Loch Tay is a special place and it’s easy to see why Loch Tay Highland Lodges make for such a popular holiday destination, as Darren Bruce recently discovered on a visit to the resort for a family break.

FAMOUS FOR its breathtaking scenery and water sports, Loch Tay is blessed with still and glassy waters surrounded by its majestic landscapes in the central Highlands of Scotland, so it’s no wonder that this is such a popular area for holidaymakers and water sports enthusiasts.

From kayaking and sailing to paddle-boarding and even wild swimming, the loch’s waters are a great place to spend your day.

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Set on the Morenish Estate by Killin, the Scandinavian-built holiday lodges and award-winning glamping accommodations are situated on the shores of Loch Tay in what must be one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland. Surrounded by mountains, rivers and picturesque villages from Killin at the head of the loch to Kenmore where Loch Tay drains into the river Tay, there really is something for everyone.

Following a pleasant 63-mile drive from Glasgow we arrived at the main reception, in glorious sunshine, with 45 minutes to spare before our official check-in time. The friendly reception team advised us that our lodge was all ready and waiting, and within minutes handed us the essentials – that all-important entry key and accompanying sitemap for our initial navigations.

Our chosen accommodation for our forthcoming long weekend was the premium Eldersburn Lodge, described as offering spectacular south-facing views over Loch Tay and considered a very special but affordable treat for our family break. It didn’t disappoint.

The reception team suggested we take a quick 10-minute drive around the resort to find our bearings and then head to our lodge where we would be met by Dave, the “maintenance man”, who was incredibly friendly and entertaining. Dave proceeded to take us on a very impressive five-star tour of our lodge, answering all our questions about the resort, its amenities, and surrounding places of interest.

We were also delighted to find a well-presented welcome pack with all the key basics including coffee, sugar, tea bags, chocolate biscuits, crisps and, more importantly, a bottle of chilled prosecco.

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The Eldersburn Highland Lodge
With south-facing views over Loch Tay and large patio doors opening out from the living room to a fully furnished balcony, this modern, three-bedroom lodge is ideal for all getaways. Tastefully refurbished in 2018 to a very high standard, it has plenty of high-quality home comforts including a well-equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.

Outside, this lodge boasts exceptional features including a private six-person hot tub, a fire pit, and balcony-style decking – all offering stunning views overlooking the loch. Inside, the spacious open-plan living room also features a stylish log-burning stove which is just the ticket when you’re relaxing after a busy day. Overall, this lodge can only be described as a spectacular and relaxing retreat. What’s more, it’s also pet-friendly – perfect for the Bruce family comprising of mum, dad, teenage son and his three-year-old Shih Tzu sibling.

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Later, the family enjoyed a relaxing early evening walk around the site grounds, taking in a few well-earned beers and some dinner at the on-site Boathouse Kitchen & Bar.

During our stay, we booked a series of amazing outdoor activities with the on-site specialists, In Your Element, and we couldn’t let the weekend pass without hiring an orange pebble boat so that all four of us could spend half a day exploring the loch.

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Next up were some paddle-boarding lessons with instructor Giles putting us through our paces – ensuring that we all left as experienced beginners! Taking more of a land-guided tour, the off-road Segway experience was superb and instructor Emma helped us explore the site as well as its surrounding areas. To finish off, we found the perfect activity to test our strength and accuracy against each other: axe throwing. It was fun, competitive, addictive and, in a funny sort of way, therapeutic.

To sum up, the combination of this award-winning, self-catering accommodation combined with numerous outdoor activities made for a perfect long weekend holiday and one that all the family enjoyed, allowing us to spend quality together time with each other – including our four-legged friend!

Loch Tay Highland Lodges,
Milton Morenish Estate, by Killin, Loch Tay, Perthshire FK21 8TY.
Tel: 01567 820 323 or email bookings@largoleisureholidays.co.uk or visit
www.largoleisureholidays.co.uk to find out more about Loch Tay, Braidhaugh, Sauchope Links and Letham Feus Holiday Parks’