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There is a wide range of kids activities in Loch Lomond which are available for all the family to enjoy. Plus, there’s plenty of adult only activities too. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your Loch Lomond itinerary with all the things to see and do, whether you want to relax and take it easy or take part in something more adventurous.

From family days out with the kids to events and lots of free places and attractions to go and visit, you will find some inspiration and ideas below.

Find out more about activities in Loch Lomond from our posts below.


Chil Walking With Autumn Leaves in The Rain

Things To Do In And Around Loch Lomond On A Rainy Day

Find joy in the rain, jump in puddles, make a splash and smile as a rainbow is waiting on the other side ready to shine bright and illuminate our dark skies. A rainy day just means warmer jumpers, waterproof jackets, wellies and umbrellas. Don’t let the rain spoil your sense of adventure, as there’s an activity for everyone on a rainy day in Loch Lomond. We’ve listed our top 5 activities in and around Loch Lomond that will keep you amused on a dreary, rainy day

  1. SEA LIFE Loch Lomond

Under the sea lives a range of fascinating, unique creatures who roam the waters with their kin. Dive into an underwater experience at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE and visit the inquisitive otters who have two layers of fur, an outer waterproof layer to keep them dry and a thick, inner coat to keep them toasty warm – fun fact!

Just a small walk from the otters’ tank lies the bay of rays, the only living Cow Nose Rays in Scotland. Rays are fascinating, social creatures who often come together in groups to swim through the ocean, SEA LIFE’s tanks are filled with curious rays waiting to make your acquaintance.

As you walk through the ocean tunnel don’t forget to look up as you’ll come face-to-fin with SEA LIFE’s incredible shark species’ including Bonnethead and Blacktip reef sharks. Sharks are mysterious creatures, who have been around as long as dinosaurs! From the curious to the rare, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the coolest underwater creatures when you visit the Loch Lomond aquarium.

Plus, there’s a Christmas spectacular occurring at SEA LIFE from 17th November to 23rd December where your kids can meet Santa, take part in arts and crafts, and enjoy an underwater quiz trail through the aquarium.

2. Glengoyne Distillery

When the rain bounces off the ground, there are few better places to escape the dreich outdoors than the warmth of a whisky distillery. And one of the finest, most beautiful distilleries in Scotland lies around the corner from Loch Lomond – Glengoyne. Snuggled amongst the most dramatic landscapes of Dumgoyne Hill, Glengoyne offers you the opportunity to sip on fine single malt through one of seven tasting experiences.

All tours start with a taste of their iconic 12 year old malt, followed by a masterclass on their traditions and how their bold flavours are created, and a guided walk through the distilling process. Glengoyne offers a variety of guided tours that will take you behind the scenes and give you unimaginable insights into their production, all year round. From a wee tasting tour, whisky & chocolate tour to a 5-hour masterclass tasting tour, there’s a tour to suit all palates.

To finish, put your raincoat back on, brave the blustery showers and stroll up to the nearby waterfall where you can appreciate the beauty of the Scottish landscapes.

3. Glasgow Science Centre

Jump in your car, hop on the train or bus and head south from Loch Lomond towards Glasgow for an unforgettable day out in the city. Suitable for all ages and all family sizes, Glasgow Science Centre is the ideal location to hide from the rain.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Glasgow Science Centre, boasting amazing indoor attractions, interactive exhibits, a planetarium, Scotland’s biggest indoor screen the IMAX and a science show theatre.

Immerse yourself in how the body works, take a walk through the solar system or get hands-on with quantum technologies behind engineering and physics. They say every day is a school day and at the science centre you’ll be amazed by the interactive and fun nature of science. Your little one might even want to become the next Einstein after their visit.

4. Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

Brave the rain and stand shoulder to shoulder with one of Scotland’s iconic heroes, Robert The Bruce, where he claimed his greatest victory at The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Immerse yourself in Scottish battle history and re-watch the battle like never before with 3D screens and interactions with medieval warriors, archers and knights from both war sides and see how they participated in the battle.

