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Weather in Scotland is often one of the most talked about topics in the country, and rightly so given the fact that it’s one of the few places where you can experience the elements of all four seasons in a single day. We may not get the temperatures of the Mediterranean however as long as you check ahead and pack accordingly, you won’t get any surprises!

Find out more about the weather in Scotland from our posts below.


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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!

 


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Jenny’s February Newsletter

February 2017

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”
– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

This month has been another extremely busy one, and we have certainly had our share of inclement weather. Whilst Storm Doris and her predecessors have undoubtedly played havoc across the country, my colleagues have persevered in often difficult working conditions, and for that I commend them all.

Many of you will be aware of building developments at Cameron House in relation to the terrace extension of the Great Scots bar. This extension included the necessary removal of two trees, one of which (the Horse Chestnut) made an appearance in my October newsletter last year; and was the result of a consultation process between Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, and Angus Mackay Landscape Consultants. The planting plan which was agreed between the National Park and Cameron House ensured that there was a minimum replacement of five to one for both trees, and that the locations of the new trees were to support the existing ageing trees. In mitigation of the removal of the two trees, similar native species were chosen for planting; six Oak, three Copper Beech and two Sweet Chestnut, all British grown and planted to BS 8545, which is a new British Standard to assist people involved in planning, planting and managing new trees in the landscape. This standard means that young trees which are planted will achieve “independence in the landscape”; they are healthy and have every chance of survival. It applies to trees where a distinct crown has been prepared in the nursery (therefore does not apply to whips, transplants and seedlings) and promotes the principle that successful tree planting relies on the integration of careful design, nursery production and planting site management.
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Stewart McColl (Head Groundsman) and I took delivery of the trees at the beginning of February and set about systematically preparing the ground for planting, which was no mean feat! I believe the first hole dug by Stewart took around four hours; I managed to break a pick axe one day during another excavation, so I will leave it up to your imagination as to what lay beneath the beautiful landscaped lawn of Cameron House. We used what is known as a Platipus underground guying system which secures rootballed semi-mature trees without having unsightly guy wires above ground, and is also proven to improve success in local wet soils. I personally felt a great sense of pride in planting these trees, and I hope that they will continue to grow, strengthen and flourish for many years to come.

Elsewhere, work has been ongoing in The Enchanted Wood and exciting progress has been made with a new boardwalk which will link the existing accessible woodland to the next phase. Special thanks go to Andy McClearie for his efforts in this project, as well as Paul McClearn and Lee Courtney who ably assisted him. Please remember that this is still a construction zone and as tempting as it may be, I would kindly ask you to refrain from entering the Phase 2 area for the time being. There is still a lot of work to do to get it ready, but I am confident that it will be worth it. Look out for updates in the near future.

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Recently I attended a weekend networking event organised by Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland (OWLS); an organisation supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and evolved out of the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) which has run successfully for over 20 years. Nationally OWL Scotland supports outdoor and woodland learning through provision of resources, advice, training, networking opportunities and grants, and aims to actively engage young people and connect their broader learning with the world around them. The objectives of OWL Scotland are:

1) To increase the use of the outdoors for learning – discovering, exploring and connecting to the natural world;

2) To increase opportunities to learn outdoors about the natural world and how it links to social and economic factors locally, nationally and globally;

3) To increase opportunities for adults to develop pedagogical skills for use in a range of outdoor environments to encourage depth, breadth and progression in learning;

4) To increase understanding of the positive impacts of learning outdoors on health and wellbeing.

This summer I will be running a variety of outdoor activities which will hopefully incorporate some of these objectives, but most importantly introduce the outdoors to all ages in a fun as well as informative way. More information on the events timetable will be publicised in the next few months.

Finally, it may still feel like winter, but spring is most definitely just around the corner. The next time you’re outside, see if you can spot any of the following:
• Frogspawn – look for balls of jelly with black specks in ponds, diches and slow-moving streams
• Hazel catkins – these are the male flowers of the hazel tree and are sometimes called lamb’s tails
• Snowdrops – one of the earliest bulbs to flower
• Birds building nests – keep your eyes peeled for birds carrying materials for nest-building
• Lesser celandine – look out for shiny yellow flowers and heart-shaped leaves covering woodland floors
• Bluebell shoots – these pop up early to get as much light as possible before the tree canopy closes over


Cameron Lodges Red Squirrel

Jenny’s October Newsletter

October 2016

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“It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm”.

-Dr Samuel Johnson, 1758

The weather; one of our favourite topics of conversation! Working outdoors I regularly meet guests, golfers and dog walkers, and more often than not, the weather will feature during our exchange. The weather is something we all have in common; we all have an opinion on it, and we all love to speculate, pass comment, rejoice or lament about it. It occurred to me recently that we also spend a lot of our time counting down to events, seasons and plans. So as well as talking about the weather, we’re also commenting on how “winter’s coming, the nights are drawing in”; or perhaps it’s been talk of the Indian summer and how long it will last for. I have even heard people wishing for summer again, whilst others are counting down til Christmas! There’s certainly nothing wrong with being prepared for future events, so perhaps that’s why we like to know in advance what the weather will be like, or start preparations for events such as Christmas by filling our freezers.

