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Reviewed 27 September 2014

Amazing place, warm and welcoming, tea and home made cakes on arrival. Room perfect and the use of a hot tub. Well done Liz you are a credit to Scottish tourism, warm and friendly. The breakfast was superb and the tableware would put many a posh hotel to shame.

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Luton England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 September 2014

I can't stress how good this stop was whilst walking the WHW. We were given an enormous room which could easily of slept 4 or 5 for the 2 of us. The shower was excellent, the beds were so comfortable I didn't want to get up. When Liza the owner arrived she invited us into the communal sitting room and...

Thank DLM544
Reviewed 22 August 2014

This B&B alone is a good enough reason to skip Drymen and head straight to Balmaha for the first day of walking the West Highland Way. We arrived soaking wet and had the warmest welcome by Liz, the ideal hostess of Loch Lomond & The Trossacks! Comfortable rooms, splendid beds, (real) drying service, perfectly equipped bathroom. Add an afternoon tea...

Thank Αλέξανδρος Π
Reviewed 13 August 2014

8 of us returned to scotland on our ben nevis tour so we booked into the bay cottage again as we had stayed there when we did the west highland way walk 2 years ago.i couldnt believe its actually got better which i didn,t think was possible.liz was once more the perfect hostess and made us all really welcome,the outdoor...

Thank wasootch
Reviewed 17 July 2014

A warm welcome awaits on arrival with a superb high tea including scrumpious home made scones served in the guest living room. Our room was comfortable with all necessities to hand. The hot tub was simply wonderful! Liz served us with excellent breakfasts, an excellent choice of juice, bread, lovelyhomemade marmalade. If you want to be spoilt rotten book in...

Thank nigelbwilts
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Of all B&B and bunkhouses we stayed during our West Highland way, this was my favorite place. First: the traditional Scottish breakfast was the best I had in all the seven places we stayed (I would order the Scottish breakfast everywhere so my basis of comparison is quite good). We were sorry to have worried Ms Liz Bates because we...

Thank Oishimbo
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Me and my friend stayed here and it's a lovely b&b ,nice room ,lovely breakfast ,bonus is the hot tub ,we also had the packed lunch ,so if you are walking this is ideal ,it's also rite across from the pub ,

Thank golferBarrhead
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Wonderful 2 night stay at Liz's fantastic bed and breakfast in the heart of Balmaha. A warm welcoming atmosphere right from the start and throughout our stay. Our room was beautiful with a really comfy bed and spacious bathroom just next door which was fully stocked. A delicious cream tea was provided on arrival, which consisted of homemade cakes, scotch...

Thank LeahDawns
Christopher B, Owner at Bay Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. The hot tub certainly is a fantastic way to relax & enjoy views of the Loch & is something I will never tire of. Living in an area of such abundance is really great. We can source a great deal of our produce locally & enjoy the fact that we know where...

Arnold, California
Reviewed 6 June 2014

My stay isn't even over but I know already this is a 5 star place. Liz is absolutely the best hostess, the rooms are lovely and the breakfast and tea are fab. I highly recommend Bay Cottage if you are anywhere near Balmaha.

Thank AIR12345
Christopher B, Owner at Bay Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad it was a good review or else you might have found yourself out in the street. In all seriousness it was really lovely having you. It really makes my job (I use that word very very loosely) really rewarding. I hope to see you back someday! Take care & all the...

Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

I found this place as one of 3 local B&Bs and booked it since the prices were reasonable and the owner got back to me the fastest. I expected a bed and nothing more but what I got was an experience! A beautiful, homely and immaculate house with well appointed rooms. I felt like I was at home! We shared...

Thank alex d
Christopher B, Owner at Bay Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for your really lovely review! It's a real compliment to hear that I got back to your enquiry quickly - until a few years ago I didn't even know how to turn on a computer....now I'm complete with smart phone, tablet, website & even a Facebook page - so Thank you. I'm really glad you were pleasantly surprised...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Liz Bates moved to Balmaha in 1986 & has called it home ever since. Shortly after moving she opened up her home as a Bed & Breakfast to weary walkers, tourists, fishermen & anyone who needed a room for the night. Twenty five years later & she's still greeting guests from day one back into her home with tea, scones, home baking & her legendary hospitality - with the welcome addition of a hot tub & a few more mod cons to bring the 200 year Cottage into the 21st century. Along the road she has seen countless things & told many a story, served thousands of breakfasts, baked enough scones for the entire Jubilee celebrations, washed & dried any soggy walkers clothes who turned up on her door, fought of the dreaded midge & made a good few friends - all in the name of Bay Cottage Bed & Breakfast and Liz Bates.If you are walking The West Highland Way or visiting the east side of Loch Lomond then you will find Balmaha a lovely village lying at the foot of Conic Hill, which forms part of the West Highland Way Route. The picturesque bay is sheltered and is a perfect haven for sailing and many other water sports. The Village offers many facilities for visitors and walkers and has a large free car park in the centre. Bay Cottage is located opposite The Oak Tree Inn which has a fine reputation for beer and food and is open all year round. At Bay Cottage we welcome walkers, cyclists or anglers and have all the facilities for muddy boots and wet clothing after a long day outdoors. We also have a Hot Tub on the decking which is freely available to all our guests. Costumes and dressing robes are available if you need them. Afternoon tea and home made scones can be served in the conservatory on arrival or after a hard days walking and is included in our bed and breakfast charge. Bay Cottage is a wonderful base for exploring Loch Lomond or visiting the Trossachs with its many miles of cycling and walking routes. We are only 7 miles from Rowardennan and the start point for those wanting to climb Ben Lomond, the most southerly Munro (mountain over 3000ft, 910 metres) in Scotland. We also have drying facilities for boots and clothing if you have been caught in the rain or taking part in water sports on the Loch. Balmaha is a quiet and peaceful village but is only 40 minutes from the centre of Glasgow or just over an hour from Edinburgh. Whatever your reason for visiting this beautiful area we will try to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible and look forward to welcoming you to Bay Cottage in Balmaha. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bay Cottage

Address: Balmaha | Loch Lomond, Balmaha, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G63 0JQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Balmaha
Price Range: $121 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Bay Cottage Balmaha, Scotland
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