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Oak Tree Inn

Balmaha Road, Balmaha, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G63 0JQ Scotland
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4.5
#1 of 2 inns in Balmaha
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
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The Oak Tree Inn consists of accommodation in rooms above the inn and in a series of on-site cottages. There is also a restaurant and bar, coffee shop & ice cream parlour and village shop. The Oak Tree is in Balmaha, a beautiful loch side village in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Taxi service
Convenience store
Gift shop
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Lithuanian
2,182Reviews18Q+A100Room tips

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Joe wrote a review Sept 2020
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom15 contributions22 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is a real gem. How anybody can leave any real negativity about it baffles me.

Rooms: absolutely immaculate and comfortable, perfect after the long walks.

Food: great quality homely food and ingredients, we stayed for 3 nights and ate here each time including breakfast which comes with haggis!

Location: perfect for all you need. At the foot of conic hill which is a great walk and the view is beautiful! The loch is a stones throw away over a picturesque local boat yard, also a 10minute walk to some pebbled beaches which are a nice spot to relax in the peace and tranquil setting.

Staff/covid measures: every person we encountered were thorough and of the highest manners. Even prior to our stay via the Facebook page asking information they were really helpful. Must say all staff were in face masks all the time and when serving your food, something you don’t even see at some major chains. Some orders were taken external to the inn to which seemed for non staying guests which made us feel in our own ‘bubble’ also track trace completed which is comforting.

Whilst here we did Go ape at Aberfoyle which was amazing with 2 of the longest zip wires in uk and in an amazing setting. Along with Glengoyne whiskey distillery which is a must personally for any whiskey fans, stunning location and really professional.

All in all great comfortable stay and would highly recommend this place to stay or even for a bite to eat if you pass through.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Abi Snowden, Guest Services / Front Office at Oak Tree Inn
Responded 19 Sept 2020
Hello Joe, thank you for sharing your review. Yes... haggis at breakfast- it goes so well with sausage and bacon doesn't it? It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We do appreciate your feedback on our Covid measures, it's important to us that you and others feel confident and safe in such difficult times. I haven't experienced the thrill of Go Ape at Aberfoyle but I do agree that Glengoyne Distillery is really worth a visit.
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Lisa P wrote a review Sept 2020
114 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came here for dinner on Friday night as we were staying in the balmaha lodges for a freinds 40th. We hadn't made a reservation but we could either wait or go round to the marquee as there was 6 of us, there is a code to scan for your menu( mac and cheese is great) and hand sanitising stations were about and social distancing adhered too. We also came back for breakfast on the Sunday and it was lovely( I recommend the full breakfast) track and trace was done also. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Will be back here again. Xx
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Abi Snowden, Guest Services / Front Office at Oak Tree Inn
Responded 19 Sept 2020
Hi Lisa - Thank you for your review - I quite agree with you ... yey for the mac and cheese! Good to hear that you enjoyed your meals - we look forward to welcoming you back.
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glasgowkev2017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom39 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Have visited this place on several occasions over past few years and always feel happy to return, its such a relaxing location and the inn itself is just fantastic. From the moment you walk in you feel like you are back home. Easy and fast check in takes you to your room, which is modern, clean and has all that you need for an overnight stay, wonderful views of the loch also from the Aber building. Food in bar/resturant is always very good, my wife and i shared our respective mains and had the venison pie on the specials which was delicious, chicken and leek pie was also very tasty. Breakfast next day was first class also, haggis is my favourite part of the cooked breakfast. Atmosphere is nice and relaxed, just a good vibe. Full marks to all the staff, who make it what it is in my opinion. Keep up the good work and look forward to returning again in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Lima wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My friends and I were really looking forward to dinner in the restaurant. We were seated on time, within what I suppose is the conservatory area. From that point everything went downhill. We waited 25 minutes for someone to take drinks orders from us. Lots of staff were floating about, clearing tables, but no one approached us. In the end we ordered drinks, starters and mains all at the same time. Once our starters were finished we waited a while for someone to clear the plates. It was then 45 minutes before the mains arrived. Prior to the mains arriving we asked two different members of staff if we could order more drinks. Mid-way through dinner we had to ask again as we still did not have drinks. On the fourth attempt at asking someone was sent over with an ipad type device to take our drinks order. Throughout our entire main course we had no drinks. Our drinks arrived when our meal was over.

My friends and I all were waitresses in our younger years and were shocked at the poor level of service. I think some staff training is required. Staff should not be walking past tables where empty glasses are sitting and empty plates are lying. They appeared lazy at times. This lack of service is losing the restaurant money. Tables around us also had a similar experience. You could see the same exasperated look on customer faces. What was supposed to be a relaxing dinner experience turned into quite a frustrating experience.

