Simply stunning scenery! On Easter Sunday we took a wee drive to Loch Lomond as I haven't been there since I was little and we feel that we really should know the tourist detinations so we can let our guests know how to get there, what to expect etc. Well, we were both so impressed! The route to Loch Lomond from Muir Estate is one road in and one road out and it was breathtaking.
From the estate you head towards Callander on the B822 and after a few minutes you turn left on the Glasgow road which takes you through Aberfeldy where we stopped and had an ice-cream. Everything is obviously closed but there was a little van doing take-away so that suited us. It wasn't really the weather for an ice-cream but if you live in Scotland it very rarely is. If you waited for the sun you wouldn't have many ice-creams...haha! Aberfeldy is a nice little place with cafe's and bars, really nice tourist shops. After the ice cream we came across a few lochs which were lovely, I forget the name of the one pictured above.
After about 40 minutes in total we came to Lock Katrine, pictured below, which was just gorgeous!
You can take a ride on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott, which is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. She has provided pleasure cruising and ferry services since the 1900’s. The waters of Loch Katrine have been Glasgow’s main supply of fresh water since 1859. Set in the heart of the Trossachs with the breath taking scenery, vast amount of hill walks, twisting trails and cycle routes to explore you won’t want to leave. Now obviously we were not able to do this as everything is shut until after April but it was lovely to see the loch and when things open I should imagine a lunch at The Pier Cafe, sitting on the loch side would just be lovely, so relaxing. It certainly has got good reviews.
Afterwards, which was just 5-10 minutes, we headed back on the one way road to Loch Lomond and the way we were were traveling takes you to Tossachs side of the loch. The other side you will find lots of little villages as the road continues to total length of the loch. The way we came in takes you to the 3 star Inversnaid hotel, that is all that is there and is where bus loads of tourists stay, not my cup of tea, I prefer a smaller more intimate hotels, like Muir Estates sister accommodation Woodcroft House, a 5 star guests house in Perth. Take a look if it is just the two of you or a small group. www.woodcroft-house.com
Anyway, it was a lovely drive there and back and would make a really good day trip if you were staying at The Lodge on Muir Estate. You could do the other side of the loch on another day. We will venture that way next week and I'll post some pictures. Happy Easter everyone!