Well where do I begin, we have always wanted to go away for Christmas and we decided that Scotland was the place to go as it's so beautiful. We had looked at other lodges online and decided to choose Killin Highland Lodges and that we definitely chose the best one, We booked our holiday with Jim and Caroline in January 2013 for the following dates 21st December to 28th December in Alder Log Cabin No:11,
We had arrived a little early at Killin Highland Lodges so we decided to have a quick look through the window at our accommodation, just then a gentleman walked up to us and introduced himself who was Colin and he such a wonderful lovely person. We advised him that we were sorry that we had arrived a little early and he said that this was no problem at all, Colin advised us that we could go inside immediately and that we do not have to wait outside in the cold.
Colin showed us to our door and took us inside, my first words were WOW, it was absolutely beautiful inside and could not believe how big it was. We were showed around the Lodge and the second bedroom had the biggest bed ever and we decided then that that was our room lol. The heating and electric and gas meter was explained to us and Colin explained that there was brochures in the TV drawer that explains all about the area, he said to knock on his door anytime if we had any questions or needed anything which we both thought was lovely.
We both had another look around the Lodge when Colin had left and again we could not believe how beautiful it was and everything was finished to a very high standard and had also provided us with tea, coffee, biscuits and a very lovely Christmas Tree which was very nice touch.We eventually unpacked the car and had a well earned cup of tea and some Scottish shortbread biscuits (well we were in Scotland). The views from our balcony were breathtaking to say the least and you we able to see Loch Tay and the mountains, we could not believe how quiet it was as we are so used to the busy city life,
The next day we went into the village and it had everything you needed a couple of pubs, coop supermarket, lovely gift shop by the Falls Of Dochart and a few restaurants, other shops and finally a bank. There are lots of beautiful walks around the village which we went on most of them, but make sure you are wrapped up toastie and warm as the temperature can drop dramatically and the last thing you want it to be stuck on a trail feeling cold. We found everyone very helpful and so welcoming and always had the time to get to know you,
We noticed Colin as we were leaving and mentioned that we were going to do a bit of sightseeing, he mentioned a few places that was worth a visit, we went to Fortingall where there was the oldest Yew Tree in Europe which was 5000 years old. We also visited Kenmore and Taymouth Castle which was a the end of Loch Tay and well worth a visit, we also went to Aberfeldy and to a whiskey distillery there but unfortunately it was closed due to it being Christmas. We did attempt to drive up towards Ben Lawers but got so far up and we decided it got to dangerous due to the snow and it was getting dark.
On Christmas Eve Colin knocked the door and appologised for disturbing us and said that he's got a little something for us and gave us two bottles of wine some chocolates and a roasting bag for our turkey, we were so overwhelmed as he had not experienced so much generosity like this before.
The day before we were leaving I emailed Jim and Caroline to advise them that we wanted to book again for Christmas 2014 and that we were interested in Lodge No:10 as we wanted the children to come with us, Colin immediately knocked on our door and said that he had been contacted by Jim and would love to show us Lodge No:10. After taking about 30mins getting ready Colin showed us around the Lodge, again it's absolutely beautiful inside with four bedrooms one with en suite and a bathroom with bath and shower. The living room was absolutely massive with views to die for overlooking the loch, unfortunately our children have already made alternative arrangements for Christmas 2014 and have decided to stop in the Lodge that we originally had in 2013.
So I am a man of true words and can honestly say that you are really missing out if you have never stopped at Killin Highland Lodges, it caters for everyone's needs whether you want a quiet relaxing time or if you are the outgoing person who enjoys walks and the wilderness. wherever you look there are views to die for and nature all around you, to all the staff that work there you do a fantastic job in making everyone's staff a memorable one and my wife and I have memories that will be with us for the rest of our lives and thanks once again for everything x
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Killin Highland Lodges offers 12 self catering holiday lodges with 1-4 bedrooms ( sleeping 1-8 people in each lodge). The lodges are situated on a south facing wooded hillside with views over the village of Killin (with its famous Falls of Dochart) and to the hills on the south side of Loch Tay. Free Wifi is provided in public areas and every lodge can receive a free Wifi signal in at least one room. The Lodges are rated as 4 star and 3 star by VisitScotland and have received Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor for 2012,2013,2014,2015 and 2016. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Killin Highland Lodges Loch Tay