Car-less Sightseeing Ideas For Families at Cameron Lodges

Here at Cameron Lodges, we’re eagerly working towards our Green Tourism Gold Award and as such we’re encouraging all our guests to consider more eco-friendly sightseeing activities during their break in Loch Lomond. There is so much to explore within easy walking and cycling distance of our resort on the south-western shore of Loch Lomond. So leave the car behind and explore all that the local area has to offer for families.

We’ve created a 3 day car-less sightseeing itinerary below for families visiting our resort. Do you have any other ideas to add to our itinerary? Tweet us @cameronlodges or leave us a comment on Facebook, and we’ll be sure to add them in!

3 Day Itinerary

Day 1 – AM

Get On Your Bike!

Head along to the Cameron House Marina and hire mountain bikes for the day. The resort has a selection of adult and child bikes available to hire for the full or half day. Cycling is an ideal activity for the whole family to enjoy, and with spectacular scenery on our door step and several cycle paths to help you explore it, Loch Lomond is a great place to get on your bike. Our friendly marina team are also on hand to provide you with family friendly cycling routes when you pick up your bikes.

To book or to find out more information on mountain bike hire from the Cameron House Marina, please call 01389 722 508 or email themarina@cameronhouse.co.uk

The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path is a family friendly route which begins in Balloch and ends in Tarbet, taking in the picturesque village of Luss and many iconic sightseeing spots along the way, including Ben Lomond. Don’t forget to stop and get some photographs, or take advantage of the many picnic spots along the route. Why not stop in at Auchentullich Farm Shop, located across from the entrance to The Carrick Golf Course and Cameron Club & Spa Resort, and stock up on some picnic essentials? The shop has a delicious supply of fresh bread, filled rolls, cold meats, sweet treats and a selection of chilled drinks, plus an ice cream counter.

Beginning at Balloch Visitor Centre and ending in Tarbet, this 17 mile long cycle path will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. It will take approximately 10 minutes to cycle from the Marina at Cameron House to Balloch Visitor Centre to begin the cycle. To find out more about the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path and to download the route card, click here.

You can also read our recent blog on other Loch Lomond cycling routes here.

Day 1 – PM

Dinner at The Boat House

After a day of cycling along the western shore of Loch Lomond, head back to the Cameron House Marina to drop off your bikes before popping into The Boat House for some dinner and drinks. The perfect place to relax post-cycle, the new-England themed Boat House restaurant overlooks the marina and offers a varied menu of local seafood dishes, sharing platters, pizzas from our traditional wood burning oven, family favourites such as the classic beef burger, fish and chips and chicken supreme, and some healthy salads and light bites.

The Boat House also offers a swashbuckling children’s menu which includes a selection of child friendly dishes and a make your own pizza station. What’s more, the menu will keep your little ones entertained for hours with pirate-themed puzzles and activities to complete. So after a hard day’s cycling followed by some brain boosting puzzles, the little ones will fall into bed, leaving the adults to enjoy a few relaxing drinks back at the lodge. And if the weather’s nice, why not enjoy these al fresco on the balcony or terrace?

Explore The Boat House menus

Day 2 – AM

Depending on the weather, we’ve provided you with some family-friendly activities to enjoy close to the resort at Loch Lomond Shores, a short 30 minute stroll from Cameron House.

TreeZone at Loch Lomond Shores

Get a squirrel’s-eye view of Loch Lomond as you swing high in the trees, tackling a host of TreeZone challenges. From zip wires, balance beams and hanging platforms, to tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps, this high octane activity is located a gentle 25 minute walk from our lodges at Cameron House.

The best bit? You’ll get the best view in Loch Lomond from the 65m zip line!

The Buzzard course will take around 1 – 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for families with children over 7 years of age, with an easier TreeCreeper course aimed at children under 1.3m in height.

Book your adventure with TreeZone and save 10% as a guest of Cameron Lodges. Speak to staff at check-in for more details.

SEALIFE Centre

Located a 30 minute walk along the shoreline from Cameron House, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy at SEALIFE Loch Lomond. The aquarium offers a range of fun talks, animal feeds, special events, a quiz trail and fortunately, is one activity in Loch Lomond that isn’t dependent on the weather!

Discover a collection of over 1,500 strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep including the largest collection of sharks in Scotland, and 20 species of the most feared predators on the sea bed including the small but mighty Peacock Mantis Shrimp and the Giant Japanese Spider Crab, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats.

