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Balloch is an exciting place to visit and there are plenty of things to see and do for visitors of all ages.


How To Get To Loch Lomond

 

Loch Lomond is one of the most beautiful places imaginable in Scotland. With breath-taking countryside landscapes, cragged hills, mountain peaks and charming local villages, there’s no shortage of places to explore on the bonnie banks. With various activities on offer and things to do, Loch Lomond is the perfect place for a day trip, long weekend or a week’s holiday.

By car, train or bus, Loch Lomond is easily accessible from all of Scotland’s major cities, especially Glasgow. We’ve listed our top 3 ways in which you can reach Loch Lomond from Glasgow below.

Travelling to Loch Lomond By Car

Loch Lomond is approximately 25 miles from Glasgow and takes approximately 30-35 minutes to drive.

Traveling to Loch Lomond by car is the quickest mode of transport however, the road to Loch Lomond affords such beautiful views, you might end up taking little longer than expected as you stop to admire the scenery and snap a quick pic.

We’ve listed our top 2 routes from Glasgow, one starting from the M8 motorway in the city centre, and the other from Great Western Road, in Glasgow’s West End.

Both routes end at Loch Lomond Shores, the gateway to Loch Lomond, where you’ll find plenty of free parking spaces! Our resort is a short 25 minute walk along the shore road from Loch Lomond Shores, where you will find The Boat House restaurant, Cameron House Marina and the Loch Lomond Seaplane.

Via M8 and A82:

  • Merge onto the M8 and keep right at the fork to stay on the M8 (9.9 miles)
  • Take the M898 exit towards Erskine/Bishopton (0.4 miles)
  • Continue onto the M898 (0.8 miles)
  • Continue onto the A898 (1.3 miles)
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A82/Crianlarich and merge onto Great Western Rd/A82 (2.3 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Dumbarton Rd/ A82 (2.7 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (0.4 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (3.6 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (2.5 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (5.6 miles)
  • Turn right (262 feet) and you’ll find Loch Lomond Shores car park

Via Great Western Road and A82:

  • Head northwest on Great Western Road/ A82 (0.5 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Great Western Road/ A82 (1.0 mile)
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Great Western Road/ A82 (4.0 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Dumbarton Road and continue to follow A82 (2.7 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (0.4 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A82 (3.6 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A811 (0.4 miles)
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Old Luss Road (440 feet)
  • At the roundabout, continue straight onto Ben Lomond Way (0.2 miles)
  • Turn left and Loch Lomond Shores car park will be on your right

Travelling to Loch Lomond By Train

Enjoy Loch Lomond by train when you board a ScotRail train at Glasgow Queen Street on North Hanover Street, right in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Sit back, relax, sip on a freshly brewed coffee and appreciate the beautiful landscape that pass you by as you leave the city for greener pastures.

Below we outline everything you need to know about travelling to Balloch train station in Loch Lomond, from Glasgow Queen Street station.

Train Ticket Prices From Glasgow to Balloch

A single off-peak ScotRail train ticket from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch costs £5.70 (as of December 2019, from Trainline) however if you travel during peak times your ticket will cost more. We advise checking the Trainline or Scotrail website before travelling.

The first train leaves Glasgow Queen Street at 6:42am and arrives at Balloch train station approximately 49 minutes after departure, and the last train leaves Balloch station at 22:44 and arrives back at Queen Street at around 23:33 (as of December 2019, from Trainline). Trains frequently depart Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch, with 35 services in operation throughout the day, catering for all travellers whether you prefer to explore in the morning, afternoon or evening. Please note that journey times and lengths are subject to change depending on the time, date and weather conditions.

Train timetables from Queen Street to Balloch can be found here.

Balloch train station is in the heart of Balloch town centre with various shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels. The station is also close to the starting points for various cruise and ferry trips, and local walking and cycling trails. Balloch’s iCentre sits directly opposite from the train station where you can pick up a local map to start planning your Loch Lomond adventure.

Travelling to Loch Lomond By Bus

Buses are considered the least expensive mode of transport within Scotland, however this also means that the travel time is longer due to the number of stops in between destinations. Please note, that bus departure frequency and timetables are subject to change at the weekend. We recommend checking the First Bus website before travelling.

