Loch Ard is one of the 22 lochs that lie within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Around 4 km (2.8 mi) in length and 2 km (1.4 mi) wide, it is the source of the River Forth, which flows from its eastern end. On the south sides of the loch stands the remains of a castle, said to have been built by Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany. It is also home to the Go Country Adventure Park, which offers a variety of water sports and outdoor activities including rowing, kayaking and canoeing.
Loch Ard Sailing Club is also based here, where visitors may use the club facilities and launch their own boats. There are also 25.7 km (16 mi) of family-friendly terrain for mountain biking, walking and horseback riding, and a huge array of wildlife and plant life makes it an attractive place to visit for nature lovers.