Family Adventure to Loch Lomond & Trying out a Hybrid*

Sunday, 3 June 2018
Maisy Meow Scottish Lifestyle and Parenting Blogger

There’s nothing like sunshine to give you motivation to get out explore new places. Last weekend we had the most beautiful weather so Andy, Oliver and I decided to go on a little family adventure for the day. We packed up a picnic, a big blanket and our sun cream and set on our way to Loch Lomond for a day at the beach. Our trip was an extra exciting one too as we were test driving an electric car for the first time.

The team at Glasgow Audi in Hillington asked us to try out one of the hybrids in their range, the Audi A3 e-tron. I’ve never driven an electric car but I’ve always found the concept so interesting. It saves the environment, and the pennies, so it can only be a good thing! This hybrid car runs on electric in the first instance and when it runs out of charge, it’ll switch back to petrol. I do like the idea of having the petrol engine as a back-up. Lookers were a fantastic garage to deal with and took the time to show us around the car, how to move the seats and steering wheel so it’s as comfortable as possible and, since I’d never driven an automatic before, I even got a mini test drive with the salesman to make sure I knew how everything worked and felt confident.

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So with Oliver napping in our new fancy car, things were looking good for a trip to Loch Lomond. We usually go to an area called ‘Luss’ which is a gorgeous little town, with beautiful beaches and breath-taking views over the loch. On sunny days, it really does feel like being abroad with everyone sunbathing, jet-skiing and taking speed boat rides. I drove us there, and couldn’t believe how smooth it was to drive an electric car. It was completely silent – so much so, that I often wondered if the car was even on. Also, given that the car was automatic too, it just felt like such an easy drive. The car’s big boot was the perfect size for Oliver’s buggy and our ridiculously big supply of snacks – the perfect family car.

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We spent our afternoon on the perfect spot on Luss beach, on our picnic blanket, watching the boats and the jet skis and letting Oliver scream with every time a dog went past. We were so chilled – something I wasn’t expecting from a day out with a toddler. Oliver just loved watching what was going on around us. After our picnic, we went for a walk around Luss, took some photos (of course) then went for a drive again. This time we found a different beach by the Duck Bay hotel, with a huge grassy area for Oliver to run around before our drive home. If you’re looking for someone to take the family and you’re in the Glasgow area – Loch Lomond is full of hidden gems.

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Andy was itching to drive the car home. He’s always had a thing for nice cars and like me, wanted to see what it was like to drive a hybrid. He loved it too and we were pleasantly surprised when the car switched to petrol on the way back and was just as smooth to drive. There’s a handy little screen on the dashboard that tells you how much electric miles you have left and when you’ve switched to petrol. We talked about it on the way back and both agreed that we’d definitely consider a hybrid for our next car. The Audi A3 e-tron has totally converted us.

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We had such a lovely day at Loch Lomond and really enjoyed trying out the Audi A3 e-tron. Thanks to Glasgow Audi and their lovely customer service team for letting us have the car for the day and for giving us our first shot of a hybrid! The team are actually taking part in the #LookersEC4BEN challenge. BEN is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its peopleand their families. Lookers is supporting this charity by taking on the challenge of a 6 month long road trip across its dealerships form Ireland to Surrey between May and October 2018.You can follow The BEN group challenge and find out all about the hybrid vehicles available at this dealership over on the Lookers Facebook page , Lookers Twitter, and on their instagram page too. 

Have you any of you tried an electric of hybrid car before?

*This post is sponsored by Lookers Group
1 comment on "Family Adventure to Loch Lomond & Trying out a Hybrid*"
  1. I don't usually miss not being able to drive, but this gorgeous weather has definitely given me some pangs! Sure, you can get the train up to Balloch, but most of the best bits of Loch Lomond - and a huge chunk of Scotland - really need a car to get to.

    Looks like you had a fantastic day!

    Lis |


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