It's Official: TripAdvisor Travellers Love Loch Lomond
Several Love Loch Lomond businesses, including hotels, B&B’s, self-catering cottages and tours, are celebrating after receiving TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for 2014, proudly denoting consistently excellent feedback from travellers across the globe who have taken the time to review their positive experiences of the Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs tourism and hospitality businesses.
For the fourth year running, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award celebrates the achievements of places to eat, accommodation and attractions which have consistently received outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor – a fantastic accolade for Love Loch Lomond destination businesses which are investing time and effort in developing their tourism businesses, listening to their visitors and using customer feedback to constantly improve their tourism and hospitality offering.
Glengoyne Distillery, at Dumgoyne near Killearn, is delighted to have received its Certificate of Excellence for 2014, thanking all its visitors and travel reviewers via Twitter. TripAdvisor traveller comments include, “A superb day out”, “great tour and tasting experience” to “the best distillery in Scotland”.
East Cambusmoon Holiday Cottages in Gartocharn, at the Southern end of Loch Lomond, are delighted to have received their first TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award which also coincides with the second anniversary of their self catering accommodation business. The cottages, which have a Gold grading for Green Tourism are located at East Cambusmoon Farm, a 5 acre smallholding, with impressive levels of sustainable measures and eco-friendly design. Owners Deborah and Steve Macken said:
"It's two years since we welcomed our first guests to Curlew Cottage and The Old Dairy and in that time we've met a huge range of people from all over the world who have come to enjoy the Loch Lomond area. We are really very pleased to receive Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence as it is a well-regarded endorsement of the effort we put into customer service for our self-catering cottage guests.
"We've recently had a couple enjoying a peaceful romantic weekend to celebrate their engagement and we've also had a group of 12 who enjoyed canoeing adventures with activity provider Can You Experience (another Love Loch Lomond business member) and a distillery tour at Glengoyne Distillery. With such a diverse range of customers it is terrific to receive consistently great feedback. Tripadvisor is used by so many people to check-out customer reviews that it's an honour that our guests have taken the time and effort to write a review.”
Country house hotel Knockderry House, based in Cove on the Rosneath Peninsula, and with a growing reputation as a food and wine lovers’ retreat, is also thrilled to have received its Certificate of Excellence for 2014.
Owner Beth McLeod said: “We are delighted at our Excellence Award and hope it ensures that we have a busy season ahead. We were also Regional Winners of Argyll and Bute Restaurant of the Year and Country House Hotel of the Year in the 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards recently, so it’s been an exciting time for Knockderry House”.
Helensburgh based Bed and Breakfast Balmillig has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence again for 2014, with owners Anne and John Urquhart delighting their guests by going the extra mile and thanking them via social media channels. Balmillig Bed and Breakfast has a Gold grading for Green Tourism and Anne and John are also keen walkers who offer guided walking tours throughout Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and who champion of one of Scotland’s Great Trails, The Three Lochs Way.
It’s a double celebration for the owners of Balmillig, who have recently become proud winners of the first Volunteers of the Year Award from Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, an independent conservation and heritage charity dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the area.
Braeside Guest House, situated in the pretty country village of Drymen, in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and perfectly located for those walking the first stage of the West Highland Way, are also delighted to receive a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 in their third season, thanking their guests for the excellent feedback. Guests from all over the world consistently rate the warm welcome, scones and cakes on arrival, breakfasts and packed lunches and the attention to detail provided by kind and friendly owners Colin and Scott.
The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel based in Luss, which enjoys beautiful views over Luss beach, Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, is proud to receive its 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and also thanked its guests and visitors via social media. The hotel has recently installed a new jetty out on to the loch, offering an incredible photographic backdrop for weddings and allowing hotel guests to stroll out and straight on to Loch Lomond, to take advantage of a yacht cruise or a speedboat trip to its sister hotel The Inn on Loch Lomond, or simply to enjoy the wonderful views across the water.
The staff and owners of Lomond Woods Holiday Park, situated on the doorstep of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, were absolutely thrilled to receive a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor as well as a 5 Star Grading from VisitScotland and the much-loved Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha has also excelled this year, with the Fraser family delighted to receive a 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
On a national level, Scotland’s hotels, eateries and visitor attractions performed well in the TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence 2014 awards, with three Scottish destinations in the top ten: Ayr, Perth and Fort William. Read more about the TripAdvisor awards here.
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