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Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges

9 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
Pets 2
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Situated on the east side of Loch Lomond near the village of Balmaha are these stunning lodges all nestled around the edge of the loch.
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Wemyss Bay

13 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, nestled in the scenic region of Renfrewshire in Western Scotland, is a haven for families and adventurers alike, blending modern amenities with the natural beauty of the Scottish landscape.
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4.4

Hunters Quay

14 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
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Hunters Quay is part of our Go Active+ Breaks Collection, located just outside the seaside town of Dunoon. Award-winning Hunters Quay Holiday Village is perfect for a fun family adventure.
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Stratheck Holiday Park

18 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
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Nestled between Benmore and Loch Eck, Stratheck Holiday Park is set in a stunning mountainside location, just a short distance from Dunoon, on the Cowal Peninsula within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
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Arran Hills

19 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 1
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Arran Hills sits in an ideal location in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside, near the west coast of Scotland.
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Drimsynie Holiday Village

20 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
Pets 1
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Discover Drimsynie Holiday Village, part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, nestled amongst majestic mountains at the head of Loch Goil.
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Loch Lomond Holiday Park

21 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
Loch Lomond Holiday Park is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection.
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Dundonald Lodge Retreat

25 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
Escape to the ultimate luxury retreat at Dundonald Links. Our newly opened resort in 2021 offers an unforgettable Scottish experience, combining exquisite accommodations with world-class amenities.
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Strathyre Lodges

25 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 8
Pets 4
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Located among the scenic lochs and mountains of the Trossachs, this beautiful setting is overlooked by the majestic Ben Ledi, which provides a stunning backdrop to the cabins which are all nestled between the heart of the forest and the banks of Loch Lubnaig.
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Argyll Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Dunbartonshire, where Scotland's rugged beauty meets serene loch shores. Here, you can savour fresh, locally-sourced seafood, tackle invigorating hill walks, or delve into the rich tapestry of local heritage at places like Dumbarton Castle. For a truly memorable experience, why not stay in a cosy lodge or cabin? It's the perfect choice whether you're planning a romantic retreat, an action-packed family holiday, or a laid-back trip with friends. And here's a nugget for you: the world-famous Loch Lomond isn't just stunning, it's also the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area!

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Dumbartonshire?

Dumbartonshire, or Dunbartonshire as it's sometimes spelled, is a real gem in Scotland's crown. It's a place where the highlands whisper to the lowlands, offering a slice of Scottish serenity. In 2024, the area is buzzing more than ever with the Loch Lomond Highland Games and the Lennox Festival bringing a splash of culture and fun. Opting for a lodge over a hotel gives you that freedom and space you crave, with a homely touch that's hard to beat. What sets Dumbartonshire apart is Loch Lomond itself, a stunning expanse of water framed by mountains, and the fact that you're never too far from a castle or a distillery. It's Scotland in miniature - all the beauty without the need to trek for hours.

If you're visiting Dumbartonshire with kids

Absolutely, Dumbartonshire is a playground for kids. They can explore the SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium, get hands-on at the Denny Tank Museum, or burn off energy at Loch Lomond Shores with its outdoor play areas. Lodges are ideal for families, offering that home-from-home feel with plenty of room to spread out. Plus, many have outdoor spaces for that all-important playtime.

  1. Waterproofs and wellies – the weather can be unpredictable.
  2. Swimwear – for impromptu dips in Loch Lomond or lodge pools.
  3. Binoculars – for wildlife spotting and stargazing.
  4. Outdoor toys – frisbees and footballs for fun in the lodge grounds.
  5. Snacks – for fueling adventures and keeping the hangry at bay.

Pet Friendly Dumbartonshire Adventures

Dumbartonshire rolls out the red carpet for pets. There's a host of pet-friendly lodges, many with enclosed gardens to keep your furry friends safe. When it's time to eat, The Dumbuck House Hotel and The Balloch House welcome pets with open arms. A top tip: always check if your lodge has a garden and if it's secure. And remember, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code means responsible access to most outdoor spaces, so your dog can enjoy the freedom too!

