Road tripping: Balmaha

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Saturday was the nicest day Scotland has seen in … I don’t know how long. After what seems like the longest winter ever, there was actual sun. I could hardly believe it. Since the weather was in our favour we had two options: sit in the garden and soak it up or get out of the city. We opted for the later, and an hour-and-a-half later, we found ourselves in Balmaha, on the banks of Loch Lomond.

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Super accessible (like I said, 1.5 hours from Edinburgh, 30 mins from Glasgow) Balmaha offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a piece of Loch Lomond, without venturing too far into the West Highland Way. For example, we intended to do the Millenium Walk, but ended up off course. A walk that should have taken 45 minutes took us two hours. But that’s the beauty of it; you’ll always see something that catches your eye and pulls you off course.

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Our walk left us hungry, so we stopped at the Oak Tree Inn for lunch. This is a lovely spot on the edge of the loch, which serves a wide range of food from pizza to burgers and salad. We had macaroni cheese (yum) and a burger. It saw us right after our adventure.

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There are a lot of different walks you can do in that part of world – there is a visitor centre in the Balmaha car park, which is  great resource if you’re planning a serious walk. For us, Saturday was all about getting out of Edinburgh, enjoying the countryside and showing a bit of appreciation for Scotland. Personally, I’ve given this country a really hard time of late as the weather has been unseasonably bad. It took all of a sunny day and a hike to the top of a hill to remind me that Scotland is beautiful. Faith has been restored. I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

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  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    Looks like that you had a great weekend :-)) Balmaha is beautiful!

  • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

    Looks like a wonderful place!

    Gemma x

  • http://summerviolets.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura Jones

    ah, this sounds and looks lovely! i’ve been really missing scotland lately and really want to visit soon, and this is definitely not helping, haha. seems like you had a lovely little trip! xx

  • http://coatandcoffee.com/ Emily

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I would love to take a road trip like this. Someday! haha

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    What amazing looking pictures. Loch Lomond is beautiful, I would love to visit it.

  • sileas

    Wow it looks gorgeous! Despite the rough climate, there’s something incredible about these northern landscapes. We’ve all been craving for spring it looks like ;)

  • Kirsten

    I love the picture of the mountains right before the food pictures which I loved as well. I love hiking and lakes and mountains. We don’t have much for mountains here but we have a few small ones. I have always wanted to visit Scotland. I have ancestors from there. Loch Lomond really is beautiful.

  • https://empfire.info Holly

    I’ve never been to Scotland before, which is really bad! It looks like you got really lucky with the weather. Loch Lomond looks beautiful.