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Visit Loch Lomond Summer Newsletter 2013

Spring Has Sprung! Enjoy a Summer Break
Win a Watersport Break on Loch Lomond
The Three Lochs Way - Walking in Scotland
Munro Bagging This Summer?
The Maid of the Loch Celebrates its Diamond Jubilee
New Name for the Luss Highland Games
European Austin-Healey Club: Tour of Britain
Thousands to swim Loch Lomond in the Great Scottish Swim

Spring Has Sprung! Enjoy a Summer Break

Explore the largest and most famous fresh water loch in Scotland - Loch Lomond. In the heart of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, it is home to around 38 islands. In the summer, Loch Lomond’s ancient oak woods ring with birdsong from pied flycatchers, wood warblers and redstarts. Renowned for its incredible beauty and tranquility and much written about in both song and verse, there is no better place to be this summer than by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Win a Watersport Break on Loch Lomond

Located on the quieter eastern shores of Loch Lomond, nesling beneath Loch Lomond, you will find the Rowardennan Hotel and home of Loch Lomond Wakeboarding. Watersports include wakeboarding, water skiing, paddleboards and banana boat rides.

Loch Lomond Wakeboarding operates from April to October.

You can win a wakeboarding break courtesy of Loch Lomond Wakeboarding and Rowardennan Hotel. For more details and to enter this competition, click here.

The Three Lochs Way - Walking in Scotland

The Three Lochs Way is a magnificent walking route which begins in Balloch on the southern tip of Loch Lomond in Scotland's first National Park. This walk links Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long. Recognised as one of ‘Scotland’s great trails’, it travels for approximately 34 miles (55 km) via Helensburgh on the Clyde at Gare Loch, along the side of Loch Long to its head at Arrochar then north into the Arrochar Alps and back eastwards to Loch Lomond to go up to Inveruglas at the scenically stunning northern banks. The Three Lochs Way can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days and biked in a day. With the West Highland railway line never far away there are lots of attractive and interesting options for people seeking shorter day walks as the four stages each starts or finishes within reach of a railway station, although Garelochhead station is located 5 km off the route.


Balloch to Helensburgh Approx 4 hours walk
Helensburgh to Garelochhead Approx 3 hours walk
Garelochhead to Arrochar & Tarbet Approx 5 hours walk
Arrochar & Tarbet to Inveruglas Approx 3 hours walk

Mountain bikers will find a lot to enjoy along the Three Lochs Way too. In Balloch, the Three Lochs Way links with National Cycle Route 7.

Munro Bagging This Summer?

The Arrochar Alps are a group of mountains located around the head of Loch Long, Loch Fyne,and Loch Goil, near the villages of Arrochar and Lochgoilhead in Argyll, Scotland. The mountains are especially popular with hillwalkers, due to their proximity and accessibility from Glasgow. They are largely within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and in part also extend into the Argyll Forest Park. Glens which go into the heart of the range include Glen Croe, Hell's Glen and Glen Kinglas.

The Arrochar Alps, is a great hillwalking area, which are so-called because they are said to resemble the Alps in miniature, not just because of their rocky and rugged character, but because of the weather conditions which can be surprisingly volatile.  Their vicinity to Glasgow and their excellent views make them one of the most popular walking and climbing areas in Scotland.

And if you’re bagging Munros, that is to say climbing the 284 or so highest mountains in Scotland, Arrochar is the perfect base for climbing a good number of peaks The main hills making up the mountains known as the Arrochar Alps are:

Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) - Corbett, 884 m (2900 ft)
Beinn Luibhean - Corbett, 858 m (2815 ft)
Beinn Ime - Munro, 1011 m (3317 ft)
Beinn Narnain - Munro, 926 m (3040 ft)
Ben Vane - Munro, 915 m (3002 ft)
Ben Vorlich - Munro, 943 m (3093 ft)

The Maid of the Loch Celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

The Maid of the Loch has carried passengers on Loch Lomond since 25 May 1953 and had been operated on the Loch for 29 years before being retired in 1981. Once the glory of Loch Lomond, she was built in 1953 and on Saturday 25th May 2013 the Maid marked the 60th anniversary of her maiden voyage. As part of the diamond jubilee celebrations, a commemorative ale has been launched for the Maid of the Loch by Loch Lomond Brewery.

