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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Logierait Lodges By Pitlochry – A Perthshire Paradise

 

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It has been a busy year so far at Hungry Squirrel HQ…
I resigned from my job at the end of my maternity leave, due to unsuitable hours for my childcare, and then started some regular Locum work, leaving Little Squirrel in nursery on the days that I work.
We finally sold our Glasgow flat (after 18 months on the market), moved to a rented house in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, changed Little Squirrel’s nursery, and we are currently in the process of looking in to buying a new house of our very own (fingers crossed everyone!).
On top of all of this, Mr Hungry Squirrel has just landed a new job, beginning next week! So before the new job begins, we booked a week’s holiday for the three of us to just relax! It feels like a looong time since we had some time to ourselves with nothing to do, nowhere to go, no phone calls to make, no packing to be done… …

We are currently on a saving spree, so going abroad wasn’t something we really considered. We love holidays in Scotland, and staycationing seems like a lot less hassle when travelling with Little Squirrel, so I was thrilled when Mr Hungry Squirrel stumbled across Logierait Lodges & Cottages in Perthshire while doing some research on the web.

I couldn’t recommend these lodges highly enough. The location is fantastic… on the banks of the River Tay, just 5.5 miles from Pitlochry, with Kenmore, Aberfeldy, and Dunkeld all within a half hour drive.
The lodges are furnished to a very high standard and are equipped with pretty much everything you would need. Electricity, central heating, and wi-fi are included, and a travel cot and highchair were provided at no extra charge (we have been charged extra for these basic utilities at other self-catering locations).
We were lucky enough to stay in one of the lodges nearest to the river, with a balcony overlooking the grassy bank of the river – perfect for feeding the ducks!

Feeding the ducks at Logierait Lodges

Feeding the ducks at Logierait Lodges

Eszter & John are on site to help with any problems or queries, and couldn’t be lovelier, or more helpful!

Logierait Lodges location makes it a perfect base for day trips, and it’s beauty makes it perfect for those lazy days when you don’t want to go far at all from your base.

Left - Little Squirrel playing peek-a-boo through the door to the balcony of the lodge. Middle - a view of the Tay Viaduct at Logierait from the Logierait Lodges. Right - exploring with Daddy Squirrel.

Left – Little Squirrel playing peek-a-boo through the door to the balcony of the lodge.
Middle – a view of the Tay Viaduct at Logierait from the Logierait Lodges.
Right – exploring with Daddy Squirrel.

More fun exploring the grounds of Logierait Lodges.

More fun exploring the grounds of Logierait Lodges.

I would highly recommend Logierait Lodges & Chalets as the perfect location for your Perthshire holiday, whether it’s for a family holiday, a break with friends, or a romantic break for two.

Watch this space for more posts about some of our favourite activities on this holiday!