In need of some r&r? Me too! Whilst January was a rather spectacular month here in Scotland with lots of sunshine and blue skies, February has arrived with lots of sleet and snow – which means it’s time to light the fire, snuggle up and hide away – and I have just the place to do it. Let me introduce you to Loch Tay and your new dream home, deep in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland.
Welcome to Otter, a beautiful boathouse on Loch Tay
The boathouses from Kenmore (bottom left)
From the outside, ‘Otter’ and its neighbour ‘Dipper’ are beautiful Scandinavian-style boat houses, perched on the edge of the loch. On the inside, they are luxury and contemporary studio apartments, complete with stunning eye-level views of the loch, vintage style and a cosy wood burning stove.
We spent three perfect days in ‘Otter’ celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. It was utterly blissful, and I honestly did not want to leave my wee perch with this view…
The boathouses are hidden down a steep road only accessible by 4x4s (don’t worry, the owners will lend you one so you can buzz up and down the hill whatever the weather) and due to the remote location there is no internet, but who needs Instagram when you have it for real in right in front of you?
Despite Otter and Dipper being next to each other, they are far enough apart to guarantee privacy, but don’t be surprised if you have a few cute guests… each morning, over coffee we welcomed curious ducks, a greedy pheasant and my favourites, a pair of cheeky red squirrels who popped out from behind the trees to steal nuts from the bird feeder. They are very friendly, I was even chittered at a few times, just for walking by. It seemed they weren’t as happy with the rain as I was.
If the rain does stop and you can actually tear yourself away from the log burning stove in your boathouse, there are lots of things to get up to around Loch Tay:
Things to do around Loch Tay
- Go on a Highland Safari – drive up to 3000ft in a 4×4 and then back to feed red deer (more soon!)
- Visit the Perthshire villages of Kenmore and Aberfeldy, including the Highland Chocolatier.
- If you like whisky visit Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery (closed on Sundays)
- Head to the newly restored 1920s Birks Cinema for the latest films.
- Cross the A9 to visit the pretty towns of Pitlochry and Dunkeld, including Dunkeld Cathedral and the beautiful Hermitage parkland (post soon!)
- Hike up to the falls at Acharn a series of dramatic waterfalls, located about two minutes drive from the boathouse.
- Visit the Scottish Crannog Centre to discover an ancient dwelling on the loch.
- Bag Ben Lawers (the 10th highest mountain in Scotland) or explore the Ben Lawers Nature Reserve
Loch Tay from Kenmore
Falls of Acharn
Kenmore from the boathouse
Thankfully the weather was really against us (it rained pretty much solid) so we really had no excuse not to spend our weekend in Otter, relaxing by the fire, cooking delicious meals (we picked up some great Aberdeen Angus steaks from a butcher in Aberfeldy), lighting all the candles, pouring lots of glasses of fizz and just staring at the ever changing views over the loch.
For hours and hours… ahh perfect.
This was the view from our deck… stunning isn’t it?
It was one of my favourite weekends ever, and we can’t wait to go back in summer when we can have candlelit picnics on the beach!
Love from, Scotland x
We booked our long weekend in the Otter Boathouse, Loch Tay through Embrace Scotland
Loch Tay boathouses also have a 2nd boathouse called ‘Dipper’ and a holiday cottage, more information at lochtay.co.uk
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