The Maid of the Loch was the biggest vessel ever built for Britain's inland waters, she was also the largest and the last of the Loch Lomond paddle steamers. The Maid was made by A & J Inglis of Pointhouse in Glasgow, who also built the paddle steamer Waverley which calls in at Greenock during the season. The steam engine was made by Rankin & Blackmore of Greenock. Constructed in Glasgow, she was then assembled on the shores of the loch. Since going out of service in 1981 she has been tied up at Balloch Pier. In 1996, the Loch Lomond Steamship Company (LLSC) was formed and it is determined to get the paddle steamer sailing once again. The vessel is being restored by volunteers from the LLSC. The restoration project's many supporters include Miss Jean Inglis, one of the last family members of the shipbuilding firm A & J Inglis. This charitable body, have so far spent more than 72,000 hours on the restoration of the Maid since her launch in 1953. An appeal was recently launched to raise £3.3 million for further work, including a new boiler. Donations can be made by visiting or by calling 01389 711865.

Having given pleasure to millions, may she one day again cruise the waters of Loch Lomond!

You can visit the Maid at her static dock in Balloch, on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. There's a museum and café. The Maid of the Loch is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. She is open daily from June until the end of August.

New Name for the Luss Highland Games

One of Scotland’s oldest Highland games, the Luss Highland Games is taking on a new name in recognition of its wider role in its part of the world and opening a new chapter in its history. For the past 139 years, the games have been known as Luss Highland Games, Luss Games or the Luss Gathering. This summer, when the games start on 6th July, they will have a new official title - the Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering. Set in Clan Colquhoun territory, this event has grown from a gathering of local farmers to one of the biggest community organised events on Loch Lomond.

Luss, ‘Scotland’s loveliest village’ on the western shores of Loch Lomond welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from the local area and beyond to the Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering. Combining the spectacle of the traditional Highland ‘heavy’ events such as tossing the caber with athletics, cycling, piping and dancing competitions, the Gathering at Luss in July is one of the biggest events in the Loch Lomond calendar and is not to be missed.

It also marks the annual gathering of the Clan Colquhoun, drawing clansmen and women from throughout the globe to their ancestral home. The Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering continues to foster and promote Loch Lomond’s rich heritage and traditions.

Check out the new Loch Lomond Arms Hotel for accommodation, great food and outdoor beer gardens. It's just across the road from the Gathering!

European Austin-Healey Club: Tour of Britain

Around 200 members of the Austin-Healey Club arrived in their classic cars from all over Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. They converged on Scotland and arrived at Loch Lomond and based themselves for a week at Loch Lomond at the end of May. These sports cars were seen at the car park of the Winnock Hotel and Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen.

The star of the tour must be the Austin-Healey 100s coupé, registration number NOJ 393 which was involved in the 1955 Le Mans incident that led to 84 spectator deaths. The car has never been seen in Scotland before, which was hidden away for some 25-30 years.

Classic Cars For Sale: if you are interested in buying or servicing your classic, race or sports car in the heart of Scotland, contact Robert at Border Reivers on 07889 909746.

Thousands to swim Loch Lomond in the Great Scottish Swim

Olympian Keri-Anne Payne has launched this year’s Great Scottish Swim, to be held at Loch Lomond for the first time.

About 2,000 people are expected to take part in the open water event in August.

Payne, an Olympic silver-medallist and 10k open water world champion, will join participants for the event part of the Great Swim, Europe’s biggest open-water swimming series.

“I’ve taken part in a few of the Great Swim series events around the country but never in Scotland before and I’m really excited to participate in the first-ever Loch Lomond event,” she said.

“Open water can seem daunting for a lot of people, but it really is a great feeling to swim in freshwater, especially when you have such stunning scenery as Loch Lomond.”

European and Commonwealth gold-medallist Iwan Thomas will also swim. He said: “I have taken part in triathlons, so I’m no stranger to a wetsuit, but it will be amazing to swim in a location like Loch Lomond.”

For further information on the Great Scottish Swim and other events, visit What's On at Loch Lomond this August.

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