Buy a ticket for SEALIFE Loch Lomond online and you’ll be allowed to enter and leave the aquarium as many times as you wish throughout the day.

For lunch, Loch Lomond Shores offers a range of cafes and restaurants to discover.

Day 2 – PM

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Meet some of the most exquisite birds of prey in Loch Lomond including buzzards, hawks, eagles, kestrels, and falcons during your luxury lodge break. The Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre has over 30 birds of prey and owls, representing twenty-six species, including all 5 British owl species and makes a great and educational day out for all the family.

Families with children over 12 years old can enjoy unparalleled bird of prey experiences including a Hawk Walk, Meet the Owls, Meet the Birds and a Hunting Expedition. Learn how to handle and call bird of prey and experience the thrill when they cast off.

Find out more about the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre.

Day 3 – AM

Take a Wildlife Tour of The Carrick

Loch Lomond is well-known for its abundant wildlife, and where better to explore it than Cameron Club & Spa. When Doug Carrick designed The Carrick Golf Course, he respected the existing habits of many animals and birds during the design process. Over the years these species have thrived with the help of our resort conservation manager, rangers, groundsmen and green keepers who all contribute to the maintenance and protection of these natural habitats. From deer and bats, to birds of prey and bumblebees, we have them all right here on our doorstep.

Download our Wildlife Tour of The Carrick brochure

Day 3 – PM

Visit the Cameron Spa or take in a round on The Carrick

All Cameron Lodges guests enjoy use of the Thermal Experience at Cameron Spa which includes a selection of hydro and thermal experiences. From the invigorating hydrotherapy pool to the calming heat of the tepidarium, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. A highlight of a visit to the Thermal Experience is the stunning rooftop infinity pool. Take a dip and enjoy views across The Carrick Golf Course, Cameron Lodges resort and beyond to Loch Lomond and the rugged outline of the Scottish Highlands.

To book into the Thermal Experience, please call 01389 310 777 or email cameronspa@cameronhouse.co.uk

Lodges guests also receive 20% off treatments at the Spa, so there’s no excuse not to pamper yourself. With 17 treatment rooms including a VIP couple’s room with mineral bath, steam room and private balcony, as well as a Rasul mud chamber with steam room, and a Relaxation Suite, a visit to the Cameron Spa will ease the mind, body and soul. All our spa therapists are trained to the highest standard and only use indulgent ESPA and Carita products to further enhance your luxury spa experience.

Children are welcome to use the ground floor level pool facilities at the spa from 9.30am – 11am and 3pm – 5pm, 7 days per week.

The Carrick Golf Course is our 18 hole championship standard golf course and lodge guests can enjoy exclusive benefits including 50% off green fees, special rates for 3 rounds, free club rental and residents competitions.

Take a Guided Bat Walk*

A guided bat walk at dusk is the perfect opportunity to discover the bat population at the Cameron Club & Spa resort. Guided by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Resort Conservation Manager, discover the difference between the calls of the different types of bats and learn all about their habitat, food and the conservation challenges we face.

To book, please email jpaterson@cameronhouse.co.uk

*Tuesdays only, May – September

Dinner at The Clubhouse

With ample seating and an outdoor terrace which overlooks The Carrick Golf Course towards Ben Lomond, The Clubhouse at Cameron is the perfect setting to relax and reflect after time spent in the Spa, or a tough round on the golf course.

Using the finest seasonal ingredients, our gastropub-inspired menu at the Clubhouse serves up a selection of hearty British classics, including crispy beer battered fish, delicious grills and pie of the day. The bar is also fully stocked with a range of traditional beers and fine ales, and an extensive wine and cocktail list for guests to enjoy. Younger guests can tuck into dishes from our golf-inspired children’s menu which features the kids club burger, breaded mozzarella sticks and chicken fajita goujons.

On Tuesdays guests can enjoy steaks, sides and a bottle of wine for two for only £39, and on Fridays there is live music from 7.30pm. The Clubhouse also plays host to weekend tasting experiences including wine, gin and whisky.

Find out more about the Clubhouse

Try our 3 day car-less itinerary and let us know what your favourite activity is! Tweet us or tag us on Instagram @cameronlodges, or leave us a comment on Facebook. Share your holiday snaps and we’ll re-post!

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