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Surrounded by picturesque countryside in the heart of rural Perthshire, just 10 miles from the fair city of Perth, this beautifully located park sits near the rivers Tay and Isla and boasts views of the Grampian Mountains.
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Located at the south end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen, close to the Caledonian Canal in an excellent area for touring the Highlands, Gairlochy boasts some of the most spectacular views in Scotland.
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River Edge offers you all the benefits of a family owned and run park combined with a wonderful setting beside tranquil River Earn.
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Tummel Valley Holiday Park, beautifully situated in Pitlochry, Scotland, offers guests a serene retreat surrounded by the lush landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
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Perthshire & Kinross-shire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Perthshire and Kinross, where the landscape is stitched with lochs and mountains, offering a playground for adventurers and tranquillity seekers alike. Savour the local flavours at a cosy gastropub, or sample traditional Scottish fare at a farmers' market. Get your heart racing with white-water rafting, or take a serene woodland walk. Discover the unique fact that Queen's View offers a vista once favoured by Queen Victoria herself. For a memorable escape, whether it's a cosy couple's retreat, a family escapade, or a mates' holiday, opting for a lodge or cabin stay is unbeatable.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Perthshire And Kinross Shire?

Perthshire and Kinross Shire is a gem in the heart of Scotland, offering a blend of lush landscapes, rolling hills, and serene lochs. It's a place where history is etched into every glen and castle. For 2024, the area is buzzing with the return of the Perth Festival of the Arts and the Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair. Lodges here provide a more intimate, nature-immersed experience compared to hotels, with the freedom to explore at your own pace. The region is unique for its blend of outdoor activities and cultural sites, like the famous Pitlochry Festival Theatre or the historic Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were once crowned.

If you're visiting Perthshire And Kinross Shire with kids

Absolutely, Perthshire And Kinross Shire is a playground for children. They can marvel at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition in Birnam, get hands-on at the Scottish Crannog Centre, or splash around at Loch Tay. Lodge breaks are ideal for families, offering space and flexibility, with many having outdoor areas for kids to play. Plus, the self-catering aspect means you can keep to your own schedule – a lifesaver with little ones.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Waterproof jackets – the weather can be unpredictable
  3. Swimwear for loch-side fun or hotel pools
  4. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  5. A backpack for day trips
  6. Outdoor games for garden playtime
  7. Snacks for energy boosts during adventures

Pet Friendly Perthshire And Kinross Shire Adventures

Perthshire And Kinross Shire is a haven for pet owners. Many lodges welcome pets and some even have enclosed gardens. For a bite to eat, The Old Mill Inn in Pitlochry and The Taybank in Dunkeld are just a couple of the pet-friendly pubs in the area. When you're visiting with dogs, it's a good idea to look for accommodation with plenty of walking space nearby. Also, remember to pack a doggy towel for those inevitable wet and muddy paws!

Dog walking ideas in Perthshire And Kinross Shire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Queen's View Trail 1 Lake and forest PH16 5NR
The Hermitage 1.5 Woodland and waterfall PH8 0JR
Birks of Aberfeldy 2 River and gorge PH15 2BJ
Loch Leven Heritage Trail 13 (circular) Lake and countryside KY13 9HD
Ben Vrackie 6 (return) Mountain views PH16 5QQ

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic getaway, Perthshire And Kinross Shire is a top pick. Couples can find a variety of lodges offering pamper packs to enhance the romance. Imagine sipping champagne in a hot tub under the stars, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Scottish countryside. For a touch of indulgence, check out lodges that include spa experiences, allowing you and your partner to unwind and relax. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges boasting on-site restaurants serving up delicious meals in a cozy setting, perfect for a dinner date.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Perthshire And Kinross Shire serves up traditional Scottish fare with a modern twist. Famous dishes include haggis, neeps and tatties, and locally sourced venison. For a hearty meal, head to The Bothy, known for its welcoming atmosphere and scrumptious food. Families will love The Pitcairngreen Inn, offering a warm environment and dishes to please all ages. Couples seeking a more intimate dining experience should try 63 Tay Street, where the focus is on local, seasonal produce crafted into exquisite meals.

For a good night out

Whether you're after a lively pub or a tranquil evening, Perthshire And Kinross Shire has you covered. For a traditional Scottish pub experience, The Moulin Inn is a favorite, with its own microbrewery and user-recommended ales. If you're looking for live music and a vibrant atmosphere, The Green Room is the place to be. They host regular gigs and serve a great selection of drinks.

