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The Boathouses, Loch Tay

The Boathouses, Loch Tay

Let me introduce you to Loch Tay boathouses and your new dream place to stay in Scotland, deep in the heart of Perthshire.

Welcome the Loch Tay Boathouses

Loch Tay

The boathouses from Kenmore (bottom left)

From the outside, Osprey, Otter, and Oyster 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.  

The Loch Tay boathouses are hidden down a steep road 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?

Loch Tay Boathouse

Despite the Loch Tay boathouses 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.

Red Squirrel Scotland 3
Red Squirrel Scotland 2

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:

Loch Tay Boathouses 2

Things to do around the Loch Tay boathouses

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Thankfully the weather was really against us (it rained pretty much solid) so we really had no excuse not to spend our weekend in our boathouse, 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?


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

Fiona MacVane Phipps

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Please tell me who built the boathouses and what was the cost? Looks like the perfect reirement cottage we are looking for! Thank you.

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Thursday 16th of February 2017

[…] HIDING AWAY ON LOCH TAY | Love From Scotland […]


Saturday 11th of February 2017

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!

Cultural Wednesday

Friday 10th of February 2017

I want to stay in a boathouse with a red squirrel

Clare Thomson

Friday 10th of February 2017

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.