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Reasons to fall in love with Loch Lomond

Discover reasons to fall in love with Loch Lomond, read on and find out why the Scottish love the loch and rich history.

Why should I visit Loch Lomond?

Did you Know that Loch Lomond is in fact Britain’s largest inland stretch of water by surface area, by volume it loses out to Loch Ness!. Loch Lomond is known to be the entrance to the Scottish Highlands. This makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland.

How did Loch Lomond get its name?

Many people believe the word Lomond comes from the Gaelic leamhan, which means elm, this would make it the “Lake of Elms”. Others suspect that Lomond originates from laom, this means beacon. Giving reference to the nearby mountain Ben Lomond as “Beacon Hill”. This would make Loch Lomond “Lake of Beacons.” What are your thoughts?

Having been made famous by the song “The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”, published originally in 1841. We all know this verse:

“O ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road, and I’ll be in Scotland a’fore ye”.

Many of us think of it as a romantic song, but the lyrics relate to the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the last in a series of bloody revolts against the British throne. the story of two Scottish soldiers who were so imprisoned. The song is from the point of view of the soldier who will be executed: When he sings, the verse he is affect he is saying that you will return alive, and I will return in spirit.

We have all spoken of “Nessie” the Loch Ness monster, but Loch Lomond has its own monster too!! Sightings of a beast with resemblance to a plesiosaur or possibly a large crocodile have been reported on several occasions.

It would be difficult to find a Loch more captivating than Loch Lomond and it’s easy to see why The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond was written in tribute to this magnificent natural wonder.

Experience this amazing place and many more on a Hairy Haggis Tours day trip.

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