Dog walking ideas in Dumbartonshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Balloch Castle Country Park Varies Parkland & Castle Views G83 8LX
John Muir Way - Helensburgh to Balloch 9 Coastal & Woodland G84 7PA
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Varies Lakeside & Mountains G63 0AR
Overtoun House Walks Varies Woodland & Historic Estate G82 2SH
Luss Heritage Path 1.5 Village & Loch Views G83 8PA

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic getaway, Dumbartonshire's lodges are the perfect retreat. Couples can find secluded spots with stunning views of the Scottish landscape. Imagine unwinding in a hot tub under the stars with your significant other – it's the ultimate in relaxation. Many lodges offer pamper packs upon arrival, setting the mood with treats like chocolates and bubbly. For a touch of luxury, check out Loch Lomond Waterfront, which provides spa services right in your lodge. Dining out is also a treat, with intimate eateries like The Stables Restaurant offering local Scottish fare in a cosy setting.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Dumbartonshire's local cuisine is a hearty affair, with traditional Scottish dishes like haggis and Cullen skink on many menus. For a memorable meal, head to The Dumbuck House Hotel, known for its delicious local produce. Families looking for a friendly vibe should try The Balloch House, which serves up comfort food in a relaxed environment. Couples might prefer the more intimate setting of Chimes, where the focus is on fine dining with a Scottish twist.

For a good night out

When the sun sets, Dumbartonshire comes alive with options for a good night out. For live music and a lively atmosphere, Finn McCool's is the go-to pub. If you're after a more laid-back evening, The Glencairn Lounge offers a wide selection of whiskies and ales, with rave reviews for its welcoming staff and cosy ambience.

Fishing

Dumbartonshire is a haven for anglers, with numerous spots to cast a line. Here's a list of the main fishing lakes or facilities:

  • Loch Lomond – Renowned for its pike, perch, and salmon fishing (G83 8RB)
  • Leven River – Offers excellent opportunities for trout and salmon (G82 4BG)
  • Carron Valley Reservoir – Known for fly fishing, stocked with rainbow trout (FK6 5JL)

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Dumbartonshire's outdoor centres like Loch Lomond Wakeboard offer a range of activities. Try your hand at wakeboarding, with prices starting around £35 for a session. Seasonal opening times vary, but most centres are open from spring to autumn. Can You Experience Co. at Loch Lomond provides kayaking, canoeing, and even segway tours, ensuring there's something for every adventurer.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Lomond Shores Shopping Centre Branded stores, local crafts G83 8QL
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate Local Shops Artisan goods, bespoke items G82 3PD
Dumbarton High Street High Street Shops Apparel, eateries, gifts G82 1PQ
Loch Lomond Galleries Shopping Mall Antiques, art, souvenirs G83 0UG
Jenners at Loch Lomond Shores Department Store Luxury brands, Scottish products G83 8QL

Dumbartonshire's lodges offer the perfect mix of romance, local flavour, and outdoor excitement, making it an ideal destination for a memorable break. Whether you're angling for a catch, seeking thrills on the water, or just looking to unwind with your loved one, this Scottish county has it all.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Dumbartonshire

Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges, Glasgow

Driving Distance: About 25 minutes (9.75 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges offer an exquisite retreat with private hot tubs, spa and beauty treatments, and an on-site restaurant, all nestled on the idyllic east side of Loch Lomond.

Who will love these lodges? These lodges are a haven for couples seeking a romantic getaway or families looking to create unforgettable memories. The serene loch-side setting and luxury amenities make it a standout choice for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can indulge in spa treatments within their lodge, dine at the on-site restaurant, or engage in water sports on the private beach. Fishing enthusiasts will also find the exclusive grounds ideal for their hobby.

What's nearby? Explore historic castles and golf courses within the vicinity. For outdoor enthusiasts, walking and cycling around the area offer a perfect way to spend the day. All these attractions are within easy driving distance, providing a plethora of activities for every interest.

Accommodation options: The lodges, such as Cawdor and Culzean, provide luxurious two-bedroom accommodations with en-suite bathrooms and a private terrace with a hot tub. Although not pet-friendly, they are perfect for groups or families looking for a sumptuous stay.


