Loch Ard’s Dimensions: 6km long and 2km wide
Road Access for Loch Ard: Via Aberfoyle on A821
Loch Ard is only 4 miles from Aberfoyle on the B829 to Inversnaid and Stronachlachar. The loch is in three parts which are joined by beautiful waterways. The Loch is fresh water, and acts as the source of the River Forth. There are numerous cycle tracks around the Loch Ard and there is even a family friendly Sculpture Trail. It provides excellent sheltered sailing water. The views around the Loch are magnificent, with Ben Lomond dominating the horizon to the West. The Loch Ard Sailing Club at Kinlochard is a dinghy sailing club affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association. A major provider of Watersports on Loch Ard are Go Country who provide a variety of land and water based activities for both the Foresthills Leisure Resort and visitors to the area. Their Waterpark provides activities such as kayaking, their giant ‘iceberg’ and the ‘human hamster ball’. They also provide mountain bikes for exploring around this beautiful loch as well as land based activities such as orienteering, hillwalking, orienteering and abseiling. Loch Ard has quite a reputation for catching large pike and holds the current course fish record for Perch caught in Scotland (in 1989 J Walker caught a 4lb 14oz (2.210kg) perch). Fishing is allowed by permit from boats or bank. All are available to hire from Go Country. Fishing permits can also be obtained from many local outlets. Overlooking Loch Ard is the Forest Hills Resort with its timeshare and self catering properties, Leisure Centre and Vital Fitness Club and the Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel.
For those looking for Historical Tours, Clay Pigeon Shooting and a whole range Team Building and Corporate Activities then visit Ledard Farm and Macgregor’s Barn overlooking Loch Ard. Ledard Farm is also the venue for the annual House Folk Music Festival held each year in November and is an intimate series of concerts featuring the best in Scottish Ceilidh and Folk Music. The Festival has attracted some great Scottish artists such as Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham and is always a sell out so get your tickets booked early!