Stay in a fabulous suite beside your own private lochside beach at the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel.
I’ve long been a fan of the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel* having visited the hotel a few times over the last 20 years. Drawn by the hotel’s spectacular location on its own private lochside beach in the famously pretty village of Luss, I’d fallen for the hotel’s relaxed independent charm. Now 25 years old, the hotel has undergone an extensive renovation. We popped along* to discover the hotel’s new retro style, dine on fantastic food in Colquhoun’s Restaurant, indulge in a little r’n’r in the spa and stay in the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel’s gorgeous new Travis Suite.
the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel
Located just 30 minutes from the centre of Glasgow, checking in to the Lodge on Loch Lomond you can choose between the hotel’s 47 luxury waterside rooms. Stylish ‘Munros’ and ‘Corbetts’ rooms overlook the loch from Douglas Fir balconies, classic ‘Grahams’ are in the original lodge building – the rooms are named after heights of Scottish mountains, right up my street! Many of the rooms also have their own saunas. The Lodge on Loch Lomond hotel also has a selection of suites, including the Carter Suite (named after the US president who stayed here), the two-bedroom Cuillin Suite (named after the mountain range on Skye) and our accommodation for our stay, the new Travis Suite.
(I’m not sure who Travis is, it’s probably not the Scottish band!)
The Travis Suite on Loch Lomond
It is rare that I gawp when I walk into a hotel room, but the Lodge on Loch Lomond’s new Travis Suite is something special. On the ground floor of the hotel’s modern Munro building, the suite may not sit right on the water’s edge, but it makes up for it in retro-cool style and seclusion. Decorated in muted tones of deep greens and greys, which reflect the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park in which the hotel sits, the suite’s rooms are all touchy-feely comfort, begging you to put your feet up, turn down the lights and snuggle in.
The suite has a huge fourposter bed complete with a dressing room fit for a starlet and a luxury bathroom with a corner bath and rain shower. If your bathroom is not enough, you can wander along to the hotel’s spa facilities for a swim and a laconium in your dressing gown, as they are located in the same building. Private parking is right outside, although you might want to park a few spaces along, as not to spoil the view. Room service is available, and we found it rather tempting to order in and relax for the evening, but it would be a shame to miss the view over dinner in the hotel’s Colquhoun’s Restaurant.
Lodge on Loch Lomond Restaurant
The Lodge on Loch Lomond hotel’s stylish makeover extends to its bar and restaurant. A split-level space, with huge fires, comfy chairs, all designed to get you comfortable in front of the view. The hotel serves lunches (including huge doorstep sandwiches), afternoon tea, a Scottish classics menu, and a 2 AA rosette fine dining option. At dinner, starters include deliciously crispy Haloumi and Lentil Pakoras from the oft-Indian-influenced classics menu (the curry also looked very tempting as it passed by) and Ravioli with a perfectly oozing soft yolk, made with potato and sunchoke from the a la carte. Moreish, rich and expertly made.
I can never see past a great local steak, and a main of Cote de Beouf was an absolute monster. Served on the bone with stir-fried mushrooms and spinach, and a peppercorn sauce. Mac & Cheese made with bone marrow butter was a heart-stoppingly good accompaniment. A juicy house burger on the other side of the table hardly got a look in. After dinner, your suite is waiting for you, ready to put your feet back up, finish your wine, and fall asleep in that huge bed. It was all pretty blissful, as you can imagine.
Things to do on Loch Lomond
If you can drag yourself away from your lochside suite, Loch Lomond is (literally) on your doorstep. The village of Luss is a short walk along the beach away, mosey around the iconic ‘Take the High Road’ cottages (and their quirky decor), take a boat trip out onto the loch, and pop into the Loch Lomond Arms for a pint.
loch lomond walks with the best views
If you are feeling a little more energetic,
- Climb Beinn Dubh, a 725m high Graham, which has as good views of the loch as the more famous Conic Hill, which can (normally) be seen across the loch from the hotel.
- Cycle the 17-mile, West Lomond Cycle Path connects the hotel to Balloch and Tarbet.
- Bag a bigger ben, Ben Lomond is a 50-minute drive, or in summer you can catch the Loch Lomond Water Bus across the loch to Rowardennan, where you can also walk part of the West Highland Way.
- Visit the village Balmaha, from which you can climb Conic Hill.
- At Balloch there is shopping and the Sea Life Aquarium at Loch Lomond Shores.
- Dine at the Inn on Loch Lomond (also owned by the hotel), a popular place for meals.
Oh bonnie, bonnie Loch Lomond! Haste us back.
Love from Scotland x
Stay at the Lodge on Loch Lomond*
*we were invited to stay at the Lodge on Loch Lomond on a complimentary basis
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