Re-live the battle, take command and take your place on the battlefield and stand strong against fearless English warriors alongside Robert the Bruce. 1314 marked the year Scotland’s history changed forever. You’ll be at the heart of the action and uncover more details about this crucial battle than you can ever be taught in a school classroom.

5. Cameron Lodges Resort

Take refuge from the rain at one of our resort restaurants, The Boathouse or The Clubhouse, or take part in one of our many resort dining events. We like to offer our guests, locals and passers-by the option to make memories on the banks of Loch Lomond with a range of fantastic resort events from steak nights, quiz nights, tasting experiences, and Sunday brunch.

Our New England, nautical themed Boat House restaurant plays host to two unmissable events, Thursday Quiz Night and Sunday Brunch. Round up your most intelligent, closest friends and join us for a competitive evening where your general knowledge will be put to the test. Every Thursday you can enjoy exquisite cocktails, scrumptious foods, soak up an inviting yet competitive atmosphere and see if your knowledge is up to par.

If brunching is more your cup of tea, then you can dine in style with us every Sunday and enjoy a delicious brunch featuring all the classics, from all England breakfast to Eggs Benedict. Plus, there’s live music to keep you entertained whilst you gossip and brunch.

Our gastro-inspired pub, The Clubhouse at Cameron also hosts several events which are perfect for family and friends including several tasting experiences, Friday Night Live and Steak Night.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The Clubhouse plays host to whisky, wine and gin tastings. Embark on an indulgent tasting journey, from discovering the world’s finest wines, to hearing tales of gin’s sudden resurgence, and enjoying a dram of Lowland, Speyside and Islay whiskies.

Or you can take refuge from the rain and kick off the weekend in style as you enjoy live music accompanied by delicious foods every Friday night. The Clubhouse chefs have created a mouth-watering menu that will have you savouring every bite, plus our mixologists have a great selection of cocktails to choose from.

Finally, the most romantic event on the banks of Loch Lomond, our indulgent Tuesday night Steak Night. Break up the working week with a Clubhouse spectacular, a juicy 6oz rump of Cairnhill steak served alongside Peppercorn sauce and fries all for £34.95 for two. Wait… we almost forgot to mention that date night includes a bottle of house wine too.

 

Loch Lomond is the perfect place to explore whilst the rain pours. Extend your adventure and take shelter in one of our luxury bungalows, lodges, cottages or apartments. We offer self-catering accommodation to suit all group sizes!

 


Castle In Scotland

Castles Near Loch Lomond

 

No visit to Scotland would be complete without visiting one of our historic castles. From military fortresses to stately residences, Scotland has around 2,000 castles, many of which have now fallen to ruin or been abandoned. However, in Loch Lomond we are lucky enough to be near some of the best maintained castles in Scotland including Stirling Castle and Dumbarton Castle.

In our blog below we’ve chosen the best castles near Loch Lomond that are easily accessible by car or public transport from our resort on the southwestern shore of Loch Lomond. Tweet us @cameronlodges or leave us a comment on Facebook if you have any more Loch Lomond castles to add to our list. We’d also love to see your pictures if you’ve visited the castles mentioned below!

Castles Near Loch Lomond

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle is located a mere 7 miles from Cameron Lodges, on the River Clyde. Historically, Dumbarton Castle stood as a stronghold at the heart of an ancient kingdom, now known as Strathclyde. The castle has been standing on a volcanic rock in the Firth of Clyde for over 1500 years, and is one of the oldest castles in Scotland, with a rich history and some notable guests and prisoners, including William Wallace.

In 1489, it was home to James IV and Mons Meg, the famous medieval canon currently housed at Edinburgh Castle, which was used by James IV to besiege Dumbarton Castle before he began his attacks on the Lords of Isles.

Dumbarton Castle was also used as a royal refuge, it’s most notable resident being Mary Queen of Scots, whose mother brought her to the castle in 1547 to ensure her safety after the English victory at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh. And in 1548, it was the place from which she left Scotland at only 5 years old, in order to fulfil the requirements of her betrothal to Dauphin Francis of France.