Fishing

Perthshire And Kinross Shire is a fisherman's paradise, offering a variety of serene spots teeming with aquatic life. Here's a list of the main fishing lakes and facilities:

  • Loch Leven (KY13 9HD) - Famous for its brown trout.
  • Loch Tay (PH15 2HX) - Known for salmon and trout fishing.
  • Loch Rannoch (PH17 2QA) - Ideal for catching pike.
  • River Tay (PH1 4DZ) - Offers excellent salmon fishing opportunities.
  • Loch Earn (PH6 2NL) - Great for rainbow trout.

Outdoor Adventures

For thrill-seekers, Perthshire And Kinross Shire is a hub of outdoor activities. Nae Limits Adventure Centre (PH9 0LG) offers everything from canyoning to white-water rafting, with prices starting around £35 per person. Seasonal opening times vary, so check ahead. Alyth Bike Park (PH11 8DX) is another hotspot, catering to mountain biking enthusiasts with trails for all skill levels. Expect to pay around £20 for a day pass.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
House of Bruar Luxury Shopping Scottish products, clothing, art PH18 5TW
Perth Farmers' Market Local Produce Fresh food, crafts PH2 8NS
Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop & Gallery Books, art, gifts PH15 2AF
Loch Leven's Larder Farm Shop Local produce, homeware KY13 9HD
St John's Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High street brands, eateries PH1 5UB

Whether you're angling for a quiet fishing trip, seeking an adrenaline rush, or looking to enjoy a romantic retreat, lodges in Perthshire And Kinross Shire offer a diverse range of experiences to make your stay memorable.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Perthshire And Kinross Shire

Forest View Lodge, Perthshire

Driving Distance: 30 minutes (20 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Forest View Lodge

What to expect: Forest View Lodge offers a tranquil retreat nestled within the enchanting woodlands of Perthshire, boasting a private hot tub, modern amenities, and stunning forest views for a truly immersive natural escape.

Who will love these lodges? Nature enthusiasts, families seeking a peaceful getaway, and couples looking for a romantic retreat will find Forest View Lodge ideal. Its secluded setting provides the perfect backdrop for quality time together, and the added luxury of a hot tub makes it a standout choice.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can indulge in forest walks, wildlife spotting, and relaxing in the hot tub. The nearest pub and restaurant are just a 10-minute drive away, offering local Scottish fare and a cosy atmosphere. While there's no entertainment onsite, the serene environment is entertainment in itself.

What's nearby? The famous Scone Palace is a mere 25-minute drive away, with admission prices around £12 for adults. Outdoor enthusiasts can reach the Cateran Trail within 45 minutes for a day of hiking. Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve is also 30 minutes away, perfect for nature observation.

Accommodation options: The lodge caters to small groups and families, with three bedrooms accommodating up to six guests. It's pet-friendly, allowing for a maximum of two dogs, so no member of the family gets left behind.


Riverside Cabin, Kinross-shire

Driving Distance: 20 minutes (12 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

Riverside Cabin

What to expect: Riverside Cabin is a charming haven of tranquillity, featuring a scenic riverfront location, contemporary design, and a cosy wood-burning stove, making it an idyllic setting for a relaxing break in the heart of Kinross-shire.

Who will love these lodges? Couples and small families will adore Riverside Cabin for its intimate setting and the soothing sounds of the river. It's a perfect spot for those seeking a quiet retreat with the comfort of modern luxuries.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Enjoy the picturesque riverside setting, with opportunities for fishing or simply unwinding on the deck. The nearest dining options are within a 15-minute drive, offering a selection of local Scottish cuisine. The cabin provides a tranquil atmosphere without onsite entertainment, encouraging guests to disconnect and recharge.

What's nearby? Loch Leven Castle, just a 20-minute drive away, offers historical tours for around £9 per adult. Kinross House Gardens is a short 15-minute journey, ideal for a leisurely stroll. For golf enthusiasts, the Kinross Golf Courses are less than 10 minutes away by car.

Accommodation options: Riverside Cabin is designed for smaller groups, with two bedrooms accommodating up to four guests. While it's not pet-friendly, it offers a cosy and intimate lodge experience for those who come to stay.


