Scotland – Days 1 to 3: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Area

We’re still in Scotland having a ton of adventures. I’m planning to post general summaries as we go, and more specific posts about different activities later.

I had been worried that with the various problems plaguing our airline and connecting airports that we wouldn’t even make it on our trip. But, besides a bit of mechanical trouble in Toronto, it was smooth sailing all the way along. We cleared the easiest customs, our bags arrived and we picked up our rental car with no problems. With our early arrival, we were ready to beging exploring Scotland by 9:30 am on Sunday morning.

We headed west from the airport and our first stop was groceries and coffee. Feeling better after some food and caffeine, we headed towards the ocean so Jon could practice his driving. Our rental is a tiny Toyota Aygo – it has no power going up hills but lots of room for the size. We made it as far as the seaside town of Largs before stopping for a walk along the ocean.

Taking some classic tourist shots in Largs


From Largs we headed back toward Glasgow and then North towards Loch Lomond. We stopped in Balloch to visit the tourist information centre and see the loch before continuing to our final destination of Helensburgh.

Looking at Helensburgh from the pier

We checked into the Killan Cottage B and B and then went looking for dinner. We ended up at the Henry Bell (a chain pub) that served very reasonably priced drinks and food. We had a pint and some dinner and were back at the B and B by 7:00 pm. With our long day(s) of travelling we were both exhausted and I barely made it to 8:30 pm before it was lights outs!

On Monday morning we ate breakfast at the B and B and headed out for a day of hiking along The Three Loch Way (more about this adventure to follow in anther post).

Taking in the views along The Three Loch Way

After our hike we still had time, and energy, so we went for a little drive up the loch to the town of Luss. It was rather rainy by this point but we went for a wander along the path system and checked out some very old headstones in the cemetery.

Rainy hills of Luss

We took a smaller road home that was just a bit too narrow for our comfort level. I’m not sure I’ll ever like driving single lane highways at the speeds expected here!

On Tuesday we woke up to rain and scrapped our plans to hike another section of the Three Loch Way. Instead, we headed to Arrochar to hike the Glen Loin Loop on the recommendation of our B and B host. It was low elevation so we weren’t in the fog, and had beautiful lush scenery but we ended up very wet and tired by the end of the 17.5 km loop (I’ll post all about it later!)

Lush – because it rains all the time

After drying off at the B and B we found the sun had come out so we spent our last evening in Helensburgh walking along the waterfront with an icecream cone from Dino’s. We both agreed that while we enjoyed our time in the area, a few days was definately enough time to explore and we were excited to be moving on.

Classic vanilla milk ice cream as a final treat in Helensburgh


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