Campervanning in Loch Lomond
Campervanning in Loch Lomond: A Short Guide
The view at sunset
Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and an incredibly popular destination for tourists from all over the UK and abroad. It is situated within the national park and an area of outstanding natural beauty.
There are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as well as breath-taking views and scenery. It’s the ideal place to spend a few days in the camper, so check out our short guide to one of Scotland’s finest gems.
The natural beauty of Loch Lomond is less than an hour away from the Rockinvans base in Kilmarnock.
Motorway route: from Rockinvans you’ll head back out onto Galston/Riccarton Road and take the roundabout onto the A77.
You’ll soon merge onto the M77 towards Glasgow. After just over 15 miles, take the A8 exit towards Tradeston and keep left at the fork, following signs for the M8.
Just before you reach Bishopton, around 10 miles on from Glasgow, take the M898 exit over the Erskine Bridge. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Crianlarich.
You will go through over a few roundabouts, then turn right onto the A82 (Stirling Road). Go through Alexandria as you reach Balloch, you will see the shores of Loch Lomond ahead.
Scenic route: if you would like to see some of spectacular views up the west coast of Scotland, instead of heading for the motorway, drive your camper from Kilmarnock towards Irvine.
From there, drive along the coast road through Saltcoats, Largs and right up to Greenock.
You will come through Port Glasgow and merge onto the M8, take the exit towards the Erskine Bridge and follow the directions above.
Where to stay
Luss Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Luss, Loch Lomond, Argyll, G83 8NT
Open: 29th March – 5th November
Cashel Camping In The Forest Site
Loch Lomond, Rowardennan, Argyll, G63 0AW
0845 137 633
Open: 21st March – 28th October
Ardlui Marina & Holiday Park
Ardlui, Loch Lomond, Argyll, G83 7EB
01301 704 243
Open: All year
Although it is legal to wild camp in Scotland (it’s not in England & Wales), there is a bye law preventing camping outside of designated sites within the East Loch Lomond Restricted Zone. The laws are in place from 1st March to 31st October and do include sleeping in a motor vehicle overnight (7pm-7am).
You are free to wild camp throughout the rest of Loch Lomond, but watch out as you will have to leave the camper and pitch a tent if you’re planning on venturing into the National Park. If you’d rather stay in your van, there are plenty of roadside spots that are more than adequate.
Things to do
Considering the loch is the largest in Scotland, it only seems right to partake in some watersports. You will be pleased to hear that you can hit the water without any charge if you are water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing or sailing. You can even partake in a highland games date permitting.
The water isn’t only good for thrill-seekers, there are some excellent opportunities for fishing too. You will find trout, salmon, pike, perch, roach, ruffe, dace and powan within Loch Lomond, but make sure you get a permit for game fishing and put those rods away on a Sunday!
To get a better view of the amazing scenery, you could take a walk or a cycle around the loch. The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path from Balloch to Tarbet stretches the entire length of the loch and is ideal if you want to avoid the narrow roads on the east shore.
However, the east shore is perfect for walking – take the West Highland Way right up to the very top of the loch or go for a hill walk around Ben Lomond.
What are you waiting for? Book one of our Rockinvans for your next trip to Loch Lomond.