Heather Hill Lodge, Perthshire

Driving Distance: 40 minutes (25 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

Heather Hill Lodge

What to expect: Heather Hill Lodge is a spacious and luxurious accommodation set amidst the rolling hills of Perthshire, featuring an elegant interior, a games room, and a large decking area with panoramic views for an unforgettable group or family holiday.

Who will love these lodges? Larger families or groups of friends will find Heather Hill Lodge to be the perfect retreat, with ample space for everyone and a games room that provides endless entertainment. The lodge's pet-friendly policy means even furry friends can join in the fun.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodge comes with its own games room, complete with a pool table and board games. For dining, the nearest restaurants are a 15-minute drive away. The expansive outdoor decking area is ideal for barbecues and social gatherings.

What's nearby? Blair Castle and Gardens are within a 50-minute drive and offer a rich historical experience for around £13 per adult. The Pitlochry Festival Theatre, also 50 minutes away, provides a cultural outing with various performances throughout the year.

Accommodation options: Heather Hill Lodge is well-suited for larger groups, with four bedrooms accommodating up to eight guests. It's also pet-friendly, allowing for a comprehensive family experience.


Lakeview Retreat, Kinross-shire

Driving Distance: 25 minutes (15 miles) | Sleeps: 5 | Pet friendly? No

Lakeview Retreat

What to expect: Lakeview Retreat offers a serene lakeside escape with a contemporary flair, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views, a chic open-plan living area, and direct access to the lake for a tranquil and stylish getaway.

Who will love these lodges? This lodge is perfect for small families or groups seeking a modern and peaceful lakeside holiday. The stunning views and direct access to the lake make it a unique and desirable location for those who appreciate a blend of nature and contemporary design.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can take advantage of the lake for activities such as kayaking or paddleboarding. The nearest eateries are a 20-minute drive away, offering a range of dining experiences. The lodge's setting is designed for relaxation and enjoying the natural surroundings.

What's nearby? The RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve is a 30-minute drive and is a haven for birdwatchers, with entry free of charge. For adventure seekers, the Lomond Hills Regional Park is 35 minutes away by car, offering hiking and stunning landscapes.

Accommodation options: Lakeview Retreat is ideal for smaller groups or families, with two bedrooms accommodating up to five guests. While pets are not allowed, the lodge provides a stylish and comfortable stay with breathtaking lake views.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Perthshire And Kinross Shire

The Enchanted Forest

  • Opening Times: Seasonal (usually October)
  • Prices: Vary, advance booking recommended
  • Postcode: PH16 5BN
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Pitlochry town centre, with shuttle service

The Enchanted Forest is a dazzling sound and light show set in Faskally Wood. It's a hit with families and couples alike, especially those looking for a magical evening out. The forest comes alive with lights, music, and interactive installations. There's always something new each year, making it a fresh experience for repeat visitors. The best time to visit is at dusk when the lights begin to truly sparkle. Tip: dress warmly and book tickets well in advance, as this popular event sells out quickly.

Web: www.enchantedforest.org.uk


Blair Castle & Gardens

  • Opening Times: Daily, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (Apr to Oct), limited opening Nov to Mar
  • Prices: Adults £13.00, Children £9.50
  • Postcode: PH18 5TL
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Blair Castle & Gardens offers a peek into Scottish history and heritage with its 700 years of history. Ideal for families and history enthusiasts, the castle boasts furnished rooms, extensive grounds, and a deer park. The Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove are must-sees. The best time to visit is spring when the gardens are in full bloom. Tip: Check out the castle's events calendar for special activities like the Atholl Gathering and Highland Games.

Phone number: 01796 481207 | Web: www.blair-castle.co.uk


Loch Leven National Nature Reserve

  • Opening Times: Open all year, visitor centre times vary
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: KY13 9HD
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Nature lovers and birdwatchers will adore Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. It's a haven for wildlife, including thousands of migratory birds. Enjoy peaceful walks, photography, and the tranquillity of the loch. The reserve is always introducing new conservation efforts. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn migrations. Tip: Bring your binoculars and check the reserve's website for guided walk schedules.

