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Cameron House – Outdoor Adventure, World-class Cuisine, And Loch-side Views. Scottish Luxury At Its Finest.

Set within 400 acres of majestic countryside, Cameron House is not only one of the best luxury hotels in Scotland, if not the UK, it also boasts breathtaking 360 degree views of the Scottish landscape and a stay here opens the doors for you to enjoy some of the best adventure sporting activities on offer in Scotland. Enjoy scenic bike hire trails, falconry experiences, pony treks, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 off-road driving adventures, Segway safaris, as well as many picturesque walks and hikes curated by the hotel’s leisure and events team. Activities have been created with guests, locals and groups in mind, meaning each experience is perfect solo, with a partner, with your family and as part of a group. Combine this with award winning dining options and incredible luxury suites in the hotel’s ‘Auld House’ and you have the perfect combination for an unforgettable hotel stay in the heart of Scotland. We recently stayed and experienced a selection of the hotel’s adventure sports as well as having the pleasure of meeting the hotel’s sports brand ambassador Dame Katherine Grainger. Read on to find out why this is one of our favourite luxury hotels in Scotland.

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Background and Concept

Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the hotel reopened on 20th September last year (2021) following an extraordinary restoration to the historical 17th century Baronial mansion. The property now offers 140 guest bedrooms, including 24 luxury suites, an award-winning spa complete with rooftop infinity pool, an 18-hole championship golf course, and a 234-berth marina as well as six incredible restaurants and bars, a new cinema and enhanced leisure facilities.

Location

Set on the banks of Loch Lomond, it’s a 30-minute drive into Glasgow and an hour and a half to Edinburgh. Glasgow airport can be quickly reached by car and the nearest train station is at Balloch.

Rooms and Suites

The hotel’s 140 guest-quarters are categorised into bedrooms, suites and suites in the Auld House.

The Auld House

The Auld House is the hotel’s main hotel building which dates back to the 17th century. It has 14 exquisite accommodations, from lavish duplex apartments to romantic one-bedroom suites, with furnishings and designs influenced by Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties. Guests residing in The Auld House receive enhanced amenities including in-suite check-ins and chauffeur transfers. The resort’s most exclusive rooms, The Cameron and The Tower Suites, are light and airy spaces that take inspiration from the hotel’s magnificent natural setting. They have impressive views of the hotel’s stunning surroundings and private living areas perfect for entertaining.

Some of our favourite suites in the Auld House are:

The Cameron Suite

Experience the height of luxury in the Cameron Suite, the hotel’s exclusive penthouse suite (and where Barack Obama stayed when he visited Scotland) You’ll be treated to the most indulgent experience in Loch Lomond, with a uniquely elevated two-story layout that features a grand living area and a master bedroom with a king-size bed. You’ll also have your own private living area upstairs, complete with natural light and plenty of space for entertaining. Step outside to one of two rooftop terraces to take in the stunning views of Loch Lomond. The suite also presents a lavish marble bathroom, complete with a stand-alone bath, shower, and double vanity.

The Tower Suite

The Tower Suite suite features a living area, bedroom, spiral staircase to a separate lounge and rooftop viewing area as well as a large marble ensuite bathroom with double sinks, standalone bath, and shower.

Rooms

Bedrooms offer a warm welcome and are sumptuous retreats which are stylish yet comfortable, each space has been designed with everyday luxury living in mind, curated using the finest Scottish fabrics, furnishings and artworks. The majority offer magnificent views across Loch Lomond or the beautiful hotel grounds.

Suites

The hotel’s Signature Suites offer stunning views combined with ample space and beautiful Scottish décor. Separate living and sleeping areas offer a comfortable base from which to enjoy days filled with adventure. And for added decadence, spacious bathrooms, finished in marble, feature a generous bath and shower, complete with luxurious skincare amenities.

Our Auld House Suite

During our stay were resided in the Auld House in the beautiful Ross Islands Suite.

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Food and Drink

The hotel offers six food and drink experiences across the property and estate. Ranging from casual dining to award-winning fine dining.

Lobby Bar and Library

The Lobby Bar is a new luxurious space serving champagne and cocktails along with Afternoon Tea with delectable treats prepared by the hotel’s executive chef and his team.

Tamburrini & Wishart 

Esteemed Scottish chefs Paul Tamburrini and Martin Wishart have created an exclusive, contemporary and innovative dining experience with seasonal produce at its heart at Tamburrini & Wishart. A five-course tasting menu changes every two weeks and there’s a three-course lunch menu fusing modern techniques with classical flavours. This is a not to be missed dining experience!

Our Dining Experience

During our stay we dined at Tamburrini & Wishart, see a snapshot of our experience below.

Cameron Grill

Located in the centre of the hotel and overlooking Loch Lomond, Cameron Grill has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that fits with the hotel’s overall style. The menu offers both healthy natural dishes and creative modern cuisine, all designed to give you an enjoyable dining experience.

