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Lochs in The Lomond and Trossachs National Park

The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park has dozens of Lochs and Lochans. The largest is of course Loch Lomond from which the National park derives a good part of its name. Loch Lomond is 24 miles long and runs from south to north. The loch's beauty is legendary however the many other lochs and lochans have there own character varying from wild to tranquil.

Loch Lomond owes its origin to the glacial era. The Glaciers ran South from the Ben Lui basin towards the southern end of Loch Lomond which is now Balloch. Loch Lomond has the greatest surface area of freshwater in Britain, approximately 71Km sq, and although quite shallow when compared to Loch Ness and Loch Morar (not in the park) it still holds more water than all the Lakes in the Lake district added together.

Loch Ard

Below there is a list of the lochs and lochans in the national park. To find out details about fishing please go to our fishing link.

Lochs (and a Lake)

Achray (Fishing Loch Achray)

Loch Acray is a beautiful piece of water in the heart of the Trossachs, it lies between Callander and Aberfoyle on the B821. This is a conservation area for both the water and the red squirrels that can be found in this area. Brig o'Turk is the village nearest to the loch and Trossachs Church on the shores of Achray is probably one of the prettiest churches in Scotland. There is also a car park at the foot of Ben Aan, a small but spectacular little mountain offering walks and views over both Loch Achray and Loch Katrine.

The nearest village is
Brig o'Turk

Arklet (Fishing Loch Arklet)

Loch Arklet is a small loch lying between Loch Katrine to the East and Loch Lomond to the West. To get there you must take the Inversnaid road from Aberfoyle, a number of  miles after Kinlochard you will come to a T junction, turn left for Inversnaid. Loch Arklet is the Loch on your left. There is a picturesque walk along the river from Loch Arklet to Loch Lomond (steep in places). From Inversnaid go to the south of the hotel and you will see a waterfall (on the West Highland Way). This is spectacular when in spate. After the footbridge there is a path leading to viewpoints between here and the Dam at  Loch Arklet  

The nearest village is
Kinlochard

Ard (Fishing Loch Ard)

Loch Ard is situated about 1 mile east of Aberfoyle. It is in three parts with the most westerly and biggest being headed by the village of Kinlochard. The Loch lies in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and as you would expect there are many walks and tracks to choose from. A popular park and walk or cycling point is at Milton (a few houses at the east of the loch). From Aberfoyle take the Inversnaid road. In one mile there is a turning to the left which then goes over a bridge. After this turn right and then left at the forestry fork. If the first car park is full there are others further up the forest track.

The nearest village east is
Aberfoyle
The nearest village is Kinlochard

Chon (Fishing Loch Chon)

Loch Chon lies between Kinlochard and Inversnaid on the Aberfoyle Inversnaid road, this is an ideal picnic spot on a sunny day. It is also an easy loch to park at for walking, cycling, or canoeing. There are numerous tracks leading round the loch some are current forest tracks but there are also some remnants of older tracks which are quite interesting to follow.

The nearest village is
Kinlochard

Doine

Loch Doine is a small loch lying to the west of Loch Voil. Like Loch Voil it is reached by a single track road which runs up to Inver Larig to the west of Balquhidder. There are many stopping places along the road to Loch Doine and there are tracks leading up into hills at the road end with ample parking. Please note however that the mountains in this area are for the well equipped and experienced only. Having said that however there are some beautiful low level walks, often amongst highland cattle. Beware of getting between a cow and its calf, otherwise you should experience no problems. Inverlarig Farm is a busy working farm, leave all gates as you find them and follow the usual country codes.

The nearest village is
Balquhidder

Drunkie

Loch Drunkie is a beautiful wee bit of water in the forest between Aberfoyle and Loch Achray. Forest Enterprise have made it an easy place to visit by putting in and maintaining a three loch forest drive from the top of Dukes Pass to Loch Achray. There may be a small fee to pay currently 2 and the drive is only open in the summer. However it is popular with walkers and cyclists all the year round. There is ample parking at both ends of the drive.

The nearest village is
Aberfoyle

Earn
 

Loch Earn is just in the North end of the park and is a large loch with water borne facilities. There is a main road on its northern shore running from Lochearnhead to St Fillins and a minor but lovely road on its southern shore. The south Loch Earn road also allows easy access to walks in Glen Ample or Hill walking on Ben Venue and Stuc a'Chroin 

The nearest village east is
St Fillins
The nearest village west is Lochearnhead.

Goil

Loch Goil is on of the Lomond Park sea lochs. It is in fact an arm of Loch Long. Lochgoilhead at the head of the loch has been a popular destination for generations particularly when there were frequent paddle steamer visits from the reaches of the Clyde. Loch Goil is also a great sea fishing loch.

The nearest village is Lochgoilhead
 

Katrine
 

Loch Katrine is situated in the heart of the Trossachs. The famous steam ship Sir Walter Scott has been taking tourists around Loch Katrine for more than 100 years. The steamship company also run a smaller 28 seater which provides a shorter 45 minute cruises around the islands at the east end of the loch. There is a substantial visitors centre at the east end with restaurant and even bike hire. This is a popular place for walking and cycling with splendid scenery.

The nearest village is Brig O Turk
 

Lomond
 

Loch Lomond is a very long and beautiful loch which extends north from Balloch (near the river clyde) to Ardlui. It is the UK's longest fresh water loch at 24 miles. It is five miles wide at its widest point and about 600 feet deep at the deepest point. The loch has a total of 38 islands not all are inhabited. Inchmurrin is the biggest and has an hotel. Balloch at the south of the loch has the Lomond Shores Visitor Centre.

The main town on Loch Lomond is Balloch
 

Long
 

Loch Long is a large sea loch which extends from the Clyde to Arrochar at its head. Arrochar is a popular stop off point for climbers who climb the "Arrochar Alps". The most famous of those is Ben Arthur or the cobbler as is more commonly known. Loch long has a many attractions for those who want to sea fish in generally sheltered conditions.

The nearest village is Arrochar.
 

Lubnaig
 

Loch Lubnaig in the east side of the park lies between Callander and Strathyre. This is a popular camping and fishing loch. There is a cycle track on the south of the loch which cyclists and walkers alike enjoy.

The nearest village is Strathyre.
 

Menteith
 

The Lake of Menteith is a well stocked important fishing area in the east park. there is plenty of accommodation in the vicinity. In the summer months a regular small ferry service takes visitors to the island of Inchmahome to view the ruins of the priory.

The nearest village is Port of Menteith.
 

Tay
 

Loch Tay lies on the north eastern fringes of the Park. The village of Killin is the main park village. There are many reasons to visit this area including water sports, fishing, climbing, cycling and if your interested in history, then this is a prime area to visit. The spectacular Fall of Dochart in the centre of Killin are very worthwhile a visit particularly after a period of heavy rain.

The main village is Killin
 

Venacher
 

Loch Venachar, at the heart of the Trossachs is easily accessible from Callander. This loch is not as beautiful as its closest counterparts loch Achray and loch Katrine, however it is a popular spot for water sports. There is an excellent sailing club on the shores of the loch.

The main town is Callander
 

Voil
  Loch Voil lies to the west of Balquhidder. This is a particularly beautiful loch with the small loch Doine at the western end. This loch is popular with fishermen but unfortunately there is often litter and cans left behind. There are many mountain walks in this area and it is well worth the visit.

The nearest village is Balquhidder.
 

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