10 Family Activities to try in Loch Lomond & Trossachs

Fun for all the family in one of Scotland’s favourite National Parks

With plenty on offer for people of all ages to enjoy, make Loch Lomond your next family trip.


1. Balloch Castle Country Park

Discover what’s on offer at this derelict castle. From stunning views of the countryside to nature trails, guided walks and walled gardens, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Set in 200 acres, it’s the ideal place for kids to let off steam.

Find out more at: http://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/balloch-castle-country-park-p252431


2. Loch Ard Forest

With so much to do and see in Loch Ard Forest, it’s easy to spend a full day here. Challenge your kids to spot as many species of wildlife as possible, cycle through the forest or take a picturesque walk along the shore of the loch.

Find out more at: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/queen-elizabeth-forest-park/loch-ard


3. Wellsfield Farm

It’s never a dull day at Wellsfield Farm where children and adults alike will be kept busy with adventure parks, fishing lessons, pony club, archery lessons, and outdoor assault courses. There’s also a sauna and coffee shop if you want to relax while your kids are playing.

Find out more at: http://www.wellsfield.co.uk/


4. Doune Castle

Used as the filming location for Monty Python, Game of Thrones and more recently Outlander, there’s plenty to explore in Doune Castle. From the nature trail that winds its way around the castle grounds to an audio castle tour narrated by Terry Jones, it’s a day of learning that’s fun and accessible to all.

Find out more at: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_092&PropName=Doune%20Castle


5. The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

Relax in the comforting hammocks while your kids navigate the brushwood maze or take a walk to the wildlife hide and see if you can spot some red squirrels. If you want to get stuck in to the action, there are many trails to explore as well as nature play features around the waterfall. Alternatively sit back and relax in the comfort of the Café at the Lodge.

Find out more at: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/queen-elizabeth-forest-park/the-lodge-forest-visitor-centre


6. Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Get up close and personal with no fewer than 36 birds of prey, including buzzards, kestrels, falcons, eagles and hawks. Learn all about these remarkable creatures and their daily struggle for survival.

Find out more at: http://www.llbopc.co.uk/


7. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

With a variety of animals to meet, including giraffes, elephants, deer, bison, eland and camels, as well as wildlife drive through reserves and a boat trip around Chimp Island, Blair Drummond offers a fantastic day out for all animal lovers.

Find out more at: http://www.blairdrummond.com/


8. Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer

Discover the story of this restored Grade A-listed paddle steamer with a visit to Maid of the Loch. Make sure you come along on “In Steam” days to see demonstrations of the gearing system and steam engine.

Find out more at: http://www.maidoftheloch.com/


9. Argyll Adventure

Are you up for an adventure? Then come along to Argyll Adventure where you can take part in paintball, laser tag, horse riding and crossbow sessions. There’s an on-site café for refreshments or if you prefer to bring a packed lunch, you’ll find many picnic spots dotted around the site.

Find out more at: http://www.argylladventure.com/


10. Loch Lomond Pony Trekking

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced rider, there’s no better way to explore Loch Lomond than on a pony trekking experience. Choose from one-to-one sessions or group tuition and discover the rugged moorland overlooking Loch Lomond National Park.

Find out more at: http://www.lomond-ponytreks.co.uk/