The Elliottt's Family Holiday in Scotland We were fortunate to have booked 5 nights in Mains of Taymouth in Kenmore on Loch Tay, a beautiful area - relaxed, picturesque and not too far from things to do! Our luxurious, contemporary house, safely off a (quiet) main road that runs through the friendly village (which incidentally holds Scotland's oldest inn) and lies opposite the Loch.
The Elliottt's Family Holiday in Scotland
We were fortunate to have booked 5 nights in Mains of Taymouth in Kenmore on Loch Tay, a beautiful area - relaxed, picturesque and not too far from things to do! Our luxurious, contemporary house, safely off a (quiet) main road that runs through the friendly village (which incidentally holds Scotland's oldest inn) and lies opposite the Loch.
Our Mains of Taymouth ‘house' was a perfect Scottish Holiday bolthole - a two storey upside down one with a huge open plan lounge, master en-suite bedroom, dining area and kitchen upstairs leading off onto outdoor decking for al fresco dining and two twin bedded en-suite rooms downstairs with a utility room - outside was the bbq, patio area - and joy of joys our very own hot tub, the girls couldn't wait to get in it and promptly jumped in.
Equipped with everything we could possibly want we actually didn't NEED to go out but fortunately The Courtyard, complete with a fabulous deli and restaurant and bar are less than a stroll away - it would be churlish to not sample their fare - a pint sat on the bench whilst the kids played on the climbing frame and socialised was good time spent before dinner. Dinner incidentally was a very friendly, tasty and easy meal time - it's recommended.
Given the spacious car park in front of the house the girls were allowed out on their bikes - they eventually stretched to visit their new friend in the caravan park behind the complex (also run by Mains) and loved exploring. The whole place feels incredibly safe and friendly and though I don't like letting down my guard it was so nice to let them have the space that I would most certainly have enjoyed at their age.
Mains has it's own golf course and riding school - we enjoyed a very happy episode of being ‘horse-girls' - the teacher was superb with them explaining every movement of the horse, every reason why they should do or not do something giving them confidence to get on with it.
Days Out - we explored the local countryside - beautiful, we canoed on the lovely and very still Loch - much fun once Eve got over her fear of Water due to the fabulous patience and persistence of her teacher - played in the pedalloes (Aggie and I) - explored the Crannog next door - fed the deer at Highland Adventure (we'll do the safari another day!) and panned for gold - the best money ever spent given the three hours that we were there in the sun sifting through gravel for gems. The café is very good too!
The circuitous walk down to Taymouth Castle is beautiful and the castle stunning though sadly empty and looking unloved. It's a haunting place and I wanted to get in and explore. The walk back to Mains across the Chinese Bridge is tree-lined and easy (tho' not on a rainy day with a pushchair) - the bridge was built for Queen Victoria who visited on her honeymoon.
There are lots more things to do - lovely country homes, distilleries, the wildlife centre , rural towns, abbeys and forests - it can be as busy or as relaxed as you might want - we like family holidays like that!