The mountain peak of Ben Lomond is the most southerly Munro in Scotland, and where the Scottish Highlands begin. If you make the tough hike to the summit of Ben Lomond, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park below. But leave your tent behind – after a tough day hiking you’ll want to spend the night in Highland luxury at lodges, spa hotels and quaint B&Bs. Here are the best hotels near Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond – bookable with Culture Trip.
The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel has been offering traditional Highland hospitality and home comforts to weary travellers for centuries. This recently renovated, 17th-century coaching inn, in the small village of Luss, looks out over Loch Lomond and offers cosy, comfortable rooms in a supreme loch-side location. In winter, layer up under tartan blankets by the pub’s warming log fire, while in summer, take a cold pint into the garden for impressive views over the loch. Whatever the season, enjoy home-cooked Scotch pub classics like haggis – with a veggie version available – ale-battered fish and chips, and mac and cheese.
Book a weekend at the luxurious Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa, and you’ll quickly forget that you’re supposed to be in the “wilderness” of the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the banks of Loch Ard, this four-star hotel is wonderfully remote, yet fully equipped to provide guests with a relaxing spa stay. Take a swim in the hotel’s indoor pool, enjoy ELEMIS spa treatments and take long walks around the loch and into the forest. Rooms are styled with traditional Scottish tweed, while the best self-catering apartments feature a private sauna and private terrace.
Walking groups or large families will want to book out the Birchwood Guest Lodge, a self-catering cottage with seven ensuites and one deluxe room. The rooms, easily converted into either twins or doubles, cater to the soggy clothes of Highland hikers with heated drying racks and excellent ventilation. The spacious Birchwood Guest Lodge accommodation, in the village of Balmaha, is just a short walk from the eastern banks of Loch Lomond, and it’s an excellent base for summiting Ben Lomond.
Hosts John and Susan will welcome you into their B&B like old friends when you arrive in the Highland village of Callander. This is their home too, but you’ll have your pick of nine comfortable ensuite rooms and endless views of the Trossachs. Start the day with a breakfast of Buccleuch haggis, Stornoway black pudding and Stirling mushrooms, before heading off hiking or biking in the Highlands. End the day at Camerons Bar, the hotel’s oak-styled bar that serves up 120 varieties of Scotch.
The Winnock Hotel is a 17th-century coaching inn that continues to provide travellers with comfortable accommodation across 73 stylish rooms. Choose from the modern Elegance Rooms, or take a step back in time and stay in a refurbished Heritage Room. The hotel’s Merlin Restaurant serves up modern Scottish dishes inspired by the country’s heritage, including chicken breast filled with Stornoway black pudding, hand dived scallops with apple purée and Ross-shire venison with a blackberry jus.
The Lodge on Loch Lomond boasts an unbeatable waterside location in the village of Luss. There are 48 room luxury rooms to choose from: opt for tranquility from the private patio or terrace of an Executive Munro room, or book into a Deluxe Corbett suite where the balcony extends out over Loch Lomond. Elsewhere, Colquhoun’s Restaurant offers fine waterside dining at the hotel – the menu features locally sourced dishes as diverse as spiced paneer, smoked salmon and mussels, and chicken supreme.
You’ll need to take your shoes off before you’re shown to your room at Ashfield House Boutique B&B, but you’ll have a complimentary local whisky in-hand as you’re given the grand tour of this Georgian-era home. There are just four rooms available at this boutique B&B, on the banks of Loch Long – where you’ll have either a loch view, a forest view or a mountain view. The owners will rustle up a hot, home-cooked breakfast to order every morning, before you spend the day exploring the Scottish Highlands.
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