THE FLIGHT PATH
THE DISCOVERY TOUR
There are three main preferred routes.
Whilst we cannot guarantee the flight route on a particular day due to local variations in visibility and cloud height our scenic tour will take in the best the magnificent Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park landscape the near west coast has to offer.
Flying at heights between 500 and 3,000 feet our "preferred route" will take you as follows - Immediately after take-off from Cameron House your senses will be assaulted by the incredible panorama that unfolds as you depart from the southern end of Loch Lomond.
View the intriguing islands on Loch Lomond that mark the Highland boundary fault before flying north past Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly munro, to take in the incredible Arrochar alps. Mountains that are over a billion years old and were once connected to North America.
See Ben Arthur, the Cobbler, one of Scotland’s most famous and most climbed mountains, overlooking Loch Long and the breathtaking “Rest and Be Thankful” route that winds through Glen Croe towards the west coast.
Fly over the isthmus between Tarbet and Arrochar and marvel at how the Vikings pulled their longships across in 1263.
The flight then turns east past Loch Sloy with a view north to Ardlui and the mountains overlooking Crianlarich and Tyndrum before passing to the North of Ben Lomond and into Loch Arklet on the trail of the first “Tartan Tours” offered by the travel entrepreneur Thomas Cook in 1859.
From Loch Katrine, an engineering marvel that supplies Glasgow’s water, we fly east moving deeper into the Trossachs towards Loch Achray and wonder at the landscape, immortalized by Sir Walter Scott, which inspired writers and artists such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, Hans Christian Anderson, Keats, Wordsworth and Eliot. Discover Rob Roy McGregor’s home and also why the Trossachs was the favourite holiday destination of Queen Victoria.
The flight proceeds further east over Loch Venachar to the beautiful town of Callander before finally turning west once again towards the Lake of Menteith with its historic Inchmahome Prior. The Priory dating back to 1238 was frequented by such historic figures as King Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.
From the Lake of Menteith the flight skims over Loch Ard before approaching Loch Lomond over Conic hill on the east shore. Descent commences over the beautiful islands to the south before experiencing that most amazing feeling of touching down on water.
Just a reminder that your Captain may have to vary the route on the day depending on the weather conditions – however, we cover over 60 miles so no matter what the cloud base or visibility prepare yourself for a fantastic experience.
LOOK OUT FOR ....
- Loch Lomond's Iconic Islands
- The Highland Boundary Fault
- Ben Lomond - the most southerly munro
- The Arrochar Alps
- Ben Arthur, "The Cobbler"
- The "Rest and be Thankfull"
- The West Highland Way
- Loch Sloy
- Ardlui - top of Loch Lomond
- The Trossachs
- Rob Roy McGregor's Birthplace
- Loch Katrine
- Loch Achray
- Loch Venachar
- Inchmahome Priory - Lake of Mentieth
Alternative Routes may take in the following views:
- The nuclear submarine base of Faslane
- The Holy Loch - previously a large US Navy base
- Dunoon and the Clyde coast
- The Cumbrae Islands
- The Kyles of Bute and the village of Tighnabruaich
- The Isle of Arran
- Loch Striven where the Dambusters tested the bouncing bomb
- Toward and Rothesay Castles
- The Kintyre Peninsula