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Stay awhile on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

© Shutterstock / John Paul MurrayMilarrochy bay at Loch Lomond.
Escape to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Nothing quite captures Scotland like the mystic Loch Lomond, with its mesmerising waters spreading across the landscape of the Trossachs National Park, beautiful habitats and welcoming community. Here are some things to do and places to stay in Loch Lomond that will make your getaway even more enjoyable.

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime bird of prey experience

An owl taking flight. © Supplied by Clients
Majestic displays at the Birds of Prey Centre.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre lies within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Located in the loch-side woodland adjacent to the Lomond Shores visitor complex, the unique setting and layout provide the perfect backdrop for a family day out.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre has evolved over the years to become one of the premier bird of prey centres in the country. The natural and idyllic setting provides a relaxing atmosphere for both visitors and birds. The high standard of accommodation, cleanliness and welfare ensure the wellbeing of the resident birds in the centre’s charge.

The daily flying shows are entertaining and informative, allowing visitors to see these magnificent creatures at close quarters while learning about their unique features and the threats they face in the wild.

The flying area is located within a managed woodland, the perfect setting for the birds to demonstrate their skills naturally, as well as being a home for many species of flora and fauna.

Follow the new Discovery Trail and learn even more about birds and native wildlife. Take part in one of the bird of prey experiences, getting up close to these magnificent creatures.

Support the centre by sponsoring one of the birds and enjoy twelve months free entry. Or become a Life Member and take advantage of the many benefits that has to offer.

Click here to learn more about the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. 

Stay in a cosy and classic country cottage

A picture of St. Ronan's Place Inn. © Supplied by Clients
A comforting stay awaits at St. Ronan’s Place.

St Ronans Place is a charming three-bedroom cottage in the heart of the Trossachs National Park.

It has a well-appointed open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room. Two king size bedrooms are upstairs with two singles in the bedroom downstairs. There is a lovely secure courtyard for parking and outside seating that offers great views of Conic Hill, with Ben Lomond over its shoulder.

First class pubs, cafes and restaurants are within easy reach, as are many five-star visitor attractions.

There are three good quality golf courses within five miles, whisky distilleries, the RSPB visitors centre and 15 beautiful lochs within easy reach by car or by bike.

The roads are great for cycling, having been much used during the recent UCI World championships.  Mountain and gravel biking is accessible from the door. Glen Coe is just more than one hour away and you can visit Edinburgh and Glasgow within the same timescale.

You can book for three days up to a full week, starting on Saturdays. Dogs are welcome. There is an EV charge point available by arrangement.

Click here to book your stay at St. Ronan’s Place.

Camp on the shores of Loch Lomond

A picture of Cashel Campsite. © Supplied by Clients
You’ll be right next to the scenic waters of Loch Lomond at Cashel Campsite.

Cashel Campsite is a picturesque campsite located on shores of the east side of Loch Lomond, along the iconic 96-mile West Highland Way walking trail. The campsite offers stunning views of the loch and access to a number of outdoor activities such as paddle-boarding, kayaking, hill walking and more.

The site is well-located as it is only a short 50-minute drive from Glasgow, making it a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and soak up the spectacular views of Scotland’s largest loch. Or take advantage of its convenient location and explore the popular hill walks of Ben Lomond and Conic Hill, or some of the nearby cycle routes.

Many visitors who have stayed at the campsite compliment the staff who are frequently described as going above and beyond to make guests feel comfortable, which is why so many come back time and time again.

Cashel Campsite is a large pet-friendly campsite with a variety of pitches, including hardstanding, grass and electric. The campsite also offers facilities, including toilets, showers, a laundry room, a shop, and a playground. If you are looking for a home away from home, Cashel Campsite is the perfect place for you.

Check availability and book your stay at Cashel Campsite.

Enjoy award-winning food at a unique Loch Lomond inn

The Oak Tree Inn. © Supplied by Clients
The Oak Tree Inn offers one of the best stays near Loch Lomond.

The Oak Tree Inn is a 41-bedroom inn in scenic Balmaha and the proud winner of SLTN’s Gastropub of the Year.

Close to the lochside in one of Scotland’s most picturesque villages, the Oak Tree Inn is easily accessible from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, and renowned for its authentic and friendly welcome.

As part of the famous West Highland Way, you can expect some exceptional walks in the area, or perhaps scale Conic Hill for world-class views over Loch Lomond and its islands. Alternatively, for a more relaxed activity, you can take a boat trip from Balmaha pontoon and enjoy the loch in all its splendour.

Still a family business to this day, The Oak Tree Inn is not your typical inn! You can also find freshly roasted coffee and freshly made ice cream. Both are served in the restaurant and in the adjoining sister venue, St Mocha Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour.

With comfortable bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant and bar, a coffee shop and ice cream parlour, and a village shop selling some excellent Scottish products, make Balmaha the destination of your next daytrip or staycation.

Plan your next stay at The Oak Tree Inn today.

Host a group event at Ardoch Loch Lomond

Ardoch landscape near Loch Lomond. © Supplied by Clients
Venues don’t get as unique as the Ardoch.

Ardoch Loch Lomond is one of the most special exclusive-use venues in Scotland.
Perfect for meetings, corporate team-building, wellness retreats or celebratory gatherings, the stunning backdrop of Loch Lomond provides a majestic setting, with 133 acres of private countryside for your guests to enjoy.

Yours exclusively for the duration of your stay, it’s perfect for up to 33 overnight guests.  Plus, Ardoch has a choice of event areas and breakout rooms, hosting up to 50 for meetings and private dining. Plus, the team can help you plan whatever activities you want to do on the estate or further afield.

Situated just 27 miles from Glasgow, 27 miles from Stirling and 73 miles from Edinburgh, it’s an easy escape to get to from almost anywhere. Even if you’re coming from further afield, it’s close to key rail and bus links, as well as two international airports.

Ardoch is a unique profit-with-purpose venue as all profits from Ardoch go to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). CHAS provides vital hospices and support across Scotland to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. By booking Ardoch for an event, you are also helping to contribute to CHAS.

Check out Ardoch Loch Lomond for your next function.