Ardlui is a small hamlet on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond in the top North Western corner. This is an excellent small place to stay as there is plenty of walking and even a ferry to take you to other places on the loch including over to the West Highland Way. The ferry operates from April to October and provides a regular service during those months.
Loch Lomond is narrow at this point, just being about 6 tenths of a mile wide, and boating is a popular pastime. There is a local marina and plenty of accommodation choices.
On the island of Isle I Vow is the remains of a castle of the McFarlane clan. This castle was occupied up to the early 1800's. Previously on this site there was likely to have been other defensive buildings dating back as far as pictish times.
Ardlui is a
great place to stay for a couple of nights if you love hill
walking. There are numerous mountains and hills to choose from
which are accessible from here. In truth you could happily climb
every day for a fortnight and never go over the same ground
twice. Even if you prefer low level walking there are numerous
walks to explore including part of the West Highland Way which
is easily accessible from here. Needless to say the scenery is
stunning, even on dreich days there is a magical element to the
damp misty views.
If you have a hankering to seek out engineering structures, the nearby railway viaducts are of interest. They were hewn out of local stone and like many of our railway structures built in Victorian times, are quite beautiful. Nearby to the south at Inveruglas is also an interesting engineering structure but definitely could not be described as beautiful, and that is the hydro electric scheme. There are roads put in by the water board here which are great for walkers to get into the many mountains and glens in this area.
Getting to and from here is easy even for those who do not have their own transport. Although only a small hamlet, this community has a railway station, trains from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig, and Trains from Glasgow to Oban stop here. This is also on the main bus route for both Fort William and Oban.
Ardlui in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland