The Boathouses, Loch Tay

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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

Loch tay 3

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

20 thoughts on “The Boathouses, Loch Tay”

  1. 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. asoulwindow

    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. TravelingMel

    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. Probe around the Globe

    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. 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

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

  7. 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?

  8. CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide)

    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!!

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

  10. oregongirlaroundtheworld

    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.

  11. MVMTblog (@MVMTblog)

    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!

  12. mymeenalife

    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!

  13. katy@untoldmorsels

    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.

  14. Clare Thomson

    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.

  15. daisythebus

    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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  17. Fiona MacVane Phipps

    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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