First Bus operate three services that depart from Glasgow to Balloch in Alexandria – First Bus 1, 1A and 1E. First Bus operates bus services from Osborne Street in Glasgow’s city centre to Balloch approximately every 30-40 minutes, with several stops in Glasgow before heading onto the M8 motorway towards Balloch. The bus from Glasgow drops you off at Balloch Bus Terminus which is a 7 minute walk from the iCentre, located in the centre of Balloch. Once you arrive at the bus terminus, walk north-east on Balloch Road towards Fisherwood road for 0.3 miles and then turn right onto Carrochan Road and keeping walking for approximately 128 feet and the visitor’s iCentre will be on your right.

To view the bus routes in more detail, please visit the FirstBus timetables page here.


Loch Lomond Boat Trips

Loch Lomond Boat Trips

Loch Lomond Boat Trips, Tours & Balloch Cruises

From walking, to hiking, and cycling to flying, there are many ways to explore the natural beauty of Loch Lomond. But one of the best ways to explore Loch Lomond is to take to the water on a boat trip. With daily Loch Lomond boat trips departing from various points along the loch’s shore, including Balloch, Luss, Tarbet, Balmaha, Rowardennan and not forgetting, the Cameron House Marina, you will find a boat trip that ticks all your sight-seeing boxes in Loch Lomond.

Here is a selection of some of the best companies who provide boat trips and tours on Loch Lomond.

Sweeney’s Cruise Co.

A family run business, Sweeney’s Cruise Co. have operated Loch Lomond boat trips since the 1880s! Experts in their knowledge of the loch, they offer a variety of seasonal boat trips including the popular Island Discovery Cruise which departs twice a day from Balloch and features commentary from Neil Oliver. A Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become well-known for his popular BBC television series’ A History of Scotland and Coast.

The 2 hour long Island Discovery Cruise will take you past some of Loch Lomond’s most famous islands before heading towards the picturesque village of Luss. Sweeney’s also offer a range of shorter boat trips, ideal for those looking for just a taster of Loch Lomond.

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Cruise Loch Lomond

Cruise Loch Lomond, based in Tarbet, operate a selection of adventure, relaxation and specialist cruises, departing from Tarbet, Luss, Inversnaid and Rowardennan.

Combine your love of nature with the RSPB Wildlife Cruise, or pack your walking boots and get on board the West Highland Way Rambler or Ben Lomond Hike cruise. Or if you’re simply looking to sit back and relax, enjoy one of their 90 minute cruises, taking in the fjord-like northern part of the loch, or the wonderful landscapes of Rob Roy Country. You can also discover the rich history of the loch and surrounding area, from feuding clans to the Viking invasion with the circular Capercaillie cruise.

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Loch Lomond Leisure’s Speed Boat Tour of Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Leisure operates a selection of speed boat trips on Loch Lomond, with various departure points around the loch. For a whistle-stop tour of the loch and for those tight on time, consider their short speed boat tour which takes only 20 minutes and departs from Luss Pier.

At 23 miles long, there is a lot of loch to discover, and to make the most of it, Loch Lomond Leisure offer a range of memorable full day cruise options. Cruise slowly between the loch’s many islands before your skipper cranks up the speed out in the open water, turning the surrounding landscapes into a mere blur. You can also arrange for your skipper to stop off for refreshments at various restaurants around the loch.

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Water Bus Loch Lomond

The Loch Lomond Waterbus offers a regular waterbus service between both shores of Loch Lomond. Operated by Loch Lomond Cruises and Sweeney’s Cruise Co., the waterbus offers departures from various points on the loch including Inveruglas, Inversnaid, Tarbet, Rowardennan, Luss, Balmaha and Balloch. The waterbus service was designed to provide visitors with a link between Loch Lomond’s two main train stations, Balloch and Tarbet, allowing visitors to easily explore as much of the National Park as they wish to.

