As this is essentially a travel site I thought I’d do a post on my recent trip to Scotland as it was quite magical.
For Fergus’s Mother’s 70th she took us along with Fergus’s sister Zoe and her fiancee Mark to Cameron House on the shores of Loch Lomond. We weren’t in the main hotel which is huge and very grand, we had a stunning 3 bed Lodge set in a community of lodges overlooking the Loch down to the mighty Ben Lomond. The decor was right up my street, lots of browns, tans and natural colours with touches of green. And the view, well you have to see it to believe it, ever-changing, dramatic and picture postcard Scotland.
We spent a bit of time in The Great Scots Bar in the main hotel and if you like Whisky and cocktails this is the place for you. The bar overlooks the hotel grounds and the Loch and is a great place to relax.
The hotel offers a spa and fitness facilities, a pool and jacuzzi as well as golf, tennis and sea plane flights amongst other activities. The boys had a game of golf and we used the pool a few times but we mainly went out and about visiting the wee towns around the Loch and eating eating eating! All the meals we had (including the takeaway from Balloch) were really nice. Big portions and really tasty. The best meal by far, and probably the nicest meal I have ever had was the 8 course taster menu we had and the Michelin starred Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant in the hotel.
Our day trips included;
- A trip to Luss, a lovely little village which was featured in the show Take The High Road where we later had a yummy dinner at The Village Rest
- A drive North to a fantastic lookout and lunch at The Drovers Inn, a very eclectic haunted pub filled with taxidermy, funny signs and scary old photos in ancient frames. My kind of place but i’m not sure id like to go there at night though.
- A climb up Dumbarton Rock to Dumbarton Castle where we had fantastic views over the town from this historic site that has links to William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. There are a lot of stairs, so be warned!
- A leisurely boat cruise up the Loch from Balloch on the Astina run by Sweeney Cruise Co. It was a tad chilly but great to see the Hotel from the lake as well as hearing a bit of history about the surrounding castle and estates and learning about the local wildlife.
I love Scotland, it will always hold a spacial place in my heart as my family from both sides originated from there and my ancestor Kenneth McAlpin was one of the first Kings of this great land. Get up there soon if you get the chance.