We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Bay Cottage

Certificate of Excellence
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Balmaha
11/06/2017 12/06/2017
Show Prices
View Map
Add a photo
{"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null,"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}}}
Add Photo Write a Review

137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 126: English reviews
Start your review of Bay Cottage
 Click to rate
Matlock, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed with Liz at Bay Cottage for the first night of our West Highland Way walk in April/May. It was brill! We had told her we were getting married at the end of the walk and when we arrived, she had a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us to celebrate! The afternoon tea with scones, cakes and tea was...

Thank PaulMoore
Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm welcome from Liz - afternoon tea on arrival and a hot tub to soothe away aches and pains after our walk. Excellent breakfast with great selection of breads and lots of extra treats. Room was comfortable and had everything needed. Highly recommended.

Thank feemcd
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wee gem Bay Cottage is! Arrived here after walking the first 20 miles of the West Highland Way and what a warm welcome; a cream tea followed by a soak in the hot tub. This was a lovely peaceful place. Breakfast was delicious. We were provided with a packed lunch made with home cooked ham; delicious! One of...

Thank Chrissy1991
Folkestone, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

(Booked via Macs Adventures) A warm welcome with tea and scones is difficult to beat! A comfortable room, separate from the main house, with tea/coffee facilities and good shower in the en-suite. Though very tempted, I didn't take advantage of the hot tub, but it was recommended by others. The breakfast options were varied and tasty, served in the conservatory...

Thank Katywo0
Largs, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Bay cottage is a fantastic place to stay. It is exquisitely and freshly decorated. Liz is so welcoming, accommodating and helpful. On arrival we were invited to afternoon tea and scones. Our room too was beautifully decorated and of a good size. Our traditional breakfast was superb and the portion amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here and will be back...

Thank Pat1ricia
Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 April 2017

A wonderful place. Clean, well decorated rooms, a cozy lounge, great food, and a welcoming host. What more could you want? I stayed in one of the outside rooms, just a few steps away from the main house. Decorated in cream, with all the usual facilities, a very comfortable bed, nice hot shower, just great. The main house is lovely,...

Thank Classicmininutter
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at the Bay Cottage after walking from Milngavie to Balmaha as part of the West Highland Way. We met Liz on arrival and she was lovely and very accommodating. We stayed in the room above the garage which was very roomy and more than comfortable. Liz then invited us in to the main house for...

Thank Nicola S
Kendal, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

A great B&B. A warm welcome with tea and home-made cakes. A very well-appointed, comfortable room and bathroom. A delicious breakfast. Every effort to accommodate my veganism and make it easy to stay with a dog. A little more expensive than some, and you get what you pay for. This is a very comfortable and well-run B&B.

Thank Wandering_Seahorse
Superior, Colorado
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Balmaha is charmingly situated on Loch Lomond and a perfect stop along the WHW. Eat dinner and have beverages at the Oak Tree Inn....but stay directly across the street at Bay Cottage!!! The sitting room invites you and afternoon tea with an assortment of homemade treats awaits you after your trek or drive-----and the freshly prepared(delicious) full breakfast is just...

Thank TwoRoadsToo
Inverness, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Stayed at Bay Cottage on our second night walking the WHW - we arrived mid afternoon and Liz welcomed us and served the most delicious afternoon tea of cakes, scones and millionaires shortbread. We had a lovely warm comfortable room overlooking Loch Lomond which was very clean. In the morning the breakfast was delicious and set us up for the...

Thank Roy31

26 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (26)
Pool/Beach Area (1)
View from Room (2)
Hotel & Grounds (7)
Dining (4)
Bathroom (1)
Other (11)
11/06/2017 12/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Balmaha
6.9 km away
Lodge on Loch Lomond
9.0 km away
Cameron House on Loch Lomond
5.6 km away
Best Western Buchanan Arms Hotel & Leisure Club
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
12.3 km away
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
5.4 km away
Winnock Hotel
Winnock Hotel
#1 of 2 in Drymen
1,026 reviews
6.9 km away
Loch Lomond Arms Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • 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: €80 - €92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bay Cottage staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“There are a few rooms in the actual home and several suites on property to accommodate number in your party/family!”
TwoRoadsToo, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There were a couple of options in terms of rooms but we didn't explore these as we got a cancellation so were just happy to get a room”
901janeg, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“They are al good, and use the hottub ;)”
FreddyE_12, 1 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Rooms In the main house were excellent”
Talclimber, 29 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Annex was great.”
lindak308, 4 Oct 2014 | Read review
5 of 5