After Mary Queen of Scots’ later reign over Scotland, the royal castle was turned into a military fortress, and then a state prison before being decommissioned in the twentieth century.

Nowadays Dumbarton Castle is a tourist attraction and is open to the public throughout the year. With such a rich heritage, around 16,000 visitors flock to Dumbarton Castle each year to explore the castle’s building and grounds, examine castle artefacts, and climb the White Tower Craig for stunning views towards Ben Lomond.

Find out more about visiting Dumbarton Castle

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. Although the castle has stood on the same ground since the 15th century, the castle that stands today was inspired by a sketch by an architect who designed both Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. Construction of the castle began in 1746 and took 43 years to complete. In 1877 a fire resulted in the original castle needing to be repaired and enhanced to include a third floor and conical roofs on the corner turrets, resulting in the famous Scottish castle we know today.

Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne, less than an hour’s drive from Loch Lomond, the castle was first opened to the public in 1953 and is now a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the west coast of Scotland. However just over 10 years earlier in 1940, it was setup as a prominent military training centre which trained around 250,000 allied military personnel during World War II.

Nowadays all three floors of the castle are available for tourists to explore. The basement level comprises the Old Kitchen, which was last used by the current Duke of Argyll’s grandmother in 1950s and includes a collection of copper utensils and various kitchen items from Victorian, Edwardian and pre-war cooking era, as well as the castle tearoom and gift shop. The ground floor offers visitors a chance to view the old armoury and Campbell family crests, as well as the state dining room, drawing room and saloon. The first floor acts as a gallery and is where you can learn more about Clan Campbell.

Find out more about visiting Inveraray Castle

Stirling Castle

Historically, Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland, and can be found less than an hour’s drive from Loch Lomond. Managed by Historic Environment Scotland, it is one of Scotland’s most visited tourist attractions, with over half a million visitors per year.

Home to many Scottish kings and queens, the castle was built in the early 12th century, however the majority of the buildings that still stand today were built between 1490 and 1600. Occupied by the English from 1296 until William Wallace reclaimed the castle for Scotland at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, it was again taken by the English in the second Wars of Independence, before the future King Robert II reclaimed the castle for the final time. It has stayed within Scottish control ever since and has been the birthplace and death place of many Scottish monarchs including James II. Many kings and queens were also crowned at Stirling Castle, including Mary Queen of Scots, and many royal babies were baptised in the chapel, including James VI. Stirling Castle is most associated with the Stewart dynasty.

Stirling Castle was a renaissance palace during James IV reign, with a mix of English, French and German influences in the castle décor and buildings, which can be seen most in the Great Hall of the castle. However after the Stewart kings left the castle, it became less of a royal residence and more of a military fortress due to its position on top of Castle Hill, giving it a strong defensive position. The last Scottish monarch who lived at the castle was Charles II, who lived there until 1650.

Nowadays, Stirling Castle provides a fantastic day out for all the family, with a wealth of interactive displays and events.

Abandoned Castles & Ruins In Loch Lomond

Buchanan Castle

If abandoned castles left to ruin and steeped in rich history are more your thing, then Buchanan Castle is a must-visit on your next trip to Loch Lomond. Located in Drymen on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, next to Buchanan Castle Golf Club, the castle was commissioned by James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose, in 1852 to be used as a family home. The land around the castle was previously owned by Clan Buchanan, hence the name Buchanan Castle.

Designed by Scottish architect William Burn, the original castle was built in the Scottish baronial style, popular in the nineteenth century. Used as a family home for the dukes of Montrose until 1925, it was then sold and opened as a hotel and golf course, with further plans to develop the land to include residential properties. However the castle was requisitioned to be used as a hospital during the Second World War and was host to Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s right hand man, when he parachuted into Scotland in 1941 and needed medical care.

The castle is a category B listed building, and remains to this day the registered seat of Clan Graham, despite its abandoned and dilapidated state. The castle has a perimeter fence and signs up advising against entry, however you can still walk around the castle and view the ruins from a distance.