Download the 2019 Waterbus timetable

The Celtic Warrior at Cameron House

Experience true luxury on board the Celtic Warrior, the legendary Cameron House motor cruiser. Departing from the Cameron House Marina, each cruise trip lasts 60 minutes and is an experience not to be missed.

Cruising past various islands of Loch Lomond including Inchmurrin, as well as the hidden coves situated around the banks of the loch, our skippers will regale you with tales of the loch’s rich history and point out the most scenic spots to snap a photo.

All Celtic Warrior cruises include a glass of champagne, which can be enjoyed on-board from the upper deck, making the Celtic Warrior cruise one of the most memorable and exciting ways to experience Loch Lomond.

With a selection of cruise types on offer for hire, including a family cruise and exclusive private hire, a trip on the Celtic Warrior boat will add some extra sparkle to your visit to Loch Lomond. The Celtic Warrior can even be the stunning backdrop to your romantic proposal on Loch Lomond, just get in touch with our team to discuss.

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If you’re looking to explore Loch Lomond for more than a day, consider Cameron Lodges as your base for a self-catering break. We have a selection of lodges, bungalows, cottages and apartments available to rent, all of which include access to our award-winning resort spa and 20% off treatment prices, and discounts on food and drink at our resort restaurants. The Cameron Lodges resort also boasts two stunning golf courses and lodge guests can enjoy discounted green fees throughout their stay.

 


Toddler Cycling

Teaching Your Toddler How To Use A Balance Bike

Teaching Your Toddler How To Use A Balance Bike

Spring is the perfect time to teach your child how to ride a bike, making sure they are ready to enjoy the great outdoors during the summer holidays! Long gone are the days where kids would learn to ride a bike using a set of stabilisers, then learn again to go without stabilisers.

These days, children are able to learn how to balance themselves and steer their bike using a balance bike, two important skills for mastering riding a regular bike, making the transition from starter bike to regular bike much smoother.

In today’s blog we cover the basics of teaching your child how to ride a balance bike. If you have any experience of teaching your child to ride a bike and want to share any tips with us, please tag us @cameronlodges on Twitter or leave us a message on our Facebook page.

What is a balance bike?

So what is a balance bike and how does it differ from a normal bike? Side-by-side, the main difference is that a balance bike doesn’t have pedals or a chain set, two mainstays of any regular bike.

Balance bikes are a replacement for tricycles and bikes with stabilisers. As they’re meant for toddlers, they’re smaller than regular bikes and have fatter tyres which help stabilise the bike. Most balance bikes have at least one brake, however, at first most kids will try and stop themselves using their feet. So top tip number one, choose their footwear wisely! We don’t want their brand new trainers getting ruined on their first outing! You should also consider safety, so stay away from open-toed sandals, crocs, or any other kind of footwear where part of the foot is exposed.

How do they work?

Pedalling, steering, balancing, braking…cycling requires a lot of different skills and a lot of coordination to master! Balance bikes focus on teaching kids the two most important of these skills – balance and steering.

Balance bikes allow children to push the bike along with their feet at first, before learning to push off and glide along with their feet off the ground.

Is a balance bike better than a regular bike with stabilisers?

Isla Rowntree, triple British cyclo-cross champion and founder of Islabikes, a leading manufacturer of balance bikes, summarises in an interview with Cycling Weekly why balance bikes are better than stabilisers at teaching kids how to ride a bike:

“[Stabilisers] are not actually a great way to learn to ride. A bicycle steers by leaning, you lean it to the right and the handlebars fall to the right, you lean it to the left and they fall to the left. Stabilisers hold the bike in a rigid, upright position – so when a child learns to steer with stabilisers on the bike, they’re actually learning to steer a tricycle.

Instead of learning to steer by leaning, they learn to steer by turning the handlebars, and pushing their bodyweight away from the bike, to stop it toppling over. When they come to ride without the stabilisers, they’ve then got to un-learn what they’ve been doing and learn something different.”

What age is a balance bike suitable for?

Balance bikes are suitable from toddler age upwards. As long as your child can walk, there’s no reason why they can’t begin to learn a balance bike, however most bike manufacturers state from age 2+. Brands including Yvolution have designed a balance bike that’s suitable for younger kids aged 18 months +. Their Y Velo Junior Balance Bike has a double rear wheel for added stability when the child is younger, but the second wheel can then be removed when they gain confidence.

