Following torrential rainfall over a period of 2 weeks the boat jetty pier at Balmaha was fully submerged in the heightened water level of Loch Lomond. The boat house and surrounding trees remain visible but are inaccessible by foot. A barrage was built in 1971 which consisted of electronically opening gates which operate to control and maintain the water level, discharging water to the River Leven.
Loch Lomond is steeped in Scottish history and heritage. From the earliest artificial islands or crannogs, through the affairs of the Dukes of Lennox, the McFarlanes, the Colquhouns of Luss, the MacGregors, the Buchanans and the Dukes of Montrose, history has seen the establishment of religious settlements, the incursions of the Vikings and the deeds of Rob Roy.
Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. It is 24 miles (39 km) long and between 0.75 and 5 miles (1.21 and 8.05 km) wide. It has an average depth of about 121 feet (37 m), and a maximum depth of about 620 feet (190 m). Its surface area is 27 sq mi (70 km2), and it has a volume of 0.62 cu mi (2.6 km3). Of all the lakes in the UK, it is the largest by surface area and the second largest (after Loch Ness) by water volume.
The new Loch Lomond National Park has ensured protection for what is not only Britain’s largest freshwater lake, but one of its most beautiful, celebrated in ballad and song. West of Loch Lomond are the steep Arrochar Alps towering above with scores of much less visited lower hills stretching down to the seaboard. To the east is the Trossachs – a delightful landscape of forests and hills that has long been known as Scotland in miniature.
To view walking routes in and around loch Lomond we recommend clicking here.