UK Road Trip Diary: Loch Lomond

If you haven’t already read Part I: The Lake District, then check it out.

Day 3

Destinations: Loch Lomond.

Route: M6, M74  then the A82 up to Balloch.

Weather: Rain, rain and more rain!

Road through The North Lake District

The Caravan site is called Wood Leisure and is located within walking distance of Loch Lomond shores. Perfect location for us. The site is lovely with all the amenities you need for a family trip. Really clean and well kept. We had phone reception and tv reception. So ok, a few days without was ok but I was glad that we could use CBeebies as a temporary babysitter whilst we made breakfast or sorted out the bag ready for travels.

Thank heavens for Cbeebies

Having only the afternoon today we just ventured into town to pick up some supplies for tea, we fancied some garlic bread to go with our homemade bolognese I’d made before we left home. The weather cleared up and we let them loose on the playground. 

I have to say that although I’m loving our adventure, a Motorhome is a small space and when both iPads are in demand but only one is charged up then tempers rise and shrieks from the youngest could probably be heard from the other side of the campsite.

Tonight was a little chilly but lucky for us we have heating in the Motorhome! Thank heavens we have electric hook up.

 

Day 4

Weather: Guess what…it’s raining again.

Destination: Loch Lomond and the SeaLife centre. Had it been dry we’d have ventured for a walk to Balloch Castle and the surrounding country park.

Loch Lomond from the south shores

It took us about 10 mins to walk to the shores of Loch Lomond. What a beautiful site this was, even in the rain it was spectacular. We book our tickets for a Loch cruise for after lunch. We have fish and chips for lunch, it might not be the seaside but we still thought fish and chips was a good call.

Loch Lomond from the south shores

The cruise had a little commentary where we learned the Loch is 23 miles long and 5 Miles wide, the largest body of water in the UK. It has 22 Islands too.

We did venture to top of the deck but the weather was getting worse as you can see from the photos. I do wish we’d got to see the views on a dry day as I’m sure they’d have been spectacular. I think these waterproofs are being put to the test!

Cruise on Loch Lomond

Cruise on Loch Lomond

A dry afternoon was much needed, so into the SeaLife centre we went. I always thinks these places are a little expensive for what you get but I guess the entrance fee contributes to conservation work too. Pud fell asleep, which meant a fairly relaxed tour but luckily we could go and come back again as many times as we wanted that day. So we went round, Pops racing from tank to tank, “look mummy it’s Dory and Nemo”, “look at the sea horses daddy”.

SeaLife Centre Loch Lomond

We finish our tour in the gift shop and of course she wanted to spend money she had been given for her travels. What did she get? You guessed it, another soft toy!

We head out for a bru whilst Pud is still asleep, will we get a while bru whilst he’s asleep…of course we didn’t! The nosy monkey could smell the cakes I’m sure.

We figure we might as well make the most of our ticket and go back into the Sealife centre with Pud awake. Boy did he wake in a bad mood. He’s also now saying ‘no’ a lot and testing his own determination against our pleas! He doesn’t seem bothered by any of the sea creatures at all.

The only 10 minutes rain free!

Loch Lomond is very pretty but I don’t really feel we got to see it in all it’s glory.

Well after a very wet day we decide to end it with a Chinese take away, yum.

Make sure you read about part III: Pitlochry

Or read about the planning the trip.

16 COMMENTS

  1. What bad luck with the weather. I’d have hoped you’d have had a little break in your time up here. That said it looks like you managed to carry on regardless. I love the photo out on deck on the cruise boat, such a happy photo despite the rain. I’ve not been to Loch Lomond since I was a child but would hope to make it back one day, hopefully without the rain, but I think it may be part of the package!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. I like the idea of a motorhome trip round Scotland. Shame about the weather. I have a feeling that our childhood trip to Loch Lomond was gloomy and misty too #countrykids

  3. Despite all the wet weather it sounds like you all still had a fantastic time. I worked for a season up on the West Coast of Scotland and camped near Loch Lomond a few times and it’s such a special place. Really enjoyed reading this

    Just popping over from #countrykids

    Laura x

  4. Shame about the rain, but sounds like you made the most of it. My kids love the sealife centre, always worth a visit!
    Thanks so much for linking up with #kcacols. We hope you can join us again next time.

  5. Loch Lomond is beautiful. It’s a shame you didn’t get to see it in its full glory but sounds like you had a lovely trip and the waterproofs certainly came in handy! My children love spotting Dory and Nemo when visiting places like the Sealife Centre too 🙂 #countrykids

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