In the run up to the re-opening of Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel at the end of March, we sat down with hostel manager Aaron Wilson who told us about the best things to do in the area.
First thing's first... Where is Rowardennan?
The picturesque village can be found on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, 10 miles north of Balloch.
Here's what to do nearby...
Climb a Munro
Rowardennan is an ideal base for those who enjoy walking - it's the starting point for the most popular route up to Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. On average it takes a couple of hours to get to the top where you'll experience spectacular views of the Trossachs. On a clear day you'll be able to see all the way out to the Isle of Arran. Climb the Ptarmigan ascent if you're feeling up to the added challenge!
Go on a boat trip
Explore the remote eastern shore of Loch Lomond by taking a cruise out on the loch. Boat trips on the Rowardennan Explorer start on 5 April until 3 November - it's a great way to get to know the area from the water and learn about some of the area's history at the same time.
Take a walk through geological history by walking up to Conic Hill, which provides one of the most outstanding views of Loch Lomond. The walk takes you through a forest, with steps in places to help you climb. As you climb you will be walking over the Highland Boundary Fault line, which runs from Arran in the west, across Scotland to Stonehaven in the east. It separates two distinctly different geological terrains: the Highlands from the Lowlands, and in most places this can be seen by the change in topography.
View from the top of Conic Hill
West Highland Way
Whether you're tackling all 96 miles or you're just out for the day, the West Highland Way offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. The walk along the banks of Loch Lomond is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the surroundings and soak up all the area has to offer.
GlenGoyne Distillery can be found a little south of Loch Lomond on the way back towards Glasgow. The distillery is unique as distillation occurs in the Highlands and maturation occurs in the lowlands - but all on the same property! Choose from one of the superb tasting tours like the 'Whisky & Chocolate Tour' or 'The Wee Tasting Tour' and sample a delicious dram (or two!) at one of the country's most beautiful distilleries.
Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel opens for the season on Friday, 22 March and we're already taking bookings!
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