Things to do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scottish Highlands

Our most recommended things to do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scottish Highlands

Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

1. Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

Discover the legends and secrets of the islands of Loch Lomond on this cruise from Alexandria. Learn the history and the legends of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Hop aboard the spacious and comfortable boat that Balloch Village Ferry Landing. Have plenty of space for indoor and outdoor viewing with opened and closed deck space, and full bar facilities where you can purchase a drink. Begin you circular cruise which passes the world-famous Loch Lomond Golf Club. Explore the middle island of Loch Lomond, sail through an area known to locals as "The Narrows", and continue onwards to the village of Luss. Listen to cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." Return to your starting point at the end of your journey.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & Scottish Highlands Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & Scottish Highlands Tour

Head further afield from Edinburgh city and hike in the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Search for the Loch Ness monster and admire the remote moorland and dramatic mountainous landscape on this full-day excursion. Travel towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where there’s a strong possibility to see some adorable ginger Highland cows that graze on these pastures. Continue north to the wonderful setting of Rannoch Moor, one of the most remote and wild locations in Scotland and also recently featured in the Netflix movie, "Outlaw King" among many other TV shows and films. Lay your eyes on the beautiful and dramatic Glencoe. Discover the dark and not so peaceful history significant in shaping Scotland and the world today. Learn about the tragic MacDonalds of Glencoe who once called this place home. Marvel at the ever-changing landscape, from green woodlands to rugged hills, long-shaped lochs and deep glens filled with mystery and intrigue. Hear a wealth of stories, myths and legends from your guide. Travel through Ballachulish, Onich, Fort William and then onto the banks of Loch Ness itself. Arrive at the picturesque Loch Ness and have the freedom to get out and enjoy a cruise on the water. Search for 'Nessie' the Loch Ness monster, undoubtedly a bucket list item for many visitors in Scotland. Or choose to sit back and relax at the water's edge and take in the panoramic views. From here, travel east over towards the Cairngorms National Park where your guide will take you on a short hike in the unforgettable Highlands. Next, head further south through Blair Athol, Pitlochry, and Dunkeld where you can revel in the beauty of waterfalls and crashing rivers.

From Edinburgh: Stirling, Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Stirling, Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour

Embark on a guided day tour to Stirling Castle, Kelpies, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery, departing from Edinburgh. Get an overview of Scottish history and culture as you explore some of the country's most famous landmarks. Depart from Edinburgh and travel first to Stirling Castle. Discover the secrets of this historic castle, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. It is situated overlooking the River Forth, at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands. Visit the Royal Palace of the castle and witness lavish decor from the 1500s. Visit the last Royal Scottish building at Stirling, The Chapel Royal, and learn how Stirling castle is linked to famous names like King Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Jacobite uprising. From Stirling Castle, you will then visit the banks of Loch Lomond. Take a short hike on the shores and hear all about local legends along with the history, wildlife, and culture of Trossachs National Park. Learn more about the Vikings that landed and colonized this area many years ago. After hiking the banks of Loch Lomond, head to Glengoyne Distillery where you’ll get the opportunity to take a tour to learn about the whisky-making process. Discover how they create the famous “water of life” you’ll even get the chance to taste a delicious dram or two. Continue to the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk and marvel at the almost 100ft work created by Glaswegian Andy Scott. Learn about these mythical creatures that are said to be prevalent in Scottish waters, and who can cause a lot of havoc to unsuspecting locals with their shape-shifting abilities. Finally, relax on the journey back towards Edinburgh. Be dropped off in the city center and say your farewells as you enjoy the rest of your time in Scotland.

From Glasgow: Glencoe and Highlands Bus and Walking Tour

4. From Glasgow: Glencoe and Highlands Bus and Walking Tour

Embark on a true Scottish adventure on a bus and walking tour of the Highlands, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, and more from Glasgow. Learn about the region's rich history from your local guide and get a true essence of what Scotland's nature, history, and people are about. Travel from Glasgow in the comfort of your bus to reach Loch Lomond's calm shores and the Trossachs National Park. See panoramic views over Loch Lomond as you pass through the Highland Boundary Fault Line. This is where you officially enter the Scottish Highlands and gain a sense of what the rugged, mountainous landscape is really like. At the northern section of Loch Lomond, stop to see cascading waterfalls. After a good Scottish downpour, these falls really come to life and create a roaring noise that clashes off every rock and fills every part of the glen with a thunderous sound. Continue to Glencoe to see lush Caledonian Pine forests, a reminder of the ancient landscape which used to cover the majority of the Scottish mainland. Stretch your legs on a short hike along Scotland's premier walking route, the West Highland Way, as you make your way towards a small lochan (small lake). As you enter Glencoe, marvel at the grandeur of Buachaille Etive Mor, the iconic pyramid shaped mountain that forms the backdrop of the glen. The MacDonald’s of Glencoe, who were known as notorious cattle thieves, used the mountain to guide themselves back into Glencoe after a successful night raiding cattle from their neighbor’s lands. Experience the rugged and dramatic land of Glencoe. This alluring landscape captures the imagination of almost anyone who travels through it, and you’ve likely seen it before, as the beauty of Glencoe and the surrounding area has featured in many movies and TV shows. While in Glencoe, hear how the MacDonald Clan from these parts where made an example of by government soldiers in something called The Glencoe Massacre, proof that there’s also a dark side to Scotland’s turbulent history. After lunch, travel to multi-level waterfalls, which come to life after a little rainfall, found after a short walk through some woodland. Here, keep your eyes peeled for the endangered and rare red squirrels. From the roar of the waterfalls to the tranquil setting of Rannoch Moor, this area is one of the last remaining true wilderness locations left in Europe with vast peat bogs, calm lochs, and flat moorland for miles in all direction. A stunning contrast to the mountainous landscape nearby. Finally, travel south towards the lowlands, stopping for one final scenic break at Loch Lomond before heading back to Glasgow.

