Loch Lomond Shores
Ali Ray says: Loch Lomond Shores is a ten-minute drive from Luss Club Site and billed as “Scotland’s most spectacular visitor destination” - which is a fancy way of saying that it’s a shopping centre. But this is not your average shopping centre. For starters, it’s on the banks of Loch Lomond, where you are surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Yes there are shops but there are also cafés and restaurants, all of which all use fresh locally-sourced, Scottish products wherever possible. There’s a Sea Life Centre, the Loch Lomond Birds of Prey Centre, an outdoor play area and access to a huge range of outdoor activities: canoeing, kayaking, rowing, pedal boats and motor boats and there’s all year round mountain bike hire. And it’s home to the DUG Café, a café where your pooch is welcome! Fresh food (for humans) includes soups, sandwiches, toasties and cakes and for our four legged friends, there’s a complimentary snack on arrival, organic treats and DUG Dinners. It’s friendly, sociable and even with all the dogs, spotlessly clean. There’s also a farmers’ market on the first and third Sunday of every month.
Everything is locally produced – fresh cheese, including slow matured creamy cheddar from Arran, home-baked breads and cakes, seasonal vegetables, chutneys, chilli sauces and oils, freshly baked pies, fresh meats, and fabulous smoked fish are all on offer. The market opens at 10am and runs till around 4pm but go early as stock is limited to keep everything as fresh as possible. It’s only a short drive from Luss to Balloch but from March to November there’s a regular water bus service between the two points, a great way to take in the scenery and enjoy Loch Lomond.
Ben Lomond Way