Shopping at Loch Lomond

Looking for the best shopping destinations around Loch Lomond? Here is a selection of the best places to shop.

Loch Lomond Shores – Lochside mall with boutiques, a department store, cafes and a children’s play area. www.lochlomondshores.com

Loch Lomond Brewery – Family-run micro brewery where you can purchase a selection of Scottish ales and related collectables. www.lochlomondbrewery.com

Luss General Store – offer a collection of stylish, Scottish inspired gifts and handcrafted products made by local craftspeople. www.lussgeneralstore.com

Antartex Village – Wide selection of Scottish products to choose from, including Whisky, clothing, gifts and souvenirs. www.ewm.co.uk

Auchentullich Farm Shop – small family run dairy farm on the banks of Loch Lomond, promoting fresh local Scottish produce. Trip Advisor Profile

The Old Christmas Shoppe (Aberfoyle) – One of three shops of this family-run business transporting you in a Scottish Wonderland. Trip Advisor Profile

Scottish Real Ale Shop – Browse over 210 Scottish beers from around 40 micro-breweries from the Shetlands to the Borders. www.scottishrealales.com

Golf around Loch Lomond

If you are interested in golf, we are about 45 minutes drive away from over 15 golf courses. Here are a few of them.

Loch Lomond Golf Club – www.lochlomond.com

Callander Golf Club – www.callandergolfclub.co.uk

Aberfoyle Golf Club – www.aberfoylegolf.co.uk

Buchanan Castle Golf Club – buchanancastlegolfclub.co.uk

Strathendrick Golf Club – www.strathendrickgolfclub.co.uk

Killin Golf Club – www.killingolfclub.co.uk

St Fillans Golf Club – www.st-fillans-golf.com

You can find more information about the golf courses at www.trossachs.co.uk

Cycling at Loch Lomond

Cycling – The A82 isn’t the most relaxing of roads to cycle on but around Loch Lomond there are many great cycling paths with a variety of steep hill climbs and easy paths.  Great way of exploring the area.

Check out http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/ for routes.

Hiring a bike? Try one of these:

In Your Element

Loch Lomond Leisure

Wheels Cycling Centre

Cruise Loch Lomond

Strathyre Bike Hire

The Loch area is home to many beautiful cycle paths which vary from the exciting, adrenaline rush hill climbs, to slower, more serene paths through the flora and fauna. Cycling around the Loch is a wonderful way to explore the area more fully and you’re sure to meet friends along the way!

The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path is one of the longest routes and follows the west shore of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. The path is suitable for cycling, walking and horse riding and passes beautiful villages such as Luss.

Fishing at Loch Lomond

There are some excellent coarse fishing opportunities up at our end of Loch Lomond.  Especially over the other side of the loch (a ferry from the nearby Ardlui Marina will take you there) but we’ve had some guests have a pretty successful fish already this season straight off the jetty.

Fishing permits involving a fee may be required depending on where you intend to go fishing and what you are looking to catch. If you want to go fishing during your stay at Loch Lomond, best check what’s needed before you head out.

Fishing permits are available to everyone and can be purchased from shops such as fishing tackle shops or post offices.

Loch Lomond has the largest variety of fish in the Trossachs National Park. You can find fish such as salmon, sea trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, pike perch, roach, chub, and dace.

A white fish called Powan can also be found in the Loch but is a protected species and should be released if caught.

Visit www.lochlomond-trossachs.org for more information about fishing on the Loch.

Outdoor Activities at Loch Lomond

There is plenty to do and to see at Loch Lomond! Here are a few links to different outdoor activities you can try during your stay at Ardlui.

Loch Lomond Wakeboard – open every day from the end of April through to October and with beginners/tuition packages available, have a great day out on the other side of the loch.

Trike Tours Scotland – take a chauffeur-driven trike tour of Loch Lomond and beyond!

Go Country – based at Loch Ard, activities include quad biking, our unique waterpark, canoeing, climbing/abseiling, cliff jumping, archery, mountain biking, orienteering and many more.

TreeZone Loch Lomond – Fantastic adventure with arguably some of the best views in the country from the final zip wire.

Cruise Loch Lomond – Enjoy the serenity of the Loch from one the of the vessels or celebrate a special occasion with a private party in a unique venue.

Find more information about walking & hiking on www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

Daredevils at the Falls!

Visit the Falls of Falloch – Just don’t fall in!

At Ardlui Retreat, you are only a short ten-minute drive to the amazing Falls of Falloch.

It’s very accessible and a great spot for a picnic.  In the winter, the increased water flow makes it all the more impressive.  We definitely don’t recommend you try this though!

Perfect time of year for a Loch Lomond hot tub!

I guess it’s no secret that winter is finally upon us.

Loch Lomond and the surrounding area is great to get out and explore on days that are as crisp and fresh as the bed linen we put in all of our cabins.  If you get up early enough, you could even try bagging a Munro.

What better way to unwind though than jumping into Ardlui Retreat’s very own hot tub, which is free for all residents to make use of throughout their stay.

Wakeboarding comes to Ardlui

Our good friends at Loch Lomond Wakeboard have upped sticks and are getting ready for the new season right next door at the Ardlui Marina.

It’s going to be awesome.  Whether you are into wakeboarding, wakesurfing or simply mucking about on the loch with stand up paddleboards or canoes, LLWB can supply all the equipment and safety gear to ensure you have the most amount of fun as safely as possible.

Look out for some special Ardlui Retreat deals soon!