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Ask someone to name a beauty spot they associate with Scotland and chances are the answer will be Loch Lomond. This lovely stretch of water with imposing Ben Lomond on its flank is one of the most iconic in the country.
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Exploring the Beautiful Loch
Loch Lomond, set against a magnificent backdrop of mountains up to 950 metres high, is Scotland's largest freshwater loch being 23 miles long and 5 miles at its widest. It is a beautiful setting and thus attracts many day-trippers from Glasgow, just 20 miles from the city centre to Balloch on the southern bank.
The area is noted for its scenery, leisure activities and wildlife rather than places of historical interest. The 95 mile West Highland Way (from Milngavie in north Glasgow to Fort William) passes along the eastern shore of the loch.
Balloch is a busy town on the south-west corner of the loch. The 2003 development, Loch Lomond Shores, lies to the west of the town and contains the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Gateway Centre with information and audiovisiual presentations about the natural heritage of the area. The development includes a shopping mall and a jetty from which boat trips leave and where the restored paddle steamer, Maid of the Loch, is moored. Canoes and bicycles can be hired and there is pony trekking nearby.
A few miles north on the west coast of the loch is the famous championship Loch Lomond Golf Course and north of that, the pretty village of Luss. The A82 continues north towards Crianlarich. The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path departs from Balloch and follows the west shore to Tarbet where the A83 west to Arrochar meets the A82.
The east shore of the loch is the peaceful one, with just a single track road winding along the loch and through delightful woodlands ending at the Rowardennan Hotel. The famous walking route the West Highland Way runs along this shore and the road from Balloch to access the east bank of the loch, passes through the picturesque village of Drymen. Balmaha is on the eastern bank of the loch from where boats can be hired. The eastern bank is popular for its watersport centres, picnic sites and gravel beaches and the road ends at Rowardennan at the foot of Ben Lomond - a popular 5 hour round climb.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|12-Apr-2021||Mary Bank Cottage FL8 (overall)||We have stayed in a few cottages in Peebles and this is our favourite. It's very clean, spacious with tasteful modern decoration (no lace here). Great location - a few minutes from the village of Peebles and there are endless beautiful walks from your doorstep. Dan the owner was super helpful and easy to communicate with.|
|30-Jan-2021||Glen Affric View FD1 (overall)||Good website, which is easy to navigate. Phone contact was also easy and service very professional.|
|23-Jan-2021||West Carsaig Cottage AU7 (overall)||Carsaig is isolated, lovely, and the cottage was clean and comfortable. I recommend it: we certainly had fun as a couple with a (very excited) 3 year old! Mull gorgeous. Drive over to Carsaig fine as long as you're careful. Bring food, wellie boots/walking shoes and be prepared for changing weather. But we had sun almost the whole week - and felt lucky for it.|
|15-Jan-2021||Ashieburn Cottage DE8 (overall)||Excellent and very caring. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived|
|15-Jan-2021||Kates Cottage BJ2 (overall)||A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Hosts most helpful as we had tochange dates due to last minute change in Covid restrictions. Downside was poor internet connction . Couldnt get radio or T.V despite satellite dish. There is a dishwasher,which is great ,but number of plates and cutlery needs to be increased to reflect this.|
|15-Jan-2021||Claddochside GE9 (overall)||Clear guidance and compassionate understanding it a difficult time.|
|15-Jan-2021||Tweed Cottage at Old Melrose CN5 (overall)||Very professional and everything was straight forward|
|01-Jan-2021||Gardener's Cottage AE4 (overall)||It was a great service once we finally managed to get a response..|
|27-Dec-2020||Rosie's Cottage EC2 (overall)||Lovely cottage in a lovely location|
|05-Jan-2021||Mag Findargat FA2 (overall)||Good apart from miscommunication about number of beds to be made up and no extra sheets available so it took 24 hours to get someone back to make the 2nd bed up.|