We are so fortunate to live where we do in Scotland and sometimes forget just how lucky we are to have so many amazing places right on our doorstep.
We always try and schedule a short break on the lead up to Christmas and New Year, taking time out to relax before the festivities and late nights take their toll. Step up Loch Lomond and Cameron Lodges, less than an hour from our front door.
Cameron Lodges sit on the famous banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland and offer the perfect retreat along with some incredible scenery.
The lodges provide luxury accommodation within the world-renowned five-star Cameron House resort and the Cameron Club & Spa resort. Cameron Lodges offers a variety of lodges, cottages and apartments. From cosy couple retreats, to ones capable of taking whole families, you are sure to find one that suits your need.
Our journey up on the Friday was great with some nice sunny, although cold, weather to enjoy the scenery during the short trip.
We arrived around lunchtime and dropped into The Boathouse for lunch just as they were gearing up for their first festive event. The New England nautical themed restaurant, situated at the loch’s edge, is relaxed and comfortable.
We were tempted to enjoy the impressive views across Loch Lomond and Cameron House marina from the large decked area outside the restaurant, but it was a tad too ‘fresh’ for that.
Inside was so much cosier!
There are comfy and sociable couches where you can enjoy a coffee next to the welcoming fire.
We enjoyed some tasty starters and fresh Loch Fyne seafood mains in very relaxed and informal surroundings.
The prices were also very reasonable, perhaps not what you would have expected, from a resort like this.
Our check in was what you would expect from a resort of this standard. It was swift, seamless and the team were very knowledgeable and helpful.
We were even welcomed to our lodge by a couple of friendly geese who were extremely keen to help us in with our grocery bags!
We were staying for three nights in a recently refurbished one-bedroom semi-detached lodge (#59). Split over two levels with the bedroom and en-suite on the ground floor and kitchen and lounge up a short flight of stairs, it was just what we were looking for.
Fully equipped with a variety of mod cons, including large TVs, Wi-Fi and Tassimo Coffee Machine, you could easily have enjoyed a longer break.
Our lodge was practically on the famous banks of Loch Lomond and within easy walking distance of The Boathouse; perfect for nipping out for a quick bite to eat or a sneaky wee warm scone and a coffee or two.
To be fair, all the lodges are within walking distance of the nearby facilities and for those slightly further away there is a concierge service you can use to shuttle you around.
Having ‘fuelled up’ at The Boathouse we quickly unpacked, pulled on our walking gear and set off to explore the nearby area.
Scotland is unique in that you can easily enjoy all four seasons in one day and, do you know what, that’s fine with us, because when it is on your side, the rewards and scenery are spectacular.
On our first evening we settled down with a box set, a few gin and tonics and of course a wee Drambuie.
Cameron Lodges is perfect to take advantage of whatever the weather has to offer, and our trip was testament to that. When the weather was kind we were ideally located to pull on our walking gear and explore direct from our doorstep some amazing scenery.
We had a lazy Saturday morning in bed, before venturing out for a short walk exploring the grounds of the resort.
Even in the wet though, Scotland’s scenery is impressive!
We also caught a glimpse of the sensitive restoration work ongoing at the main Cameron House, which we understand should be open again towards the end of 2020.
To be honest the weather could have been better, so after a short walk around the grounds and nearby area, we dropped in again at The Boathouse.
What better way to warm up, dry out and relax than settling down to some freshly brewed coffee and tucking into a warm scone with clotted cream and jam. Perfect!
Back at our lodge we had a lazier than normal afternoon before we headed out to The Clubhouse Restaurant. We headed over to the restaurant late afternoon courtesy of Kyle one of the resort’s concierges. A very friendly and engaging young man and a credit to the team.
This is a great service the resort offers meaning we could both enjoy a wee refreshment during our meal.
The newly refurbished local restaurant and bar located in the beautiful surroundings of The Cameron Club and Spa (formerly known as The Carrick Resort) has spectacular views towards Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond.
