond tours aren’t walking tours, but rather Loch Lomond cruises. Undoubtedly, a boat trip is a quintessential thing to do during a trip to Loch Lomond. The most highly-rated and popular Loch Lomond cruise is the Experience Cruise (AKA the Sightseeing Cruise).

Personally, Beck and I did this cruise and absolutely loved it. We booked this tour on GetYourGuide using this link. Given the boat trip’s popularity, you’ll find plenty of departures daily.

Loch Lomond Experience Cruise

A ship on a lake surrounded by mountains
  • The most popular Loch Lomond cruise
  • Live commentary on board
  • Short 1 hour cruise

Otherwise, the other most popular tours are ones exploring the wider Scottish Highlands. Indeed, if you don’t have a car and are based in Glasgow or Edinburgh, doing a tour of the Scottish Highlands is an excellent option for exploring the area.

From Glasgow, the most popular option is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands Tour. Whilst, from Edinburgh, the most popular option is the similarly-named Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands Tour.

How to Get Around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

The easiest and quickest way to get around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is by driving yourself. Otherwise, there are bus and train services heading to villages throughout the national park.

Although, you’ll find limited public transport options in the more remote Trossachs area. There was once a bus system, but it was replaced by a Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) system. This service works like a taxi service, but you’ll only be charged the fare of a bus! This service must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. For more information, click here.

Where to Stay When Visiting Loch Lomond

There are many brilliant accommodation options in Loch Lomond. You’ll find the most variety of accommodation options in the villages of Balloch and Callander.

In particular, Duck Bay Hotel, near Balloch, is an exceptional accommodation option. Certainly, Duck Bay Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Located near the famous Cameron House, the Duck Bay Hotel is beautifully set on the southern shores of Loch Lomond. On-site, you’ll find a fantastic restaurant and bar.

Duck Bay Hotel
A hotel room with a large bed.

Stay at Duck Bay Hotel

A hotel room with large windows and views of a loch and mountains
  • Excellent location on the shores of Loch Lomond
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Rooms for families and couples

Otherwise, wild camping is always a popular option in Scotland too. Just make sure to check the official national park website during peak season as some areas require permits for wild camping.

What to Pack and Take

These are our hiking gear essentials for doing Loch Lomond walks.

Osprey Skarab 30
Osprey Skarab 30

The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Osprey Ultralight Raincover

A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.

GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle

The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.

BUFF Original Ecostretch
BUFF Original Ecostretch

The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.

Sony Cybershot RX100 VII
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII

Capture epic photos and videos with the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII. This is hands-down the best compact camera. We love using this simple point-and-shoot camera when we’re hiking as it’s lightweight and durable.

To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.

Camping Gear

Camping in Scotland is a fantastic experience; but, you’ll need to have the right gear when visiting in summer to avoid being eaten alive by midges – they are notoriously vicious! Thankfully, there are a few helpful preventative measures you can implement to stop these wee blighters from feasting on your skin. This involves having the right camping equipment, including the Camping Living Room, which is one of our best EVER purchases. It works similar to a gazebo with walls; but, without the heavy poles and difficult setup. In fact, it’s most similar to a tent, in how to set up and with general design in mind.

You may also want a Smidge Head Net and Mosquito Repellent Bracelets.

Anyway, here are our other camping gear essentials for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Trail Navigation

Feel free to use the AllTrails or Wikiloc GPS-guided maps provided on this page. Otherwise, you can purchase the Ordnance Survey Map – The Trossachs, Callander, Aberfoyle & Lochearnhead, Balquhidder & Strathyre.


Below, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about walks in Loch Lomond.

Can You Walk Around Loch Lomond?

There is no circular Loch Lomond trail as such nor any actual circular walks around Loch Lomond.

How Long to Walk Around Loch Lomond?

As mentioned, there is no actual circular walk around Loch Lomond.

Is Ben Lomond An Easy Walk?

No, there are no easy Munro walks!

Why Is Loch Lomond So Famous?

Because it’s the largest lake in Great Britain.

Is Loch Lomond Free to Visit?

Yes, all national parks in the UK are free to visit.

Is Loch Lomond Parking Free?

Many of the official national park car parks are pay and display car parks.

What Is the Best Town in Loch Lomond?

There are many beautiful villages in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Without listing them all, we recommend checking out Balloch, Balmaha, Drymen, Tyndrum, Crianlarich and St Fillans.

Bonus Tips

  • Be prepared for midges during the Scottish summer: oddly enough, when we visited, there were no midges lakeside at the eastern shores of Loch Lomond; but, there were swarms at the peak of Ben Lomond. As surprising as that was, the moral of the story is, always be prepared to encounter midges on mountain trails in Scotland during summer! We were actually recommended Avon Skin So Soft; but, didn’t find it overly effective. Nothing beats a good old-fashioned insect repellent with natural ingredients or DEET.
  • Walks near Loch Lomond: if you’re looking for an epic gorge and waterfall to explore, head to Devils Pulpit (Finnich Glen). It’s located just outside of the national park and isn’t terribly far from Glasgow.
  • Luss walks: although it wasn’t chosen on our list, an honourable mention goes to the Luss Heritage Walk.

For more Scotland hiking content, read our guides on the West Highlands, Green Lochan and NC500.

Daniel Piggott

Dan is a travel blogger, physiotherapist, hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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