Head out for an active holiday
Knockderry is surrounded by water and fabulous scenery and is therefore the perfect base for an active break. Here are a few of our recommended activities for inspiration.
Boating and watersports
Sea canoeing, wind-surfing and kayaking are very popular in the area, as is water skiing. Loch Lomond is about 30 mins away and its inland waters are renowned as one of the finest watersports venues in Scotland, with open spaces, sheltered bays and islands to explore. Plenty for you to try out.
We recommend the following activity providers:
- Loch Lomond Water Ski Club
- Can You Experience Co Ltd
- Wild by Nature
- Loch Lomond Wakeboarding
- Balmaha Boatyard
You can also take the gentler option of boat cruise over Loch Lomond with Cruise Loch Lomond or explore the Loch’s islands with Clyde Cruises. Loch Lomond Shores is a good spot to start your cruise from.
The Clyde Estuary provides excellent sailing and watersports within its many sea lochs. Together with superb inland lochs, it makes for one of the best sailing environments in the world. Those taking to the water can choose to venture out into the river or stick to the calmer bays and sea lochs, the latter being ideal for dinghy sailing.
If you have your own boat, Knockderry House has its own 6 well maintained moorings and full Marina facilities are available at Rhu Marina.
If you wish to charter a boat then we suggest you contact Clan Charters.
Cycling is the best way around the peninsula and beyond and there are several bike hire companies within easy reach.
In addition, we will be installing our own cycle rack at the hotel this spring and will be looking to offer bike rental later in the season.
For the independent explorer, there are a variety of walks around Knockderry Hotel suitable for all abilities and standards. In the immediate vicinity there are simple coastal walks along the shore with fabulous views over the Clyde estuary, a woodland walk up to a stunning view point or an idyllic wander through wonderfully restored Edwardian Gardens Linn Gardens.
At the head of Loch Long stands the distinctive shape of The Cobbler – Ben Arthur – one of Scotland’s most familiar landmarks and a must for walkers and climbers. Further afield, east of Loch Lomond, you will come across the famous West Highland Way long distance footpath. You can choose to undertake just one part of the route where you will be well rewarded for exploring the area and walks around the Way itself.
The area forms the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, comprising beautiful woodland shorelines, hills, mountains and wetlands. Among the most spectacular walk in this part is the strenuous walk up Conic Hill which enjoys splendid views towards the Arrochar Alps.
The most famous walk and the most climbed mountain in Scotland is Ben Lomond. It is easily accessible and has a well-maintained path which starts at Rowardennan on Loch Lomond’s east side and summit views taking in the surrounding mountains, the Glasgow area and the Clyde estuary.
Within the immediate area are several splendid golf courses such as Cardross Golf Club and Helensburgh Golf Club, both of which overlook the Firth of Clyde. In addition, the newly opened Carrick Golf Club and Spa or World of Golf in Clydebank make excellent days out to suit all the family.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park offers anglers a wide choice of fishing on Loch Lomond. Salmon and sea trout can be caught in the southern areas of the loch with brown and rainbow trout, pike, perch, roach, chub and dace spread throughout the loch. Carbeth Fishery offers fly fishers the chance to catch rainbow trout in its four well-stocked ponds. Rod hire and tuition are available.
Can You Experience
Can You Experience have been providing award winning outdoor leisure activities and adventures on and around Loch Lomond since 2001. Their range of land and water based activities include guided canoe trips, guided hikes, bushcraft, shooting and archery. They also provide boat and bike hire from Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch.