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Loch Lomond lies at the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a vast landscape merging the central lowlands and the Highlands' rugged terrain. Home to an incredible variety of wildlife, it boasts some of the finest scenery in the world. The largest fresh water lake in the UK, Loch Lomond is 24 miles long and 5 miles wide, plunging some 600 feet at its deepest point. Quite simply world famous, it is located just 20 miles north-west of Glasgow.
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Renowned for its rich biodiversity, Loch Lomond and its tributary streams and rivers contain the largest, most varied fish stocks than elsewhere in the UK. It is surrounded by over a quarter of Britain's wild plants, ranging from heathers to verdant coniferous and deciduous forests. From salmon and trout fishing to bird watching, Loch Lomond is heaven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

There is no better way to appreciate the beauty of Loch Lomond and its surrounds than by embarking on one of the many loch cruises that depart from Balloch, Balmaha and Ardlui. Informative guided commentaries highlight the geography and diversity of Loch Lomond, indicating various points of interest throughout each excursion, lasting from 45 minutes to approximately 2 hours.

Loch Lomond, surrounded by rugged peaks and stunning treks, boasts a vast network of forest walks and long-distance footpaths, such as the West Highland Way and Rob Roy Way. The ultimate challenge is Ben Lomond which, at 3,194 feet above sea level, affords sensational views across the loch to the Arrochar Alps and beyond. Water sports, cycling and canoeing are equally popular, with equipment available from marinas and settlements dotted around the loch.

A welcome addition to Loch Lomond's magnificent setting is Lomond Shores, a shopping and entertainment complex located on the southern shores in the town of Balloch. Established in 2002, the complex is the gateway to the region and offers a haven for those seeking retail therapy. Lomond Shores features a wide selection of outlets including Jenners, that most exclusive of Edinburgh stores, who have opened their second store on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Travelling to Loch Lomond from Charing Cross Guest House could not be easier and can be reached within 20 minutes by private car. Fast and frequent trains connect Charing Cross Station (5 minutes walking distance from the guest house) to Balloch with journey times taking approximately 40 minutes. Why not have the best of both worlds - stay at the Charing Cross Guest House and experience one of Scotland's finest lochs and cities in one visit.


Popular tourist attractions at Loch Lomond include:
  • Balloch Castle and Country Park, Tel. +44 (0) 1389 758216

  • Boat Trips (Sweeney's Cruises), Tel. +44 (0) 1389 752376

  • Loch Lomond Golf Club, Tel. +44 (0) 1436 655555

  • Loch Lomond Shores, visit www.lochlomondshores.com

  • Loch Lomond Distillery, Tel. +44(0)1389 752781

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