No matter what kind of self-catering break you’ve come on, there are some great days out in the nearby area to be enjoyed. In this blog we’ve put together some sample itineraries for days out for some typical traveller types –
- Family – child-friendly activities that the whole family can enjoy
- Adventurer – action-packed, adrenalin-filled fun for those who like to live on the edge
- Explorer – for the curious traveller who likes to get back to nature
- Luxury – relaxing activities in sumptuous surroundings
With each itinerary we’ll take you from one side of the Loch to the other, taking in the best things to do in Loch Lomond as you go.
Spring is the ideal time to get outdoors as a family and explore all that the British countryside has to offer. Our luxury lodge resort is set in a stunning lochside location within The Trossachs National Park. Nearby we have a plethora of natural beauty which provides the backdrop for a great family day out. From walking routes, to pony treks, to adventure parks, find out how you could spend a fun-filled day out in Balloch, just a short walk or drive along the loch shore from Cameron Lodges. Here are a few of our favourites:
Balloch Castle Country Park
From stunning views to nature trails, guided walks and walled gardens, plus a derelict castle, Balloch Castle Country Park is the ideal place for kids to run around in, with over 200 acres to explore. The park is made up of semi-natural and ornamental woodland, open parkland, formal gardens, meadow, play parks and shoreline. Young explorers will have fun in the Fairy Glen, Chinese Garden, Pleasure Grounds, Quarry Pond, Kitchen Garden and Secret Garden. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the views whilst eating lunch.
Loch Lomond Pony Trekking
One of the more unusual forms of transport in the local area, you can enjoy the views across Loch Lomond on horseback (or rather pony back!). Children over 12 years old can enjoy a leisurely paced pony trek leaving from Tullichewan Farm, and mum and dad can join in too. Loch Lomond Pony Trekking has a small herd of well-mannered ponies who are sure footed, affectionate and love taking part in treks just as much as their human passengers!
TreeZone Loch Lomond
Recently awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, TreeZone at Loch Lomond Shores allows you to unleash your inner Tarzan!
With two exhilarating aerial adventure courses to choose from and obstacles ranging from zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges & gap jumps; your nerves and agility will be tested unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
No visit to Loch Lomond would be complete without getting into the water, and boy, are there plenty of options for doing so around the resort!
The quaint village of Luss, just 7 miles along the road from Cameron Lodges offers a fantastic selection of water sports through Loch Lomond Leisure. From their beach HQ, you can enjoy kayaking, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, water-skiing and many more. They also offer speed boat tours around the loch, with pickups from various locations. Feel the wind in your hair as your travel around the loch, visiting its islands and points of interest.
Luss beach is a popular destination for picnics, so why not stop at a nearby café and pick up some snacks to enjoy on the beach after an action-packed morning in the water!
If you still want to feel the thrill of the water, but from more comfortable surroundings, consider a seaplane trip with Loch Lomond Seaplanes. Departing from the jetty in front of Cameron House Hotel, you will experience an exhilarating trip around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, taking in sights such as Ben Lomond, The Cobbler, the West Highland Way, the ‘Rest & Be Thankful’ in Glencoe, Loch Katrine and Inchmahome Priory, to name but a few.
If walking is your thing, a visit to Balmaha is a must. Situated on the West Highland Way route, it was a favourite place of Tom Weir, one of Scotland’s most famous writers, broadcasters and lovers of the Scottish countryside.
Only a 25min drive from Cameron Lodges, Balmaha is home to Conic Hill. A 350m summit rising sharply above Balmaha, right on the Highland Boundary Fault Line, Conic Hill is a short walk which rewards walkers with fantastic views of Loch Lomond and its many islands, especially in the spring light.
For the more experienced rambler, you can complete a 24km stretch of the West Highland Way if you start at Drymen instead of Balmaha and follow the route to Rowardennan, taking in Conic Hill on your way.
After your climb up Conic Hill, head across to the Oak Tree Inn for quick re-fuel – they offer delicious coffee, homemade cakes and ice cream, to name but a few! Feeling ready to go again?
Head left from the Oak Tree Inn to discover Weirs Rest, a statue of the great man himself in his famous red and white “toorie” hat. Take a rest on one of the many benches and admire the views of the loch from ground level before continuing down the loch side path towards Balmaha Pier for a better view of Inchcailloch island.
If you’d prefer a gentler stroll, Balmaha Millennium Forest path is a great option and part of the West Highland Way route. It’s a short, 2km walk which explores the village of Balmaha itself and should take around 45mins to complete. There is a short climb up to Craigie Fort, a wooded promontory, before returning via a path cut out of the rock on the edge of Loch Lomond.
To reach Balmaha by public transport, take the bus (309) from Balloch.
For those looking for a luxurious break away, you can enjoy all that Loch Lomond has to offer from the comfort of our five-star resort. Within the resort we have an award-winning Spa, two golf courses and a luxury motor cruiser – perfect activities for a relaxing spring day in Loch Lomond.
The Spa at Cameron House
The tranquil setting of Loch Lomond was the inspiration behind the Thermal & Hydro Experience at the Spa, with many experiences enjoying views across the resort, towards the loch. When the sun is shining the best place to be is in the rooftop infinity pool. Take in the views across the resort and the golf course. Luxuriate in the bubbles as your stresses melt away.
With ten thermal and hydro experiences to enjoy, The Spa will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. And for an extra treat, book a treatment with one of our highly trained spa therapists. Using only the best ESPA and Carita products, you can enjoy everything from massages and facials to a range of express treatments and body therapies.
All guests staying in a Cameron Club property can enjoy full access to the Thermal & Hydro experience during their stay*.
The Carrick & Wee Demon Golf Courses
There is no place better to enjoy a round than in Loch Lomond – just watch out for the giant water hazard, it can be a bit distracting! Here at the resort, we have two courses for you to choose from. The nine hole Wee Demon course is situated at Cameron House, while The Carrick is our eighteen hole championship course, which has played host to many PGA tournaments since it opened in 2007. A par 71 course, it will keep the most experienced of golfers on their toes.
All guests staying at Cameron Lodges receive free club hire during their stay, and there are a selection of golf breaks available which include accommodation in a Mansion House apartment and dining options.
Celtic Warrior Motor Cruiser
Live the high life with a Loch Lomond cruise on board the Celtic Warrior. With various options available, from champagne cruises to exclusive hire, you can tailor your trip to suit your needs. You’ll learn about the loch and its islands from our friendly, knowledgeable crew members and enjoy some Scottish hospitality along the way.
* Guests at Cameron House also have complimentary access to the Thermal & Hydro Experience while the Leisure Club at the hotel is closed.