Sycamore Tree Cameron House

At this time of year there many species in our natural world planning ahead too and you don’t have to look very far to find them. Trees start their preparations for the winter by losing their leaves, and this is simply to save the tree from storm damage by reducing its resistance to wind, ice and snow. Shedding leaves also reduces water loss at a time when replacement soil moisture is limited by low temperatures. As autumn approaches, trees reabsorb the chlorophyll from their leaves, and various other colours previously hidden are revealed. As the leaves die, red pigments are produced in great quantities from sugars that remain in the leaf; however this process requires warmth and bright light during the day and cold at night to reduce the chances of the sugars being withdrawn back into the tree. Therefore, the nature of the autumn weather dictates the quality of the autumn colours; ideal weather conditions are frequently found on the east coast of the USA which results in amazing autumn leaf displays there, but less frequently in the UK. Leaf fall is not a random process; it is actually a deliberate sequence triggered by decreasing daylight and reduced air temperature. The next time you see leaves falling from a tree, you will know that it is a result of a methodical process!

Cameron Lodges Red Squirrel

Another species (and also one of my personal favourites) currently preparing for winter is the red squirrel. The red squirrel is the original ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ of Beatrix Potter fame, and its image is often widely associated with the onset of late autumn. Despite its name, the red squirrel can actually vary in colour from cream through all shades of red and brown to black, and during the autumn red squirrels eat as much as they can to build up their fat reserves for winter. Their food will include seeds of a wide variety of trees, buds, shoots, berries; nuts, barks and fungi, and they can put on about 12% of their body weight in autumn fat. Sadly, only 120,000 red squirrels remain in Scotland, and they need as much help as possible in order to survive. The red squirrel is a fully protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and in the interests of their conservation, information on the distribution and abundance of red and grey squirrels is urgently needed.  Recently I spent some time with the local red squirrel project officer for Argyll and the Trossachs to discuss how I could help red squirrels within the grounds of the resort. Red squirrel conservation is featured as one of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’s priority areas of conservation within Wildpark 2020, so I am delighted that the information I gather will be put to good use.  I have installed two feeder boxes with double sided sticky tape inside the box, and as the squirrels enter the box to collect peanuts, they leave some of their hairs on the tapes which are removed for later examination. Surprisingly it is not possible to separate red and grey squirrel hairs on the basis of colour alone, so I will be sending the hair samples away for analysis to determine what type of squirrels, if any, we have on site. Each feeder is also being monitored by a wildlife camera, on loan from the Scottish Wildlife Trust, which will help to capture photographic evidence of any peanut enthusiasts! ; More information about red squirrels can be found at http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/park-authority/what-we-do/conservation/red-squirrels/.

Finally, if you’re looking for a lovely woodland walk with a sprinkling of magic, have you explored The Enchanted Wood? For a bit of extra fun, pop into The Clubhouse and collect an “Enchanted Wood Fairy-Trail” question sheet. All the answers can be found in the woodland, and you never know who, or what else, you might see whilst you’re there.

The Enchanted Wood at The Carrick

Jenny


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Weather in Loch Lomond Throughout the Year

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When our guests are planning their holiday to Loch Lomond, we understand that the weather is a very important factor to take into consideration. There are plenty of jokes about the weather in Scotland, but luckily most of them just aren’t true (honest!). So we’ve put together a post below which gives you an insight into the weather throughout the year here in Loch Lomond and when the best time is to take part in your favourite activity.

Lonely Planet states that it rarely gets too hot or too cold in the Loch Lomond area; we have four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, each with their own special character and charm (which you can sometimes experience all in one day!) As the saying goes, ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’, so it pays to be prepared.

Spring

Spring sees the days starting to lengthen and the average temperatures rising from around 9° C in March to 14° C by mid-May. These months are usually amongst the driest of the year, with just 71mm of rain falling in March and 65mm in May, so they are the ideal time to get out and about and enjoy our stunning scenery.

There are numerous hiking trails to enjoy, or you can hire bikes. Try your hand at fishing or take a ferry trip to Inchcailloch island, part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, which is carpeted with bluebells in April and May.

Summer

June, July and August are the warmest months of the year for Loch Lomond weather, with daytime highs reaching around 19° C and comfortably cool evenings with average temperatures of between 10 and 12° C. The summer is ideal for water sports, including water-skiing, kayaking and swimming and the long light evenings are perfect for whiling away the time fishing on the lochside or riverbank. The summer is also the season for festivals and Highland Games: the Loch Lomond Highland Games and the Luss Highland Gathering are both held in July.

Autumn

September, October and November see temperatures starting to drop back, from an average of 16°C in September to around 9°C in November, but the shortening days bring glowing light and golden and red leaf colours. Autumn is a very popular time of year to visit Loch Lomond, you can take a guided nature walk to spot rutting red deer or enjoy a cruise on the loch. Around half the days during autumn will see some rainfall, but even if the weather is wet there are plenty of fun things to do.

Why not visit one of our local whisky distilleries or enjoy a day trip to the Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium?

Winter

With snowy mountainsides above the gleaming waters of the loch, the winter landscape around Loch Lomond is hard to beat. Average daytime temperatures range from 8°C in December to 6° C in February and rainfall amounts are around 250mm a month; this may sometimes fall as snow, especially at higher altitudes. In winter, the roads are quiet, so it is the perfect time to go for a cycle ride or car tour, then warm up over a pub lunch by a log fire.

If you are going climbing or planning a hill walk, or even if would just like to know what the weather in Loch Lomond will be like when you arrive, we would recommend checking the Met Office or BBC as these are generally the most reliable.