How To Get To Loch Lomond

 

Loch Lomond is one of the most beautiful places imaginable in Scotland. With breath-taking countryside landscapes, cragged hills, mountain peaks and charming local villages, there’s no shortage of places to explore on the bonnie banks. With various activities on offer and things to do, Loch Lomond is the perfect place for a day trip, long weekend or a week’s holiday.

By car, train or bus, Loch Lomond is easily accessible from all of Scotland’s major cities, especially Glasgow. We’ve listed our top 3 ways in which you can reach Loch Lomond from Glasgow below.

Travelling to Loch Lomond By Car

Loch Lomond is approximately 25 miles from Glasgow and takes approximately 30-35 minutes to drive.

Traveling to Loch Lomond by car is the quickest mode of transport however, the road to Loch Lomond affords such beautiful views, you might end up taking little longer than expected as you stop to admire the scenery and snap a quick pic.

We’ve listed our top 2 routes from Glasgow, one starting from the M8 motorway in the city centre, and the other from Great Western Road, in Glasgow’s West End.

Both routes end at Loch Lomond Shores, the gateway to Loch Lomond, where you’ll find plenty of free parking spaces! Our resort is a short 25 minute walk along the shore road from Loch Lomond Shores, where you will find The Boat House restaurant, Cameron House Marina and the Loch Lomond Seaplane.

Via M8 and A82:

  • Merge onto the M8 and keep right at the fork to stay on the M8 (9.9 miles)
  • Take the M898 exit towards Erskine/Bishopton (0.4 miles)
  • Continue onto the M898 (0.8 miles)
  • Continue onto the A898 (1.3 miles)
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A82/Crianlarich and merge onto Great Western Rd/A82 (2.3 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Dumbarton Rd/ A82 (2.7 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (0.4 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (3.6 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (2.5 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (5.6 miles)
  • Turn right (262 feet) and you’ll find Loch Lomond Shores car park

Via Great Western Road and A82:

  • Head northwest on Great Western Road/ A82 (0.5 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Great Western Road/ A82 (1.0 mile)
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Great Western Road/ A82 (4.0 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Dumbarton Road and continue to follow A82 (2.7 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (0.4 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (3.6 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A811 (0.4 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Old Luss Road (440 feet)
  • At the roundabout, continue straight onto Ben Lomond Way (0.2 miles)
  • Turn left and Loch Lomond Shores car park will be on your right

Travelling to Loch Lomond By Train

Enjoy Loch Lomond by train when you board a ScotRail train at Glasgow Queen Street on North Hanover Street, right in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Sit back, relax, sip on a freshly brewed coffee and appreciate the beautiful landscape that pass you by as you leave the city for greener pastures.

Below we outline everything you need to know about travelling to Balloch train station in Loch Lomond, from Glasgow Queen Street station.

Train Ticket Prices From Glasgow to Balloch

A single off-peak ScotRail train ticket from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch costs £5.70 (as of December 2019, from Trainline) however if you travel during peak times your ticket will cost more. We advise checking the Trainline or Scotrail website before travelling.

The first train leaves Glasgow Queen Street at 6:42am and arrives at Balloch train station approximately 49 minutes after departure, and the last train leaves Balloch station at 22:44 and arrives back at Queen Street at around 23:33 (as of December 2019, from Trainline). Trains frequently depart Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch, with 35 services in operation throughout the day, catering for all travellers whether you prefer to explore in the morning, afternoon or evening. Please note that journey times and lengths are subject to change depending on the time, date and weather conditions.

Train timetables from Queen Street to Balloch can be found here.

Balloch train station is in the heart of Balloch town centre with various shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels. The station is also close to the starting points for various cruise and ferry trips, and local walking and cycling trails. Balloch’s iCentre sits directly opposite from the train station where you can pick up a local map to start planning your Loch Lomond adventure.

Travelling to Loch Lomond By Bus

Buses are considered the least expensive mode of transport within Scotland, however this also means that the travel time is longer due to the number of stops in between destinations. Please note, that bus departure frequency and timetables are subject to change at the weekend. We recommend checking the First Bus website before travelling.

First Bus operate three services that depart from Glasgow to Balloch in Alexandria – First Bus 1, 1A and 1E. First Bus operates bus services from Osborne Street in Glasgow’s city centre to Balloch approximately every 30-40 minutes, with several stops in Glasgow before heading onto the M8 motorway towards Balloch. The bus from Glasgow drops you off at Balloch Bus Terminus which is a 7 minute walk from the iCentre, located in the centre of Balloch. Once you arrive at the bus terminus, walk north-east on Balloch Road towards Fisherwood road for 0.3 miles and then turn right onto Carrochan Road and keeping walking for approximately 128 feet and the visitor’s iCentre will be on your right.

To view the bus routes in more detail, please visit the FirstBus timetables page here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*