I’ve been off exploring again: this time in Loch Lomond! I have been before…actually, my last time there was when we drove through to pick up our new puppy which was well over a year ago now. My main purpose to go through this time around, though, was for a Drive-in Movie hosted by the deals and vouchers masters, ItIsOn. Yet, we decided to take advantage of our plans and spend the whole day through there, taking in the sights and visiting new places, and I am so glad that we did.
Look at where we went and what we got up to…
Loch Lomond Shores
Here lies a small leisure area, as well as the Sea Life Aquarium Centre. The building itself really caught our eye as it literally sits upon and looks out to the Loch and beyond, as the pictures below will show you, and so we spent some of our day in there. We had a brilliant time learning about different creatures and even getting to touch and hold some in the rockpools! The views from the centre are unbelievable and it is completely worth paying the entry fee to even just go up to the fourth level and stare out at the view for a while.
After we had left the centre, we still had plenty of time before the movie began and we were eager to explore a bit more, thus consequentially leading us to Balloch Castle! I’ll admit that we were quite disappointed as the castle has been completely abandoned and left closed up so we weren’t able to gain entry. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful sight to see and its grounds make for a beautiful place to walk and see the Loch from afar.
We got back in the car once more and decided to travel up the Loch to see where it took us. We ended up exploring a small yet absolutely beautiful village named Luss. It has a dainty, almost vintage, village shop at its forefront and even some Highland Cows along by a hotel!
However, where you really want to end up is beyond the trees; that will be when you truly get to witness the true beauty of this village. There’s a sandy beach along with a wide stretch of Loch and a pier, looking on to Ben Lomond and other just as impressive mountains. The fact that their peaks were hidden by fog made the whole experience even more magical and I can vouch for it being one of the most breath-taking places Scotland has to offer. Just look…
Although we didn’t stay here long, Tarbet was another stop off that we decided to take before the movie. It’s another access point to the Loch and has similar amazing views to offer.
Last but not least, we headed back down to Loch Lomond Shores to see Elf on the big screen! We were lucky enough to get to the front row and be directly in the centre of all of the cars. We were also met by a real-life elf who provided us with information and a menu for the food stall before we tucked in to pizza and chips to enjoy the film with.
Obviously by the time you are reading this post, the ItIsOn Drive-in movie will be over for another year, but do keep an eye out for next year’s because I 100% recommend going. Tickets sell out fast and there’s no question as to why; it’s a fun experience like no other to get you in the festive spirit before the big day. The whole event is organised so well and there’s not a chance you wouldn’t have a great time! This is my second time going – I also went to their Valentine’s Day showing of Top Gun at Edinburgh Airport this year – and you can count on me going to future showings, too.
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