Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve
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This beautiful region consists of clear pure water, interrupted by a generous sprinkling of green islands with gently rolling pastures and rugged highland peaks; a perfect place for hiking, bird watching or just communing peacefully with nature.
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esspee2012
Whanganui, New Zealand109 contributions
Jul 2021
This National Park is stunning but absolutely ruined by criminally inefficient policing by the park Authorities.
There are rules and bylaws but they are not being enforced.

Wild camping proliferates despite being banned. Hygiene standards are abysmal with excrement being left by people who, though able to arrive with huge loads of equipment, seem unable to take their trash back with them when they leave. Fires and BBQs are frequently left still smouldering.

The beautiful Loch has seen a huge increase in people hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding and wild swimming, all at peace with the environment. Unfortunately lives are being put at risk by jet skiers and speedboat owners who refuse to keep to the speed limit near to shore and in the large area around Luss to Balmaha where the speed limit is 11km per hour. I have seen children just metres from shore being buffeted by half metre wakes.

During the recent warm weather Luss has become a gathering place for jet skiers who circle moving boats attempting to jump their wakes amidst paddle boarders, many clearly beginners many without life jackets and wet suits and canoeists who are clearly novices. Young children line up to jump off the pier and boats are unable to tie up temporarily at the pier due to large gin palaces permanently tied up belting out music whilst their occupants lie sunbathing. The large tour boats treat the Loch with respect but some of the fast rib tours seem to do nothing but charge about creating wakes and noise pollution.
From 6:30 in the morning to 10:30 at night especially at weekends the noise of jet skis and speedboats dominate the beautiful Loch instead of birdsong. Small boats are rocked mercilessly on an otherwise calm Loch with nobody from the park authority to be seen. We are asked to call the office to report issues but the phone goes to answering service and the call is not returned as requested.
2021 has seen a dramatic decrease in the wildlife we have seen around the Loch.
The park authority are to blame for allowing such a beautiful asset to the people of Scotland to be spoiled by the actions of the few.
Written July 13, 2021
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Muller-reizen-op-pad
The Netherlands367 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Awesome nature, nice hiking, squirrels, birds, beautiful sightseeing! Nice drive at the three lochs forest drive! Highlanders!

Terrible service center, no electronic payment at the shop and restaurant, cash only,
Written August 11, 2020
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Kitty lou
Pembrokeshire, UK4 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
This place is just gorgeous. Quiet and relaxing. Watching the sun making the water sparkle it looks magical.
Of you're looking for a beauty spot this is it. It's a gem of Scotland.
I can't wait to go back and explore it properly at Easter.
I just had to write a review because iv never seen such beauty anywhere else on this planet.
Scotland and it's Highlands and Islands you have impressed me forever
Written January 28, 2020
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Andrew L
Leigh, UK3,477 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Underwhelming parking and track led to the most breath taking view. Stunning place in sunny weather. Then the rain came and we got rainbows. So beautiful. Little stroll around the lakeside to take some further views in. Gorgeous spots all around. Really enjoyed our visit.
Written October 28, 2019
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Linda B
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States380 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Our Trafalgar tour group was booked on Cruise Loch Lomond for a trip around the lake. How absolutely gorgeous the scenery was!! As we sailed around, we were given wonderful information on what we were seeing. The day was lovely & it was so relaxing to be on the boat. There were waterfalls to behold, as well as a hydro-electric plant with pipes going up the mountain. Loch Lomond reminds me of Lake George in the Adirondacks in NYS. I definitely recommend the boat tour to view the stunning landscape.
Written June 28, 2019
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helenmoore2015
Ayr, UK198 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is so close to Glasgow and shouldn't be missed, but please respect this magnificent area, take home your rubbish, and keep it beautiful.
Written April 1, 2019
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John A
Belfast, UK1,435 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
I have loved this part of Scotland since my parents brought me here on holiday as a child. They loved travelling around the Trossachs and Loch Lomond, and as an adult I can appreciate why they loved it so much. There is real peace and tranquility to be found if you go even a short distance off the beaten track, and renewal of the spirit if the weather is kind and the views open up.
The area is vast with good road access and lots to explore.
Written February 28, 2019
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countessraven
essex451 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
I have never been to this part of Scotland before and after visiting Loch Lomond and the Trossachs all i can say is a huge WOW and when can i go again ! What an absolute stunning beautiful landscape ! I dont remember seeing such beauty when visiting anywhere before. Hundreds and hundreds of acres of pure stunning scenery. I forgot how many times i said WOW Next time we visit we are going to go on one of the boat tours, there is one that takes you through Loch Lomond up to Stirling castle. Im so happy to have discovered the beauty of Scotland and cant wait to return.
Written February 6, 2019
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Sightseer43450804738
3 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Excellent place to visit with the family. Took the children for a day out, everybody loved it. Beautiful place to go if you want to enjoy a day..
Written November 8, 2018
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Tea B
Pula, Croatia26 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
We rode along the lake's coast and stopped a few times to admire its views. The hills surrounding the large lake are beautiful and breathtaking.Only the road could use some work.
Written October 15, 2018
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