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View of Loch Lomond at sunset

Everything you need to know about Loch Lomond

 Scotland is famous throughout the world for its mountains, wildlife, and lochs. With our two Scottish locations within easy driving distance of one of the most popular visitor attractions - Loch Lomond – we bring you a guide with everything you need to know about it!

Your guide to Loch Lomond in Scotland

How is Loch Lomond Pronounced?

Loch Lomond is pronounced as "lock low-mund". As with most place names there are regional variations and we think that the best way to really know a place is to get to know some of the locals.

On your way to Loch Lomond, why not stop off at one of the many local towns and villages? Arrochar, Balloch, and Drymen all surround various parts of the loch.

View of Loch Lomond from the bank

What is Loch Lomond?

Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch in Scotland, part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The National Park covers an impressive 720 sq. miles and is home to some of the most stunning scenery you will find, meaning that it is certainly worth exploring further. Whether you decide to bag one of the 21 Munros, 20 Corbetts, or explore the remaining 21 lochs!

View of Loch Lomond from mountain top

Where is Loch Lomond?

Loch Lomond is in southern Scotland, approximately 1 hour’s drive from Glasgow.

With Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park being so vast, around 50% of Scotland’s total population lives within an hour’s drive of the National Park!

Loch Lomond, in particular, is one of the most popular destinations for visitors and locals alike, due to the breathtaking scenery and numerous available activities.

Loch Lomond from the shore

Is Loch Lomond tidal?

As Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch and not a saltwater loch, it is not tidal. This means that there are many activities that can safely take place on or in it; from open water swimming to canoeing and boating, there is something for everyone.

Being a freshwater loch, it is also an extremely popular choice amongst anglers and boasts some of the best game and coarse fishing in the UK.

View of Loch Lomond from bank

Can you swim in Loch Lomond?

Loch Lomond is very popular with open water swimmers and fine to swim in when following the correct safety guidance. There is even an annual event in Loch Lomond which seeks to introduce as many people as possible to this new sport. Find out more about loch swimming.

Open water swimmer

How deep is Loch Lomond?

Loch Lomond has a maximum depth of 190 metres which makes it the third deepest loch in Scotland. At 190 metres, this would be deep enough to cover the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Blackpool Tower, two Big Ben’s, or the London Eye.

Line drawings of 2 Big Ben's, the London Eye, and Great Pyramid of Giza

How long is Long Lomond?

Although Loch Lomond isn’t the deepest loch in Scotland, it has the largest surface area at 71 sq. km.

View of Loch Lomond through trees

Why visit Loch Lomond?

There are so many reasons to visit Loch Lomond – from watersports to admiring the breathtaking surroundings. You’ll also have the opportunity to spot some of the UKs rarest wildlife such as red deer, pine martens, and red squirrels.

Find out more about Scottish wildlife!

Loch Lomond view with mountains and canoe

What wildlife is in Loch Lomond?

  1. Red squirrels
  2. Red deer
  3. Buzzards
  4. Hen harriers
  5. Pine martens
  6. Willow warblers
  7. Adders
  8. Slow worms
  9. Common lizards
  10. Ptarmigan
  11. Red starts
  12. Wood warblers
  13. Barn owls
  14. Kingfishers
  15. Fallow deer
  16. and many more!

    Pine Marten in forest

    How long is it to walk around Loch Lomond?

    With a surface area of 71 sq. km it would take over 20 hours to walk the entire was around the loch. There are a range of trails in the area that would allow you to see much of the loch without taking the 60 mile plus circuit. Discover more Loch Lomond walking guides.

    View of Loch Lomond from walking trail

    Where to stay in Loch Lomond?

    Accommodation close to Loch Lomond would include our cabins at Ardgartan Argyll. At around half an hour away from Loch Lomond, it’s within easy distance and a fantastic base to explore the area as a whole.

    View of the cabins at Forest Holidays, Ardgartan Argyll

    Do you have any other questions about Loch Lomond that we haven't answered here? Send them to us on our social media pages and we'll add them to the list!

    Now that you have learnt so much about Loch Lomond, why not see it for yourself? Our Ardgartan Argyll location is only a short drive away and we have cabins available throughout the year. Find out more about one of our locations in Scotland and book your break now!