Boating on Loch Lomond can be as exciting or relaxing as you like. If fishing doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, there’s plenty more to do on the Loch; why not explore the many tiny islands dotted around the loch, or go for a jaunt around the Loch on one of the Loch Lomond Cruise Boats, or enjoy a peaceful drink while watching the sunset? Blissful relaxation for those of a peaceful nature.
Choice is the buzzword here at Ardlui, however, and for those who like a bit of adrenaline in their holiday there are speedboat tours and the Loch Lomond Sea Plane to keep your stay on the Loch as exciting as you like! Loch Lomond Wakeboard – www.lochlomondwakeboard.com Loch Lomond Cruises – www.cruiselochlomondltd.com Speed Boat trips – www.lochlomond-scotland.com/boat-tours Loch Lomond Sea Plane - www.lochlomondseaplanes.com Canoe Hire – www.canyouexperience.com
The Loch area is home to many beautiful cycle paths which vary from the exciting, adrenaline rush hill climbs, to slower, more serene paths through the flora and fauna. Cycling around the Loch is a wonderful way to explore the area more fully and you’re sure to meet friends along the way! Have a look at www.routes2ride.org.uk for cycling inspiration! For bike hire try www.canyouexperience.com
There are a number of distilleries close by which offer a great tour for anyone interested in the best spirit in the world! Ardlui is at the ‘gateway’ to the highlands, so it is close to both highland and lowland malt producers. Lowland Malts Auchentoshan Distillery(35 miles) - www.auchentoshan.co.uk Glengoyne Distillery(38 miles) - www.glengoyne.com Highland Malts Glenturret & The Famous Grouse Experience(44 miles) - www.thefamousgrouse.com Oban Distillery(49 miles) - www.discovering-distilleries.com/oban
If you’re a keen angler or simply enjoy the peace that comes with fishing why not indulge yourself on Loch Lomond? The Loch has some of the most prolific pike fishing in the country, as well being home to brown trout, salmon and sea trout. Visit www.lochlomondfishing.co.uk for more information about fishing on the Loch.
There is a veritable feast for the avid golfer in Loch Lomond, with sixteen golf courses to choose from in the local area, including the internationally renowned Loch Lomond Course, famous for its World Invitation Open Championship. The Carrick (18 miles) - www.thecarrick.com Helensburgh (28 miles) - www.helensburghgolfclub.co.uk
HORSE RIDING Fun for all the family on the banks of Loch Fyne at Inverary, Argyll Adventure offers horse riding for adults and kids alike. With many other activities available, it’s a great day out. 32 miles away. www.horserides.co.uk www.lochlomond-trossachs.org QUAD BIKING/CLAY PIGEON/ARCHERY Quadmania in Dunnon, Argyll offer an exciting day out for all the family either on quad bikes or by teaching you how to clay pigeon shoot or fire a bow! 50 miles away. www.quadmaniascotland.co.uk TOURING BY ROAD Ardlui is in the heart of the national park, making it an ideal base to tour the local area by car or motorcycle. Many of these routes take a different way back, so you don’t have to cover your tracks twice! Some examples below: Ardlui-Dalmaly-Inverary-Ardlui: 70 miles Ardlui-Arrochar-Helensburgh-Ardlui: 55 miles Ardlui-Oban-Lochgilphead-Inverary-Ardlui: 140 miles Ardlui-Stirling-Glagow-Ardlui: 130 miles
The shores of Loch Lomond are dotted with many charming villages including Balloch, Balmaha, Luss and Tarbet to name but a few; all of which are easily accessible from Ardlui and perfect for a day out. Loch Lomond Shores, the Sea Life Centre and Balloch Castle are all ingredients in the recipe for a great day out for all the family, and just a short drive from Ardlui. Loch Lomond is beautifully positioned within central Scotland, affording visitors the chance to explore some of Scotland’s ancient cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, as well as the smaller but equally stunning towns of Oban, Callander, Fort William and Inverary.
There are a number of great shopping areas in the surrounding area for the avid shopper. Please see the links below. Balloch (28 miles) www.lochlomondshores.com www.antartexvillage.co.uk www.shoppingvillages.com/lochlomond/lochlomond.htm Loch Fyne(25 miles) www.lochfyne.com Tynedrum (13 miles) www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk
Scotland is a country internationally renowned for it’s truly awesome scenery; it has such an incredible beauty which has inspired poets, songwriters, artists and romantics the world over. Nowhere in Scotland is as beautiful as Loch Lomond, the loch they call ‘The Loch where the Legend Lives’. The majestic beauty of Loch Lomond lies in contradiction and dichotomy; the contrast of lowland and highland, land and loch, wild and tranquil. Loch Lomond possesses a beauty so powerful you’ll remember it forever. The Loch is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer, not to mention some of the most incredible wildlife. There are so many activities to enjoy around the Loch you’ll never be bored, indeed, your senses will be in overdrive with the veritable feast of nature surrounding you! Water sports, golf, walking, hiking and fishing are only some of the activities readily available to visitors. For more information about Loch Lomond visit www.loch-lomond.net, www.Trossachs.co.uk and www.Destination-LochLomond.co.uk .
The Loch Lomond area is surrounded by gorgeous walking paths which show the Loch to its best advantage, there are myriad planned walks to choose from and we’re sure you’ll find one perfect for you, whether you’re looking for something challenging or something peaceful and relaxing. Of course, there is the most famous walking path of all, The West Highland Way which winds through the shores of the Loch. Myth like in its fame, the West Highland Way offers both gentle and testing walking and is very popular with visitors to the area who want to see a bit more of the spectacular countryside. Click on the link below for more information on the West Highland Way. www.west-highland-way.co.uk
The Ardlui Marina lies on the tranquil north shores of Loch Lomond. With all the facilities you expect from a premiere marina, the Ardlui Marina boasts swinging moorings, floating pontoons and an out of the water boat yard among its many attributes. Other facilities include a twenty ton travel hoist, a slipway, trailer and boat storage, hull maintenance, floating fuel pontoon, pump out station, boat hire, and ferry from the West Highland Way. Our boat sales and brokerage department deals in new and used boats, with a number of vessels in stock at any one time. Click here for more information. The Ardlui Marina is the ideal location from which to explore the real Loch Lomond; steeped in history and myth and dotted with myriad mysterious and charming islands. The ‘Loch where the Legend Lives’ will capture your imagination and leave you blissfully exhilarated after a day’s exploration. For further information regarding the marina or boat sales, please contact the office on 01301 704243 or 01301 704333.
The Ardlui Hotel, Loch Lomond lies in the ancient heart of Scotland among the breathtaking scenery of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the oldest and most spectacular of the country’s national parks. The Ardlui Hotel is owned and operated by the Squires Family who have been in residence since 1959. Their continued dedication and passion has made the Ardlui Hotel Loch Lomond of the most welcoming and relaxing Loch Lomond hotels. The Ardlui is an intimate, small 3 Star hotel on the banks of Scotland’s beautiful Loch Lomond. Offering both standard and superior hotel rooms, the Ardlui captures the calming essence of Loch Lomond with its easy-going and homely atmosphere. The Ardlui is also a Whisky Ambassador Hotel offering a plethora of authentic Scottish whisky’s for every taste.