Ardgartan Argyll Lodges, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 45 minutes (27.37 miles) | Sleeps: 4-6 | Pet friendly? Yes (selected lodges)

What to expect: Set within the stunning Argyll Forest Park, Ardgartan Argyll Lodges offer contemporary design and luxury in a breathtaking natural setting, complete with outdoor hot tubs and a range of outdoor activities.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for adventure seekers and nature lovers, these lodges cater to families and couples alike. The tranquil loch-side location and the wealth of outdoor activities make it an ideal choice for active breaks or peaceful retreats.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy canoeing, paddleboarding, and fishing, or take part in ranger-led walks and activities. For the little ones, there's a children's play area, and for adults, a shop and coffee lounge to unwind.

What's nearby? The Trossachs beckon with their scenic beauty, and the lodges are conveniently located for exploring the area's lochs and mountains. With outdoor activities aplenty, guests can immerse themselves in the great outdoors.

Accommodation options: Ranging from the Golden Oak Lochside 2 for couples to larger lodges like the Golden Oak Lochside 3, these lodges offer a mix of luxury and comfort with options for pet-friendly stays and family-friendly amenities.


Ardlui Retreat, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 48 minutes (29.91 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes (selected lodges)

What to expect: Ardlui Retreat is a luxurious addition to the Autograph collection, boasting two-storey lodges with private hot tubs, concierge services, and a range of exclusive amenities like a private chef and yacht hire.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for those seeking an opulent escape, Ardlui Retreat is perfect for discerning guests, including families, couples, and groups who desire a lavish holiday experience with a touch of exclusivity.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Enjoy the luxury of a private chef, hire a jet ski, or relax in your hot tub. For gatherings, book the BBQ hut, and for exploration, the private yacht is at your disposal.

What's nearby? Set within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, the retreat offers easy access to scenic drives, hill walking, and exploring charming villages and historic landmarks.

Accommodation options: The retreat offers a range of two-storey lodges like Adair and Annis Lodge, with stunning views and luxury amenities. While not all lodges are pet-friendly, there are options available for those travelling with pets.


Strathyre Lodges, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 54 minutes (30.31 miles) | Sleeps: 2-8 | Pet friendly? Yes (selected lodges)

What to expect: Strathyre Lodges are nestled between the forest and Loch Lubnaig, offering a serene escape with stunning views of Ben Ledi, complete with outdoor hot tubs and a host of outdoor activities.

Who will love these lodges? Couples looking for a romantic setting and families or groups seeking adventure will find Strathyre Lodges ideal. The natural surroundings and array of activities cater to all interests.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Engage in archery, canoeing, or paddleboarding, and explore the forest on bike or foot. The children's play area and ranger-led activities ensure there's something for everyone.

What's nearby? The lodges are a stone's throw from the Trossachs' lochs and mountains, offering ample opportunities for water sports and hiking. Glasgow is also within reach for a city day trip.

Accommodation options: From the intimate Golden Oak Hideaway Lochside 1, perfect for couples, to the spacious Golden Oak Lochside 4 for larger groups, these lodges offer a range of options, including pet-friendly stays.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Dumbartonshire

Dumbarton Castle

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check online
  • Prices: Adult £6.00, Concession £4.80, Child £3.60
  • Postcode: G82 1JJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Perched on a volcanic rock, Dumbarton Castle commands stunning views of the River Clyde. It's a hit with folks who love a mix of scenic beauty and rich history. They've got interactive exhibits and the climb to the top is a mini workout with a rewarding panorama. The best time to visit is on a clear day for the best views. Wear comfy shoes and check for any events—they often have reenactments and activities that bring the castle to life.

Phone number: 01389 732167 | Web: historicenvironment.scot/dumbarton-castle


Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 – 16:30 daily
  • Prices: Adult £7.50, Child £4.50
  • Postcode: G83 8QL
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Loch Lomond Shores parking

If you're into wildlife, the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is your spot. They've got over 30 birds, including eagles, falcons, and owls. It's educational and interactive, with knowledgeable staff who love to share their passion. It's not just for bird enthusiasts; kids get a thrill too. Go in the morning when the birds are most active. And hey, don't miss the flying demonstrations!

Phone number: 01389 729239 | Web: llbopc.co.uk


Maid of the Loch

  • Opening Times: Check online for sailing times
  • Prices: Varies with cruise type
  • Postcode: G83 8QX
  • Est. time required: Varies with cruise
  • Nearest parking: Loch Lomond Shores parking

Hop aboard the Maid of the Loch, the last paddle steamer built in Britain. It's a unique way to see Loch Lomond. They've got different cruises, some with afternoon tea—proper lush. It's perfect for a romantic day out or a family adventure. The best time to sail is late spring through early autumn. Book in advance to secure a spot, especially for themed cruises.

