I’m convinced Scotland is the best country in the world for a road trip, and it seems I’m not alone, I’m sure I heard Jeremy Clarkson say the NorthCoast 500 was his top drive of all time. Having done the trip last year, I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I may even do it again this year!
It’s because of this that I have decided to feature many more hotels on Foodinburgh – places to stay while you explore the beautiful scenery and discover the rich history of Scotland.
Loch Lomond is one of those beautiful places, and we decided to make a proper trip of it. We set out from Edinburgh and stopped first at a Tir Na Nog holistic centre where we had a bite to eat and a wander around the grounds. There ‘s a pretty little stream there and it’s a fine place to sit for half an hour listening to the birdsong and watching the butterflies.
We arrived at The Inn on Loch Lomond mid afternoon. The hotel overlooks the loch and there is direct access via an underpass (which we would use later in the evening!).
Our room was large with a huge bed and a great view over the loch. It had a TV and coffee and tea making facilities (a must!). The bathroom was a good size despite the shower being strangely small, we both wondered why they hadn’t utilised the space better? That said it wasn’t a source of complaint, and everything was spotless.
There’s a very good bar (with an impressive display of whisky) with a separate lounge area and an open fire. The weather wasn’t quite ‘Scottish summer’ yet so we decided to enjoy a G&T there before dinner at their restaurant come chippy, Mr C’s – more about that in the next post.
After dinner we made our way down to the loch side, where, for reasons I can’t quite explain, we decided to take a late night paddle beneath the moonlight. It was strangely invigorating but I wouldn’t recommend going in further than your ankles unless it’s much warmer!
After a good night’s sleep we were hungry again, perhaps it was all the ‘swimming’ (or not haha!). The breakfast is probably the only thing I could find fault with. The continental selection was unremarkable, we have become quite spoiled I think with colourful and plentiful breakfast buffets, and this one fell a bit flat. The ingredients on the cooked breakfast were also lacking a bit, and the service was a little cold.
We made full use of our second day, we started with a little visit and coffee in Luss, definitely somewhere I will return to for lunch as I spotted a lovely seafood restaurant with a nice outdoor area.
Around 14 miles from The Inn On Loch Lomond is the Falls of Falloch. It has a little place to park and only a short 5min walk you happen on the most beautiful waterfall. We stopped with a picnic, it was pretty busy with lads jumping impressively from the top – well worth a visit.
The Inn on Loch Lomond is a great place to stay if you’re road tripping or want somewhere you can explore Loch Lomond from. Find out more here.