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My name is Jennifer. I’m a mum, wife and recent Argyll Holidays convert. As we eagerly awaited the summer holidays for a much needed break, there was an element of panic whilst wondering how on earth to keep the kids occupied for 6 whole weeks. Luckily, the need for a getaway outweighed the concern, and planning a holiday was at the forefront of our minds. We needed somewhere to keep everybody happy.

Enter Loch Lomond Holiday Park, the place where our 2016 family holiday would take place.

Our friends recommended Argyll Holidays, after their trip earlier in the year, as somewhere each family member was able to enjoy something they wanted to do, and minimising temper tantrums as a result!

Argyll Holidays Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Mum - Jennifer, aged 35

Activities

Walking

Walking is the best way for me to clear my head, and taking a stroll with my loved ones while being surrounded by the awesome views of Argyll was sheer perfection. We chose to immerse ourselves in the wonder of Ben Lomond, the second most popular place for walkers to explore in Scotland; coming in just shy of the famous Ben Nevis. The terrain has something for all abilities, so it was suitable for a family trek. We found the Visit Scotland website to be really helpful. If you’re staying at one of the other Argyll Holiday locations and fancy taking a stroll, check out their guide to walking here.

The view at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Nightlife

As much as we adore Emma and Jacob, every once in awhile it’s nice to spend time as a couple. Adam and I were really lucky to have his Alan and Barbara (Adam’s parents) along for the holiday which meant - you’ve guessed it - babysitters! We didn’t need telling more than once to head on out one evening as the Grandparents headed back to the lodge with the kids. It was time to pop our dancing shoes on and enjoy a bevvy or two in the local bars, courtesy of the local water taxi!

Why I loved our accommodation

We stayed in a 3 bed Lomond Royal Hot Tub Lodge, which consisted of 2 King-size rooms, both with flat-screen televisions and ensuite bathrooms! One for me and the hubby, and the other for his parents.

Lomond Royal King size room at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

The kids shared the twin-bedroom which also had an en-suite.
DID I MENTION THE HOT TUB?!
Absolute luxury, and definitely the main attraction for me! I loved the fact that it’s such a private experience, surrounded by the incredible backdrop of the Loch.

Loch Lomond Holiday Park Private Hot Tub

On a more practical level (and here’s where the Mum hat goes back on) having a washing machine to hand is a life saver, especially with two children under 12. It meant we could pack light and not have to worry if Jacob and Emma dirtied their clothes during all of the fun activities they were to get involved in.

Dad - Adam, aged 36

Activities

Kayaking, Cycling and more!

Adam loves to be active. He’s a regular gym goer, enjoys running a couple of times a week, and plays football on Sundays, so the fact we could hire kayaks on site from £15 per hour was right up his street! By the way, we’d highly recommend doing this, the whole family had a blast on the water! Adam and I also took advantage of the incredible sights to be seen while exploring one of many cycle paths and forest tracks. We hired bikes for half the day. It was Adam’s idea; but once I got out there with the wind in my hair taking in the magic of the Loch, I’ll admit it was the best idea he’s had for a while!

Why Adam loved our accommodation

My hubby is into his music in a big way, so the multi-room MP3 surround system was a great perk. Adam created a playlist which everyone got chance to add to - it was certainly eclectic, but lots of fun for us all!
Thank goodness for the plasma television too! Adam is hooked on a few programmes at the moment, so he was really happy to know he could watch them on the big screen. Not to mention myself and Barbara could still keep up to date with the soaps!

Living room at the Lomond Royal - Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Grandad - Alan, aged 56

Activities

Fishing

Powan fish is a protected species, so Alan knows to pop them straight back in the water if he catches one! You can find plenty of different types of fish in these waters, including; salmon, sea trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, perch, roach, chub and dace, which is great for Alan as he loves to add species to his list of catches! Here’s when to look out for what:
Brown trout - March to October
Sea trout - May - October
Salmon - February to October
You’ll need a permit if you want to give fishing a whirl. You can obtain one from Ardlui Hotel, just a short distance from the Holiday Park.

