Cycling is a great way to see the National Park and there are numerous routes which cover all abilities and age. For families with kids who love cycling the West Loch Lomond Cycle path which follows the old road along the banks of Loch Lomond through Luss (9 miles) to Balmaha (15 miles) is a great way to experience the beauty of the loch with no hills!
Or for those wanting to venture further afield why not jump on board with Cruise Loch Lomond and enjoy the Two Lochs Tour, heading up to Loch Katrine and 33k of cycle path.
Shore House is perfectly suited for mountain bike groups as we have:
Lock up garage
Large drying room
Quick access to trails and forest routes
Bike hire available
For mountain bikers, many forests offer routes full of artificial ups and downs. In Argyll, the thrills are all natural. The forest park is one of the best areas in the country for real cross-country biking and cycling, with exciting trails and fabulous views.
With hill, glens and pastures to grow and harvest and with miles of coastline to fish and cultivate no wonder Argyll and Bute is famous for its food and drink. From delicious seafood to hill fed beef and with distilleries such as Glengoyne and Auchentoshan a short drive away, Shore House is a great starting point for a foodie holiday!
Alongside the walking trails and cycling routes there is plenty to do at Loch Lomond. Tree top trails and the Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond Shores are a 30 minute drive from Shore House and the pretty village of Luss (location for the TV series Take The High Road) only 20 minutes drive. If you wish to explore further afield then a day trip to the pretty west coast town of Oban would be on our list, either driving or relaxing on the train (direct from Tarbet train station).
Inverary would be another “to do” on our list with a visit to Inverary Castle. You may recognise the castle as it was the Scottish destination for the Crawley family as they headed North from Downton Abbey! Stop for lunch at the famous George Hotel, a family run establishment with lots of character.
Helensburgh is the nearest town to Shore House, just over the hill on the A82. A pretty town nestled on the banks of the Clyde it boasts a great range of family run restaurants, from pizzerias to seafood and even has its own boutique cinema.
The Loch of course offers numerous options for water based activities, kayaking, speed boat trips, paddle boarding or open water swimming. Scheduled cruises and Waterbus Services depart daily from Tarbet Pier (3 min walk from Shore House) allowing you to access the inaccessible on the eastern shore and experience some of the hidden gems in the National Park!
You can also take advantage of 15% discount on Cruise Loch Lomond cruises, Waterbus and Ferries.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park has a unique landscape of mountains, lochs and incredible scenery making it a great place to enjoy the outdoors.
For families there are adventure islands to explore, walks through the magical forests and glens, hills to climb and with plenty of hot chocolate or ice cream stops along the way it’s easy to entice the little ones with treats in store! The Luss Faeire Trail, newly opened in 2018 is a wonderful short walk for little ones only 20 min drive from the house. Your chance to spread a little fairy dust!
For those with longer legs we are not short of more challenging hills. The Cobbler, famous for its distinctive three summit outline can be accessed from Shore House and makes for a fantastic short day out. For those wanting to ‘bag’ their first Munro ( any mountain in Scotland over 3,000ft) then Ben Lomond is Scotland’s most southerly. In the months between March and Nov you can access this walk by boat from Tarbet with Cruise Loch Lomond with the ‘Ben Lomond Hike’ Cruise. For the non cruising months, its a 1 hour drive to Rowardennan and the foot of the Ben.