Back in August I was lucky enough to spend my birthday weekend stay at beautiful Cameron House Hotel on the edge of Loch Lomond. If that wasn’t enough of a treat my parents also very generously sent my sister and I on a trip with Loch Lomond Seaplanes followed by a couple of hours in the Spa. (I know, incredibly lucky).
For this tired mother the whole weekend was the most amazing way to relax and recharge – the aforementioned spa (2 miles from the hotel), lovely places to eat, family on hand to look after the littles, a lovely pool and those loch views. I particularly enjoyed the nautical themed Boathouse with its wonderful seafood and the fab hotel swimming pool (where I enjoyed a peaceful Sunday morning swim sans wee ones).
The spa was divine, I could have spent the whole day there. There was everything from steam rooms to thermal loungers to a fantastic roof-top infinity pool. Oh, the joy it brought this tired mummy! The best thing for me? The darkened relaxation room that I went to following my treatment, with its comfy beds, comforting lighting and soothing chamomile tea… I was oh so reluctant to leave the cocoon of calm.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes
The seaplane experience was amazing. The days prior to our stay were very wet and I kept my fingers crossed that the weather would clear for our flight. It did. Although still cloudy (which made for a rather bumpy ride!) the sunshine broke through in patches, throwing beautiful patterns across the landscape.
We took off from just outside Cameron House Hotel and headed up over the Loch Lomond islands. I admit that I didn’t see much during the first few minutes of the flight as I was busy concentrating all my efforts on gripping the seat and taking deep breaths (I remembered during take-off that I’m not actually all that fond of flying). But my shoulders relaxed as soon as I saw the incredible scenery unfolding below and within a few minutes I was completely absorbed in the view.
The plane veered south west towards the Isle of Arran and I, on the right hand side of the plane, had a beautiful view at the beginning of hte flight down Loch Lomond towards Ben Lomond (Scotland’s most southerly Munro) – my favourite vista from the journey. As keen as I was to record the journey in photos and videos I also made sure that I put down my camera and just enjoyed the view (I’m trying to do this more and made a promise to myself never to repeat a whale-watching trip in Boston where I realised afterwards that I only saw the humpback whales through the lens of my camera).
Our journey towards Arran (which was submerged in thick cloud) took us over Dunoon, Loch Striven (where the Dambusters tested the bouncing bomb), the Isle of Bute and Tighnabruaich. On the return journey I had a better view of the Clyde Coast and towards Cumbrae.
It wasn’t until afterwards when I was looking through my photos that I spotted this heart in the landscape – probably my favourite photo from the flight.
Despite getting rather motion-sick (ok, really motion-sick) I absolutely loved the flight and seeing this beautiful part of Scotland from a whole new perspective. (Wasn’t this landscape made for being viewed from the air?).