UK Road Trip Diary: Loch Lomond
If you haven’t already read Part I: The Lake District, then check it out.
Destinations: Loch Lomond.
Route: M6, M74 then the A82 up to Balloch.
Weather: Rain, rain and more rain!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”.
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.
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 3: Pitlochry
Part 4: Alnwick Castle
Part 5: Embleton Sands, North East
Or read about the how we planned the road trip.