Balloch Castle

Balloch Castle, located on the southern shore of Loch Lomond is a category A listed building, and another castle in Loch Lomond which is now abandoned. Although many castles have stood on the grounds of Balloch Castle for centuries, the present Tudor Gothic style castle was commissioned by John Buchanan of Ardoch in 1809, and designed by Robert Lugar, a London-based architect. Although the castle includes many defensive features such as turrets and lancet windows, these features were purely added for decorative purposes. The 200 acre castle grounds include walled gardens and park areas which have been further developed over the years and awarded Country Park status in 1980.

Balloch Castle gardens were created during the Landscape Movement where the emphasis was on adding rolling lawns and panoramic views to create the illusion of a larger landscape. As such, Balloch Country Park includes extensive parkland which was previously used for sheep and cattle grazing, woodlands which were used as a barrier to the strong Scottish winds, as well as many smaller walled gardens including the Kitchen Garden which provided the castle residents with a steady supply of fruit and veg, and the Chinese Garden which features acers and conifers.

Over the years investment has been secured to improve various aspects of the original gardens including the restoration of the old Boat House. You’ll also find a fairy trail, which was created by local tree surgeon Patrick Muir, using stumps of diseased trees from within the estate. The carvings are scattered throughout the park and each one has its own fictional backstory.

Find out more about Balloch Castle and Country Park


Autumn Family Fun

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.

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

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

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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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

 


Driving Window

Scenic Drives Around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Best Loch Lomond Scenic Drives

If you’re looking for a scenic drive in Scotland, then Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is the perfect place to go. In this article we’ve chosen some of the most popular driving routes in Loch Lomond, whether you are looking for a short trip, road trip or a full day of scenic driving. With many beautiful picnic spots along the way, be sure to stock up the car and make the most of the natural beauty of Loch Lomond.

Scenic Route Viewpoints

With 720 square miles of the National Park to explore, it can be difficult to know where to find the best views. As part of the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative, in 2015 a unique competition was launched for young architects to design a viewpoint that would blend in with the natural surroundings, encouraging visitors to take in the stunning landscapes of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.

The four exceptional viewpoints are conveniently located along the main roads that loop through the northern and eastern parts of the National Park and are ready to be found on your next Loch Lomond road trip. Don’t forget your camera though, snap the perfect picture and tag us @cameronlodges on Twitter or Instagram.

Here are details of where you can find each of the four viewpoints

  1. LookOut, Loch Voil

LookOut can be found on the land where the shores of Loch Voil meet Loch Doine, past Balquhidder, up the glen off the A84. As the structure has mirrored surfaces, you might have to have a good look to find it!

  1. Woven Sound, Falls of Falloch

You’ll find Woven Sound at Falls of Falloch along the A82, around 3 miles south of Crianlarich. The viewpoint effortlessly blends into the natural landscape and provides a brand new perspective of the famous waterfall.

  1. Faerie Hollow, Loch Lubnaig beag

Located close to the Highland Boundary Fault Line, you’ll discover Faerie Hollow by the small picnic site at Loch Lubnaig, between Callander and Strathyre on the A84.

  1. Ac Ceann Mòr, Inveruglas

You’ll easily find An Ceann Mòr, also known as the Inveruglas Pyramid, just 17 miles up the A82 from Cameron Lodges, opposite Loch Sloy power station. From this viewpoint you can look forward to views of the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond, and there’s also a visitor centre where you can find out more about the local area.

Can you drive around Loch Lomond?

Unfortunately it’s not possible to drive round Loch Lomond. While the western shore is easily accessible by the A82, the majority of the eastern shore is only accessible on foot or by boat. This part of the loch’s shore makes up the Rowardennan to Inverarnan leg of the West Highland Way.

However, you can take the opportunity to explore other parts of The Trossachs National Park when you take the A85 towards Crianlarich and then the A84 down towards Stirling before taking the A811 back across to the A82. If you choose to take this route, you’ll visit the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, home to iconic views of sparkling lochs including Loch Katrine and Loch Ard, wooded hills and rugged mountains including Ben A’an, Ben Vane and Ben Venue.

