Little Squirrel’s Guide To Perthshire

Perthshire County

Give me lakes lochs and mountains over a beachscape any day!
Don’t get me wrong… I love a beautiful beach, however I have always been drawn to big trees, the lush greenery, and woodland trails that go hand in hand with a trip to the mountains. Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country, and is the perfect landscape for me.

Before Little Squirrel came along Mr Hungry Squirrel and I have enjoyed several trips to Perthshire. We both love this county, and dream of one day moving to this part of Scotland. This was our first visit with baby toddler in tow, so out were the after dark trips to The Enchanted Forest and out were the white water rafting or kayaking adventures. This holiday was all about relaxing and enjoying time as a family of 3.
We found that Little Squirrel was most happy being in the great outdoors, and was more than happy exploring the grounds and surroundings of our self-catering accommodation at Logierait Lodges & Chalets.

On the Tay Viaduct, at Logierait

On the Tay Viaduct, at Logierait

However, we also found some great kid-friendly spots around this beautiful spot of Perthshire and wanted to share them with you…

We were pretty lucky with the weather during our week, so had a lovely time exploring the woodland, waterfalls, and lochs that Perthshire has to offer.
I have already mentioned our pre-baby trips to Pitlochry for The Enchanted Forest which is set in Faskally Wood. We were keen to check out this location during daylight hours, so off we toddled… Loch Dunmore (within Faskally Wood) is a beautiful setting for a walk with little ones. It has recently been updated to Access for All standards, so is perfect for pushchairs when your little one’s little legs get too tired.

Fun at Faskally Wood

Fun at Faskally Wood

If you love scenic walks then I would highly recommend visiting The Hermitage, near Dunkeld. This is not one for the pram or pushchair, but would be perfect for the baby carrier. We forgot our carrier so we took our pram up, so it is doable, but the path was pretty rocky and uneven.
From the car park, follow the River Braan up to Ossian’s Hall overlooking the Black Linn Waterfall. Along the way, admire the stunning scenery and wildlife, beautiful trees, and just enjoy the great outdoors!

Left - the River Braan Middle - entrance to Ossian's Hall Right - the Black Linn Waterfall from Ossian's Hall

Left – the River Braan
Middle – entrance to Ossian’s Hall
Right – viewing the Black Linn Waterfall from Ossian’s Hall

We had one damp day during our week’s holiday, and headed to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden in Birnam. I was really impressed with this place and would highly recommend it to visitors with little ones.
The exhibition is housed in Birnam’s Arts & Conference Centre. Outside is a lovely garden with sculptures of the animals that Beatrix made famous through her books.

Exploring the Beatrix Potter Garden

Exploring the Beatrix Potter Garden

Inside is a lovely gift shop with Beatrix Potter themed goods, and a great range of non-Potter related cards, books, gifts, toys, and trinkets…
Downstairs is the exhibition area. This is relatively small compared to other exhibitions/museums, but its appeal for us was the great range of play activities for the little ones. From drawing and colouring on blackboards and at old school desks, to playing shop, playing with puzzles, dressing up, and reading books – this was a great way to spend an afternoon with our little one.

Loving the interactive play at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition!

Loving the interactive play at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition!

I feel this is really geared towards younger kids under 8, but was just perfect for our inquisitive 1 year old.
Upstairs is the Foyer Cafe, where we enjoyed some lovely coffees.
The staff here were really lovely too!

We really did have a lovely holiday in Perthshire, and I can see us going back to stay at Logierait Lodges again.
I’d love to hear from you if you have visited this part of Scotland and have any other recommendations for family-friendly activities…

 

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4 thoughts on “Little Squirrel’s Guide To Perthshire

  1. Thanks for sharing your holiday tips. Always great to hear of places to take a toddler on holiday. Not too far
    from Glasgow either which would certainly be a selling point for us!

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