The beauty of living on the west coast around Glasgow is that there is a plethora of beautiful areas to escape to on a warm sunny day.

The beauty of living on the west coast around Glasgow is that there is a plethora of beautiful areas to escape to on a warm sunny day.

Though it can be tempting to go ‘Doon the Watter’, it’s Loch Lomond that many of us head for, and for good reason.

There’s plenty of amazing restaurants, hotels and bars to enjoy when the weather is good. Here are five of our favourites.

The Drovers Inn

(North Loch Lomond, Inverarnan G83 7DX)

Picture: Rosser1954/Wikimedia

Established in 1705, the Drovers has gone on to become (arguably) one of the most famous pubs in Scotland. Taking its name from the highland drovers who used to drive their cattle down the side of Loch Lomond to the markets in the south, The Drovers is a wonderful trip to the past.

With a Highland welcome and plenty of awesome drinks on offer its a great place to stop and refuel on a wee trip around the loch.

You’ll be able to enjoy traditional Scottish classics like fish and chips and mince and tatties and as the saying goes: “Check in as strangers, leave as friends”.

Duck Bay Marina

(Alexandria G83 8QZ)

Picture: Duck Bay Marina

Offering breathtaking views of the scenery of Loch Lomond, Duck Bay is a wonderful place to escape to for a few hours.

The classic interior and outside seating (practically on the loch) are perfectly complemented by the extensive menu.

Featuring traditional Scottish dishes like haggis, neeps and champit tatties side by side with more modern, international cuisine – Mexican, Thai and Malaysian – the menu caters for almost every taste and will leave everybody with a smile on their face.

Just be sure to grab some ice cream for that after dinner walk along the shore.

Inn on Loch Lomond

(Loch Lomond Inverbeg, A82, Inverbeg)

Picture: Trip Advisor

Located close to both Luss and Tarbert, the Inn on Loch Lomond is a wonderful place to while away an afternoon, particularly when you enjoy a trip to Mr C’s Fish and Whisky Bar and Restaurant, which offers plenty of excellent dishes including seafood, burgers and steaks as well as what they claim could be the “best fish and chips in Scotland”.

The Inn on Loch Lomond also welcome hill walkers offering them a chance to sample a filling meal with a 10% discount off the main bill.

Ardlui Hotel

(Ardlui, Loch Lomond, Nr Arrochar G83 7EB)

Picture: Ardlui Hotel Twitter

Positioned at the tip of the loch, Ardlui Hotel is a great place to enjoy something to eat after a day of walking or sight seeing. Using many ingredients sourced as locally as possible including Loch Lomond salmon and Argyll venison, the Ardlui kitchen champions “authentic country house cooking”.

Afterwards grab a dram in the cosy Lomond Bar with its wood burning stove and relax, soaking in the atmosphere.

Cattle & Creel Steakhouse and Seafood Bar

(74 W Clyde St, Helensburgh G84 8AX)

Sitting close to Gare Loch in Helensburgh, the Cattle and Creel is one of the best places to sample seafood in the area around Loch Lomond.

The steakhouse and seafood bar is renowned for its surf and turf as well as its stunning views across the Clyde to Rosneath Peninsula.

Their famous seafood platter for two features the very best in Scottish sourced seafood including a whole fresh West Coast lobster, Tarbert-landed langoustines, Isle of Mull king scallops and Loch Fyne oysters.

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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