From Glasgow: Guided Day Trip to Loch Lomond & Distillery

5. From Glasgow: Guided Day Trip to Loch Lomond & Distillery

See the highlights of Scotland including a historic castle, the Highland Whisky Distillery, and the Scottish Highlands. Learn all about the history of the area from your local guide. After departing Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and one that’s full of character, a great music scene, and plenty of wonderful restaurants, your guide will take you north to the historic city of Stirling. This is your chance to visit Stirling Castle, a notably prominent feature on the skyline steeped in some of the most magnificent history in the country. It’s believed to have been besieged at least 16 times and changed hands many times during the Wars of Independence. Enjoy free time to explore the castle and even join one of their scheduled tours led by the expert Castle guides. Next, your guide will whisk you over to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to experience the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Witness the Highland boundary fault line, the area of Scotland where the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands crashed together millions of years ago. Go for a short walk and truly experience the breathtaking Highland landscape in all its glory. Your guide will regale you with some of the wonderful histories of the area, and introduce you to the wildlife and what makes Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park such a special place. Next, it's time for the tasty part of the tour, a deliciously smooth Highland Whisky Distillery. Your guide will take you over to Glengoyne Distillery where you will want to take a tour and learn all about “uisge beatha” Gaelic for “water of life”. Hear about the entire whisky-making process and even get to delight your taste buds with a wee dram or two, and you might even want to take home a bottle for a nightcap occasionally. So, after having a wonderful day tour and experiencing a diverse range of what Scotland has to offer, your guide will wish you farewell and take you back to Glasgow for you to continue your Great Scottish Adventure. The Stirling Castle, Whisky Distillery, and Loch Lomond guided day tour may be explored in reverse.

From Glasgow: Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Tour

6. From Glasgow: Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Tour

Embark on a Scottish experience on a bus and walking tour of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Walk through spectacular and verdant nature along the banks of the loch and marvel at the purple heather dotted on the hills of the National Park. Listen as your guide tells stories about Scotland's rich past. Leave Glasgow and travel west over the River Clyde in the comfort of your bus. See views towards the Clyde Estuary, where fresh water and saltwater meet and where the Vikings moored their boats over 1,300 years ago so they could ransack the area and take valuables and slaves back to their homelands. On a clear day, get the chance to see Dumbarton Castle in the distance, a site with connections to William Wallace, King Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots. Then, enter the Trossachs National Park, stopping on the eastern banks of Loch Lomond. Here, stretch your legs on a short hike along the water’s edge towards a striking viewpoint with magnificent panoramic views of the southern section of Loch Lomond. See unrivalled scenery such as deep glens, long finger-like Lochs, ancient Caledonian Pine forests, and cascading waterfalls. Continue on to a quaint wee town within the National Park to hear why it claims to be the fairy capital of the United Kingdom. As you continue deeper into the National Park, notice how the dramatic landscape constantly changes from craggy peaks to rolling hills. During your lunch stop with the Scottish Highlands as your backdrop, meet and even feed iconic, and hairy, Highland cows. After lunch, enjoy another short hike in the Trossachs, this time following in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor, one of Scotland’s most infamous or famous sons, depending on what you believe. Then, sit back and rest your legs on a scenic drive through Glen Dochart, taking in the impressive landscapes while keeping an eye out for some of Scotland’s rich variety of wildlife, such as the red deer, the endangered red squirrel, or golden eagles. Finally, stop at the historic village of Luss for some of the most beautiful views of Loch Lomond before heading back to Glasgow.

From Balloch: Stirling Castle, Whisky & Loch Lomond Bus Tour

7. From Balloch: Stirling Castle, Whisky & Loch Lomond Bus Tour

Encompass a visit to Stirling Castle, Glencoyne Distillery, and the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond all in a bus tour from Balloch. Immerse yourself in Scottish history, flavors, and nature all while learning about the country's long and rich history from your local guide. Sit back and relax on your bus ride to your first stop: Stirling Castle — one of the most historic castles in Scotland. Besieged by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746 during the Jacobite Uprising, the castle has connections to Mary Queen of Scots and swapped hands between the Scots and the English during the Wars of Independence. Walk through the castle's historic walls and learn all about what makes it so significant. Then stretch your legs on a short hike in the iconic and dramatic Highlands of Scotland. Explore Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and hear all about the Highland boundary fault line and how this dramatic landscape was created millions of years ago. Listen as your guide shares stories of history, legends, wildlife, and explains why this area of Scotland is such a special location. Next, quench your thirst with the “water of life” and head to Glengoyne Distillery where you have the freedom to enjoy a guided Whisky distillery tour and see how Scotch whisky is produced. You can even sample a wee dram or two before heading back to Balloch.

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What people are saying about Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scottish Highlands

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This tour was the highlight of our trip, the scenery was incredible and Derek was a fantastic tour guide. His in-dept knowledge was truly amazing and he went above and beyond explaining everything we saw. My favourite bit was the 1306 battle of Dalright, while my husband loved the atmosphere of the Three Sisters. Good time-schedule, definitely worth the price.

This trip was fabulous. Free parking available near the meeting point for the minicruise, bonus. Tea and coffee bar with outdoor covered seating, great if you arrive early. Boat was immaculate, clean and comfy seats, outdoor seating available too.

Had an absolutely lovely time - seen the loch from the shore many times over the years was lovely to see the shore from the loch instead - many thanks

Great value. Very informative and great to see the islands on the Loch! And a bar on board the boat was very welcome!

Boat was nice, clean, and comfortable. Lock Lomond is beautiful.