A room with a view on Loch Earn

A room with a view on Loch Earn

From the mind-blowing majesty of Buachaille Etive Mor, to the elegance of Queen Victoria’s favourite over Loch Tummel, it’s rather hard to pick out Scotland’s best view. However, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourites views of Loch Earn from The Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans. 


We were invited to stay at The Four Seasons and, as a hotel guest the view is yours for your stay. It is all encompassing, visible from nearly every part of the hotel. Even stepping inside you will find it is hard to put your camera away, and honestly, you really should for the hotel is more than just a view.

The Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans has many quirky selling points; it is a piece of Beatles memorabilia, and it is truly dog-friendly (the owner’s two dogs are joint proprietors) but at its heart it is a warm and welcoming independent boutique hotel. The hotel’s resident spaces are stylish and comfortable, the restaurant smart, and it has the sort of staff I wish you could bottle and sell across Scotland.

It’s the kind of place, if I were to be a hotelier, I’d like to own. 

Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans

For those who are all about the food rather than just the view, The Four Seasons has two restaurants, the informal Tarken Bar and Meall Reamhar, a fine dining restaurant, both looking out over the loch. We settled down for the restaurant’s four-course contemporary Scottish set menu, which turned out to be a complete treat.

Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans

The restaurant uses locally sourced produce, which is evident in the real quality of the cooking on offer. Meall Reamhar’s two signature dishes, seared Shetland Scallops & Ayrshire pork belly served with pink lady apple puree and dried crackling, and minimum 28-day aged Scottish fillet of beef with foie gras, were the stand-out stars, but I was also pleased to see the chef knew how to make a proper scotch egg.

With added treats of a rather excellent coconut & chilli soup and amuse bouche of smoked salmon and duck, plus an all Scottish cheese board for pudding, you can see why Meall Reamhar deserves its two AA red rosettes.


As we were to climb two Munros the next day we retired for the night early. The next morning to make sure we were well prepared for our climb we indulged in a full breakfast; although sadly I could not treat myself further with the offered glass of claret, or champagne with my salmon.

Over breakfast, whilst studying one of The Four Season’s many walking maps I discovered that Meall Reamhar is a nearby Graham which rises above St Fillans. Meall Reamhar is Gaelic for ‘fat lump’… thankfully, after all that food we managed a good 11 miles on the hills!


I’ve photographed Loch Earn many times and its resident, The Still, is one of my favourite sculptures. Sitting by the loch, a glass of wine in hand is a favourite pastime of mine; even if we aren’t always rewarded with one of those Scotland sunsets which light up the big skies with fire.

Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans

Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans

I’ve often wondered if the residents of St Fillans have got used to living on the edge of one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs. Do they, like those of us who see Edinburgh Castle every day, ever forget to look?

Occasionally, as a visitor you get really lucky.

Love from, Scotland x

More things to do around The Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans:

Explore the Breadlebane
Walk the Scree path for an amazing view of Loch Earn
Climb Ben Vorlich on the other side of the loch from the hotel.

Thanks to The Four Seasons for inviting us to stay, our visit was complimentary, however, the words are all my own.


  1. 11/10/2016 / 11:07 pm

    Wow I could just go there for the view! The Still statue is rather intriguing

  2. 12/10/2016 / 5:39 am

    Love the place, what a beautiful view you have. Never stayed at a Four Seasons yet, would love to try them out! The Still in the loche is quite creepy to be honest!!

  3. 12/10/2016 / 2:24 pm

    The Still looks amazing and a bit creepy but oh my goodness, that water is stunning. It’s like a mirror. So peaceful!

  4. 13/10/2016 / 2:08 am

    wow what a beautiful view and I have to say you really captured its essence with your photo’s.

  5. 13/10/2016 / 2:36 am

    Oh my gosh, I am actually dying to try that scallop and pork belly dish. The statue in the water definitely would’ve thrown me off the first time I saw it, especially if I saw it at night for the first time, I probably would’ve been a bit startled. You captured the most amazing sunset views – I love the variety of colors and conditions that you captured the water in. Loved your post!

  6. Soraya @ Hello Raya
    13/10/2016 / 8:30 am

    That view is simply stunning…especially at sunset. And oh my goodness – the food! The scallop dish looks absolutely delicious. What a beautiful place to stay

  7. 13/10/2016 / 9:01 am

    I love a room with a view and it looks like the Four Seasons delivers! What a great way to all asleep. I have never really thought of Scotland of having great sunsets but you captured it so well.

  8. 13/10/2016 / 9:57 am

    stunning! and a cool sculpture!

  9. 13/10/2016 / 10:18 am

    WOW ! Breathtaking photos! I’m not going to lie – I didn’t even read the text because I couldn’t stop staring at the pictures. Amazing job!

  10. 13/10/2016 / 11:39 am

    What a perfect hotel view you got there. The landscape is amazing and how the color shifted was very dramatic. You’re pictures are amazeballs! 😀

  11. Clare Thomson
    13/10/2016 / 1:23 pm

    That view! Oh my goodness, it has to be the best view in Scotland – and one of the best meals by the sound of it. You’ve completely sold it to me – I have to visit! Thanks so much for linking up with #FarawayFiles and sharing your incredible photos.

  12. natalietanner
    13/10/2016 / 3:16 pm

    Holy cow! The sunset! That is just amazing. I had no idea the sky could ever look like that. I love sculpture and think the Still is aptly named. What a peaceful spot. I would love to visit. Would you consider it kid friendly?

  13. 13/10/2016 / 5:03 pm

    I love your images of Loch Earn. What an amazing combination of great food and stunning views. Scottish cuisine has got very sophisticated – it was all fried Mars Bars and battered haggis last time I was there! Gorgeous post

  14. 13/10/2016 / 8:07 pm

    Wow! Normally I don’t “do” luxury hotels… but I think your post has just changed my mind. Stunning landscape, great photos and amazing food (I swear I got hungry just looking at those scallops). Thanks for this inspirational post!

  15. 13/10/2016 / 10:41 pm

    Simply breathtaking. I must go and see that sculpture and its backdrop for myself. The meal also looks amazing. Scallops are my favourite and they look so delicious. Thank you for sharing this fabulous find.

  16. 14/10/2016 / 2:22 am

    That’s a wonderful view to have! And, the food looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this on #FarawayFiles

  17. 15/10/2016 / 8:25 pm

    An amazing view indeed! I visited Scotland for the first time this summer, and it definitely won’t be the last. I’ve stayed at a lovely b&b with a gorgeous view over Loch Linnhe, can’t wait to go back 😀

  18. 17/10/2016 / 5:33 pm

    Nature AND sculpture – yes please! Sooo beautiful. I really want to explore Scotland more – I love your posts – that sunset is #swoonworthy! Thanks kindly for connecting with #FarawayFiles – happy to have your beautiful blog in the community! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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