Tim and I wanted to go for a relaxing long weekend away for my birthday at the end of October. We’ve been abroad for lots of weddings over the summer, and we’re planning a long-haul holiday for early next year, so we wanted to go somewhere a bit closer to home. We visited Edinburgh earlier this year for our first wedding anniversary and just fell in love with it, so we thought we’d explore a bit more of Scotland, this time in Loch Lomond.
The only obstacle was that we wouldn’t have a car – Tim passed his driving test just under a year ago, which meant he didn’t have a year’s worth of driving on his license to rent a car, and I still can’t drive (that’s a long story for another time!!) So we wanted to find somewhere that we could just relax for the weekend and explore the local area on foot/public transport. We weren’t expecting too much of the weather either, with it being the end of October, so somewhere with a nice spa where we could just chill out would be ideal. And we found all of this and more when researching online, at the Cameron House Hotel.
We flew up to Glasgow from Gatwick, and a short taxi ride later we had arrived at the beautiful Cameron House, located right on the loch, a 15 minute walk from Balloch.
From the moment we were greeted at the front door, we knew we would have a wonderful time here. I felt at home immediately – the decor was luxurious but comforting, and felt very typically Scottish, with plenty of tartan!
We had a loch-view room which was also beautifully decorated and completely spotless, and both the bedroom and bathroom were very generously sized, with a nice deep bath to sink into! The view across the loch was stunning.
There are numerous restaurants within the hotel which I’ll be writing separate posts about (of course, this is Got To Be Gourmet after all!), including the Michelin-starred Martin Wishart. Although I would like to call out The Boat House, as I just loved the look and feel of this place, with a light and airy nautical theme.
The hotel has a large swimming pool (including a slide!!) and a sauna within the grounds. This was particularly busy when we were there because it was the Scottish schools’ half term. I must say, all of the children who were staying at the hotel were incredibly well-behaved, but let’s face it, even the most well behaved child is going to be rather loud and splashy in the swimming pool, so we gave it a go on one occasion but didn’t return after that.
We had mistakenly thought that the full spa was within the hotel too, but soon learned that you needed to take a shuttle bus (provided for free by the hotel) which ran every half an hour. It turned out the spa was located on the golf course a short drive away, which is where The Claret Jug Bar was also located – a great spot for an Irish coffee, we discovered!
While we were there, Tim and I each had a massage – he went for the traditional Swedish massage and I went for the Balinese massage, something I hadn’t tried before. It uses long, warming strokes to encourage complete calm and wellbeing. Gently heated aromatherapy oils are poured onto the centre of the body and massaged into the skin using stretching and sweeping movements for deep relaxation. Hot volcanic stones are used to tailor the massage pressure to your needs and release tension. It was absolutely wonderful!
The spa also offers a ‘Signature Rainshower Massage’. You lie on a hand-crafted reclaimed rainforest timber massage table and experience the power of the Vichy shower, a full body exfoliation using a body brush & exfoliating polish to nourish and smooth the skin, followed by a unique body wrap. It wasn’t something that particularly appealed to me, but looked really interesting.
You can find out more about Cameron House on their website here. They’ve also got a promotional video which shows off everything it has to offer, which I’ve embedded here:
Have you ever stayed here? What did you think? Let me know in the comments. And make sure to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts about exploring the local areas and of course, the restaurants!
*Some photos are taken from the website where necessary.