Sunday, 16 November 2014

Glamping Domes, Loch Tay and Mhor 84

Regular readers will know that as a family we enjoy staying in unusual places. So far these have included...


Treehouse, Fernie Castle, St Andrews
Lighthouse, Buchan Ness, Boddam, Aberdeenshire
Hobbit House, Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire
Houseboat, Blue Hue, Ratho, Edinburgh
Hobbit House revisited 
Gypsy Caravan, Stirling

The October holidays saw us venturing to Loch Tay for a couple of nights in a Glamping Dome. The domes looked amazing online but were even better in real life. Definitely the most spacious of all the glamping accommodation that we've stayed in. 18 square meters to be precise.
It was rather dreich when we arrived but we soon made ourselves at home in our dome. There's a wee village of domes and ours was called Linnhe. They are kitted out with giant beanbags, a double bed, 2 single fold up beds and a woodburning stove. No electricity but candles and paraffin lamps. Outside are fire pits and picnic benches but alas the weather meant we didn't make use of them.
We dined at the onsite Bistro and then retired to our dome for a cosy evening of boardgames, candles, nibbles, fizz and gin. The rain continued to persist but it sounded much worse pitter pattering on the roof that the reality when you headed outside in a mad dash to the toilet block. We breakfasted next morning in the Campers Kitchen which was a great set up with cooking, dining and TV facilities.
With all the rain we'd had the Falls of Dochart at Killin were even more spectacular than usual. The water came roaring and crashing down and the autumnal colours provided a fantastic scenic backdrop. 

Next stop was Mhor 84 for a late lunch. This is part of the Mhor group owned by the inimitable Tom Lewis who I had the pleasure of meeting and eating with earlier in the year during a #HiddenGems press trip. The decor, food, drink and general relaxed ambiance of Mhor 84 combined to make a fantastic dining experience.



You can't fail to notice the groaning table of cakes, pastries and giant meringues as you enter and its definitely worth leaving room for something sweet. The whole menu was tempting, including a great Wee Menu offering for children. There's also a fab games room with jukebox, pool table and Xbox to keep any fidgety big or little kids occupied. We dined on mussels, crab, burger and macaroni cheese. All were amazingly good.
The restaurant contained a real mixed clientele with everyone made equally welcome from soggy dogs to drookit walkers and cyclists. The quirky decor was somewhat Highland Shabby Chic with plenty of antlers and the occasional badger. I doubt there are a pair of matching chairs in the place.
Back to the dome for another night in front of the fire. Gin and Rhubarb was the tipple of choice. The Sylvanian Families also thoroughly enjoyed their glamping experience.
Typically the best of the weather saved itself for our last day. Fry up in the campers kitchen but alas no toast as we had to save all of our bread to feed the ducks.

So where to stay next? I do have a few places shortlisted but I'm always keen to hear of more so do let me know of anywhere special that might be suited to an adventurous family of four. Mhor's Pilot Panther Wagon is looking like a good bet at the moment.

5 comments :

  1. I love your travel posts, you always find great places to stay! Did you see the post from Buteiful Bute about unusual places to spend the night? Very up your street... http://www.adventuresaroundscotland.com/travel-blog/10-quirky-places-you-can-spend-the-night-in-scotland

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    1. Thanks for that link Fanny. The fishing boat is now on my shortlist!

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  2. Have you checked out The Lazy Duck campsite in Nethy Bridge we camped for a night but would love to go back to stay in one of their huts, fantastic locations and views. http://lazyduck.co.uk/ducks-nest-eco-lodge/

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    1. A great suggestion which I've looked at before but unfortunately both their eco cabin and waterside lodge only sleep 2

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