Is there an upper age limit to using a balance bike? In general, kids up to 5 years old can enjoy riding a balance bike, however most children will move on to a regular bike by age 4.

How to choose a balance bike

With so many options on the market, how do you choose a bike that’s right for your child?

Given that your little ones will likely use the bike over a two year period and they will grow a lot in that time, adjustability is key. Most bikes come with adjustable seat and handle bar heights and most bike manufacturers measure using a minimum inside leg measurement, as opposed to age. As well as height, you should find a bike that is no more than a third of your child’s weight.

Safety is key and some bikes offer a steering limiter, which means that the front wheel and handlebars won’t be able to spin fully round. Another important safety factor is whether or not your child can reach, and pull on, the brake.

How much does a balance bike cost?

Like any other product, you can get low (<£50), mid (£50-£100) and high-end (>£100) price points. Factors which affect the cost of the bike include its features e.g. weight, material and tyre type, whether it comes pre-assembled or needs to be built at home, and the brand itself.

The Independent wrote a great balance bike review in October 2018 which ranks the UK’s most popular balance bikes in a top 10 list, taking into account factors such as price, brand and features.

How do I teach my child to ride a balance bike?

As with any bike, before you begin, make sure the tyres are firm, the saddle is stable and the brake works. Teaching your child to ride a balance bike can be split into five main areas –

  1. Getting on / off the bike
  2. Braking
  3. Moving
  4. Balancing
  5. Steering

 

  1. Braking

Before your child gets on to the bike, it’s useful to teach them how to use the brake (if, of course, your chosen balance bike has a brake) so that they know how they can stop themselves if they feel they are going too fast (plus it will save those shoes!).

Start by having them walk alongside the bike, hands on the handlebars. Ask them to gently pull the brake lever until the bike starts to stop. Repeat this exercise as many times as possible for your little one to become comfortable with braking.

  1. Getting on and off the bike

It may be tempting to just lift your toddler on to the bike, however it’s worth spending some time teaching them how to get on and off properly. Getting on and off a balance bike is very similar to getting on and off a regular bike. The key skills to master are leaning the bike and swinging the leg over. Once they have swung their leg over, they should place it on the ground. At this stage, both feet should be flat on the ground, their bottom should be on the saddle and their hands should easily reach the handlebars. If at this stage you think your child looks uncomfortable, consider adjusting the seat / handle bar height.

  1. Moving

Once safely seated on the saddle, hands on handle bars, ask them to walk slowly in a straight line to allow them to get used to the bike and the movement required. While they’re walking, encourage them to look ahead. Top tip: kids can be easily distracted, so it’s useful to have someone up ahead that they can focus on. Your child will naturally go faster as they get used to the bike.

  1. Balancing

Once your child can confidently walk with the bike, encourage them to take longer steps, pushing themselves forward. The aim is to get them to lift their feet off the ground and glide along. Push with the left foot, push with the right foot, then glide! Top tip: a gentle downward slope will encourage them to lift their feet. Once your child has mastered the movements of cycling, re-introduce the brakes. To make it more fun, try playing games where you shout out words like Go / Slow / Fast and Stop!

  1. Steering

Once your child is comfortable with being on the bike and moving forward, it’s time to teach them how to steer. A bike steers by leaning on the handle bars. To help them steer, ask them to lean to the right / left while slightly turning the handle bars. Avoid sharp corners until they’ve built up confidence with gentle curves.

How long will it take to teach my child to ride a balance bike?

Little and often is key, as toddlers will generally only be able to do 30 mins of cycle practice at a time before getting tired, hungry or distracted. All kids learn at their own pace and some may take longer than others to pick up these new skills, but the important thing is that they are enjoying what they are doing!

Here are some tips from some one of our favourite parenting bloggers…

Sam Rickelton from North East Family Fun

“We found taking the kids to a cycle path with a very slight incline worked really well as it helped to give them a little momentum as they were getting started. Also, when you’re moving from a balance bike to their first proper bike, if you remove the pedals and lower the seats for the first few days it will help your children get used to a bigger bike and make the transition from balance to ‘proper’ bike.”

