13th – 20th August 2022

August 20, 2022 by Alison in

We had a lovely stay at Crosskeys Cottage. The cottage is beautifully equipped with great décor. The week was mixed re weather, but we got out and enjoyed and explored the area.

We particularly enjoyed ice cream on the promenade at Dinos in Helensburgh (a bargain at £2.00 for a cone).
We did an amazing (but long) day to the Isle of Mull. It was stunning, beautiful, dramatic and empty (for August). It is a long drive (70 miles) to Oban, but it’s definitely worth it.

We went to Balmaha (on Craig’s recommendation) and walked up Conic Hill. It’s a hard steep walk up, about 1 hour, but the views of Loch Lomond from the top are amazing. Great coffee at the St Mocha coffee shop and ice cream parlour in Balmaha.

On a rainy day we went into Glasgow on the train from Helensburgh. It’s cheap and did the Modern Art Museum, Cathedral and Brewdog Bar in the Merchant City. It’s only 45 mins on the train.

Walked up Tom na h-Airdh just outside Helensburgh and the Balloch loop walk up Whinny Hill. Beautiful and no one about.

Thank you Craig & Alison for a fantastic stay and thank you Scotland!!

Gary & Denise, Devon

Things to do

Day trip suggestions

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Auchendrain Village

Auchendrain museum – just south of Inveraray

The preserved buildings from the 1700s give an authentic insight into how people lived and worked in the north and west of Scotland. You can wander freely around the houses and farm buildings furnished with everyday objects from time gone by.

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