Loch Ard - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Loch Ard in the heart of the Trossachs. Ben Lomond to the west and the start of the Forth to the east.
Loch Ard - FURTHER INFORMATION
Loch Ard - Loch Ard visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Loch Ard' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll.
Loch Ard is known is Scottish Gaelic as 'Loch na h-Àirde'. This fresh water loch lies in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Sterlingshire, Scotland. The loch is about 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and lies in a sheltered glen in the Trossachs, where the Scottish Hihglands and Lowlands meet. Though quite small it is considered by some to be one of the most picturesque lochs in Scotland and is popular for kayaking, sailing and other water sports. There are both a sailing and rowing club here. It is inlcuded within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which also includes Loch Lomond to the east and Loch Chon to the north.
Both the villages of Kinlochard and Milton rest on the shores of Loch Ard. Also nearby are Aberfoyle and Ben Lomond. Around the loch are various mountain bike and walking trails. Within the loch are two small islets. The larger of the two is known as Eilean Gorm and near to it is an ancient crannog islet. The other island in Loch Ard is known as Dundochill, on it are the ruins of Duke's Castle which was built for Murdoch, the Duke of Albany, Earl of Fife and Regent of Scotland in the 15th century.
In the 19th century a clipper named after Loch Ard was built. This ran aground 1878 near the end of a voyage from England to Melbourne in Australia and broke up with the loss of all but 2 lives. The two passengers ended up in Loch Ard Gorge, a dramatic gorge on the Great Ocean Road named after the ship.
Locations around Loch Ard were the inspiration for the 'Loch Ard Suite', a series of Scottish piano music pieces by Richie Murray.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Loch Chon is about 30 miles north of Glasgow on the A81 and then B289.