Just west of Glasgow is a part of the world that looks like something out of a postcard. Drive half an hour out of the city and you’ll find yourself at Loch Lomond. It’s the where the highlands and lowlands meet and it is stunning. A visit to Loch Lomond should be on anyone’s travel agenda as it’s the chance to see somewhere that seems to have remained unspoiled over time. And it’s not just a place for people who like to go for a nice walk. There’s a lot to see and do in an area that has national park status and really shows it off.
If you’re someone who likes to be active then this is the perfect place for you to breathe in some pristine Scottish air and get the heart pumping. You can get your hiking boots on and walk between the mountains, go cycling on dirt tracks, climb up some Bens (the Scottish term for small mountains) and even do a spot of bird watching if it takes your fancy.
Loch Lomond is also a great place for people who like to get their toes wet. The range of water sports on offer is fantastic. Drive by the loch any day of the week and you’ll usually see people taking it easy in a canoe or wiling away their afternoon with a bit of fishing (although you need a local permit to catch anything).
There’s always a sailboat or two making most of the conditions and you’d be surprised at the brave people who like to take a dip anytime of the year. In the summer you’ll usually come across packed out beaches watching on as water-skiers move around the water at breakneck speed.
For those who like to take it a little easier, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a relaxing place to stay. Many couples use a trip to Loch Lomond as an excuse for a spa break and golf weekend break. There’s Loch Lomond Golf Club, which hosted the Scottish Open for 10 years and proves to be a great challenge for any visitor. One of the more exciting courses is The Carrick. It’s a 71-par course that has some holes nestled right in between mountains. You’ll never play a game in an area as beautiful.
If you or the other half isn’t much of a golf fan, a day spent getting the best beauty treatments might be more up their street. Get in to a fluffy robe and spend some time at Carrick Spa where you can get ‘Advanced Enzyme Facials’, salt scrubs, Swedish massages and luxury pedicures with hot stones. You’ll walk out feeling like a whole new person.
And when you feel a bit peckish you have to visit the institution that is the Wee Blether Tea Room. It might look like a bit of a tourist trip when you see people snapping the signs outside, but head in and you’ll get some of the best tasting cakes and tray bakes ever made. And their tea is obviously quite good too.
You’ll be surprised at how much you can get up to with a short break to one of the most beautifully serene places in the UK. You can at least get a few rounds of golf in and make sure it counts as fresh air.
Gary Gallagher is a writer who like to showcase the best getaway spots in the UK. He likes helping people find out about places they’d never even think about going to.