Things to do
Places to Visit
Close to Balmaha there are many excellent visitor attractions.
Take part in an adventure on, or by the side of the loch
On Our Doorstep
There is lots to see and do in Beautiful Balmaha
Take in the natural beauty of the landscapes
Children love to feed the ducks and run around in the play-park, there are also activities in the National Park Visitor Centre. Just 30 minutes drive away is Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling. 40 minutes away in Clydebank is The World of Golf with its Jurassic Parrr adventure golf course, protected by huge dinosaurs! 20 minutes away is Loch Lomond Shores with shops, aquarium, outdoor play area and children’s train.
- Boat Trips
Balmaha Boatyard offers an on-demand ferry service to Inchcailloch Island, along with a regular ‘Post Boat’ trip delivering mail to Loch Lomond’s island communities. From June to September Sweeney’s Cruises run a regular Water Bus service between Balmaha and the village of Luss on the west side of the loch.
The Oak Tree Inn is on the West Highland Way and is a popular overnight stop. There are a number of walks through the Millennium Forrest as well as the nearby Conic Hill with its stunning views over the loch. Rowardennan a short drive away is home to Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.
Loch Lomond Wakeboard, Wild By Nature and Can You Experience offer activities and adventures on or near the loch. Less than 30 minutes away is the Queen Elizabeth Forrest Park in Aberfoyle where you can glide over the treetops on one of the UK’s longest zip wires with Go Ape!
Buchannan Castle Golf Course & Strathendrick Golf Course are both just a few miles away in Drymen and open to visitors. The World of Golf in Clydebank has a driving range and offers tuition.
There are two excellent whisky distilleries close by, both with visitor centres and tours. Glengoyne is near to Killearn and Auchentoshan is in Clydebank.
- Art & History
The nearby Ardess Hidden History Trail recreates the lives of people living along the banks of Loch Lomond from hundreds of years ago. Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, The Titan Crane, The Denny Tank, Dumbarton Castle and Stirling Castle, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, The Hill House and The Maid of the Loch are all popular attractions and less than an hour away.
- Wildlife & Nature
The RSPB has two reserves in Loch Lomond on the Endrick River and at Inversnaid they also have a shop at Loch Lomond Shores. You can view Red Squirrels and Ospreys on CCTV cameras at The David Marshall Lodge in Aberfoyle. Highland Cows roam in fields around Balmaha and this part of Loch Lomond is renowned as an excellent place for angling.
These are just a few of the nearby activities and attractions for more information please ask at our reception desk during your stay with us.