Knockderry House is doubly blessed, sitting on the wonderful coastline of Argyll and Bute yet only a short trip to Scotland’s largest fresh water loch we have access to some of the best water sports and adventures available in Scotland.
Sailing, sea canoeing, wind-surfing and kayaking are very popular in the area, as is water skiing, and jet skiing. Loch Lomond is only 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.
Throw an Anchor
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 6 of its own well-maintained mooring
Knockderry House Private Moorings
Knockderry House Hotel has 6 fully-maintained 15-tonne rated moorings for the private use of all sailing guests to Knockderry House. Whether you are visiting for lunch and a drink to break up your day’s sailing or would like an overnight mooring to step ashore for dinner, we offer a safe harbour for you and your boat. Regretfully, we cannot reserve a mooring for your arrival.
Please contact us for more details.
Full Marina facilities are available at Rhu Marina.
If you wish to charter a boat then we suggest you contact Clan Charters.
If you are looking for a bespoke chartered adventure for a romantic trip to view the sunset or a trip under the Erskine Bridge or perhaps even to propose? We suggest contacting You&Sea based in nearby Gareloch. You can Charter ‘Mustang’, an 6.8m Humber Ocean Pro Rib or ‘Millbrook’ a Nelson 42 motor cruiser for a hour, 2 hours, half day or day. Mustang can comfortably carry 5 passengers and Millbrook can accommodate 10 passengers. When chartering either boat, lifejackets and oil skins are included in the hire price. Due to the nature of being in a Rib, Mustang is unsuitable for under 12’s or pregnant ladies. Charters do not have to start from or end at Rhu, so you can arrange to start your trip here from Knockderry and different or longer timings can be negotiated.
Cruise Loch Lomond
Guests of Knockderry House enjoy 15% discount off the cost of a cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond. To take advantage of this great offer just let us know which cruise you want to take and we can book this for you either in advance of your stay and add the cost to your account or you can arrange this with us when you arrive.
Experience the magic of Loch Lomond’s magnificent scenery from the comfort of one of Cruise Loch Lomonds specially designed cruises. They depart from various locations and sail different routes, giving you the choice to explore the inaccessible hidden gems of Loch Lomond at your own pace. They run a range of daily cruises around the loch each with their own theme. Choose to explore the area for wildlife or learn about the culture or history or the area or simply sit back and absorb the natural beauty of the area. A full breakdown of cruises can be seen here.
If you are looking to explore the Loch’s islands then take a trip with Clyde Cruises.
Loch Lomond Shores is a good spot to start your cruise from and has plenty of access to other water based activities.
Open Water Swimming
With the Great Scottish Swim being held in Loch Lomond, open water swimming is becoming more and more popular every year. This year the National Park will be hosting the open water swim of the first European Championship however the loch is a popular place for people to swim throughout the summer regardless of whether its for fun of for training. The National Park have created a guide and some safety considerations for those your are looking to start open water swimming and you can access this on their website.
If you are planning to swim on Loch Lomond, National Park rangers will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch on 01389 722030.
Loch Lomond Water Ski Club
Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular inland lochs for windsurfing. The best areas for windsurfing on the loch are south of Rowardennan on the loch’s eastern shore. The most popular launch sites are Milarrochy Bay, on the east shore (best in southwesterly to northwesterly winds) and Duck Bay, on the west (best in northeasterly to easterly winds).
Loch Lomond Wakeboarding