Web: www.nature.scot


Scone Palace

  • Opening Times: Daily, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (Apr to Oct), limited opening Nov to Mar
  • Prices: Adults £12.00, Children £8.50
  • Postcode: PH2 6BD
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Scone Palace is a place of immense historical significance, once the crowning place of Scottish kings. It's a hit with those who appreciate grand architecture and royal history. The palace is filled with fine art and antiques, and the grounds are perfect for a leisurely stroll. The Murray Star Maze is a recent addition. The best time to visit is in the summer when you can also enjoy the outdoor events. Tip: Don't miss the 'Stone of Destiny' where kings were crowned.

Phone number: 01738 552300 | Web: www.scone-palace.co.uk


Drummond Castle Gardens

  • Opening Times: Daily, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (May to Oct)
  • Prices: Adults £6.00, Children £2.00
  • Postcode: PH7 4HZ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Drummond Castle Gardens is a stunning example of formal terraced gardens. It's perfect for those who love landscaping and garden design. The gardens have been featured in films and TV shows, and there's always something in bloom. The best time to visit is late spring to early autumn. Tip: The garden's layout is designed to be viewed from above, so make sure to find the spot for the best view.

Phone number: 01764 681433 | Web: www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk


The Scottish Crannog Centre

  • Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (Apr to Oct)
  • Prices: Adults £10.00, Children £7.00
  • Postcode: PH15 2HY
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Scottish Crannog Centre is an immersive experience into ancient loch-dwelling life. It's a unique day out for families and anyone interested in Scotland's prehistoric past. The centre features a reconstructed crannog and live demonstrations of ancient crafts. New exhibits and activities are added regularly. The best time to visit is during one of their special events, like Iron Age Gourmet or Celtic Samhain. Tip: Participate in the hands-on activities for a full experience.

Phone number: 01887 830583 | Web: www.crannog.co.uk

Perthshire and Kinross Shire is a treasure trove of attractions, and these six are just the beginning. Whether you're staying in cosy lodges in Perthshire or just passing through, make sure to add these gems to your itinerary for an unforgettable Scottish adventure.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with stunning natural surroundings. Lodges in Perthshire And Kinross Shire often come with modern amenities, like fully-equipped kitchens and comfy living areas. Many have decks or patios, perfect for sipping your morning coffee while soaking up the views. It's a chill vibe, with nature right on your doorstep.

What should I pack when visiting Perthshire And Kinross Shire?

Pack for the great outdoors – sturdy walking boots and waterproofs are a must. Bring layers, as the weather can change quickly. Don't forget your swimsuit for hot tub lodges, and maybe some binoculars for wildlife spotting. Essentials like toiletries and some basic cooking ingredients are handy, though many lodges provide these.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Perthshire And Kinross Shire offer parking, often right by your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're staying at a larger resort like Blairgowrie Holiday Park, check ahead as they might have designated parking areas a short walk from your lodge.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain's no deal-breaker! Lodges are snug, so you can kick back with a book or board games. If you're feeling adventurous, grab your waterproofs and embrace the weather – the landscape is dramatic in the rain. Plus, many local attractions like The Scottish Crannog Centre are great rainy-day options.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, many local takeaways and restaurants in towns like Pitlochry or Aberfeldy will deliver to lodges. Supermarkets like Tesco or Sainsbury's also offer delivery services. For a special treat, check out local farm shops or delis – they often have scrumptious local produce that can be delivered or picked up.

Is Perthshire And Kinross Shire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. The autumn colours are spectacular, and winter brings a magical frosty landscape, ideal for cosy lodge nights. Plus, you can visit year-round attractions like Edradour Distillery without the summer queues.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

You bet. Hot tubs are usually drained, cleaned, and refilled before each new guest arrives. It's part of the service to ensure a top-notch experience. If you're staying somewhere like River Edge Lodges, they'll have it warm and bubbling ready for your first dip.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges available?

Loads! Perthshire And Kinross Shire is super pet-friendly. Many lodges welcome furry friends, and there are plenty of walks to tire out even the most energetic pooch. Just check the lodge's pet policy when you book – there might be a small extra charge.

What local activities can I book in advance?

Get ahead of the game by booking activities before you arrive. From golfing at Gleneagles to white-water rafting on the River Tay, there's loads to choose from. Many lodges will have info on local providers, and some might even snag you a discount.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering features like ramp access and walk-in showers. Places like Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort have specific lodges tailored for those with reduced mobility. Always best to chat with the provider before booking to ensure your needs are met.

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