Travel writer Stephen Bleach recently highlighted some excellent locations for a dip in the water away from the coast. Hard to believe you would want to go for a dip in Loch Lomond, but with the weather we are currently having now is the time to “dip your toe in the water”. Manse Bay near Balmaha has a sandy beach or to the north in the shadow of Beinn Ime. In fact Loch Lomond is playing host to the “Great Scottish Swim” on 24th August. For more information go to:-
House Parties now have 2 houses on Loch Lomond. The fabulous Stuckgowan House is located just a few miles from Tarbet and High Wards house on the other side of the Loch in Gartocharn.
If swimming in the Loch sounds a little bit too cold, how about a trip on a seaplane? Loch Lomond Seaplanes offer a variety of packages to suit all requirements and also offer exclusive charter.
The Cameron House hotel is half way between both houses and offers a host of outdoor activities. If you don’t fancy the Loch by air, then how about by boat? Celtic Warrior Loch Cruises offer 60 minute trips from the Loch at the hotel followed by afternoon tea in the boathouse.
Why not make a visit to Loch Lomond Shores. There is a food festival every September on 14th and 15th September, showcasing some local Scottish produce as well as continental produce and cookery demonstrations throughout both days. Suppliers include The Loch Lomond Brewery, The Ochil Fudge Pantry, and the Argyll Smokery. There are suppliers, chocolatiers and much more so go and stock up on the local delights. For more details go to:-
This is part of the Scottish Food fortnight which also showcases in various locations around Scotland, for more information on the full fortnight visit:-
Loch Lomond shores also offers a shopping complex and a variety of places to eat as well as The Sea Life Aquarium including Scotland’s largest shark collection and first shark nursery as well as the only giant sea turtle in Scotland. It is also home to otters. For more information go to:-
For some evening entertainment Sweeney Cruises offer a 1 hour and a half evening cruise around the Loch departing daily at 7pm from Balloch. Visit:-
Artmap Argyll 2013 begins on 23rd August for 3 days giving you the chance to visit the artists in their studios, all across the area. Artists include painters, sculptors, photographers, textiles and glassmaking. For a list of exhibitors visit