Three Lochs Forest Drive

The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is also home to the Three Lochs Forest Drive, a scenic 7 mile drive that takes you past 3 picturesque lochs – Loch Drunkie, Lochan Reòidhte and Loch Achray. The starting point of the Three Lochs Forest Drive is on the east side of The Duke’s Pass (A821), about 2 miles north of Aberfoyle.

This circular drive offers plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy a picnic. Loch Drunkie is a popular pit stop for families due to its accessible toilets and play facilities, available at a small charge between Easter and October. From the Little Drunkie Trail to the more challenging Loch Achray Trail, with its uneven rocks and pathways, and several steep slopes, there is a wide variety of walking trails to suit walkers of all ages and abilities.

For more information on the Three Lochs Forest Drive, visit the Forest and Land Scotland website.

The Duke’s Pass

Named after the Duke of Montrose, who built the pass in the 19th century to provide better access to his estate, the Duke’s Pass is a public road that connects Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine. The Duke’s Pass has been a popular driving route in Loch Lomond since the Victorian times, when it was reclassified from a private to public road to provide easier access for tourists flocking to explore the area that inspired Sir Walter Scott’s well-known poem, The Lady of the Lake.

Regarded as one of the best drives in Scotland, you’ll pass scenic spots such as Loch Achray, and when you reach Loch Katrine, you can take to the water on the famous Sir Walter Scott steamship, take a stroll along the loch’s edge, or cycle the north shore, or simply find a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic from.

After a long day’s driving, consider booking a luxury lodge stay at Cameron Lodges to relax and rejuvenate, ready for the day ahead. Positioned on the south western shores of Loch Lomond, our self-catering accommodation options include lodges, bungalows, cottages and apartments. Our idyllic location offers plentiful scenic driving routes or road trips to enjoy throughout your stay. While the Scottish Highlands are on your doorstep, you’re also within easy driving distance of Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Cycling

The Best Cycling Paths in Loch Lomond

Whether you’re looking for an easy cycling route that the whole family can enjoy, a mountain biking trail that will get your heart rate up, or a chance to tackle a national cycling route, Loch Lomond has you covered.

Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycle Way

The Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycle Way forms part of National Cycle Route 7 and is approximately 20 miles long. Starting in Glasgow and ending in Balloch, or vice versa, the cycling route will take you along former railway lines and canal towpaths, including the well-known Forth & Clyde Canal.

Beginning at Bell’s Bridge, close to the Glasgow Science Centre, you’ll pass iconic landmarks such as the River Clyde, The Tall Ship, Clydebank docks, Bowling harbour and Dumbarton Rock, before arriving in Balloch.

The Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycle Way is a great cycle path for cyclists of all abilities as the majority of the route is traffic free and made from asphalt, however particular care should be taken at Bowling roundabout.

The route should take around 1.5 hours to cycle, leaving you plenty of time to explore your destination.

John Muir Way

John Muir, known as the Father of National Parks was a Scottish-American naturalist and writer who was passionate about protecting and enhancing wild landscapes. The John Muir Way is a 134 mile cycling route which was created in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of John Muir’s death, Homecoming Scotland and Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, and begins just outside Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Helensburgh. The route finishes in Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland, the birthplace of John Muir. Both the start and end points of the John Muir Way are marked by a seat made from Scottish oak and a circular stone plinth with engraved footprints and a John Muir quote.

The 134 mile route is split into 10 smaller sections which can be enjoyed by both cyclists and walkers. Two of these sections take in parts of Loch Lomond & The Trossochs National Park –

  1. Helensburgh to Balloch – the first section of the route will give you a taster of what’s to come. At only 9 miles long and made up of pavements, gravel and grassy paths and quiet roads, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security as there’s a steep climb to tackle before being rewarded with views of Loch Lomond when you reach the top.
  2. Balloch to Strathblane – the second section of the route is 18.5 miles and should take around 3 hours to cycle. Taking in part of the West Highland Way, between Dumgoyne and Strathblane, you can look forward to some stunning views along the way.

