Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Carrick Golf Spa, Loch Lomond

My man and I were hugely fortunate to have a time share all to ourselves for 4 days just after we arrived back in Scotland, after our holiday in the South of France.
The time share is linked with the gorgeous Cameron House Resort which is nestled on the banks of Loch Lomond. 
We were staying at the Carrick, which is a collection of luxury lodges situated around a championship golf course and completed with THEE most incredible spa I have ever seen!
The spa has everything you could dream of an more! Spa therapists on hand for all the treatments you wish. A beautiful pool overlooking the golf course, several varieties of steam and sauna rooms. Jacuzzi rooms and an outdoor top floor hot tub that over looks more of the beautiful grounds...
There is a shuttle bus that takes you from one resort to the other within minutes, both with beautiful spa/leisure and dinning facilities to use as and when you want. This just added to the excitement of it two kids in a sweetie shop, spoiled for choice!

Our palace for the next 4 days was my idea of our dream home!
 Each room was beautifully decorated - beds dressed with tartan, in keeping with the traditional Scottish theme and bunnies galore!
The urge not to 'accidentally' adopt these bunnies  and take them home was strong...don't worry...I resisted!
 The ground floor had all the bedrooms, and then up the stairs lead the way to the most incredible open plan kitchen/diner with a living room, and a gorgeous balcony and chairs overlooking the golf course.
 To be totally honest, we pretty much spent every day in the same routine. Happily enjoying the peace and quiet, totally switching off and enjoying some quality time, just the two of us.

A lazy breakfast soon followed by a work out. Then onto lunch, before heading off to the spa for a whole afternoon of total relaxation and pampering. Finally a gentle 2 minute stroll home to cook dinner and cuddle up on the sofa. 

So most of the photos I have chosen to share, are just snippets of our daily routine
 My favourite summer breakfast!
Protein yogurt with honey, mixed berry gluten free granola, topped with fresh strawberries and of course a coffee to wake me up! I always travel with a bag of granola because you never know what gluten free options you will find, and it makes the perfect grazing snack too!

 This is my just woken up from a year of hibernation look...Nailed it!
 The lodge also comes with fluffy white robes with VIP embroidered on the they quickly became wardrobe essentials for cosy mornings.

It also in true Scottish tradition rained and poured,! So there was a lot of indoor relaxing and curling up by the fire.

 Knit jumpers are essential all year round in Scotland!

 One lucky day in rainy Loch Lomond, we were finally able to make the most of the stunning outdoors and do a little exploring.

So we jumped on the shuttle bus to Cameron House, and from there we wandered down to the Shores of the loch.

 The sun finally came out for us and uncovered the most incredible Autumnal display of colours.

 It quite simply is breathtaking...the colours, the gentle hum of the water lapping against the banks...
 However the quiet didn't last for too long when these guys made themselves known! They are actually long term residents of Cameron House and like to hold up travellers coming and going throughout the grounds which I found rather amusing!

 As much as I do complain about the cold, I really do love any excuse to bundle myself up in a cosy jumper and scarf...

 We soon found ourselves at the shore where we were pleasantly surprised to find a place to peruse shops from the warmth of a mall-type building, all the while enjoying the glorious views of Loch Lomond.
 The Mr. found himself a very smart winter coat, and I treated myself to some delicious smelling shower gels...naturally!

 After all our wandering and browsing, we decided as it was our last day we would treat ourselves to a meal out at The Boat House.
 Cozied up on the decking that overlooked the harbour, we enjoyed one very delicious late lunch!
 I had monkfish, wrapped in parma ham, with tender asparagus, roasted vine tomatoes, crushed new potatoes with the most heavenly tartar sauce....I am genuinely drooling looking at this picture. 

And Mr. had the surprises there and he reassured me it was a jolly good one at that!

We genuinely had the most incredible time and I am praying that we do get to go back again because it really was sublime.

The staff are wonderful, the grounds are impeccable and the facilities blew me away!

Cat Xx


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  8. Oh man, golfing in Scottland looks fantastic! I sure would like to go back to the birthplace of golf and practice some of the new golf drills I learned.


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