Barbara and the kids were elated when they found out Sunday fishing isn’t allowed - the family had Alan’s undivided attention!

Loch Lomond Fishing

Fyne Ales

Alan likes to spend part of his holiday focusing on father-son time, so Adam and him headed off to Fyne Ales for their Brewery Tour. £5 per person for 30 minutes and a half pint, perfect! You do need to book ahead though, so give the friendly team at Fyne Ales a call!

Why Alan loved our accommodation

Alan also loves astrology and enjoys a spot of stargazing, so was really happy to see the skylight! A perfect combination with the multi-room sound system!

Grandma - Barbara, aged 55

Activities

Afternoon tea

Tarbet tea rooms is a lovely little venue which holds a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence. With a welcoming homely interior and friendly staff, we could see why. Not to mention their lovely bakes, tasty sandwiches and scrummy homemade soup. The weather was pretty glorious when myself, Barbara and the kids headed to Tarbet Tea Room, so after lunch we decided to sit outside while the kids burned off some energy and we sampled the afternoon tea delights on offer - it would have been rude not to!

Loch Fyne Oysters

Barbara loves cooking, but a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without a break from the kitchen! She swears by food tasting better when it’s been cooked for you, so heading out to a restaurant is a real treat for her! She loves fresh fish, so to enjoy a meal right beside the waters certainly made the experience even better. Grandma couldn’t resist cooking duty for a whole week though, so she was happy to see the shop next door where she purchased some fresh local produce.

Why Barbara loved our accommodation

Barbara and I were extremely happy to see a dishwasher upon arrival, thank goodness for mod cons! The dining area was a big hit with Grandma too - she especially liked having everyone sat around the dinner table for her tasty fish pie - made with the local produce of course!
The wraparound balcony was a big hit too, Barbara took the opportunity to teach Emma the basics of knitting, while taking in the incredible views.

Dining room in a lodge at Loch Lomond Holiday Park

Daughter - Emma, aged 11

Activities

Treezone

My little active lady could not quite contain her excitement when I told her she was going to be trying out a zipwire! It’s suitable for children aged 7+, so it was great that Jacob was able to get involved too. For just £10 per person for an hour and a half, this session was an absolute bargain, and definitely the highlight of the trip for Emma. I would highly recommend checking it out - it’s great for children… and big kids like myself and Adam loved it too!

Why Emma loved our accommodation

Our usual routine at home is to read a story together before bed. It’s mine and Emma’s dedicated time together each day. I wanted to make sure we kept up the routine on holiday, and luckily the weather was pleasant, so the wraparound balcony was put to good use. Emma loved having a bedtime story outside on the balcony.

Son - Jacob, aged 7

Activities

Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre

Ever since experiencing Finding Nemo for the first time, Jacob has been obsessed with all things underwater, so Grandad was more than happy to take him on a trip to the Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre. Jacob was really excited for the Finding Dory show, which is on twice daily until the 14th August. We booked in advance and recommend you do too - it was pretty busy when we went, so best to be prepared and avoid disappointment.

Why Jacob loved our accommodation

TV Treat

There were a couple of perks for Jacob. The television in the kids bedroom being one - they don’t have one at home, so this was a real treat for them and Jacob loved watching children’s TV first thing in the morning while in their room (yes, we managed a lie in - an absolute miracle!).

Lomond Royal twin bedroom at Loch Lomond Holiday Park in Argyll

Outdoor Play Area

The outdoor play area was a big hit too. Our son has boundless energy, and the play area was our saviour! With plenty of holiday friends made, Jacob couldn’t wait for time playing outside. The only downside was that so much fun was had, he got upset when it was hometime… but I can think of worse tantrums to deal with though!

The details:

Holiday length: 7 nights
Accommodation cost: £1495 - was £2164, saving £669!
Accommodation: Lomond Royal Hot Tub Lodge 3 bed.

Taylor Family Argyll Holiday Activity Timeline

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