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.
In Your Element
The newest outdoor provider to the area is launching a fabulous range of outdoor experiences for visitors to the area this summer. In Your Element are an award-winning outdoor leisure provider offering a unique range of adventures in, on and around Loch Lomond. Their range of land and water-based activities include river sledging, gorge scrambling and canyoning. They can also provide guided canoe trips, kayaking and bespoke trips. There is also boat and bike hire from Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch.
Cycling is the best way to get around the peninsula and beyond and there are several bike hire companies within easy reach so if you can’t bring your own bike you can pick one up once you get here. We have our own cycle rack at the hotel. There are a variety of places to hire cycles around the destination.
Tarbet: Cruise Loch Lomond – bike hire available from Waterbus and loch cruise operator: www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk
Balloch: Can You Experience – located at Loch Lomond Shores, they provide mountain bike, tandem and quadricycle hire, and guided mountain bike rides: www.canyouexperience.com
Drymen: Peloton Bike Shop – sales, repairs, hire: www.facebook.com/Peloton-Bike-Shop-902059543169219/
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 trout, pike, perch, roach, chub and dace spread throughout the loch.
The Lomond Angler
We’ve teamed up with John Bell, The Lomond Angler a very experienced guide who can offer a great days fishing on Loch Lomond. John can provide personalised guided fishing trips on Loch Lomond – can provide all the equipment you need including a boat for up to 2 people and permits, and is currently undertaking the Scottish Game Angling Instructors Course (S.G.A.I.C) to become a fly fishing instructor. In addition, he works closely with the Riverfly Partnership Initiative and SEPA collecting river samples, monitoring and collecting data on entomology.
Costs for the 2017 season are £30 per hour. A permit cost £25.00 per day per person, for adults and £4.00 for children. For further information call John on 01389 499007 or 07887746732 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
For the independent explorer, there are a variety of walks around Knockderry Hotel suitable for all abilities. 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 viewpoint or an idyllic wander through the wonderfully restored Edwardian 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 leading to 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.