Loch Lomond is the largest lake in Britain. It is situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It nestles between the Trossachs Hills to the east and the Arrochar mountains to the west and offers mountain views for the whole of its 18 miles length.
There are many forms of water sports available on Loch Lomond including wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, jet-skiing and fishing. There are local byelaws which specify speed limits in different parts of the loch. Boats are available for hire and you are allowed to launch your own boat on the loch if you have one. All private motorised craft must be registered with the National Park Authority before being used on the loch.
Because Loch Lomond is surrounded by mountains it is often very windy and this makes it ideal for wind surfing. It is best to avoid surfing when the wind is blowing offshore, i.e., from the land, as conditions can be blustery and changeable. Wind surfers must carry a buoyancy aid or lifejacket.
The conditions required for wind surfing are also perfect for sailing. Loch Lomond offers sailors every type of sailing, from exploring inlets and the many islands, to getting up to speed on the long open stretches. Fishing for trout and salmon is also very popular on the loch. It is possible to fish from the shore or by boat. Fishing permits are available from many local post offices and from land owners.
As well as water sports there are lots of other attractions available at Loch Lomond. Apart from the scenery there are cruises of varying lengths which take in the northern parts of the loch. Many of these have a commentary. Rowing boats and motor boats are also available for hire from a number of companies. Fishing equipment can often be hired at the same time.
There are many choices of places to stay around the shores of the loch. Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels through to camping. Scotland’s Land Reform Act allows camping throughout the National Park at no charge.
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