West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

This 17 mile cycling route begins in Balloch and ends in Tarbet. Starting at the visitor centre in Balloch, you’ll pass plenty of Loch Lomond attractions including Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch Castle Country Park, The Carrick Golf Course, the picturesque village of Luss, Firkin Point and Tarbet, as well as being able to enjoy the iconic views of Conic Hill and Ben Lomond on the eastern shores of the loch. Along the way you’ll find picturesque spots on the loch shore to stop for a picnic, as well as many bars, cafes and restaurants in the small villages you pass through, including The Clubhouse at Cameron.

Download the route card

Cycling Breaks in Loch Lomond

If you’re travelling from afar and looking to explore more of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, our self-catering lodge resort on the banks of Loch Lomond is the ideal destination. Our accommodation options include lodges, bungalows, cottages and apartments, and sleep up to 8 people. Within our resort you’ll find an award-winning Spa, two golf courses and two restaurants to help you relax and rejuvenate after a day of cycling.

Mountain Bike Hire

Here at the Cameron Lodges resort, we offer both full day and half day bike hire. Find out more about our bike hire rates.


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.


Family Holding Hands

February Half Term

February Half Term Activities

If you’re looking for Half Term break inspiration that avoids the airport then you have come to the right place. The best family breaks are only a bus, car or train journey away when you visit the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

No matter what kind of self-catering break you’ve chosen to embark on, there are some great family friendly activities available and breath-taking scenery to explore within our resort grounds and the surrounding area.

We’ve put together a list of our Top 6 2019 Half Term activities in and around our luxury resort below. Let us know if you have any activities we should add to the list – tweet us @CameronLodges or leave us a comment on Facebook, we’d love to hear all about your Half Term itinerary.

Loch Lomond Faerie Trail in Luss

Scottish faeries have lived on the banks of Loch Lomond for as long as we can remember, happily inhabiting the forest and woodlands, living at peace with nature in their magical faerie houses. Luss is one of the most picturesque villages in Loch Lomond and is perfect for exploring with your little ones. Take the whole family on a fairy-tale journey where the faeries fly and explore the forest in which they call home. But beware and take care on your explorations as when the Vikings attacked Scotland many years ago, they brought along some troublesome trolls who still roam the hills within the Scottish Highlands. An enjoyable walk for all the family, Luss is a 10 minute drive from the Cameron Lodges resort.

Treezone

High in the treetops lies the ultimate aerial adventure course in Loch Lomond. Let your little ones bring out their inner monkey and swing through the trees, tackling a challenging and adrenaline-filled adventure course. The course includes fun zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight ropes, scramble nets, bridges and gap jumps. Make unforgettable memories with the family high up in the sky, hidden in an enchanted forest this February break. Treezone is located at Loch Lomond Shores, which is a 30 minute walk from Cameron House Lodges.

Celtic Warrior Cruise

Take to the waters of Loch Lomond and appreciate some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer on-board our luxury 46ft yacht, the Celtic Warrior. One of our family friendly cruises is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy some quality family time. Let the little ones feel the wind in their hair as the captain regales them with tales from the high seas, while the adults sip on an indulgent glass of champagne on the upper deck. The scenery you will be rewarded with will truly take your breath away.

Book your Celtic Warrior cruise please call 01389 722 508 or email themarina@cameronhouse.co.uk

Wildlife Walks at The Carrick

Loch Lomond is not only home to us humans but also a magnificent array of wildlife. There’s no better place to explore the local wildlife than The Carrick. When Doug Carrick designed The Carrick golf course he respected the natural habitat of the animals and birds that called this land home, ensuring the course was respectful of their needs. Over the years these animals have thrived, and multiplied, helped by our hard-working resort ranger, groundsmen and green keepers who all ensure the preservation of their natural habitats.

Download our Wildlife Tour of The Carrick guide. There are also copies available from Lodge Reception. And as you explore our grounds don’t forget to take a pen and paper as we like to hear about how many different species you came across on your travels.

