Category: Scotland

Scotland hotel review – Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Linda Jackson reckons finding another hotel which can match the facilities offered at Cameron House, Loch Lomond – a huge variety of outdoor pursuits, stylish accommodation, a luxury spa, superb golf, a spectacular location and truly outstanding service – will not be easy

Before even arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond, I admit to already having a number of plus points on my mental list to be included in my hotel review of the luxury Scotland five-star resort…if they lived up to expectation that is. The plus points were: lots of activities, a spa complex and leisure club, two golf courses, and (being set right on the banks of Loch Lomond) definitely location, location, location. My weekend break in Scotland, on paper at least, looked very promising.

Cameron House hotel review by Linda Jackson Travel Writer

Guests arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The reality on arrival did not disappoint. The weather was cold but kind, the air clean and clear, the Loch very still, and the view stretching across it just wonderful. How nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and arrive at a luxury hotel in the middle of the peaceful Scottish countryside, yet just an easy 20/30-minute drive or taxi-ride (15 miles) from Glasgow Airport. How convenient is that, especially when nipping away for a short luxury break in Scotland – the shorter the break the more important the hotel’s proximity to the airport or railway station is. Even flying or arriving by train via Edinburgh, the journey to Cameron House takes around 1hour 15minutes by car – it’s only 64 miles away.

Read the full Cameron House, Loch Lomond, hotel review written by Linda Jackson >>

50 Shades of Grey? No… Try 50 Shades of Scotland instead

Scotland in colour

There’s certainly nothing grey about Scotland. You’ve just got to experience for yourself the vibrant sunsets and pastel sunrises, the orange hues of autumn, the vast pale blue skies, the winter whites of the Highlands and you’ll be captivated for life – guaranteed.

Scotland sunset Image ©Linda Jackson

Nature’s sunset display in Scotland

Seeing the blue sky and white clouds mirrored in deep, dark blue lochs is breathtaking, golf on the lush green fairways of Scotland’s world-famous golf courses is enticing, and the orange flickering flames of a roaring log fire in a huge inglenook fireplace so very welcoming.

Enjoy a wee dram of Scottish whisky gleaming gold in the candlelight, the swirling of colourful tartan kilts and dresses during an evening of Scottish dancing, the stark contrast of a foraging squirrel wearing its rich red chestnut-coloured coat scurrying across pristine Persil-white snow, and a bird’s eye view of the green bonnie banks of Loch Lomond from the quirky custard yellow seaplane based at Cameron House.

Cameron House luxury hotel activities

Get a bird’s eye view of Loch Lomond – flights from Cameron House

Read the full article 50 Shades of Scotland here >>

Scotland luxury holiday cottages, self-catering lodges & apartments

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Spectacular scenery around Loch Torridon, northern Highlands of Scotland
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Luxury self-catering lodges in Scotland

Concentrating on the Scottish Highlands I am checking out special places to stay, namely luxury lodges, holiday cottages and unique boathouses to rent in Scotland but a journey that, on paper, should have taken around 4.5 hours is taking twice as long.

Spectacular Scottish landscapes

Scenery is breathtaking on the drive from Loch Ewe in the North West Highlands of Scotland, via Torridon, down to Port Appin on the West Highlands coast – 172 miles of jaw-dropping landscapes.

Unique places to stay in Scotland

Ashamedly selfish at times, I do need my own space so I’m looking for a unique or special place to stay in Scotland – a luxury self-catering cottage, lodge or boathouse maybe – from which the views will be mine to behold, and in which I can feel at home the minute I step through the door…

… and I’ve found some rather special places to stay, too.

Read my travel article about special places to stay in Scotland here >>

Fred Bear at The Poacher’s luxury self-catering cottage in Scotland

luxury self catering in Scotland

Fred about to take the plunge

Special place to stay in Scotland

Wow! It is difficult to get into some of the super-duper luxury baths around these days…

I just LOVE plunging into a deep bath, especially when it’s in a bathroom subtly lit with twinkling blue lights.

Romany caravan in the Highlands of Scotland

AND, not only that, I’ve got my own hot tub outside the door of my boathouse cottage PLUS a Romany caravan kitchen-breakfast room all to myself included in my unique five star self-catering accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Romany caravan kitchen is SO cute. Almost as cute as me.

Luxury holiday boathouse lodge beside Loch Ewe, Scotland

This unusual little luxury holiday home in Scotland sits right beside the River Ewe where it joins Loch Ewe. My unique holiday pad is called The Poacher’s and is set in the gardens of Pool House, Poolewe, in the Scottish Highlands – way north.

AMAZING scenery in the northern Highlands of Scotland. I’m just loving it.

Fred Bear joins Travel Writer Linda Jackson on her travels

Help with travel writing

Meet Fred Bear – he’s going to contribute to Travel Writer Linda Jackson’s Travel Blog.

When interviewed Fred says “I’m going to be a big help with Linda Jackson’s travel blog, she’s been wrapped up with all her Caribbean stuff, jetting around, so has neglected her general travel blog writer duties for a while”.

The travels of Teddy Fred Bear

Fred loves to travel, especially around Scotland and Devon in the UK, and around the islands of the Caribbean. He loves the good things of life so he tends to stay in luxury hotels around the world – enjoying the finest of cuisines, soaking up spectacular landscapes, and being pampered from head to toe at every opportunity.

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Follow Fred Bear’s forays!

Fred Bear (a rather unfortunate name as it happens as he’s not got a lot of fur so is rather threadbare!) is now sorting out photos of his recent travels and is jotting down his thoughts on his very first trip to the Highlands of Scotland.

Special places to stay in Scotland

During his visit Fred acquired a strong taste for Whisky Mac at Port Appin and found a natural ‘adventure park’ at Torridon with so many activities that he just chilled out at his next stop, Poolewe – in accommodation complete with garden hot tub, and gypsy caravan kitchen.

Find out more about the loves and hates of Fred Bear by following Linda Jackson’s Travel Blog where, as guest travel blogger, he’ll be adding snippets about his personal bear hunt experiences while checking out great holiday destinations, adventures and activities, good places to eat and special places to stay.

Ideas for whisky-related holidays in Scotland

Whisky trails in Scotland – whisky tastings in Scottish distilleries – whisky flights – whisky & food pairing menus

With so many whisky distilleries in Scotland it’s only to be expected that ideas for whisky-related holidays simply flow from all corners of the country.

The Royal Scotsman

Hop on board The Royal Scotsman for aspecial Classic
Whisky Journey by rail through Scotland in April 2013

There is a Scottish malt whisky three-day trail in Speyside; special whisky bars; whisky tasting weekends; Scotch whisky one-day excursions from Edinburgh and Glasgow and to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Enjoy fine whisky on The Royal Scotsman

Visit Scottish distilleries and enjoy fine whisky on The Royal Scotsman

Whisky enthusiasts can join a ‘training school’ and immerse themselves in a world of whisky in Edinburgh; become members of exclusive Scotch whisky clubs; enjoy combined golf-whisky holidays; and have fun at one of Scotland’s popular annual whisky festivals. You’ll discover a whisky-infused spa treatment here; a whisky marinated soufflé there and, elsewhere, creative chefs preparing exquisite whisky and food pairing menus.

There’s obviously something VERY special about Scotch whisky…. so read the full article here >>

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