We are always looking for an excuse for a weekend away and meeting up with friends for a catch up is the perfect one. Why meet up for a drink when you can meet up for the whole weekend and let the chat come out slowly?
People lead such busy lives (at least all our friends seem to!) it’s nice to make time for your friends in a way that you can also share new, memorable experiences together.
This time our destination was Rowardennan by the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond. If you are looking for a weekend get away with friends and live in central Scotland like us then this is a great shout because it is so close to Glasgow and Edinburgh but feels a million miles away.
And if you live further afield it’s worth the journey…. Loch Lomond is STUNNING! With good friends, sunshine and plenty yummy food, gin and prosecco it’s even better. Here’s a little taster of what we got up to…
Where did we stay?
One of the best things about Rowardennan is how many options there are for places to stay. There are loads of campsites, a hostel and a hotel….. something for every budget. The road only goes as far as the hostel so you get a real feeling of seclusion that we loved.
C stayed in the youth hostel and it was top notch with it’s own little jetty and a huge kitchen to cook our tortellini in. L decided to join a little later so opted to camp instead bringing a little barbecue for cooking veggie burgers.
You can catch up on our climb up Ben Lomond in our early mountain summer round up from last week. The path literally goes from outside the youth hostel so it’s the perfect location to make a weekend of the mountain.
Ben Lomond is a relatively easy munro and a great day out. It’s the most Southerly munro so it’s also easy to get to for a day trip.
We sat at the top and ate our lunch and there wasn’t even a breath of wind, so unheard of on a Scottish mountain! It felt like a little party at the top there were so many people having a brilliant time.
West Highland Way
Rowardennan is a stopping place along the West Highland Way (Scotland’s premier long distance walk) and the path is a great place to head out and explore. We went for a run in the morning down the route and it’s surprisingly up and down but a well-made path. The hostel was full of people making the most of this overnight stop along the way.
This is definitely on our Bucket List to complete the whole thing in the future!
There is a Loch Lomond activity centre situated right at Rowardennan so there is plenty opportunity to get out onto the water. I really want to give wake boarding a go but they also have kayaking, banana boats, water trampolines and paddle boarding, all amazing fun!
The jetty at the youth hostel is the perfect place to jump into the loch and have a swim. We had a swim on the Friday evening after we arrived and a much needed cool down dip after climbing Ben Lomond. It was warmer than when we were in Ibiza!!!
There is also an excellent beer garden at the Rowardennan Hotel which was a great place to head to in the late afternoon sunshine.
After a week at work heading away on a Friday night feels so dam good and makes the weekend feel like a proper holiday. That life is what we’re all about! It’s so cool that with a little bit of preparation and packing you can leave work at 5pm and be sipping a G+T by the shores of Loch Lomond by 7.
We had such a good time chilling, climbing and exploring the loch and it was an incredible place to be when temperatures were hitting the mid 20s! There were people everywhere adventuring and sunbathing in bikinis by the side of the loch and that makes me so happy to see. Here’s to Scottish adventures and to this epic weather continuing!