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What to see on drive north along Loch Lomond

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What to see on drive north along Loch Lomond

We are driving from Edinburgh early am, visiting Stirling Castle to Glengoyne Distillery and driving up along Loch Lomond to Glencoe and ending in Fort William for the night. Anything to see along our drive on Loch Lomond? Castles? Places to stop or eat? Dont want to miss out on something we should see, but mostly a scenic drive is what we are looking forward to.

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1. Re: What to see on drive north along Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond forms part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. On the west side of the Loch is the picturesque village of Luss. The village is located in a conservation area and was rebuilt in the 1800s by the local landowners, the Colquhouns, for the workers employed in the nearby slate quarries. Although the quarries no longer operate the village maintains it's early 19th century little slate roof cottages. It is on the shore of the Loch and is dominated by Ben Lomond or Beinn Loamainn. Beinn is Gàidhlig for Hill or Mountain and Loamainn means Beacon so in English it is thought the Mountain's name is 'Beacon Mountain'. It is apparently Scotland southern most Munro, or mountain reaching over 3000ft ( Ben Lomond is approx 3,250ft). There are many walks in the area and the Park itself is know for plenty of activities both on land and on water.

On the eastern boundary of the Park is Callander, a bustling little touristy town known as the 'Gateway to the Highlands', lying on the banks of the River Teith. It is known for its connections to Rob Roy MacGregor a Scottish Robin Hood or a Criminal - you make your mind up...

Balloch Castle estate was designated as a country park in the early 80s and lies on the southern edge of the Loch. Further south on the Clyde is Dumbarton Castle and to the west of the Loch is Buchanan Castle. Scottish castles tend to be of the fortified home variety rather than the Motte and Bailey design which is prevalent in England and Wales. These fortified homes are often built in the Scottish Baronial Style - the main features of this style are the crenelated battlements interspersed with steeped gables, uneven roof lines and small turrets known as bartizans. The 'Baronial Style' is though to be the Scottish equivalent of Gothic style architecture. This style is unique to Scotland and you can see it on many old (very old) buildings.

If you go to the official Scottish tourism site, visitscotland, you can get some more ideas of what to do and see around the National Park.

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2. Re: What to see on drive north along Loch Lomond

That sounds like quite a full day, but if you do find yourself driving along Loch Lomond with time to spare, you can take a cruise on the loch. These ones operate from Tarbet, about two thirds of the way along the loch. There are also some available from Balloch, at the foot of the loch.

cruiselochlomond.co.uk/cruises/…

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