Part one of the Corporate Incentives on Scottish Waters series looks at which Loch’s corporate travel planners should consider visiting when planning an incentive trip to Scotland.

First of all, what is a Loch? Loch is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for Lake or a sea inlet.

Now that you know exactly what they are, I’m going to give you the low down on 5 Scottish Lochs which I think are great for corporate travelers, particularly incentive groups.

Loch Ness

Famed as the home of the Loch Ness Monster!

  • Largest fresh water lake in Scotland (56 square km, 39 km long, deepest point 230m)
  • Closest City: Inverness
  • To Do: Take ribs onto the Loch to hunt the famous Nessy Monster! Visit Urquhart Castle for a picnic lunch, and visit the Nessy centre at Drumnadrochit
  • Best For: Groups with a 5+ night program due to distance from Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Stay At: Rocpool Reserve or Culloden House

Loch Lomond

Equally as famous thanks to the Scottish folk song ‘The Bonnie Bonnie Bank of Loch Lomond’

  • Largest lake in mainland Britain (71 square km, 39 km long, deepest point 37m)
  • Closest City: Glasgow
  • To Do: Water sports, cruises, or take the Sea Plane from Glasgow and land on Loch Lomond
  • Best For: Groups who want to split a 2-4 night stay between the city and countryside
  • Stay At: Cameron House which is right on the banks of the Loch

Loch Fyne

Renowned as the best place in Scotland for fresh shellfish

  • Longest sea water loch in Scotland (65 km long)
  • Closest City: Fort William
  • To Do: Fishing, Oyster picking, visit to Inverarary Castle – home to the Duke & Duchess of Argyll – and sample the local delights at the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
  • Best For: Groups who want to see fabulous scenery and spend time in Scotland’s great outdoors.
  • Stay At: Inverlochy Castle

Loch Katrine

At the gateway to the Scottish Highlands

  • Situated in the picturesque Trossachs National Park (12.4 square km, 12.9 km long, deepest point at 43.3 km)
  • Closest City: Stirling
  • To Do: A trip on the Sir Walter Scott Paddle Steamer – which has been at Loch Katrine for over a century - , exploring Scotland's first national park by bicycle.
  • Best For: Groups staying in Glasgow or Edinburgh who want to experience the Highlands without having to drive for several hours
  • Stay At: Creiff Hydro in Perthshire

Galloway Forrest Park

A collection of picturesque Lochs amongst stunning scenery  

  • A few hours south of Glasgow this forest park contains several Lochs including Clatteringshaws Loch, Loch Trool and Loch Ken
  • To Do: Enjoy the vast beauty of the bluebells, heather and conifers around man-made Clatteringshaws; Hike around Loch Trool; spot Red Kites at Loch Ken
  • Best For: Groups who want to get away from it all to enjoy the outdoors in secluded and quite locations
  • Stay At: The world famous Turnberry Resort

This 3 part Scottish Water feature is in honour of our Canal Challenge for global water charity Just A Drop.

Here’s more about the Canal Challenge…

Teams of 4 (2 cyclists & 2 canoeists) will take on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. The cyclists will ride 55 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the Canoeists will join them for the final 15 miles from Linlithgow to Edinburgh.

The aim is to raise money for Just a Drop’s most essential water projects around the world. A child dies every 20 seconds from a water-borne disease and all it takes to provide a child with safe clean water for 10 years is £1.