Boyfriend and I headed away to Loch Lomond for our fourth anniversary and for a little break from everyday life. We love being outdoors so we decided to head somewhere where we could do a lot of walking and just be in nature as much as possible, so Loch Lomond was the perfect place for a little break.
We used Tesco Boost to get a room at The Buchanan Arms hotel in Drymen to make the holiday a little bit cheaper and as an anniversary present to ourselves. The hotel was beautiful; the staff were friendly, the hotel was clean, the breakfast (which was included in our package) was amazing. The only thing we didn’t like was the bed itself, it was too hard but we both love super soft mattresses so it’s probably fine to everyone else!
On the day we started the holiday, we headed up via IKEA in Edinburgh for a few bits and bobs and of course we had to stop at Frankie and Benny’s for lunch! We stopped at the Kelpies, which I had never seen before. They’re absolutely beautiful pieces of art, I was blown away by the detail put into them despite them being made from metal! We spent quite a while just staring at the two horses heads in awe of the workmanship. The park around them is amazing too, we spent some time playing in the play park because we’re both still children at heart!
We had a little wander to Stirling Castle and headed to Tesco to stock up on packed lunches for the next couple of days before we headed to the hotel. After we checked into the hotel, we spent the evening having a few drinks in the hotel bar (which was very reasonably priced) before bed.
Our first day was spent hiking Ben Lomond, which was a hard slog to the top but the views were stunning. I love spending a day hiking, and we’ve not been for a long time so we both enjoyed ourselves. I think people forget to stop and take the time to appreciate nature, so it was great being surrounded by it and being forced to take in the views and slow down a little.
The day we climbed Ben Lomond was our fourth anniversary, so after we conquered the Munro and descended again, we headed out for a few celebratory drinks and then out for a fancy(ish) dinner at the Drymen Inn.
The food was amazing, we both left absolutely stuffed. I had feta cheese and tomato to start, chicken enchiladas as my main washed down by the strongest Piña Colada known to man and Ferrero Rocher cheesecake for pudding. Whilst boyfriend opted for the same starter and drink but had a steak as his main and had hot fudge cake as his pudding.
Boyfriend planned us a mega walk for our second and last day away which was a 16 mile section of the West Highland Way. I don’t think I’ve ever walked so far, it was so hard going but it was such a good hike! I’d love to do some more long distance walking, the whole of the West Highland Way in the future.
For our walk, we parkedat The Drovers Inn and walked from Inverarnan to Inversnaid and then back again. It was clambering over rocks and surrounded by beautiful views, boyfriend and I were in our element. Although 16 miles is incredibly far and our feet and legs were aching by the time we got back to the Drovers Inn about 8 hours later! We had dinner at the Drovers Inn, which was brilliant and I’d highly recommend to anyone doing the West Highland Way or heading up that way!
After we waddled back to the car and into the hotel, we had a few drinks at the bar again before collapsing into bed shattered. And just like that our little break was over!