Lately I have spent most of my time in Glasgow enjoying the atmosphere while the Commonwealth Games take place. However, with the glorious sunshine that we have been experiencing in Scotland this summer I really wanted to get out the city for the day and take in some of our stunning natural scenery.
Loch Lomond is only 30 minutes away and is an ideal destination for a day trip from Glasgow.
I love exploring this area all year round, however the lush green coloured coat that it puts on in summer makes the perfect contrast to the blue water and sky.
I started my trip at Inveruglas on the west shore, home of the Sloy Hydro-Electric Power Station which dominates the hillside. This is a popular stopping point and there are toilets and local information leaflets available which can help you plan out your travels in the area.
There is also a cafe which used to be very good and I would make a point to stop here when travelling north. Sadly the last couple of times I have been in I have experienced terrible service and found it overpriced and from reviews on TripAdvisor it seems I am not alone in my thoughts. I hate to find poor service anywhere but a cafe that operates within one of our National Parks and is frequented by tourists should be a shining example of the best Scotland has to offer. I really hope the next time I visit it has improved.
After Inveruglas I headed south to Firkin Point. Although busy with picnickers and sunbathers, a short walk and I had the place to myself.
Next destination was the pretty conservation village of Luss. With quaint cottages and stunning gardens bursting with summer flowers and scents it is easy to understand why tourists flock here.
The beach at Luss was packed with people enjoying the sunshine and scenery and the loch itself had been transformed into one big outdoor pool. With temperatures rising Luss pier was full of people waiting their turn to dive into the cooling water before enjoying a swim.
Needing to escape the heat I took a stroll along to Luss Church where some of my own ancestors are buried. I took some time to admire the colourful stained glass windows and interesting old headstones.
Cooled down and ready to face the sunshine again I headed away from the loch and over the river where I found a picnic bench all to myself by St Kessog's Cross. All too soon it was time to head back to the city although I returned feeling more relaxed and all the better for my short Scottish road trip.
Loch Lomond is only 30 minutes from Glasgow, I explored the west side of the loch but the east side is also very scenic. At the south end you will find Balloch, the biggest town in the area and a good starting point for any tour of Loch Lomond. For more info have a look at Love Loch Lomond website and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park website.
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