The sun is shining and it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a bit of al fresco dining. So why not get back to nature and enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic in one of Scotland’s most stunning locations? While we can’t provide the weather, we can give you our top 4 picnic spots around the resort. So pack up your finest (plastic) dinnerware, your favourite picnic food and a trusty rug, and head outdoors this summer.
Here are our top 4 picnic destinations within a short drive of the resort – why not try them out this summer and tweet us your pictures @cameronlodges!
You won’t even need a car for the first spot on our list. Located in Duck Bay, simply take the road to the left as you enter the Cameron House resort and you’ll notice a large grassy area opposite the Duck Bay Hotel. There are some picnic tables on the far right side of the grassy area and a small beach next to the hotel.
Balloch Castle & Country Park
A beautiful spot for a picnic, Balloch Castle Country Park lies on the southeast shores of Loch Lomond, a 10min drive from the resort. Spanning 200 acres, the park includes walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks and is a popular destination for families and dog walkers looking to enjoy a great day out, with scenic views of the loch.
Work up an appetite by taking a stroll around the park before settling down for lunch with a view. There are many picnic areas around the park, as well as lots of trees to grab a sheltered spot to park yourself for the day. Head down to the old Boathouse for a lochside picnic at one of the newer picnic areas, where there is also a kiosk serving hot and cold snacks and refreshments from Easter through to September, just in case your picnic is a spur of the moment decision!
Located next to the quaint town of Luss, Luss Beach is one of many beautiful beaches found along the shores of Loch Lomond. The beach offers several walking trails, sailing trips and stunning views across the loch towards Ben Lomond. Those looking for an adrenaline fix will find many activities such as water skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking. A popular spot for families to enjoy a relaxing day out, the beach is a great place to enjoy a picnic on a nice day.
Located on the North West shore of Loch Lomond, only a 19min drive from our location on the A82, Tarbet is a small village at the junction of roads A82 and A83. As you make the right turn at the Bay Tarbet Hotel, there is a large grassy area with several wooden tables on your right – great for a picnic – as well as a small café for any essentials you may have forgotten. The picturesque location right on the lochside gives you a great view of the Eastern shores of Loch Lomond and many cruise routes depart from the jetty in front of the picnic area. On a warm sunny day, it’s not unusual to see kids jump off the jetty into the clear waters of the loch.
Do you have any favourite Loch Lomond picnic spots that haven’t made our list? Leave us a comment below or tweet us @cameronlodges with your suggestions!