Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water lake in the British Isles containing 38 islands on the loch, some of which have been inhabited since Neolithic times. The varied terrain is the territory of ash, rowan, oak, beech and sycamore trees along with an impressive 25% of Britain’s wild plants. The area is a haven for wildlife; eagles, hawks and peregrine falcons are some of over 200 species of birds that fly around Loch Lomond. On the islands and on the shores there are wild deer, pine martins and wild cats. The Loch itself is home to more species of fish than any other; including pike, brown trout, salmon, fresh water herring and powan. On the eastern shore, and viewed from Wards Estate, the majestic Ben Lomond (3195ft) keeps an eternal vigil over nature in all its finery.