Knockderry Hotel nestles between Loch Lomond and The Cowal Peninsula. Both areas form part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The National Park was officially opened in 2002 by Princess Anne and has the UK’s largest National Nature Reserve within it as well as a national memorial to those who lost their lives in conflict – Ben Lomond National Memorial Park.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a magical place, with a total of 21 Munros, 20 Corbetts, 22 Lochs and a whopping 50 rivers. There’s so much to do – water sports such as kayaking, water skiing, sailing and diving; amazing hikes along incredible forest trails; tree top adventures; cycle routes for the mountain bike enthusiasts or quiet paths for families; or perhaps a leisurely boat trip around the Loch.
Hop onto the waterbus and explore the loch, its islands and the little villages on its banks. After visiting Balloch Castle Country Park, take the waterbus to the picturesque conservation village of Luss for a lovely afternoon tea. Do as little or as much as you like – let the waterbus take the strain. Marvel at the views and see if you can spot the wildlife that lives in and around the loch.
There are many walking trails within the National Park to suit all abilities. Short to moderate walking routes will take you around the villages on the shores of the loch, along some forestry trails or along the bank of the loch itself. Long distance routes include parts of six of Scotland’s Great Trails, which all connect in and around the National Park. You could choose to walk part of the route or go on an adventure and make it a multi-day excursion. Either way, you are assured of some spectacular scenery. Choose from the West Highland Way, the Three Lochs Way, the Great Trossachs Path, Rob Roy Way, John Muir Way or the Cowal Way – they all pass through or near villages within the National Park, so decide on a starting point and get walking.
For hill walking enthusiasts, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park has an amazing array of hills and Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) to choose from, including Ben Lomond, on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro. Why not bag yourself a Corbett (mountains over 2500 feet) or two, perhaps The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) or Ben Ledi.
Perhaps golf is your passion? If so, you’re in a fantastic place for it. There are many courses across the National Park, all set in the most fantastic scenery. Aberfoyle Golf Club is an 18 hole, 5218 yards, par 66 course that was established in 1890. It is situated within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park within the Trossachs and is overlooked by Ben Lomond. Near the shores of Loch Lomond is the Buchanan Castle Golf Club in Drymen, also 18 holes but a 6059 yard and par 70 course, which is owned by the Duke of Montrose. If you are new to golf and just want the opportunity to keep your skills ticking over whilst on holiday, there are plenty of shorter courses available.
Open water swimming is particularly popular in Scotland and with 22 lochs the National Park is the perfect place to take a dip. Throughout the summer you will often see groups of people in wetsuits and brightly coloured caps entering the water. Some places are better than others for swimming. Try to avoid areas that are busy with boats or other watersports. The National Park ranger base at Milarrochy Bay on Loch Lomond is a popular site. So that other water users can see you, always wear a brightly coloured cap and if possible tow a swim safety device behind you. Make sure you swim within your own ability and be aware of the chilling factor of the Scottish water temperature – but above all have fun.
Here at Knockderry House Hotel, you have all of this on your door step, so plan your itinerary and head over to us to start your break in style.