Quirky-chic cabin tucked away in a glen, amid stunning Highlands scenery
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is absolutely breathtaking: shimmering lochs, deep green glens and snow-topped mountains, where golden eagles wheel overhead. It feels remote and untouched: the Highlands as you dreamed they would be. And right in the heart of it all lies a secret off-shoot of an acclaimed hotel. You park up and wander along a track into an ancient woodland and across a little handmade bridge. There, in a clearing, awaits your ‘cabin’: a revamped ferry waiting room (yes, you read that right) and architect-designed bothy. Utterly unique. Super cool.
Interiors are an eclectic blend of retro style and sheepskin rugs. The waiting room’s a colourful living space; the bothy houses a light-flooded bedroom, with a double bed and pair of bunks: kids will love running free in the glen. But we’d recommend this place for a romantic escape so you can truly savour the silence. Walk through wildly beautiful landscapes then pop for dinner at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Or just light the wood-burner, rustle up a venison stew and hunker down as night falls. Magical.
Getting here: you’ll need to drive.
- Pack a picnic to eat beside a loch, waterfall, or even at the top of a munro.
- Watch for soaring buzzards and golden eagles, listen for cuckoos, woodpeckers and owls, and admire geese and swans paddling serenely across the lochs.
- Wild deer are everywhere: if you come in October, it’s rutting season so you may hear stags roaring.
- Fish for arctic char, salmon and trout, then cook them on the firepit for dinner.
- Day trip to Loch Katrine and hire bikes, then take a boat to the far side of the loch and cycle back to your car. Or if you have your own wheels Tom recommends the Sustrans National Cycle Route 7, past glens, lochs and craggy mountains.
- You can book a seaplane tour of the park, and a foraging experience with a hotel chef.