The captivating Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of inland water by surface area in the Great Britain, at 71 km2 (27.4 sq mi). It straddles the Highland Boundary Fault (where central Scotland meets the Highlands) and so, while it is on a fairly flat landscape in the south, the terrain surrounding the Loch becomes increasingly mountainous and wild to the North.
The lake is part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and has also been designated as a Ramsar Wetland for its internationally important numbers of wintering geese. The lake’s floodplains also support rich communities of plant life, invertebrates, fish and birds, including rare species.
The calm waters, little villages and gentle slopes to south are perfect for taking long easy strolls by the shore and exploring the area without overdoing it. However, for climbing enthusiasts, Ben Lomond dominates the eastern shore. This is the most climbed mountain in Scotland.
Cycling is a popular way to explore the lake. The Lowland-Highland cycle trail’s route takes in much of the lake’s scenery, starting from the town of Balloch.
Numerous water sports are available on the lake, which is open to all kinds of watercraft, from kayaks and canoes to windsurfing, jet-skis and speedboats. Wakeboarding is popular, with lessons held at the Wakeboarding school in the nearby town of Rowardenann.