Hiding away on Loch Tay

Hiding away on Loch Tay

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

Loch Tay

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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…

Loch Tay Boathouse

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?

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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.

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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:

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Things to do around Loch Tay

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Loch Tay from Kenmore

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Falls of Acharn

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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. 

Loch Tay Boathouse

This was the view from our deck… stunning isn’t it?

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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

You can book the boathouse through Embrace ScotlandLoch Tay boathouses also have a 2nd boathouse called ‘Dipper’ and a holiday cottage, more information at lochtay.co.uk

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19 Comments

  1. 07/02/2017 / 7:53 pm

    Loch Tay looks beautiful even with the cloudy/rainy weather. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red squirrel, so seeing your photo with 2 of them in is pretty special. Big Ben lawers is what I’d like to do, being in the top 10 mountains of Scotland makes it a noteworthy challenge.

  2. 07/02/2017 / 8:13 pm

    Scotland is on the top of my mind when I think of Europe. A Bollywood movie shot there has fuelled my desire to visit Scotland. An Indian friend of mine stays there. I would love to visit her and explore Scotland for myself. Lovely squirrel pictures.

  3. 07/02/2017 / 9:16 pm

    What a gorgeous spot! And the Boat House is lovely. I also love curling up inside a cozy place when it’s wet and cold outside. We will be in Callander in March and while I hope it isn’t all rain and cold, I am looking forward to some staring out the window with a cup of tea in my hand.

  4. 07/02/2017 / 9:34 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! It reminds me of that movie (the lake house). I think it is funny as you list things to do in the surrounding, but the place looks like I want to wrap it around me like a cocoon and never leave! so snugg

  5. Jen Morrow
    07/02/2017 / 10:45 pm

    How did I miss this little gem when I was in Scotland? I want to go just for the Boat house! The lake and wildlife in your photos are so peaceful.

  6. Angela Hopper
    07/02/2017 / 11:02 pm

    Stunning photos of a gem of a place & area. Perfect for celebrating a wedding anniversary!

  7. 08/02/2017 / 10:44 am

    amazing photos!

  8. 08/02/2017 / 4:04 pm

    I’ve never stayed in a boat house before. It looks amazing . And that view is so picturesque. I agree with you – who needs Instagram when you have it for real in right in front of you?

  9. Scotland is on my travel bucket list for this year but there is so many beautiful places i just don’t know where to start! This boathouse looks so cute and a photographers ream!!

  10. 08/02/2017 / 6:38 pm

    Wow this looks like heaven! I can’t get over that view. Looks like a cozy and romantic place to spend your anniversary!

  11. 09/02/2017 / 10:31 am

    Happy anniversary! What a perfect place to hole up for the weekend. Beautiful photos!

  12. 09/02/2017 / 4:21 pm

    Yes please! I love the idea of having the view AND the cozy fire roaring with wine and candles. In Denmark, we call that hygge! Looks like perfection to me. I love the idea of being disconnected so close to the water as well.

  13. 09/02/2017 / 4:25 pm

    I’ve never heard of Loch Tay before reading your post! It looks gorgeous! The house you stayed in is fantastic, especially with the views of the lake. I’d love to visit and hike the waterfalls nearby. What a great way to spend your wedding anniversary!

  14. mymeenalife
    09/02/2017 / 4:29 pm

    Oh it’s so beautiful!! We always choose a non internet venue for our anniversary (or just abstain from logging in) and I would love to stay here next time!

  15. 10/02/2017 / 8:46 am

    Incredible photos as always and I love those cheeky red squirrels. They look much more cuter and sophisticated than our scrappy grey ones here in London. Looks like the perfect getaway.

  16. Clare Thomson
    10/02/2017 / 2:30 pm

    This is the perfect respite from a miserable February. As you say, even in the pouring rain, it must be such a treat snuggling up in that wonderful space and looking at that view. On my list now for sure.

  17. 11/02/2017 / 9:47 am

    Absolutely idyllic. With four kids constantly “chittering” (I liked that word) around me, I rather fancy the idea of going to a remote spot like this for a couple of years – I mean… days… – and just letting nature slowly press my “reset” button. Gorgeous photos too, particularly of the squirrels!

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