What are the next steps once they’ve mastered the balance bike?

Children usually use a balance bike up until the age of 4 or 5, but again, some kids will progress quicker than others and will be ready to ride a regular bike before their 4th birthday. With the skills they’ve picked up using a balance bike, the transition between riding a balance bike and riding a regular bike will mainly be teaching your kids how to pedal.

Enjoy a Family Cycling Break In Loch Lomond 

Loch Lomond is a fantastic location for all the family to get outdoors and enjoy cycling. Whatever your ability, Loch Lomond has a cycle path to suit! Starting in Balloch and ending in Tarbet, the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path is a 17 mile route which has access to some amazing beaches and picnic spots along the way.

Download the route card from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

There are other, shorter routes, some of which can be found within the ground of our resort, making Cameron Lodges the perfect base for a family cycling holiday in Scotland.

 

 


Balloch

Things To Do In Balloch

Things To Do In Loch Lomond & Balloch

As we head towards the colder winter season, you may be longingly thinking of your next holiday and gathering brochures for somewhere abroad. But why holiday overseas when you can take in the stunning Scottish scenery around Loch Lomond? There are plenty of things to do in Loch Lomond, whether you’re looking to explore the local area, go on a walking adventure or partake in an outdoor activity, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Head to Balloch and the surrounding area, often known as the gateway to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and use this lovely part of Scotland as the base for your travels. Famous in the past for being a vital gateway for boats entering Loch Lomond in the 1800’s, Balloch takes its name from the gaelic ‘bealach’ which translates as mountain pass. The village lies at the southern end of the loch and is an easy drive from Glasgow via the A82.

While Balloch makes the perfect place to stay in while you explore the loch, there’s plenty to do in the village itself. Start by exploring Balloch Castle Country Park. Sadly, the castle itself is now derelict and under renovation, but with 200 acres to discover you could easily spend an entire day in the park. You can opt for a guided walk, follow one of the many nature trails, or wander round the walled gardens. Take a picnic to make the most of your day out.

Balloch Castle

As we all know, Scotland is famous for its whisky, but that’s not the only delight our breweries have to offer. Don’t miss the Loch Lomond brewery, where you’ll find a choice of award-winning local ales. Definitely one for fans of a good brew! Anyone looking for a more lasting souvenir can find a number of shops selling work by local artists and craftsmen, such as the beautiful creations of Icefire Glass, many of which have a Scottish theme. Open to the public most days you can watch the experts make incredible glass sculptures based on a whole host of diverse themes from fantasy to wildlife. There are many shopping opportunities in the area, with a number of retail outlets in the Antartex Shopping Village just outside Balloch.

If your party includes children over the age of 7, then head for the Treezone Aerial Adventure Course. Zip wires and scramble nets will keep them happy (and wear them out!). Open throughout the year, the course has over 17 obstacles, with the longest crossing being 31 metres, the longest zip wire 65 metres (which has some of the best views in the country) and the highest point up at 14 metres!

Treezone Loch Lomond

For a more sedate afternoon, visit the Maid of the Loch, the last paddle steamer to be built in the UK. Open as a historic public visitor attraction, it’s free to climb aboard The Maid, which also has a Tea Room on board with plenty of food and drinks options. Whilst you’re there you can also visit the Balloch Steam Slipway, a heritage building attraction (built in 1902) which demonstrates how the steam engine works by pulling The Maid out of the water.

There’s also the delightful Loch Lomond Shores walk which is a sculpture trail about 1km long that you can take a buggy along if you have small children and includes the ‘Teko the Swimming Otter’ sculpture. And don’t forget the Farmers Market at Loch Lomond Shores which takes place on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Our activities page has more information on the summer activities available in Loch Lomond such as Segway Safaris, Pony Trekking, Mountain Bike Hire, Bat Walks and much more.

If you’re looking to make the most of what Balloch has to offer whilst on a self-catering or cottage break in Loch Lomond, then get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you plan your perfect break.


