Arden is Gaelic for headland (Ard high). Lying at the southern end of Loch Lomond, Arden, a small and sedate village, is where you will find some of the most breath-taking views of Loch Lomond with panoramic views of Ben Lomond, Inchmurrin Island and the Glen Finglas Hills. Arden is the perfect location for a tranquil and romantic getaway.
The village is the home to many beautiful ancient houses including Arden House once the home of the Buchanan family but now converted into impressive apartments.
In the time of Robert the Bruce, Auchendennan was a royal hunting estate. The present 19th century mansion became a youth hostel in 1924 and is claimed to be the largest and most beautiful youth hostels in the world.
Lomond Castle (Auchenheglish) is also a feature of this small village. The castle suffered a serious fire in 1990 and was later redeveloped as the Rose Cruin restaurant which is a popular wedding venue overlooking Loch Lomond.
The 284 acre site has been greatly excavated and has produced some interesting archaeological finds, including burial urns from the Bronze Age (c.1800BC), an Iron Age settlement with a rare glass bead and an early Christian burial. There is also a history of scandal in the village as Bannachra Castle, which has spectacular views over Loch Lomond, is famous for the murder of Sir Humphrey Colquhoun in 1592 by the chief of the MacGregor clan because he had been having an affair with his wife!
The West Loch Lomond Cycleway from Balloch to Tarbet passes through Arden and is a well made fairly flat route and is an excellent way to see the west side of Loch Lomond. A copy of the cycleway leaflet can be downloaded here.
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