With the school holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your summer plans. Loch Lomond is a fantastic destination for a UK staycation and offers stunning beaches, breath-taking scenery and plenty of activities for all the family.
Here are our top 5 tips for making the most of your summer break in Loch Lomond:
June, July and August are normally the warmest months of the year in Scotland, with temperatures reaching 17 degrees on average. Despite the warmer temperatures, you should still expect the odd rain shower and it’s best to pack the following essentials –
- Light rain jacket
- Sensible footwear
For more information on the weather in Loch Lomond at other times of the year, read our blog article Weather In Loch Lomond Throughout The Year.
The best thing about Loch Lomond is the vast range of activities available throughout the year, no matter what the weather is like. Here are our top picks –
Dry day activities
- Segway Safari – book an hour’s Segway Safari and experience the Cameron House resort like never before. Before heading off to explore the resort’s off road trails and lochside pathways, our friendly instructors will teach you all the basics, so it’s a great activity for all the family.
- Faerie Trail – located in Luss, your little ones will have a ball exploring the miniature homes of the local faerie population, whilst avoiding menacing trolls along the way.
- Treezone – situated at Loch Lomond Shores, Treezone will let your little monkeys experience the thrills of high ropes courses, zip wiring and hanging platforms and balance beams. Big kids can join in too, so the whole family can get involved!
There’s also some fantastic annual events such as Highland Games and other sporting events, food and drink festivals, and agricultural shows. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for more information on local events.
Rainy day activities
- SEALIFE Loch Lomond – kids will love visiting the largest collection of sharks in Scotland, as well as real-life Nemo and Dory, rays, starfish, seahorses and many more.
- Hill House – the jewel in Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s crown and showcasing the epitome of Glasgow’s arts and crafts movement in the early 20th century, visitors can explore the home of Scottish publisher Walter Blackie, created by Mackintosh and his wife, artist Margaret Macdonald.
- Glasgow Science Centre – situated 40mins from Loch Lomond, you’ll find Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde. Adults and children alike will love exploring how the body works, the night sky, space and energy. The centre also has a huge IMAX cinema, viewing tower and many special exhibitions to explore.
Remember the essentials
Here at Cameron Lodges, we provide a starter pack of dish washer tablets, laundry detergent and washing up liquid (more can be purchased if you run out), as well as toilet rolls, Tassimo coffee pods and luxury toiletries. However not all self-catering properties will offer the same level of service. Therefore, make sure you pack the essentials for your trip. Make a list of everything you consider an everyday essential for your family, consider how long you’re staying, and find out if there’s a nearby shop in case you need to stop on your way to your accommodation.
Take to the water
The UK’s largest freshwater lake, and five miles wide at its broadest point, Loch Lomond offers visitors a huge range of water-based activities. Here are our favourites:
- Celtic Warrior Luxury Cruise – take to the waters of Loch Lomond on board the Celtic Warrior, our stunning 46ft luxury motor yacht. One of the most popular things to do in Loch Lomond, you can enjoy an indulgent champagne cruise on the loch, setting sail from the Cameron House marina.
- Inchcailloch Island – situated on the Highland Boundary Fault, this small island is accessible by waterbus and is a great place to enjoy a picnic or explore one of the two nature trails on the island.
- Swimming – home to the Great Scottish Swim every year, Loch Lomond offers numerous spots for open swimming along its shores however we would recommend following the warning signs and guidance available at each beach to make sure you enjoy a safe swim.
Explore the National Park
Full of breath-taking views, wonderful wildlife and amazing history, the National Park can be explored on foot, by bike, car, Segway, boat or plane. Why not choose to experience the park in all its beauty with our selection of adrenaline-filled activities below.
- Seaplane trip – departing from the jetty in front of Cameron House Hotel, there is no better way to enjoy the spectacular views of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs than with a bird’s eye view from the comfort of the Loch Lomond Seaplane.
- In Your Element – the leading provider of adrenaline-filled activities in Loch Lomond, including canoeing, gorge scrambling, paddle-boarding, and the only river sledging experience outside of New Zealand.
Enjoy the views
With 21 Munros (mountains higher than 3000 feet) and 20 Corbetts (mountains between 2,500 and 3,000 feet), The Trossachs National Park has some great summits for hikers of all abilities, and you can enjoy spectacular views from each. Ben More is the tallest (and arguably most difficult) munro to climb at 3,851 feet and is situated near Crianlarich. The most popular is Ben Lomond but why not try Conic Hill, Ben Vane or The Cobbler for an alternative hike. No matter what one you decide on, make sure you are well-equipped with plenty of water, snacks and warm clothing – oh and don’t forget to make sure your phone is fully charged so you can reap the rewards of your efforts when you reach the summit!
For more tips on bagging your first Munro, read our blog Everything You Need To Know About Munro Bagging.