Located at the north of Loch Lomond, Ardlui is a quiet and peaceful place to paddle. Along with the Ardlui Hotel, there is a campsite and small marina where you can access the water. From here you can paddle the northern end of the Loch, cross to the eastern shore along which the West Highland Way travels, down the busier western shore or up along the river Falloch. Check out our post for more details.
Luss is one of the most popular stopping places for people travelling to Loch Lomond for a very good reason – it is BEAUTIFUL!! This also means it’s pretty busy. From Luss you can paddle across to explore one of Loch Lomonds many islands. It is worth mentioning that this area of Loch Lomond sees a lot of other watercraft in the form of ferries, jet skis and boats. Check out our post for more details.
Located on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, Balmaha is one of my favourite places to visit. It is a little quieter, closer to home and has some of the best coffee outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow – St Mocha! That aside, Balmaha is a really lovely spot with a free carpark (extra SUP Chick points there!) and access to the Loch via a wee boat ramp. From here you can explore the islands and part of the West Highland Way from the water. Check out our post for more details.
Also on the quieter eastern shore of Loch Lomond is Millarochy Bay. There is a day use area with a car park (free) and bathroom, then along further to the north is a campsite. Access is really easy to the water as you can park pretty close. There is plenty of beach to have a nice picnic on after your paddle. Check out our post for more details.
This is a really lovely spot and reminds me the most of National Park camping back home in Australia. The campsite has few facilities which I think adds to it’s charm, making you feel like you are a world away from civilisation. This area is really popular during the summer and if you plan to camp book well ahead as this is one of the sites favoured by those doing the West Highland Way. For more information check here – blog still to come.
Stay tuned, next week when we are back on the Forth and Clyde Canal at Lambhill, Scotland. Do you have a favourite SUP location that you think should be added here? Contact us on the ‘Contact’ tab and we’ll include it in a later post.