How to have an activity-packed holiday at Loch Tay

Usually, for our family during the summer, vacations abroad are planned in places like Florida, Mallorca or Tenerife. However, the summer of 2021 saw a stay at a lodge overlooking beautiful Loch Tay in Perthshire, where we were thankfully blessed with sunshine – just like if we were abroad!

With two cars packed, my family and I made the two-hour journey to where we were staying at Bracken Lodges, located in the middle of a long stretch of single-track country road between Ardeonaig and Kenmore .

The lodges overlooked picturesque views of Loch Tay and Ben Lawers – Perthshire’s highest peak. For munro baggers this is the place to be as there are seven munros alongside Ben Lawers. However, I don’t count myself among that group of hill lovers, so I instead sat on the balcony and watched the sun shine on the water!

The lochside location on the southern shores of Loch Tay gave us access to 40 acres of woodland and a private shingle beach. Although my brothers didn’t catch any, it’s a perfect place to fish and a fabulous spot for a picnic or BBQ.

It was a short drive from the small village of Kenmore – the heart of Loch Tay. The beach was crowded and everyone was sunbathing or in the water. The kids were enjoying ice cream from The Paper Boat, which is conveniently located near the beach with a grassy outdoor seating area filled with picnic tables and lounge chairs.

There are many activities in Kenmore such as cruising and exploring the beautiful landscape with the Loch Tay Water Safari, where the guide talks about the history of Loch Tay and its surroundings. There is even a chance of seeing a water kelpie on the water.

You can hire your own boat to go out into the loch. However, it was a disastrous experience for me – let’s just say I belong to the land, not the water!

If, like me, you prefer to stay on land, why not hop into a Land Rover and enjoy the Highland Mountain Safari which offers a chance to take in the stunning views of the Perthshire Highlands and local wildlife.

After your game drive, you can enjoy a homemade cake and coffee at the cafe before heading to the gift shop, which is full of great gifts and toys.

Back in Kenmore, there are plenty of places to eat, including The Waterfront in the Kenmore Club, The Taymouth Restaurant in the Kenmore Hotel, and The Courtyard Brasserie and Bar. The latter was my favorite – a new contemporary restaurant serving modern Scottish cuisine.

A 10 minute drive and you find yourself in Aberfeldy, where there are also plenty of dining options with Three Lemons, The Blackwatch Inn and the Schiehallion Hotel all in the town centre.

Holidaying at Loch Tay was fabulous! Not only did I have a fantastic time with my family, but we couldn’t have asked for a better time either. Going to Loch Tay allowed me to learn more about the area and Scottish history, which I really enjoyed. Not bad for a pandemic holiday!

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