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Water Activities on Loch Lomond

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Explore Loch Lomond on the water

There’s no better way to explore Loch Lomond than on the loch itself. Whether you choose to sail, paddle or ski, there are plenty of Loch Lomond water activities to choose from. Below, we’ve picked out some of the best water activity centres and attractions near Ballat Smithy Cottage. With something for all levels and abilities, from family boat trips to paddleboarding and canoeing. So you can make the most of your visit by getting out on the water during your stay.

Please note: Many of these activities are closed over the winter months, so be sure to check the operating dates. Activities may require pre-booking.

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Water Attractions & Activity Centres

Fun and adventures on Loch Lomond

Sweeney’s Cruise Co

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Distance from the cottage: 12 miles

Set sail with Sweeney’s Cruise Co. for boat trips on the loch, departing from nearby Balloch. See the spectacular views and hear the fascinating stories of this magical Scottish loch. This is a great adventure for all the family and a must when visiting Loch Lomond. 

Daily sightseeing cruises take in views of the magnificent Ben Lomond and pass several castles and landmarks along the shoreline. Featuring onboard commentary by Scottish archaeologist and historian, Neil Oliver. 

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A view down the length of Loch Lomond in Scotland
Man in wet suit waterskiing

Loch Lomond Waterski Club

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Distance from the cottage: 12 miles

Loch Lomond Waterski Club provides waterski lessons to club members and also non-members, with sessions for beginners and experienced water-skiers. Located in the town of Balloch, on the pier. Services include tuition, coaching and equipment hire.

This surface water sport is a fun and challenging activity, for those looking to try out a new sport or improve their skills. On skis, the water skier is pulled behind a boat, skimming the water at speed. It requires good strength and balance. Loch Lomond is the perfect location for water skiing, due to its vast surface area.

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Maid of the Loch

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Distance from the cottage: 12 miles

Maid of the Loch was the last paddle steamer built in the United Kingdom. She sailed on Loch Lomond for 29 years and is currently being restored at Balloch Pier. Although not yet able to set sail, you can still visit the historic ship and steam slip way for a great day out!

Join a guided tour or use the self-guide information to discover more about this fascinating vessel. Enjoy spectacular views of Loch Lomond and explore recently refurbished areas, such as the Queens Lounge on the Promenade Deck. And on special ‘in steam’ days, you can also watch the engine turn the paddle wheels! There is even a café on board, serving hot and cold drinks and delicious cakes and bakes.

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Paddle steamer on Balloch Pier
Kayaking on Loch Lomond in Scotland

Loch Lomond Leisure

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Distance from the cottage: 20 miles

Loch Lomond Leisure is based in Luss, and runs a wide range of boat tour and activity packages for groups large and small. 

Offering boat hire, boat tours, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing and so much more. There are a range of speedboat tours, from 20-minute rides across the loch, to full day tours with island visits included. Loch Lomond Leisure also provide outdoor activities such as guided fishing, archery and walking trips. Group bookings can be tailor-made to your specific requirements. This is your one-stop-shop for Loch Lomond outdoor and water activities! 

 

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Visit the islands

As the largest lake by surface area in Great Britain, there is much to explore on Loch Lomond. Including 22 islands and 27 islets (smaller islands) to look out for, and an abundance of wildlife. 

You can visit Inchcailloch by waterbus. Local services run from Balmaha Boatyard in the summer. The island is part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, a wild and remote place to visit, with three spectacular walking routes to enjoy.

Inchmurrin, which is the largest island on Loch Lomond and home to the ancient remains of Lennox Castle, can be accessed by private boat. Or you can catch the ferry from near Balloch, and enjoy a meal or a drink at the island’s restaurant and bar.

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Things to do around Loch Lomond

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So much to see and do!

Looking for more things to do around Loch Lomond? Then be sure to check out our Loch Lomond guides to walking, cycling, family activates, history and heritage, food and drink and more! And if you need any help planning your trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch before or during your stay with us.

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‘From Blair Castle to Inveraray, we’ve found everything to be within easy reach. The cottage and Mrs. Currie have anticipated all our needs! Everything is beautifully done inside and out! The area is gorgeous! Truly the perfect spot for any activity or just to rest too!’

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And See Ballat Smithy Cottage

Watch our video below and see our gorgeous cottage for yourself. Plus, get a taster of some of the wonderful attractions and activities nearby, including Loch Lomond. We are sure you will love all we have to offer so get booking today and enjoy a relaxing stay with us here at Ballat Smithy Cottage.

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Walking

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