Romantic Rose

Top Tips for A Romantic Break In Loch Lomond

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As the cold, dark evenings approach, we think it’s the perfect time to organise a romantic break with your other half, whether it be a mid-week escape or a weekend getaway.

The romance and beautiful essence of Loch Lomond’s landscape is never ending and with breath-taking scenery around every corner, we believe Loch Lomond is the perfect setting for a romantic break away.

Let the magic of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs transform your getaway into a break you’ll never forget with a variety of different activities to make your visit extra special. We’ve listed our top 4 romantic activities below, let us know if you have any to add to the list – tweet us @cameronlodges or leave us a comment on Facebook.

A loch cruise

With Scotland’s largest body of freshwater right on your doorstep, you have the perfect opportunity to enjoy a romantic loch cruise. Whilst there are plenty of cruise operators in Loch Lomond, our very own Celtic Warrior provides a luxury, romantic setting to enjoy the loch.  A beautiful 46ft motor cruiser, the Celtic Warrior will add that extra sparkle to your romantic getaway. Surrounded by luxury, you will enjoy a glass of champagne on the top deck as you set sail from the Cameron House marina. Wrap up warm, cosy up to your other half and enjoy the sights of Loch Lomond as you cruise through the waves. To make your loch cruise experience even more romantic, book a sunset cruise and watch the glow of the sun set on Loch Lomond’s clear blue waters.

loch cruise

 A seaplane trip

Departing from the jetty in front of Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond Seaplanes offer a fantastic range of seaplane flights exploring the west coast of Scotland and beyond. Make your romantic escape one to remember with a bird’s eye view of some of the most stunning landscapes the world has to offer. Enjoy the effortless take-off from the serene waters of Loch Lomond then sit back and relax in your first-class window seat, and enjoy the view and in-flight commentary as you cover over 60 miles of the west coast of Scotland. We can promise that this will be one for the memory books as you witness and experience Scotland’s natural beauty like you’ve never seen it before. And to end your trip on a high, you’ll both enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz when you land.

Inveraray Castle

Feel like King and Queen for the day as you explore the iconic beauty of Inveraray Castle on your next romantic break in Loch Lomond. Lying on the spectacular shores of Loch Fyne, it’s a short drive from Loch Lomond and the ideal place to relax and unwind.  Inveraray Castle is a unique piece of architecture incorporating Baroque, Palladian and Gothic styles and was even featured in the 2012 Downton Abbey Christmas special as the fictional Duneagle Castle. Spend your afternoon in the enchanting castle, appreciating a glimpse of royal Scottish heritage before exploring the exquisite estate grounds which offer breath-taking viewpoints. To finish off your afternoon there is a tearoom available for visitors to rejuvenate with light refreshments and a small gift shop to purchase a souvenir to remember your day by.

Inveraray Castle. Photo Credit: Argyll Estates/Nick McCann

Spa retreat

To escape the stress and strain of everyday life, a spa break is the perfect antidote. Our resort boasts world-renowned spa facilities and Cameron Club lodge guests have complimentary access the Thermal Experience at The Spa during their stay. Located within the peaceful grounds of The Carrick, you will enjoy the short stroll to the Spa before being transported into a faraway land as the Spa’s very own Arran Aromatics candles welcome you into a realm of relaxation and tranquillity. Hide yourselves away in the Thermal experience for a couple hours where you can enjoy the peace and serenity of Loch Lomond in each other’s company. For the ultimate luxury, book a couples spa day where you can spend some quality time together prior to your treatments in your own couples suite treatment room. Relax in the private steam chamber and enjoy a self-applied rasul mud therapy followed by some time relaxing in your own aromatherapy spa bath for two. Your therapists will then join you in the suite for you to experience a 55 minute full body massage of your choice followed by a 25 minute soothing express facial tailored to your skin type. Whether you choose to indulge in some treatments or calm the body and mind within the Thermal Experience, don’t forget to visit the rooftop infinity pool where scenic views across the resort towards Loch Lomond await your arrival.