Phone number: 01389 711865 | Web: maidoftheloch.org


Loch Lomond Shores

  • Opening Times: 10:00 – 18:00 daily
  • Prices: Free entry, costs vary for activities
  • Postcode: G83 8QL
  • Est. time required: Spend the day
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Loch Lomond Shores is a cracking place for shopping, eating, and enjoying the loch. There's an aquarium, a mini-golf course, and often a farmers' market. It's a full day out for all ages. Summer weekends can get busy, so try a weekday visit if you can. Don't miss the local produce in the shops—great for gifts or a treat for yourself.

Phone number: 01389 751035 | Web: lochlomondshores.com


Balloch Castle Country Park

  • Opening Times: Dawn till dusk
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: G83 8LX
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Fancy a stroll? Balloch Castle Country Park is spot on for a leisurely walk or a family picnic. The castle itself isn't open to the public, but the gardens and the views are top-notch. There's a fab play park for the kids too. Spring and autumn are stunning with the flowers and foliage. If you've got a dog, this is a great place for a walkies.

Phone number: 01389 738292 | Web: west-dunbarton.gov.uk/balloch-castle-country-park


The Hill House

  • Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adult £12.50, Child £5.50
  • Postcode: G84 9AJ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

For a dose of design and architecture, check out The Hill House. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it's a masterpiece of the early 20th century. They've got this new walkway that lets you see the conservation work up close. It's a must for anyone into arts and crafts. Try to visit on a dry day to make the most of the gardens. And don't rush—there's a lot to soak in.

Phone number: 01436 673900 | Web: nts.org.uk/the-hill-house


Remember, when you're planning your days out in Dumbartonshire, consider staying in one of the local lodges. They offer a cosy and convenient base to explore all these attractions. Plus, nothing beats the comfort of a lodge after a day of adventures. Enjoy your trip!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by stunning natural scenery. Lodges in Dumbartonshire offer a tranquil setting, perfect for unwinding. Many come with modern amenities like hot tubs and are a stone's throw from local attractions. It's a unique chance to escape the hustle and bustle.

What should I pack when visiting Dumbartonshire?

Pack for all weathers – a waterproof jacket and walking boots are must-haves. Don't forget swimwear for hot tub lodges and a camera to capture the breathtaking landscapes. Essentials like toiletries are a given, but some lodges may provide these, so check ahead.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Dumbartonshire have dedicated parking spots close by. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're unsure, it's worth checking with your specific lodge provider before you set off.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to explore local gems like Dumbarton Castle or enjoy the cosy comforts of your lodge. Many lodges come equipped with games, books, and sometimes even streaming services. It's the perfect excuse for a lazy day in.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Local takeaways and some restaurants offer delivery services to lodges. Plus, services like Just Eat or Deliveroo might operate in the area. For a more local flavour, check out farm shops or markets for fresh produce if you fancy cooking.

Is Dumbartonshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! Dumbartonshire's landscapes are stunning year-round, and visiting off-season means fewer crowds. You'll find that attractions like Loch Lomond Aquarium and The Hill House are still open, with the added bonus of a more personal experience.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are typically cleaned and maintained between guests. Lodges pride themselves on hygiene, so you can look forward to a sparkling clean soak upon arrival. If you're worried, just reach out to your lodge provider for reassurance.

Are there any kid-friendly activities nearby?

Dumbartonshire is great for kids! Check out Loch Lomond Faerie Trail for a magical experience or SEA LIFE Loch Lomond for underwater adventures. Many lodges also have outdoor spaces for kids to play and explore safely.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges cater to guests with mobility issues, offering ground-floor bedrooms and walk-in showers. It's best to discuss your needs when booking to ensure the lodge is fully accessible and meets your requirements.

Can I bring my pet to the lodge?

You'll find plenty of pet-friendly lodges in Dumbartonshire. It's a great area for dog walking, with plenty of trails and parks. Just confirm with the lodge provider beforehand, as some may charge an extra fee or have specific rules for furry friends.

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