If you have a good three hours to have a two course meal with minimal drinks, pick this restaurant. If you're expecting something more snappy, go somewhere else.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Shivonne Glenn, Guest Services / Front Office at Oak Tree Inn
Responded 11 Jun 2021
Hello 216elleb - First of all, please allow me to extend our sincerest apologies that your visit with us did not live up to your expectations and the standard of experience that we aim to achieve. Our goal is always to provide a fantastic escape for our guests, and I am very saddened to hear that we did not deliver on this occasion. Thank you so much for your detailed feedback, we truly appreciate you taking the time to provide this for our reference so we can work with our staff on further training. Please do email me at shivonne@theoaktreeinn.co.uk as we would love another opportunity to show you the high level of service we expect of ourselves at the Oak Tree Inn. Warm regards, Shivonne
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Julie D wrote a review Oct 2021
13 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked a deluxe room for 2 nights, this was quite expensive but well worth the extra money although breakfast included would have been a nice touch.The room was in a separate cottage with its own balcony. It was really well laid out with a large tv, coffee and tea and 2 comfy armchairs. Only drawback was it was incredibly warm during the night although a fan was provided Really nice modern bathroom with a tv which was a nice touch. We ate both nights in the hotel, main meals averaged £15. Food was tasty and good portions. When we left we looked for a recycling bin to put empty bottles etc but couldn't find any which was disappointing so ended up taking it home. If you want a quiet location with stunning views and walks then I would highly recommend staying here
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book a deluxe room
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ShelRathor wrote a review Aug 2020
New Mills, United Kingdom33 contributions38 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I’ll start with the positives. This is a beautiful setting. The room was spotless and comfortable. Some of the staff were very helpful and friendly.

Overall though, I was hugely disappointed. We paid to upgrade to a room with a balcony / terrace. We were given a Juliette balcony. There was no mention of this in the booking; and we wouldn’t have paid extra for it. It’s not a place to sit; it’s just a big window.

That aside, the room was (as described above) very well done and stylish. However, the bathroom was lacking in functionality and I ended up badly bruised trying to step out of the bath shower combo, as I fell trying to get over the very very wide lip. The reach is too far for anyone of my height (5’2) and there’s no handle, no preventative mat or anything to grip when it’s soaking! That needs to be addressed!

The rooms are not connected to reception, there are no phones in the room so we didn’t report this at the time as we were keen to check out and move on!

We stayed for dinner in the restaurant and it was very poor. A burger was so drenched in soggy onions that it soaked the bread and a pie was hard and dry. The waitress was lovely and apologetic and took the price of the mains off but, this Inn and it’s connected shops are the only things in the location so it left us hungry and disappointed.

I wouldn’t go back; I wouldn’t recommend. But I still have a huge bruise from 5 days ago to remind me of the experience!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tom W wrote a review Jun 2021
Johnstone, United Kingdom55 contributions39 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I booked 5 rooms for a family get together during a lull in the covid rules. We arrived on the Friday. The Inn, and the village was very busy, but checking went smoothly, with one of the checking staff showing us to our accommodation through the complex. Rooms are located in several different buildings around a central bar, dining, and administration area. Had we been able to book earlier, we could all have been accommodated in the one "building", but we were in adjacent buildings. On the up-side there was plenty parking around each building and we only had to walk a few steps. All rooms looked to have been recently renovated, and we had an upstairs loom with a nice view over Loch Lomond. Breakfast was between 7.30 and 9.30a.m. in the main Inn. I took advantage of the full cooked Scottish breakfast, as did some of my party, whilst others restrained themselves with yoghurt, berries and various cereals and nuts. The breakfast suited everyone and was abundant. Four of the younger members of the party went off to climb Ben Lomond, whilst the rest took a sail around Loch Lomond. In the evening we went to the main restaurant for our meal. The restaurant is decorated with many items of scottish life, early household gadgets, farm implements and other odd artifacts. The bar was well equipped with many Scotch whiskies, including my favourite "Aberlour". The Inn advertises a micro brewery, and there is another about 20 minutes drive away. The weather was kind and we were able to walk along the Loch side. My only criticism which is minor is that due to the Hotel having been closed during lockdown and in the rush to open after lockdown, many of the staff seemed new and unfamiliar. All were very pleasant, but sometimes things just took a little longer than normal. Sitting outside and buying beer or food was done through an App, which for old fogies like me was a little daunting, but the staff were ready to help out. We had a great family gathering, our first for 18 months and will have many happy thoughts of our time at The Oak Tree. We may even go again....
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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kirkerska wrote a review Sept 2021
Nottingham, United Kingdom55 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a nice place. We stayed for 2 nights in a room with gorgeous views of the Loch. Our room was large and spacious and comfortable. We had a separate area for the TV, tea and coffee and seating area which we could shut off if one of us wanted to lie in bed whilst the other watched TV.
The downside was the room was super hot and we struggled with windows, one couldn't open and one wouldn't shut. We also had to keep some curtains shut for privacy, esp in the Bathroom which was a shame (not that the views were good but it would have been nicer to get sunlight into the room. They need to put some privacy glass in or even just use the cheaper film stuff).
However, overall the room was nice, the bed was comfortable. Food at breakfast and for the evening meal were good and generous.
There were also lots of helpful amenities nearby, eg, a shop, an ice cream parlour which served fresh coffees and other bits and bobs.
Staff were lovely and helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: You can ask for rooms with views of the Loch
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Zoe T wrote a review Jun 2021
15 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped here for a well deserved drink after a climb up conic hill. We didn't eat but the food looked lovely and seemed well priced.

