communal self-catering with en suite twin bedrooms
Birchwood Guest Lodge has been opened in June 2018 and is a complete new building. To reach modern and environmental friendly standards, the house has been built to one level below passive house regulations and its heating runs on an air source heat pump with a heat recovery ventilation system, that ventilates the whole house around the clock without losing much of the generated heat.
As a result you get no moisture from guests wet clothes or showers building up which dampens the rooms.
The decoration style is perhaps not everyone's taste but we think the little rustic look gives the room some atmosphere.
The homemade foldable beds shall give guests staying longer than one night, the opportunity to use the space more than as a bed room.
Open wardrobe space has been chosen to dry your gear more efficiently.
Scotland's weather is known to be a wee bit wetter.
For the individual comfort of temperature, electric towel radiators are fitted in bath and bed room. These also help drying your wet walking gear.
Our communal self-catering kitchen offers those who like to cock their own meal, all utensils and essentials needed.
Induction hot plates and microwave as well as a big enough refrigerator for a short stay for everyone.
Please keep in mind when planning to bring food, there's no baking oven !
Our rooms have a flexible design. With our welcome meeting, we explain all you need to know.
The twin beds are for friends. Have the table up.
For couples, push the beds together.
We offer a cot for one infant or toddler.
Children older have to use a bed and all of our 8
rooms sleep only 2 persons + cot.
For longer stays than one night, the beds can be
converted back to a sitting group.
Plan your day, play a game or have some food.
7 twin rooms
The open plan double room
A beautifully decorated room for those who don't mind.
It is certainly unique and a fun room. With its open plan, i.e. no wall separating the bathroom from your bed room, only a curtain. It surely isn't everyone's coupe of tea.
However, as one guest described it, one must have experienced it to actually like it.
The couple loved it after all.
Our self-catering kitchen, open at any time.
THINGS TO DO and nearby
From our guestlodge it's only 700 yards to the centre, restaurant, cafe, village shop and visitor centre of the national park.
The piers where trips can be booked from via water bus to Luss or the islands of Loch Lomond, are just a 15 minutes walk from us.
The conic hill with its stunning view over the Loch can be hiked within 2.5 hours inclusive return and starts best from our guestlodge.
For climbing Ben Lomond, one should plan a full day and it's worth every step of your 4-6 hours hike.
There's a canoe hire for rides on the loch at Rowardennan. Be aware, you will need a car or hike as there's no public bus available.
From Balmaha harbour a boat takes people over to Inchcailloch, a beautiful island, worth a visit.
Fancy a swim? It's only a 20 minutes walk to the first long beach, unless you like to stop at Millarochy Bay.
For exploring the further surroundings of Balmaha by car, visiting the Trossachs, Stirling castle or the Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch,
we are happy to advise.