Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Loch Lomond is Scotland’s largest loch, situated northwest of Glasgow, in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, it is also the largest area of inland water in Britain. It extends twenty four miles north from Balloch to Ardlui. At its wider southern end there are some thirty wooded islands, many of which were inhabited in the fifth century by Irish missionaries. On Inchmurrin, the largest, St Mirren is believed to have founded a monastery in the sixth century and there are ruins of the fourteenth century castle of the earls of Lennox. Inchcailloch, owned by Scottish Natural Heritage, means island of the old women, leading to the belief that there was a nunnery there, though no trace has been found. It is the burial place of the MacGregors and the Macfarlanes. Several of the islands lie along the Highland Boundary Fault. There are cruising and boating facilities and the southeast corner is a nature reserve. The West Highland Way long-distance path runs along the east bank. The Loch Lomond Golf Club is a championship course and is currently used for the annual Scottish Open. Tour Loch Lomond.