Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is the place to visit if you want to experience Scotland in all its guises and glory. It’s where the lowlands meets the highlands, the urban meets the rural and cultural history meets adrenaline-fuelled adventure!
Some sixteen years ago Loch Lomond and The Trossachs was given the special status of being Scotland’s first National Park – a move to officially recognise the region as an area of unreplicable outstanding beauty
Looking for things to see and do in Loch Lomond? There’s something for everyone and every interest.
Loch Lomond was the stomping ground of many a famous historical clan battle, however no individual is more famous and romanticised than outlaw Rob Roy. Amongst other historical sights in Loch Lomond, a ‘must see’ is a visit to his hideout cave on one of Loch Lomond’s many scenic and well sign posted walks – ‘CAVE’ is emblazoned in big white letters outside its entrance. Not so handy for his ‘hideout’ purposes though!
Other nearby historical site and attractions to visit
Wildlife in Loch Lomond is as diverse as anywhere in Scotland. Take to the hills (or pick up the binoculars from your terrace!) for a chance to behold golden eagles, peregrine falcons and red deer stags in their native Highland habitats, or explore nearby forest, woodland and coastal trails for a chance encounter with anything from lizards and otters, to fallow deer and wildcats!
The Loch itself is the base for a wide range of water-sports and activities. Take it easy with a relaxing sail, swim or indeed sea plane to take in the spectacular scenery – or live for the thrill – Duck Bay is one of Loch Lomond’s (and indeed Scotland’s) best spots for windsurfing and other wind-based water-sports.
A literal stones throw next door into the grounds of Cameron House, Duck Bay’s guests can play at the Carrick Golf Course. Featuring elevated holes to present the most spectacular views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, every inch of the landscape is used to its full advantage to offer 5 teeing options for every level of golfer. More experienced golfers covet a famously challenging round at the home of the Scottish Open – the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club. A favourite of golf stalwarts such as Colin Montgomery, this impeccably manicured inland course sandwiched between the mountains and Loch Lomond is strictly Members’ guests only. Might be worth making your stay at Duck Bay Hotel long enough to allow time to buddy up with the locals!
Family-friendly cycle or walk through forest, woodland and lochside paths, or adrenaline-fuelled hike, climb or mountain bike summit through challenging highland terrain, Loch Lomond has walking and cycle trails to suit every style, ability and party. Pull on your boots or jump in the saddle, get in touch for our recommendations on the best local trails near Duck Bay to suit you.
Loch Lomond Shores is a shop, food and drink lovers paradise! Experience Scotland’s most famous department store, Jenners or take home some local produce from the regular farmer’s markets held on the first and third Sunday of every month.
However, if you’re after a truly unique shopping experience offering giftware not typically found on the high street then our sister venue – House of Darrach – will not disappoint! Enjoy a scenic, but short ten minute drive to idyllic rural village Gartocharn where you will be met by array of exclusive brands and products on offer around every corner. House of Darrach is deceptively spacious, comprising three main shopping ‘rooms’ leading off to an incredibly popular restaurant and upstairs art gallery.
Whether you like a tipple, or you have an enthusiast back home, look out for produce from our local Loch Lomond whiskies distillery – or better yet book a visit to Glengoyne Distillery (said by many to be Scotland’s most beautiful distillery), it’s only 20minutes away by car.
Please contact us here at Duck Bay for our recommendations for things to see and do in Loch Lomond – however if you’re out and about, why not pop into the regions many Tourist Information Centres?
National Park Headquarters
Balloch Road, Balloch, G83 8BF
Tel: +44 (0)1389 722 600
Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre
Ancaster Square, Callander, FK17 8ED
Tel: +44 (0)8707 200 628
Trossachs Discovery Centre,
Main Street, Aberfoyle, FK8 3UQ
Tel: +44 (0)8707 200 604
East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, G84 7PA
Tel: (+44) 01436 820 369
Plane, train, car or bus – be transported to another world with minimal fuss. We’re under 30 minutes away from Glasgow Airport!
From Glasgow take the M8 then M898 to the Erskine Bridge, on crossing the bridge join the A82 west signposted for Crianlarich. Duck Bay Hotel and Marina is situated one mile after the roundabout for Balloch and A811 to Stirling.