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Scotland hotel review - Cameron House, Loch Lomond (a member of QHotels)

Finding another hotel which can match the facilities offered at Cameron House, Loch Lomond - a huge variety of outdoor pursuits, stylish accommodation, a luxury spa, superb golf, a spectacular location and truly outstanding service - will not be easy

Hotel review by Travel Writer Linda Jackson

Before even arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond, I admit to already having a number of plus points on my mental list to be included in my hotel review of the luxury Scotland five-star resort...if they lived up to expectation that is. The plus points were: lots of activities, a spa complex and leisure club, two golf courses, and (being set right on the banks of Loch Lomond) definitely location, location, location. My weekend break in Scotland, on paper at least, looked very promising.

The reality on arrival did not disappoint. The weather was cold but kind, the air clean and clear, the Loch very still, and the view stretching across it just wonderful. How nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and arrive at a luxury hotel in the middle of the peaceful Scottish countryside, yet just an easy 20/30-minute drive or taxi-ride (15 miles) from Glasgow Airport. How convenient is that, especially when nipping away for a short luxury break in Scotland - the shorter the break the more important the hotel's proximity to the airport or railway station is. Even flying or arriving by train via Edinburgh, the journey to Cameron House takes around 1hour 15minutes by car - it's only 64 miles away.

Celtic Warrior & Cameron House

The Carrick Spa pool

Colquhoun Junior Suite

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From the minute I checked in to Cameron House, Loch Lomond, to the minute I checked out the staff were so incredibly courteous that this warrants special mention, especially as I was part of a large group of friends celebrating a special occasion and literally everyone, bar none, commented on the friendly, nothing-too-much-trouble service we all experienced throughout our stay. Cameron House certainly came up trumps on the public relations front, that's for sure - even managing to source a piper (a very last-minute add-on decision) to pipe guests in for dinner in the private dining room. That is a special touch of Scotland that is strangely moving. Despite being a large group warranting many tables, dinner was hot, served efficiently, and delicious. A big PLUS for anyone looking for a luxury venue in Scotland for a special family occasion or for corporate entertaining.

My room overlooked Loch Lomond and the hotel's yellow seaplane happened to be docked at the jetty so the scenic outlook could not have been better. The room decor was, I would say, a touch on the 'masculine' side - 50 shades of grey rather than girlie pastel colours - but I liked it a lot, very tastefully designed and luxuriously furnished and with a superking bed which was uber-comfortable. An illuminated make-up/shaving mirror wouldn't have gone amiss in the bathroom though.

Great Scots Bar

Cameron House golf - 15th, 16th &17th green

The Boathouse Restaurant

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What a fantastic panorama there is from the Great Scots Bar, a comfortable place to take in the view with morning coffee, a lunch snack, afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails, or savour an after-dinner 20-year-old single malt. How very lucky are the bar staff to be faced with such an outlook every day - this bar must be the best workplace for miles around. There is also a cosy bar with a huge fireplace near the main reception too, which proved a perfect nook to enjoy a glass of fizz before dinner in the Boathouse Restaurant.

The Boathouse is a casual restaurant with a great ambiance and great food, very boatie needless to say, located adjacent to the marina just a few minutes’ walk from the main accommodation. I say main accommodation as there are a number of self-catering lodges scattered around the wooded grounds, very popular with families I expect. As for dining... if you enjoy supreme cuisine, then the Martin Wishart on Loch Lomond (the hotel's Michelin starred restaurant) is a treat to be relished.

Carrick Golf Club, Loch Lomond

Cameron House yellow seaplane

The Claret Jug

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Being part of a large family-and-friends group gave me an insight into, and an opportunity to participate in, the Highland games activities that Cameron House can organise in the hotel's grounds. What a fun morning of activities that turned out to be – Segways to ride, archery, clay pigeon shooting and axe, haggis and caper throwing. Any guests planning to stay but not in a group, don’t worry, there are two lagoon pools in which to swim in the Cameron Club as well as racket ball, tennis and squash courts, as well as an award-winning spa and stunning championship 18-hole golf course at ‘The Carrick on Loch Lomond’. The resort has a luxury 46ft cruiser – the Celtic Warrior - which, as well as the yellow seaplane mentioned above, can be hired to explore Loch Lomond.

During my weekend break at Cameron House I did drag myself (reluctantly) away from the resort to explore locally. How glad I am that I did venture forth – not only was the drive to Loch Fyne amazingly scenic but I ended up having the most delicious seafood lunch ever in the Loch Fyne Restaurant and Oyster Bar (Clachan, Cairndow). As if I needed to stock up on food having a choice of four restaurants on-site at Cameron House!  But you know how it is… how could I have just driven past an inviting characterful old cow byre with thick stone walls, within which was housed a buzzing chic seafood restaurant and trendy oyster bar.

All I can add to the above hotel review of Cameron House, Loch Lomond, is to say thank goodness the hotel has a plethora of outdoor pursuits, well-equipped gym, and plenty of sports and things to do on-site – activities that were much needed to take off all those extra calories that I so very much enjoyed putting on. I might have checked out of the hotel weighing rather more than when I checked in but I did leave with a multitude of additional plus points for this rather special place to stay in Scotland.

There is one point of concern however... how long will it take to find a hotel that can match the facilities offered at Cameron House, Loch Lomond - the huge variety of outdoor pursuits, stylish accommodation, luxury spa, superb golf and a spectacular location, combined with truly outstanding service?

Meet & Greet airport parking / valet parking

What made my trip to Scotland even more enjoyable was that I used the valet parking company I Love Meet and Greet which operates from Gatwick Airport, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool Airport. This is a 'meet and greet' service I can highly recommend (I won't go to the aiport without using it!) - you drive right to the terminal entrance, hand over the car keys to a driver and off you go. The driver parks the car and, on your return, it is delivered back to you at the terminal entrance, within minutes of your phone call saying you've cleared Customs. This efficient 'valet parking' is great, I love it, it saves so much time as well as hassle - especially if you are travelling with children, elderly family members, heavy golf clubs. For more information on meet and greet parking at UK airports visit www.ilovemeetandgreet.com >>

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