loch lomond, scotland

One fine weekend, B and I decided to camp on Loch Lomond and hike up Ben Lomond. Now, I’ve never been too outdoorsy, but when you’re husband becomes so obsessed with becoming a “wilderness couple” that it’s slightly cute, you say yes. Plus it wasn’t like we were camping on some tiny lake in the States. It was freakin’ Scotland and I figured it would be nice.

I quickly realized that even though we were in the beautiful United Kingdom, sleeping in a sweatbox, listening to Malcolm bark all night, not being able to bathe (hello, acne) and getting attacked by swarms of Midges wasn’t so fun after all. After struggling to put up our small tent while swatting at devil insects, we were hungry. We drove to the only store we could find to pick up some hot dogs to grill. In case you’re wondering, hot dogs come in jars and cans over there. For some reason that grosses me out. Hot dogs in generally make me feel nauseous because of their contents but I still choose to eat them at baseball games because they’re delicious. These hot dogs were not delicious. After having most of the hot dogs roll off of the grill or burn into a black mess, we went to bed hungry.

Loch Lomond Lake Scotland
Camping Loch Lomond Scotland

The next day was better because we hiked up and down a mountain… and it took seven hours… and my butt finally got that work out it has always wanted. Ben Lomond is considered a Munro, which is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft. It’s also the most southernly of the Munros. We had planned to hike another closer to Aberdeen, but ran out of time. A shame because it’s great exercise and the view are always spectacular!

The hike up Ben Lomond took a while because we stopped to snack and drink water, but getting to the top was so worth it. We saw fields, lakes and a little village that made even our tired selves say “oooh” and “ahhh”.

Ben Lomond forest
Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond Munro
Loch Lomond
Westie West Highland White Terrier Puppy
Ben Lomond Mountain
camping in Scotland
Gorgeous lakes in Scotland
Ben Lomond Loch Lomond

The way down was faster but very difficult because of steep drops and jagged rocks. We saw a lot of sheep while we were making our way back to the campground and Malcolm had fun prancing back and forth off leash as he waited for us (I’m convinced Westie puppies have unlimited energy).

Loch Lomond is a gorgeous area to explore, and the hike up Ben Lomond is not one that should be missed. We went at the beginning of June so if you’re planning a trip, it might be wise to find out when the insects disappear and plan it around that time.

       
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04307891396528119778 Sarah

    Looks amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09872776138094565847 SH

    These photos are absolutely stunning!!

    Hope you a wonderful day :)

    Sheree
    The Hartungs Blog
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16004533157267233128 Dara

    very pretty. did your dog hike too? he is just so cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06457377805996700968 Julie-Becoming A Navy Wife

    Scotland is on my “must go” list! Love the pictures as usual! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07532588286357500766 Anna Stillwell

    Beautiful pictures, and adorable puppy :) Found you from the Prowess and Pearls hop and am a new follower :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17708302478817127806 Andrea Heflin

    As always, stunning pics! Looks like quite an adventure!

  • http://genxfinance.com/ KC @ genxfinance

    The views, they’re breathtaking.. O.o

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15955193285643481167 Dena Barrie

    Oh you just made my day! We are heading to Scotland in April and seeing the pictures made me very excited! Thanks for the fun post!
    Dena
    http://itsabouttakingthejourney.blogspot.de

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05080659207047681801 Cocalores

    Oh yes, on the bonnie shores of loch lomond… Loved it there, but I never hiked Ben Lomond because we went in March. The youth hostel there is kind of okay, in a pretty old castle-like house – if you want to avoid the midges, that’s a good place to stay.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02778662663180638470 Lyosha

    Oh I miss Scotland. Loch Lomond is amazing place, so full so mistery!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02325550857442982469 Kendall

    Oh girl, props to you for being so willing to camp! I have never been a fan of the outdoors…or that weird smell it gives you…to this day I don’t enjoy convertibles because it gives me that “outside” smell. My hubby doesn’t get that, he usually rolls his eyes :) I will agree that nothing works those butt muscles quite like a long hike…I feel out of shape just reading this :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07281689617194191990 Helene

    oh this is so pretty! although, i am not a big camper (or fan of hot dogs in jars haha!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14360802541980595383 katie@thecarbmonster

    what gorgeous pics!!! new follower :) katie @ thecarbmonster

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15659246613084098527 Ala Astor

    wow… that’s a beautiful place. Hello. I saw you at the Aloha Friday blog hop and I am your newest follower in GFC from http://inhighheelsanddogtags.blogspot.jp/. I look forward to seeing you over at my blog next :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11708857742804062091 Jamie

    So gorgeous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02907346282834876404 Jen

    Good job making it through camping. I am so not a camper. I love to be outdoors, but would rather stay at a Lodge or Cabin. But those views were amazing, so hopefully that made up for things. I also love the pictures from your earlier post. So pretty!