If you’re considering a romantic break in Loch Lomond, our one bedroom lodges make the perfect base for exploring all that this romantic location has to offer. From enjoying sunsets on your own private balcony, to long walks around our picture-perfect resort, to romantic meals in one of our resort restaurants, Cameron Lodges is the ideal setting for your romantic getaway.

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How To Make The Most Of A Spring Break In Loch Lomond

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.

Family

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!

Pony Trekking Loch Lomond

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.

Tree Zone Loch Lomond

Adventurer

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.

Explorer

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.

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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.

Luxury

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.

Infinity Pool at The Carrick Spa

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.


Easter Egg Picking

How To Plan The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

How To Plan An Egg-stra Special Easter Egg Hunt

 

Little Girl on Easter Egg Hunt

The humble Easter egg hunt can be traced back as far as the 1400s in Europe, the egg a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. Nowadays, an Easter Egg Hunt can be a great Easter Sunday activity for all the family to enjoy. There are lots of ways to create the perfect hunt to get the whole family involved, and in this blog article, we share some of our favourites. What are your best Easter Egg Hunt tips? Share them with us in the comments section below.

What you’ll need to plan the perfect Easter Egg Hunt:

  1. A Location

As unpredictable as the UK weather can be, it’s important to plan for all eventualities. An outdoor hunt in your back garden or local park could be a great idea to let kids burn off some energy before they devour the spoils of their hunt! But it’s always good to have an indoor fallback in case it’s raining. Where you hide your treasure will depend on the age of your children, but it’s good to keep hiding places varied to keep them interested and engaged in the hunt.

  1. Treasure!

Whether you decide to go for plastic eggs, chocolate eggs, hard boiled eggs, or something a little different (don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of ideas!), you will need something to hide on your hunt. Decide where you’re planning to have your hunt before choosing your treasure, after all we don’t want the local wildlife getting involved if you decide to have an outdoor hunt with chocolate eggs!

  1. A Basket

Hunt participants will need somewhere to store their treasure – we love the traditional bamboo baskets but you can also find lovely Easter buckets in supermarkets and other high street shops. Just remember to consider how big your treasure is when choosing a basket. Personalising and decorating a bamboo basket is a great idea to keep kids occupied in the lead up to the hunt – a selection of colourful ribbons, fluffy Easter chicks, felt bunny rabbits and flowers will transform the basket and get your kids’ creative juices flowing.

  1. Clues

Traditionally, an Easter Egg Hunt involves a clue which leads to some treasure and another clue, which then leads to the next piece of treasure, and so on until the last piece of treasure has been found. Netmums have a fantastic selection of ready-made clues that you can download and print off, ready for your hunt.

If you’re preparing an Easter Egg Hunt for kids of different ages, it’s important that everyone gets their fair share of the treasure, and that older kids don’t rush through the hunt and leave the younger kids with no eggs in their basket. We’ve outlined some tips for creating a fair Easter Egg Hunt below –

Easter Eggs in Easter Egg Hunt in Loch Lomond 2018

For younger children, perhaps a guided hunt from the Easter Bunny himself would be a better idea, or you could attach colourful balloons to your treasure to make it a bit easier for them to find. For an Easter Bunny-led hunt, you’ll need some footprints. These can be easily made from some card and a basic paw print design (download a simple paw print here). Another way to keep younger children engaged during the hunt is involving their favourite characters

For older kids, the clues could be more challenging, or there could be an extra dimension to the hunt, for example a puzzle which needs to be solved or a final challenge. For an egg-stra special twist, why not hide a couple of bigger eggs in more difficult places to reward the best hunters, or hide a Golden Egg somewhere and the person who finds it first gets a special prize?

To allow everyone to take part in the same hunt, you could create a colour coordinated hunt without clues, where each participant just needs to search for a particular colour of egg. This will give you the opportunity to choose easier hiding places for younger children and more difficult places for older kids. Just remember to take into account the height of the children and where they would guess to look.

Have a go at creating an egg-ceptional Easter Egg Hunt for your family and let us know how you get on! Share your photos and comments on Facebook or tag us on Twitter or Instagram @cameronlodges

Happy egg-hunting!