Road Tripping Scotland: Loch Lomond to Castle Tioram

From St. Andrews we drove over to Loch Lomond where we were staying in a remote cabin on the water, in Rowardennan. 

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It poured during the drive, a lot of it down windy single track roads, but cleared up in the morning. We looked into a nature reserve but talking to the helpful tourist info people at Balmaha, lead us to a shoreline walk with partial pushchair, partial baby carrier terrain. 

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The path took us along a rocky path then flattened out with superb views of the vista and flora. You could follow the path in a loop uphill, but we stuck to the shore. Beautiful views of the lake which proved to be the best of the day. 

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After refreshments at the Oak Tree Inn we headed round the lake stopping off at, the highly recommended, Luss. A small town that was mobbed by tourists. Not our favourite, so-so views, and we left quickly. 

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Further up the west side of the lake was a look out at An Ceann Mor, at Inveruglas, with its modern “pyramid”. 

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Less tourists, nice views, and a good way to wrap up the day. We stopped at Ballach to stock up on food and petrol for the road ahead. It’s a shame that Cameron House is still under repair as there’s some beautiful parts of coastline there. 

The next day we moved round to Loch Fyne which was far less touristy than Loch Lomond. Our first stop was Inveraray Castle (£12pp) which looked like something out of a Disney movie, complete with manicured formal garden. 

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C was a terror inside, and not much better in the gardens, but the great weather allowed us to enjoy a stroll. 

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We then stopped at the original Loch Fyne fish restaurant. Not many photos here as we all scoffed our food so quickly. It was very good. 

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After lunch we set off on our big drive to Castle Tioram. The landscape from Inveraray to Glencoe was truly epic and I was loving it. There were tons of places to jump out to explore but we had a lot of road to cover, so we only managed a brief pitstop to take in Kilchurn Castle from the road. 

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We made it to the Corran ferry before reaching Castle Tioram, our last stop before the Isle of Skye. 

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We stayed close by, in Mingarry, so we reached the castle before anyone else and had a great time exploring it on our own – it had a real Game of Thrones feel. 

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From there we took the Mallaig-Armadale ferry (you should prebook it) and watched the gloomy weather awaiting us on the Isle of Skye.

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Until then…

– MKCW

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