Killin Highland Lodges

Adventurers of all ages will love Killin Highland Lodges as their base for an amazing Scottish holiday with their family and pets. Set below the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan mountain ranges and close to beautiful Loch Tay, the lodges are peaceful and perfectly placed for enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer, including walking, climbing, golfing and spotting the outstanding wildlife, perhaps on safari.

There are 12 comfortable and well equipped lodges suitable for couples, families or groups of up to eight people, some of them with their well behaved dogs. They are set on a wooded hillside which attracts ospreys, red squirrels, deer and other friendly natives and are comfortable and cosy all year round. The most luxurious have log burning stoves and one romantic hideaway even has its own sauna and a waterfall outside.

This part of Perthshire is actually famous for its waterfalls, streams and glens. Tourists make a point of finding the dramatic Falls of Dochart, white waters that can be admired from a bridge constructed in 1760 and which older readers may recognise from the 1959 film The 39 Steps.

Killin Highland

Within walking distance, Killin village offers a vibrant social life with its selection of pubs, bars and restaurants. Some guests prefer to chill out and look across to it from the summer house of the family-run site.

Ladyhill Coach House

Pretty Perthshire is greatly to be enjoyed all year round, but especially in autumn when it showcases its reputation as Scotland’s ‘Big Tree Country’ with multi-coloured foliage. Ladyhill Coach House provides a cosy base from which to enjoy the spectacular scenery, in a Victorian property full of character but tastefully modernised for 21st century comfort.

Ladyhill Coach House sits on the banks of the River Tay, famous for salmon fishing. The spot is highly private, yet within the village of Birnam that is home to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, a tribute to when the famous creator of Peter Rabbit who came again and again for her holidays. Over the iconic Telford bridge is Scotland’s ancient ecclesiastical capital, Dunkeld, with rich history and attractions including a cathedral, the National Tree Collection of Scotland and more places to eat, drink and shop.

The house, owned by Lynn & Graham Court, provides high quality, centrally heated accommodation for up to four people in a double and a twin bedroom. Guests share a family bathroom with an over-bath shower. The comfortable lounge has wifi, smart TV, DVD and Bluetooth speaker system, plus a well equipped kitchen/diner. Outdoors is a mature sheltered garden with patio seating and private parking.

Lynn says: “We accept dogs and there are many beautiful walks and cycle routes around here.” 

Ladyhill Coach House

Woodcroft House

Guests feast on the best of Scottish produce when they stay at Woodcroft House, a luxurious, boutique 5 Star guest house on a scenic edge of Perth. Scrumptious à la carte breakfasts and freshly prepared evening meals make use of exquisite specialities, from fresh salmon to seasonal game such as venison or pheasant. Guests can even invite friends along to share their bespoke dinner experience prepared by owner/cook Claire Dingwall Slater.

Woodcroft House has two immaculate en suite double rooms to let, furnished to the highest quality to ensure the best possible nights’ sleep. At the time of writing, all guest reviewers on TripAdvisor have awarded ‘excellent’ ratings across the board.

The Victorian property has been tastefully renovated and decorated in contemporary style. It stands in large, well kept gardens, just a pleasant few minutes’ walk across the River Tay from the vibrant city centre of Perth.

The city is full of character with its plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Visitors frequently walk North Inch, scene of the 1396 Battle of The Clans, or enjoy a day of horse racing. Many visit nearby Blair Castle and the impressive Scone Palace, the crowning place of kings. The rural county of Perthshire, ‘Big Tree Country’, is famously beautiful and also very central, a great base for exploring all of Scotland’s picturesque assets.

Woodcroft House

Carmichael Farmhouse

Carmichael Farmhouse is a fabulous 4 Star self catering accommodation set in stunning Scottish countryside, centrally placed for exploring the enticing regions of Angus, Perthshire and Tayside. Child and dog friendly throughout, it’s surrounded by beautiful walks and wildlife. 

The property is on a working fruit and cattle farm in the Carse of Gowrie. Owners Angus & Nicola Porter raised their own children in it, so when they modernised they knew how to make it family friendly throughout.

Carmichael Farmhouse

Sky Multiroom TV and two DVD players enable different viewing in different rooms. There’s a comfy snug/playroom with double sofa bed separate from the main living room and the garden is safe and secure with play equipment and a table tennis shed.

The farmhouse has four spacious bedrooms – two en-suite with King size beds, one twin and one room with two double beds – plus a delightful shared bathroom. The living room has a wood burning stove and wall hung TV and the well equipped kitchen has room for everyone to eat together. There’s also lots of storage space and a drying room.

The location is within an easy drive of the coast, the cities of Perth and Dundee and the championship golf courses of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Gleneagles. Edinburgh is barely an hour one way and the ski slopes of Glenshee about the same.

“It really is a fantastic location,” says Nicola.