Getting here by Road, Bus, Train, Aeroplane!

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs region is easily accessible from all parts of Scotland by road, rail and air. Here we have highlighted some of the options for you.

By Road

From Glasgow Airport (25 miles), take the M8 towards Greenock, follow signposts for Erskine Bridge. After crossing the bridge take the A82 to Dumbarton & Loch Lomond. Signage from here will direct you to Helensburgh, Balloch and then beyond towards Stirling. The main A811 will take you through the villages of Balloch, Drymen, Garnocharn and onto the villages surrounding the Trossachs. 

From Stirling, follow signposts for Loch Lomond and A811, remain on this road all the way to Balloch and other destinations are signposted from there. 

From Edinburgh Airport & Rosyth Ferry Terminal (60 miles)
On leaving Edinburgh, take the M9 towards Stirling, take exit 10 following the tourist route signs to Loch Lomond, this takes you onto the A811, remain on this road until you reach Balloch and other destinations are signposted from there. 

From the South follow signposts for The North, Scotland, M74 then the M8 to Glasgow Airport and follow directions as above from the airport.

From the North: If you travelling from Fort William and the North, your best and most scenic route is via Glencoe to Tyndrum and then to Crianlarich. At Crianlarich, take the A82 south the Glasgow, passing through the west side of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Choose your destination from here (well signposted). 

By Bus

For Information on bus travel to Loch Lomond visit the First Group website

The New Water BusWater Bus.jpg

Leave Your Keys and Pick the Loch

A new timetabled water bus service means that visitors will now be able to arrive by train and set sail to some of the most scenic towns, villages and beauty spots around Loch Lomond.

Following a successful pilot last year, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park has supported the introduction of daily scheduled services that take in 12 destinations covering south, east, west and north of the Loch. Only 45 minutes from Glasgow, people can now leave their car at home and take ScotRail train services to Balloch or Tarbet  stations to catch a boat to places rich in history and culture, romantic restaurants with views, picnic sites and breathtaking walks.

Click here for further information on the Water Bus timetimble or call: Sweeneys Cruises on 01389 752376 // Cruise Loch Lomond on 01301 702356 or visit

By Train

Train.jpgGNER and Virgin Rail both operate train services throughout the United Kingdon, to and from Scotland. From Glasgow, First Scotrail operates services from Glasgow to Oban, via Loch Lomond and from Glasgow to Stirling. Scotrial operates train connections throughout Scotland. 

Rail fares in Britain - A word or two of advice before you buy - Rail fares in Britain are the most expensive in Europe for example a businessman who needs to go from London to Edinburgh can pay over £300 for the privilege. With a little bit of knowledge, he could do the same trip on the same train for just £25 return with an economy ticket. The problem is that there are 27 different rail companies that have replaced the single British Rail and they all have their own different fares. There is no publication that shows all the fares, that gives you prices and the regulations to help you decide which is the best ticket for you.

There are massive savings to be made if you know which trains to book on. In between these fares there are many different rates. If, for example you were to travel to or from Glasgow you can save up to £100 by buying a business class ticket in advance which lets you sit in First Class. In Economy Class you can have a completely open ticket for £103 and this slides down a scale with various restrictions until you get to the £27 fixed return fare.

So when you decide to go by rail we suggest you ask lots of questions to make sure you are getting the best deal. Our advice is never book your ticket on the day, always book it as early as you can, generally the further you are away from your travel day the better the deal you will receive.

Scotland's Railway network information

My Train Ticket

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The nearest airport to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs area is Glasgow Airport - 20 minutes away. Prestwick Airport, accessed via the A77/M77 is about 45 minutes - 1 hour from Loch Lomond.

Glasgow Airport

GlasgowAirport is one of the UK's busiest international airports, with around seven million passengers a year, flying to around 90 destinations worldwide. It is Scotland's principal long haul gateway and is owned by BAA, which also owns Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports. Did You Know: 

GlasgowAirportwas officially opened in 1966 by the Queen. 
Runways:  One main (2,658m long) 
Terminals:  One, plus additional check-in facility T2
Airlines:  Around 30
Destinations:  Around 90
Air transport movements per year: 80,000
Passengers per year:7 million
Air cargo per year: 3,000 tonnes 
Status:  Scotland's long haul gateway

For Destinations and the Airlines that fly there, click here
For Live Flight information (Arrivals and Departures) click here
For Shopping, Dining and other Facilities, click here
For Special Assistance at Glasgow Airport, click here
For Aiport Parking information, click here

Prestwick Airport

Scotland's only rail-connected airport, with some 30% of passengers arriving by "AirTrain" on free of 50% discounted travel. Situated only 45 minutes away from Glasgow city centre by a direct rail connection from the airport terminal to Glasgow Central Station. Scotland's best-value airport, home to 2 major low cost carriers Ryanair and Wizz.

For Destinations and the Airlines that fly there, click here
For Live Flight information (Arrivals and Departures) click here
For Shopping, Dining and other Facilities, click here
For Special Assistance at Glasgow Airport, click here
For Aiport Parking information, click here



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