A few weeks ago we booked a mini-break to Loch Tay. We’d been given one of those experience vouchers for Christmas where you can choose from hundreds of activities so we decided to book a two course meal at The Killin Hotel. We booked two nights in the hotel as well to make a weekend of it. The drive along the loch to the village of Killin was stunning and the hotel itself looked fairly impressive when we pulled up.
After dropping off our bags in a slightly disappointing room, we went out to explore. Dochart Falls is just a ten minute walk from the hotel and we found a lovely local called The Corrie Inn to watch Scotland beat England at the rugby! After a delicious meal at The Corrie Inn, we went back to our hotel where unfortunately we had a pretty awful night.
Disaster at The Killin Hotel
The room was apparently not at all sound proof and we could hear TVs and snoring from the rooms around us. There was also a function downstairs so loud music until 2am. I’ve been sleeping really badly since I got pregnant so it was all very stressful! When we got into bed, I noticed that the sheet didn’t actually fit on the bed (not sure how that happens as it was a standard size double) so we could see the mattress underneath the pillows which made me a bit paranoid about germs. Mik had to clear cobwebs off the ceiling above the bed before we tried to sleep so, of course, I then worried about spiders all night. To top it off, I’ve been suffering from pregnancy rhinitis and the room was so dusty I was really struggling to breathe. Needless to say, we checked out early the next morning and managed to find a last minute cottage at The Kenmore Club on the other side of the loch.
A Lucky Find – The Kenmore Club
We arrived at The Kenmore Club before 9.30am but the staff were really friendly and let us leave the car in the car park even though we were obviously much too early to check in. The Kenmore Club is right on the edge of the loch with the most beautiful views. We spent the morning walking part way round the loch and making a small detour up the hill to the Falls of Acharn. After a bit of lunch back at The Kenmore Club, we drove to Aberfeldy, forgetting that it was Sunday so basically everything was closed! However, we still had a nice walk around, peering through the shop windows!
Back in Kenmore, we visited the oldest inn in Scotland for a hot chocolate before we checking into our cottage. We really lucked out finding The Kenmore Club. We had a double room, a twin room and a big open plan kitchen and living room. And best of all, it was spotless and so, so peaceful! There’s a swimming pool on site with a sauna and steam room, a cafe/restaurant, putting green, childrens playground and more. It looks like the perfect place to stay once the baby comes along so we will almost definitely be visiting again!
That evening, we drove back to the Killin Hotel for our meal. The restaurant itself is worlds apart from the rest of the hotel! It’s obviously been recently renovated and is modern and cosy with great food. It’s in the conservatory and although it was dark when we were there, I imagine the views during lunch are beautiful. I’d recommend popping into the hotel for food if you’re in the area but I wouldn’t suggest staying overnight. It’s such a shame that the rooms aren’t really up to scratch as it’s got the potential to be a lovely hotel. Luckily the night spent in The Killin Hotel didn’t spoil our entire weekend and we managed to find the perfect child friendly getaway for the near future!