Ben Lomond Lodge
Loch Lomond must be one of the best known beauty spots in Scotland, the further advantage being that it is not only a lovely place, but is also within a half hour drive of Glasgow. This has resulted in the west shore of the Loch being very well developed with prestigious hotels, golf courses, marinas etc.
On the east shore, however, it is a very different story. A little winding road leads along the lochside from Balmaha (hotel, shop) to stop just beyond the hotel at Rowardennan. Just before the hotel you will find Ben Lomond Lodge, which has a superb position right on the shores of the loch. Loch Lomond Lodge is right next door, giving the possibility for larger parties to holiday together while retaining an element of independence.
One of six lodges right on the lochside, the Lodge is very well appointed, with four bedrooms, (one quite small and one en suite) an extensive open plan living area with a gas-fired stove, and a further bathroom. There are French doors opening to a superb decking area (furniture) where you can watch the children play on the greensward between the lodge and the loch, or sit with an evening drink and admire the view. (You are also excellently placed here on the east side of the loch to watch the famous West of Scotland sunsets.)
At Rowardennan, you are in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. The West Highland Way runs close by, and in the mountains behind you have the choice of Ben Lomond itself, Scotland's most southerly Munro, or Bens Vrackie and Uird to climb. Loch Lomond is notable for sailing, and there is a slipway close to the Lodge. From Balmaha, boats can be hired for fishing in the loch or you can take a two-hour trip on the mail boat, which delivers mail to the islands in the loch - an excellent way of seeing the surrounding area other than by car.
Golfers will doubtless know the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Course, which each year hosts the Barclays Scottish Open in July. However, there are several other good courses also within a short distance.
For trips further afield, no visit would be complete without a day in Glasgow (about 45 minutes by car or go by train from Balloch), with its excellent shopping, amazing architecture and world-class restaurants and entertainments. If you are 'into' architecture, you don't even have to go that far for a taste of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - his Hill House is just over the hill from the foot of the loch at Helensburgh. To the north and west, the west coast at Oban or the Kintyre peninsula are easily accessible.
Bed linen, towels, gas central heating and electricity are included in the rental. Sorry, no pets. Smoking is not permitted within the Lodge.
Accommodation (sleeps 8):
- Open plan living area with gas stove, TV/DVD, gas cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave etc. (washing machine and tumble drier in utility cupboard).
- Double bedroom with en suite Shower room.
- Double bedroom.
- Twin bedroom.
- Small twin bedroom.
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.