The Clubhouse, like The Boathouse, offered a friendly and informal traditional dining experience and would be perfect for most occasions. A very attentive and helpful team, headed up by Mark, helped us enjoy our evening, recommending some great dishes and refreshments to accompany them.
The garlic mushrooms on toast and crab meat and avocado starters were delicious, moreish and very tasty and just enough not to spoil our main course.
Our mains were simple, fillet steaks prepared to our liking and accompanied by roast vine cherry tomatoes and potato wedges. Very tasty indeed.
The restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Locals, visitors and golfers are invited to walk in, pull up a chair and enjoy a drink and order from their delicious menu while soaking up the atmosphere. Again, prices were very reasonable.
Strangely, despite how much we eat, one of us can always find space to fit in a dessert – especially when Homemade Apple Pie is on the menu. Absolutely fab and a perfect end to an evening.
Sunday’s weather was not great so we simply hunkered down for most of the morning. We chilled out, read a few books, caught up on our social media and drank coffee! Is that not what Sundays are for?
Even in poor weather Cameron Lodges has something to offer so we took a spin up to the Spa to try the Hydro and Thermal experience, located only two miles north of the main hotel.
Before donning our swimwear, we decided to grab a ‘light bite’ from the Café Spa.
Given it was a little quieter than normal, we were able to choose from the adjacent Clubhouse menu which offered a more ‘wholesome’ bite to eat along with some fab freshly brewed coffee.
Serving a delicious seasonal menu of soups, sandwiches and main meals, on a good weather day, the Café Spa provides guests with a stunning view of one of Scotland’s premier golf courses and fountains to enjoy during your meal.
Despite the weather we braved the elements and spent some time in the stunning rooftop infinity pool, in which you can take a dip and enjoy views across The Carrick golf course, lodge resort and beyond into the Scottish mountains.
A truly exhilarating experience and a must do on any visit.
We spent a good few hours in the thermal experience, drifting away, letting the waters heat our bodies and the aromas relax our minds, body and soul. Overall a great afternoon and highly recommended during a stay.
Monday arrived far too quickly, but it was an incredible day, so we grabbed a coffee on the balcony and quickly got organised so we could max out our morning before our trip on Celtic Warrior, the legendary Cameron House luxury 46ft cruiser.
You could never tire of views like these.
After leaving the lodge we fitted in a short walk before stopping off for yet another warm scone and coffee at The Boathouse. We had just finished the last crumb when Colette, the Celtic Warrior skipper, let us know we were ready to leave the marina.
It was a bright crisp day and we were so glad we were wrapped up as we chose to sit up on the top deck; this really was the highlight of our weekend.
The scenery was incredible, and the views were spectacular especially as you could see the famous snow topped Ben Lomond gazing down on us.
We also enjoyed a rather ‘chilled’ glass of champagne on the top deck of the cruiser, the perfect way to enjoy Loch Lomond.
Our cruise lasted sixty minutes and Colette took us past the various islands of Loch Lomond including Inchmurrin, as well as a few hidden coves situated around the banks of the loch and over the unique fault line between the Highlands and the Lowlands.
Colette and Steven had fabulous local knowledge to share, pointing out some of the loch’s most scenic beauty spots.
It would be unfair to share the funny and interesting stories and history of the islands, but just to intrigue you they involve wallabies and nudists….! Overall the trip aboard the Celtic Warrior is highly recomended and a trip not to be missed when you visit this area.
Cameron Lodges was the perfect location for us to chill and relax before the festivities commenced, but what struck us was that it would also be ideal for trips with family, friends and to celebrate special occasions no matter what time of year.
There is so much to do, great places to eat and of course the scenery on offer is second to none; we’ll be looking to visit again soon.
This was a sponsored visit, however, the review is an entirely independent and true reflection of our experience. The majority of images are our own, however thank you to Cameron Lodges for use of the the image of the inside of The Clubhouse and the external shot of Celtic Warrior.