Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

Experience two different worlds in one Reserve. With its moist, rich oak woodland, Inchcailloch Island has the best views of the Loch, while the wetlands at the mouth of the river Endrick are a mosaic of land and water. The Reserve’s contrasting landscapes and wealth of history make for a memorable visit.

Each season here is different. With the perfume of bluebells and an orchestra of birdsong in spring; ospreys fishing and buzzards mewing overhead in summer; the changing colours of Inchcailloch’s woodland in autumn; and the haunting cries of geese in winter, when the bare branches reveal breathtaking views across the loch.

The best time to visit for woodland wildlife, fishing ospreys and wetland habitats is April – September. Autumn and Spring are ideal for admiring wintering geese and other waterfowl. This is the busiest season for visitors to the national park. If you want to make sure you stay on the shores of Loch Lomond you should book your accommodation in advance.

There is a public car park, toilets and visitor services at Balmaha and toilets, a path network and a ranger base on the island of Inchcailloch.

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