The Boat House

Set away from the main hotel building, The Boat House enjoys a prime position looking out to the Marina. The menu features fresh Scottish seafood and casual dining options like pizza and burgers all set within a relaxed atmosphere.

Our Dining Experience

During our stay we dined at The Boat House, get a snapshot of our experience below.

The Great Scots Bar

The Great Scots Bar offers seasonal food menus all day and evening, as well as an extensive drinks menu featuring no less than 300 different whiskies. Enjoy views from the terrace of the loch and mountains, or cosy up inside where the walls are lined with famous Scots from past and present, many of whom have been guests of the hotel.

Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is found within The Cameron Club and Spa, offering a traditional menu packed full of familiar family-friendly favourites. Plus there’s Café Spa, serving healthy wraps, salads, light bites, energy-rich juices and smoothies.

Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Cameron Grill, and offers a buffet of continental options with hot dishes ordered from the a la carte menu.

The Cameron Spa

Set at The Cameron Club a short car journey from the hotel, The Cameron Spa offers a tranquil and peaceful setting for both residents and non-residents. With a variety of treatments, packages, and state-of-the-art facilities available, there is something for everyone. In addition to the new gym and fitness classes, the spa also offers a sensory thermal water journey, complete with an 18-meter swimming pool, jacuzzis, hydro pool, experience showers, Rasul mud chamber, heat and steam rooms, and a stunning rooftop infinity pool (which is incredible).

Read about our spa experience here

Leisure Club

The multimillion-pound refurbishment also included enhancements to the Leisure Club which now boasts a new 18m swimming pool, a family pool complete with a waterslide, a steam room, sauna and a bubble pool. A state-of-the-art gym featuring the latest Technogym Excite and Skill Line equipment such as Skillbikes, Skillrowers and Skillmills. There is also a new fitness studio offering over 50 fitness classes each week and a separate spin studio with large screens using the latest AV technology. The Leisure Club is also home to a new all-day dining restaurant and bar, The Tavern, providing an informal environment for guests to relax after using the Leisure Club.

Cinema

The hotel also has a new cinema with 29 seats complete with sumptuous red velvet armchairs, and a selection of new release films, family favourites, and all-time classics. At The Kiosk, you’ll discover all your favourite cinema snacks, from popcorn and pick and mix, as well as a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Outdoor Sports and Activities

There are few hotels boasting a private seaplane. But this light aircraft taking off and landing on the adjacent Loch Lomond is a frequent sight for those staying at Cameron House and a trip over the stunning strip of Scotland’s West Coast provides a memorable highlight of any stay.

Having this famous and scenic stretch of water on the doorstep and its own marina means the hotel can offer many active opportunities for guests; the calm (and in summer, relatively warm) waters are ideal for a first time trying paddle boarding, or those seeking an adrenaline rush will relish a ride on a jet ski.

Or remain on land and experience some off-road terrain with a 4×4 trip, go horse riding, hire bikes and explore the 400-acre estate or have some fun on a Segway.

During our stay we experienced some of the hotel’s adventure activities.

4×4

Experience the thrill of driving a Land Rover Defender or Discovery off-road on a tour of the stunning landscape around Loch Lomond. You’ll receive expert coaching as you tackle challenging terrain and climb ever-higher into the hills, discovering breath-taking views across the Loch and its islands.

Loch Based Activities

The hotel offers a number of Loch based water sports; explore Loch Lomond on one of the hotel’s guided Jet Ski tours where you’ll see some amazing scenery while enjoying an adrenaline-pumping experience. Or why not take things at a slower pace with their Kayak tours, where the hotel’s friendly and experienced instructors will teach you basic water safety and kayaking techniques for their sit-on kayaks. Or finally, test your core strength and improve your balance and coordination paddle boarding.

Sea Plane

Take to the skies and depart from the pontoon for your Loch Lomond Seaplane adventure. The captain will give you a thorough briefing before you take off on the water for the thrilling experience. The seaplane covers about 70 miles for Discovery flights and around 110 miles for Explorer flights. You’ll get to soar over stunning Scottish scenery, including lochs, glens, and rugged mountain peaks, before returning to your departure point.

Celtic Warrier

If you’re staying in either the Cameron or Tower Suites, you can enjoy a complimentary private Champagne cruise around Loch Lomond on the Celtic Warrier.

Golf

The hotel offers two courses aimed at different levels of golfing skills. The 18-hole Carrick course winds through an area of outstanding natural beauty, while The Wee Demon 9-hole course is great for beginners or experienced players looking for a shorter game goes which weaves through the estate grounds to The Boat House and Marina on the loch.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a complete get-away from it all luxury experience with some of the best dining and hotel experiences on offer in Scotland, then Cameron House is the place to visit. Conveniently close to Glasgow with arguably the best views in Scotland looking out over Loch Lomond this 400-acre estate has it all, so why not check-in for one night, or make it a whole weekend, we can guarantee you you won’t be disappointed.

Contact Details

Website: www.cameronhouse.co.uk
Address: A82, Loch Lomond, Alexandria G83 8QZ