On The Water - Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond has always had a tradition of boating; the Loch has been used by people wanting to enjoy the area from the water, for many years. The first commercial pleasure steamer was brought into services in 1827. The first regatta to take place was in 1827. Since then there has been a steady increases in the numbers and type of craft using the Loch for pleasure sport and recreation.
In recent years a survey has indicated that on a popular holiday weekend there can be as many as 800 boats on the Loch at any one time. The pattern and usage of Loch Lomond has been changing over the past few years. It has been recognized in most recent years that there are less cruisers moored in "the narrows" and more day boats and jet bikes.
The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority has a Country Side Ranger Service which offers assistance to visitors and local communities alike. To achieve this they spend as much time as possible out and about on a regular basis. Since the introduction of the Byelaws they have several boats staffed by the Ranger Services to ensure that all watercraft operate in a responsible and safe manner whilst adhering to the Byelaws. In April 2010 four of the Rangers were made Special Police Constables to assist with their duties.
Before launching your craft on the Loch it MUST be registered, this is free of charge and can be done at Balloch, Balmaha and Ardlui.