Resort Activities

From an exhilarating Segway Safari of the resort and surrounding area to mountain bike hire, we have plenty of options for you to get out and explore the great outdoors this February Half Term. Hop on an adventurous Segway safari through the woodlands and off-road tracks and appreciate picturesque views of both the loch and surrounding landscapes. Our expert guides will teach you the basics before setting off on an off road adventure.

Our resort lies on Regional Route 40 of the National Cycle Network which takes you from the resort along the west bank of Loch Lomond to Arrochar. Hiring bikes for the day could be the perfect family activity for a crisp February day. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and make the most of the various picnic spots along the loch shore.

Test the whole family’s aim with an archery session with one of our qualified instructors. Learn the ancient art of archery within a safe environment. For kids aged 8 and over only, we have bows to suit all ages.

Find out more about our resort activities.

Jawsome Sharks

At SEALIFE Loch Lomond you can all discover a range of over 1,500 strange, fascinating and beautiful creatures that live in the deep blue sea. The aquarium is hosting an unmissable event called Jawsome Sharks this February. Educational and fun, your little one will become the newest recruit of the Jawsome Rangers and fulfil the mission of locating some missing shark teeth. Whilst searching for the hidden teeth, they will uncover fascinating facts about different species of sharks. And once they’ve found all the missing teeth, your little ranger will get a special play-doh gift to take home. Don’t miss out on this family fun day out and book your tickets to become the next Jawsome Ranger!

Book your SEALIFE tickets online.

 

An activity-filled Half Term Break at Cameron Lodges will tire the kids out so evenings can be spent enjoying our two resort restaurants and bars, or enjoying some quality time back in the lodge. Explore our range of accommodation options here:

 


Cameron Lodges Foodbank Donation

Foodbank Donation

Giving Back To The Local Community

Making a difference does not always involve donating money. There are many ways that you can make a difference to those in need and support your local community. In December we decided to participate in West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare as we believe that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and that everyone deserves to smile during the festive season.

Our local community hold a very special place in our heart as we wouldn’t be here or where we are today without their continual support therefore our decision to participate in the local foodbank was simple, we wanted to show our appreciation to all those around us and give something back. Most of our staff come from the local area and when we heard about all those in need within our community, we couldn’t not offer our support, it wasn’t an obligation, it was our decision to help.  The Foodshare charity provides pivotal services to those less fortunate and assists countless amounts of children and adults in times of grave need. The more we heard about those suffering and in need of help within our local community the more our heart strings pulled, and we decided it was our time to give back and spread love during the festive period. At Cameron Lodges we host a large number of guests who come and go frequently and tend to leave little things behind which would make the world of difference to those children and adults in need. And with the combination of our staff’s generosity we managed to make up a fantastic number of hampers for the foodbank.

The charity we chose to support is one very close to all our hearts at the lodges, and we would like to share a little more about this charity. The West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare is a Scottish charity set up in 2013, who provide food baskets to the residents of West Dunbartonshire in need of help. Their main objective is to help those affected by poverty within West Dunbartonshire through the provisions of food, signposting local information, advice and support within local communities to raise awareness on social well-being and campaign for policy changes with regards to social justice and poverty.

We participated in the foodbank drive by setting up numerous boxes scattered across the resort at the Cameron and Carrick Estates, which allowed our guests and staff to donate at will. The whole resort got involved, the lodge team, the hotel team and the spa team all contributed to the drive and donated little things that will make the world of difference to those in need within our local community. All donated items were collected in donations boxes located at the lodge reception, the Cameron and Carrick housekeeping sheds, the spa reception and the activity centre. We made sure we put a donation box at every point within the resort to drive as much participation as we could. And at the very end of the food drive every donation box collected had items within them. We are so appreciative of our staff and guests as it showed how much everyone wanted to help and contribute. It was a fantastic way for us to show our support and give something back to our community.

We managed to collect a variety of items that will go a long way for those in need and a few of our donated items included: milk, sugar, pasta and rice, tinned foods, cereals, coffee and tea bags, biscuits, jam, soups, long life fruit juices, toiletries and toys. We were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our team and guests as all these items filled up our van to the brim. We would definitely like to do something like this again next year to make sure all those within our community have a good Christmas.