Roadtripping | Scotland Day 2

Loch Lomond, Scotland, Scenery, Natural, Beautiful,
Glasgow > Kyle

We left Glasgow after breakfast and it was another day on the road, as we were heading to our hotel in Kyle, not too far from the Isle of Skye. We had already planned how we were spending the day, but had to stick to a schedule.

Our first stop was the beautiful Loch Lomond. Just by chance, our friends Alex and Alex were staying nearby, so what better excuse than meeting for an overdue catch up, a lovely walk to admire the scenery and even better – a pub lunch!
Loch Lomond, Scotland, Scenery, Natural, Beautiful,
Being Scotland, we weren’t blessed with the greatest weather and I don’t think I was really dressed appropriately for a walk in the rain (hello white Kurt Geiger trainers). Thankfully we didn’t get caught in any torrential rain, but it did start as we made shelter at the pub – and it chucked it down when it came to leaving. We only walked for about an hour (half an hour each way) as we had a table booked at The Clansman, so didn’t get to explore fully – but the views were beautiful, there was a lovely beachy area and it was so serene. There were barely any other people walking around the Loch, and minimal transport (barring one white delivery van).

Like I said, we had lunch at The Clansman, which is part of the Rowardennon Hotel. It was just typical pub, with all the ‘classics’ on the menu. I went for the fish & chips, while everyone else had pie, and we ordered Alfie chicken and chips from the kids menu (shock, he only ate the chips and beans!). Alfie made friends with the older man who looked after our table and constantly wanted to high five him. While, as we left, he proceeded to high five everyone in the pub!
Loch Garry, Scotland, Scenery, Natural, Beautiful,
Eilean Donan Castle, Castle, Kyle, Scotland, Scenery, Beautiful,
We had to get back on the road mid-afternoon and we stopped multiple times en route... first of all, because Alfie had been sick. We went to the Glen Coe visitor centre just as it rained (again) but didn’t stay long. Next was a quick photo stop at Loch Garry, which to be honest, looked like every other loch we had seen so far. Finally, not far from our hotel was Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic and photographed castles in Scotland. Again, we stopped for a few photos – just from the car park, as I think it had closed for the day.

After a lot of time in the car, I was glad to get to the hotel to relax...

Today we drove 208 miles
Today we walked 4.6km
Where we stayed
Balmacara Hotel – Balmacara, IV40 8DH
The hotel was quite dated and in need of a bit of love. Our room consisted of a double bed, with a single mattress on the floor for Alfie (it was the only night during the week that he stayed in his own bed!) and lots of antique furniture. The bar and lounge area was nice and we had a drink downstairs once we had unpacked the car and settled. Breakfast was good the next morning, with continental options and selection of cooked-to-order hot food. Ash had a full Scottish breakfast, while I had smoked salmon and soft scrambled eggs. The location was ideal, with travelling to Skye, and you’re certainly paying for location with this hotel.

Love, Lucy xx

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