The staff were very accommodating giving us the option of an outside table. We chose one near the entrance so our dog could get some shade.

We used the very handy outside tap to top up our bottles and fill a dog bowl, (provided by the pub) up for the pooch.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TCJ wrote a review Jun 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It didn't seem to be too busy but we waited quite a while for someone to bring us menus for lunch. When our order was taken, the waitress had difficulty using an iPad for the purpose and told us we had to order all courses at the same time; we were asked to pay in advance. Forty minutes later our food arrived but the party at the next table were served before us despite placing their order well after us. As we ate, a second waitress was delivering drinks orders but walking past tables which needed to be cleared; she didn't even notice we had finished and had to be called over. When she brought our coffees, she put them down in the midst of our empty plates etc. and had to be called back to clear them. There seemed to be a complete lack of training, organisation, enthusiasm and attention to duty. The Oak Tree used to be great, what's happened?
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Shivonne Glenn, Guest Services / Front Office at Oak Tree Inn
Responded 19 Jun 2021
Hello 992trudyj - Thank you for your review and providing your valuable feedback on your experience during your visit. I'm very sorry the restaurant service was not to the high standard of experience that we aim to achieve. We have quite a few new staff members and processes in place upon reopening, and we are working hard on ongoing training and implementing improvements where necessary. Your comments are very much appreciated to help us get to that goal. Thank you for your patience with us as we navigate the post COVID lockdown. We truly appreciate your feedback and we aim to meet those expectations the next time you hopefully visit. Warm regards, Shivonne
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james m asked a question Feb 2023
3 contributions4 helpful votes
Are dogs allowed in certain rooms...
Answer from Karen k
13 contributions16 helpful votes
Sorry not sure .. I’d ask the hotel directly they’re very helpful
Answer from John E
Sydney, Australia23 contributions44 helpful votes
Sorry but I can't really tell you as we did not have a family room. Our room was towards the front/ road and above the outside tables area and whilst the room was quite big it was noisy from all the people sitting out eating and drinking during the evening.
Answer from Anchrist
Glasgow, United Kingdom87 contributions81 helpful votes
Yes they have cottages with level access.
Tezza asked a question Oct 2019
United Kingdom16 contributions3 helpful votes
Hi has anyone been here for hogmany, if so how is it, is it fancy or just some nice drinks in the bar
Answer from Granty
1 contribution
Hi, there is a special set dinner menu (choices with each course) and although there isn't any live entertainment there is music to suit the occasion and a great atmosphere. Dress is smart casual - you will see kilts !!
Denise L wrote a tip 11 Apr
Budapest, Hungary1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking across the road in the public car park: free after 5.30 pm."
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Road06602574712 wrote a tip 4 Apr
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The breakfast was a bit cold and the restaurant gets super busy book on arrival if possible "
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Fiona M wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a table for dinner .Basic tea and coffee in room, if you like herbal tea , hot chocolate etc best to bring some with you."
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Ellen B wrote a tip Mar 2024
Irvine, United Kingdom17 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book the restaurant in advance. "
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PAT K wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You have to leave your cottage to go to the main building for meals etc"
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PRICE RANGE
£115 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
oak tree hotel balmaha
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandStirlingshireLoch Lomond and The Trossachs National ParkBalmaha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
37
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oak Tree Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Oak Tree Inn?
Nearby attractions include Conic Hill (1.0 miles), The Clachan Inn Drymen (3.5 miles), and Loch Lomond Leisure Scotland (4.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Oak Tree Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Oak Tree Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Oak Tree Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Oak Tree Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Skoosh, The Clachan Inn, and St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour.
Is Oak Tree Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Balmaha.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Oak Tree Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Lithuanian.
Are there any historical sites close to Oak Tree Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton (9.8 miles), Rob Roy's Grave (8.7 miles), and Maid of the Loch (5.8 miles).
Does Oak Tree Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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