Anchorage Guest House and Loch Lomond

Summer, Autumn, Spring or Winter ... Day or Evening - there's a myriad of attractions just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

Whether it's Walking, or Touring by Bus, Rail, Cycle, Motorbike or Car; Golfing on the splendid courses in the area; Fishing in our well-stocked rivers and lochs; or just drinking in the wonderful scenery and history of The National Park - you'll find there's always something new to see and do!

Ideally situated in Scotland's First National Park, the Anchorage Guest House provides a perfect base and 'home from home' for your holiday.

On this page, we've put together some information, resources and links to just a few of the activities available ...

But remember, if there's any questions you have on the area, how to get around, or any specific activity - please don't hesitate to get in touch with us!

Walking ...

Balloch CastleFrom a quiet stroll on the Banks of the Loch, to the summit of its 'Munro' - there's a route to suit all tastes ...

Just a short stroll from the Guest House, Balloch Country Park, with its Castle and gardens, offers a wonderful walk on the banks of Loch Lomond. Nearby, Lomond Shores provides a variety of shops, malls, Sea Life Centre, and the famous 'Maid of the Loch' Paddle Steamer at Balloch pier. Balloch and the nearby towns and villages of Gartocharn, Drymen, Helensburgh and Luss each have their own unique character and attractions.

There are a huge number of walks, paths and trails in the area to suit all types of activity (or stamina!).

Hillwalkers and climbers from all over the world flock to the Munros of the 'Arrochar Alps' - including the famous path to the summit of Ben Lomond. Also, the nearby hills and mountains of the Trossachs - such as Ben A'an, Ben Ledi and Ben Venue offer a variety of walks from an easy day out enjoying the scenery - to challenging climbs.

Touring ...

Touring Whether you're touring by foot, cycle, motorbike or car - you'll find that the Anchorage Guest House is ideally situated to take advantage of major routes and transport links.

Just a short walk takes you to convenient and frequent Bus and Rail links covering the historic towns and cities of Central Scotland and beyond, as well as providing transport through to the many points of interest and activity centres in the National Park.

Cycling Cycling is a fun and healthy way to explore just what Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park has to offer. There are an excellent variety of cycle routes for everyone - from flat tarmac routes or wide forest tracks for families, to hard-core trails and challenging terrain for mountain bikers. In addition, many of the major tourist routes in the area benefit from cycle lanes for safety.

More information on the attractions of cycling in the area, whether it's touring, trails or mountain biking, is available here - detailed information on cycling routes and resources, and some of the varied rides available in the area, is available here.

Motorcycle touring

Benefitting from its location close to the major road network in central Scotland, the Anchorage is a great starting point for exploring the scenery of the northern route which hugs the shoreline of Loch Lomond; the castles and shops of historic Stirling and Edinburgh; the varied attractions of Glasgow ... and whatever your mode of transport, it's important to have a quiet, comfortable and cosy place to return to after a day's activity in and around the National Park.

Golfing ...

With Scotland being the 'home of golf', you'd expect there to be a few clubs in the area - and you won't be disappointed! The area round the National Park abounds with a variety of courses, with a range of green fees to suit every budget.

To help you choose, here's a map of the nearby courses. For further information on any of the courses, including contact information, opening times, rules on non-members, and green fees - please click here.

Fishing ...

Fishing Loch Lomond has the largest surface area of fresh water in Britain - as you would expect, it holds possibly the largest variety of fish in Scotland.

This ideal habitat provides great fishing! Salmon and sea trout return up the River Leven into the southern reaches of the loch, whilst brown and rainbow trout, pike, perch, roach, chub and dace offer variety for every angler.

And all surrounded by the most fantastic scenery!

Fishing There are many resources for anglers wishing to fish and find out about permits in the area, such as information on loch, big river, spate river and estuary fishing.

The National Park Authority also provides detailed information for anglers on where to fish, including game fishing and course fishing.

There's also in-depth angling location, season, species and permit information available.

Of course, if you've any specific requirements, or would like more information on any of the activities available in the area, or help planning your vacation - don't hesitate to get in touch!