"Loch Lomond" is a traditional folk song from Scotland. It is so well-known and ubiquitous that it could be called an alternative National Anthem. It is frequently sung at national sporting events, and you might also hear it sung towards the end of social gatherings involving music and dance (such as weddings and ceilidhs). The song uses a traditional melody and is essentially a tragic love song. There's no doubt that Loch Lomond is a romantic location. It is the largest loch in Scotland by surface area and very picturesque due in part to its many islands. The song as we know it originated in the Jacobite times, with "taking the high road" implying alive and "taking the low road" meaning dead. However the lyrics are easily interpreted simply as lovers who break up or part due to circumstances. The song was adopted as an anthem by the band Runrig, who performed it towards the end of their concerts. Unless the song is performed by live musicians, it is Runrig's rendition that you are most likely to hear at sporting and social gatherings.
There is an Irish song called "Red is the Rose" which uses the same traditional Scottish melody.
On mfiles we have an alternative version of Loch Lomond for solo piano. This page presents a version for solo instrument and piano accompaniment. Although we use an oboe to represent the solo instrument in the audio files and the sheet music score (which the pianist should use), we also include a range of different instrumental parts, including Oboe (or flute, violin, etc.), Clarinet, Viola, Bassoon (or cello), French Horn or Voice (with lyrics for 2 verses). Download the parts and other files using the links in the left-hand menu.
Here is a video of Loch Lomond for solo instrument and piano:
The audio controls below allow you to play the mp3 version of Loch Lomond for solo instrument and piano or you can download the MP3 file. You can also download the midi version of Loch Lomond for solo instrument and piano.
The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Loch Lomond for solo instrument and piano in PDF format.