Spread out over 27.5 sq. miles of untamed Scottish wilderness, idyllic Loch Lomond (Lake Lomond) is dotted with a whopping 22 islands and 27 islets that seem to float on its surface. Close enough to Glasgow for a daycation, this sparkling lake has been featured on the Greatest Natural Wonders of Britain list.
Once you reach these shores, you'll see why Lake Lomond's natural allure was immortalized in the popular English ballad "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond". Its banks are settled by charming Scottish villages like Luss and Balloch, where you can book your stay.
On the way to Loch Lomond from Glasgow, stop by the imposing Dumbarton Rock and Castle. These medieval castle ruins are framed by the 2 towering peaks behind it, which offer spectacular views. There have been settlements here dating all the way back to the Iron Age!
When you get to Loch Lomond, book yourself a seat on a picturesque seaplanetour of the lake at Loch Lomond Sea Planes. The lake and its surrounding greenery make for spectacular sights that can only be appreciated from a bird's eye view.
Time to get wet! Rent some water skiing equipment and zip across Loch Lomond's surface at top speed. First-timers should enroll at the Loch Lomond Water Ski Club for invaluable skiing tips.
Next, you should book yourself a seat on a scenicboat ride that'll ferry you across the length of this pristine lake. Jump aboard a ferry at Sweeney's Cruises, and prepare yourself for breathtaking views of the freshwater lake.
If you feel like doing some light exercise, you can just rentacanoe and set off rowing on the shimmering water. This lake's tranquil beauty is the stuff of legend. It inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his seminal poem, the epic "Lady of the Lake".
If your idea of the perfect getaway involves a fishing rod, head over to The Lochmond Angler, for guided fishing trips to all the best fishing spots. Fishing season is in full swing from February to October, with salmon and trout aplenty!
Bird-lovers should swing by the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, to gawk at the stunning flight shows put on by the well-trained hawks, eagles and owls of this avian center.
Outside of their native Australian continent, wild wallabies can be found only in a few other places. Lake Lomond's Inchconnachan island is such a place, with its thriving colony of adorable wallabies.
Every vacation needs some sense of adventure. Drop by the aerial adventure park known as TreeZone Loch Lomond, for some thrilling fun high up among the trees!
Go for a memorable road trip through the Scottish highlands, on the windy roadA82. With Lake Lamond on one side, it snakes its way through the greenery. The lake views are so stunning, that you may end up driving around Lake Lamond in a loop!
Head over to the Glengoyne Distillery, where you can buy the perfect Scottish souvenir: a heavy bottle of authentic malt whiskey.
The lush hills that flank Loch Lomond are criss-crossed with hikingtrails and windy paths like the West Highland Way, Rob Roy Way, or The Three Lochs Way. With 22 Munros (Scottish peaks) to conquer, you can start with Mt. Ben Lomond (3,196 ft).
The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park sprawls over 720 sq. miles around Lake Lomond. Shutterbugs can't resist exploring its distinctive grassy moors, drawn to the quiet beauty of this terrain and the wildlife that calls it home.
The wilderness around Loch Lomond hides some prime camping spots within its secluded woodlands. With the proper camping permit, you can pitch your own tent, or just set up camp at designatedcampgrounds and glamping pods.
Frolic around on Inchcailloch: come spring, it's draped with a natural carpet of prettybluebells.