The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha is 4 miles along the road that follows the East Side of Loch Lomond from Drymen to Rowardennan. At its end you will find Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro. Ben Lomond gives Loch Lomond its name and is now looked after by The National Trust of Scotland, on a clear day you can see Ben Nevis from its summit.
Along the East Side of Loch Lomond the route of the famous West Highland Way takes in some of the most amazing scenery on it’s Glasgow to Fort William route. Whether on foot or in the car you’re sure to see some Highland Cows in the fields along the East side of the Loch.
For visitors to The Oak Tree Inn there is the opportunity to explore some of Loch Lomond’s most spectacular natural beauty. One of the most popular activities is to get a boat across to Inchcailloch Island where you can take a short walk to the top of the hill to take in a picture postcard view of Loch Lomond. The island itself is totally unspoiled and in spring is covered by a blanket of bluebells.
The RSPB have two reserves in Loch Lomond. The closest is at the mouth of the Endrick in the nearby village of Gartocharn, the other is in Inversnaid, which can be reached either by car, or on a weekly RSPB boat trip from Tarbet, courtesy of Cruise Loch Lomond.
The newly upgraded David Marshall Lodge at Aberfoyle has forest walks and the opportunity to view Osprey nests by CCTV monitors. At Loch Lomond Shores the RSPB has a shop and information about the many birds that can be spotted in the area.
The Oak Tree Inn is located just next to The Highland Boundary Fault. The fault line runs across Scotland and separates the Highlands with the Lowlands. All around us are spectacular and varied landscapes, for a place so close to Scotland’s biggest city it is easy to experience areas of amazing natural beauty.
Our friends at Love Loch Lomond have more ideas of places to visit on their website.