Loch Tay

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Otter is set in a secluded position on the shores of Loch Tay with its feet in the water and stunning views across the loch to Glen Lyon and down to the village of Kenmore.

The decor is simple and stylish. The colour scheme is greys, blues and white - crisp, fresh and smart. The walls are hung with original paintings, mostly by Scottish artists, collected over the years. The comfy bed is made up with luxurious linen and White Company bedspreads and lovely throws. There is a log-burning stove.

The practicalities of boathouse living are a little different - the adventure begins when you arrive. Otter is located down a steep bumpy track that leads to the shore, but don't worry, we provide a 4x4 vehicle for guests to get up and down to the house.

Otter is a haven of peace and quiet, far away from the stresses of everyday life. Sit on the deck, admire the spectacular scenery and the wonderful wildlife - this is the place to completely unwind.

Loch Tay
  • Sleeps - 2
  • Kingsized bed on raised platform at back
    of living room
  • Bathrooms - 1 with bath and separate shower
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Microwave
  • DVD and Stereo with plug in for iPod
  • Too far from the exchange for WiFi,a mobile
    dongle or Mi-Fi works
    well on T-Mobile and Three
  • Underfloor heating in the bathroom
  • Wood burning stove
  • Deck with garden furniture and an amazing view
  • Small 4x4 provided for guests to get up
    and down the hill to the shore
  • Luxury, romantic retreat for 2
  • Exceptional views
  • Welcome pack of milk, butter, bread,
    eggs and a bottle of wine
  • Well stocked store cupboard
  • Highland Soaps toiletries
  • Waffle dressing gowns and slippers
  • Short breaks a speciality
  • Sorry, not suitable for children
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Aberfeldy 7 miles
  • Village shop 2.5 miles away in Kenmore
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports
    are both less than 2 hours away.
    Dundee Airport about the same and has flights
    direct from City Airport
  • Pitlochry Station is on the main
    London/Edinburgh/Inverness line
    and is half an hour from Kenmore
  • Local hire-car is available at Pitlochry
  • Nearest pub/restaurant Kenmore, 2.5 miles
    has the Kenmore Hotel
    and The Courtyard restaurants.
  • A little further away is the Fortingall
    Hotel with an excellent bar menu
    and live music at the weekends
  • Walking, Golf, Gardens, Castles and distilleries
  • Climbing - 5 Munros within 10 miles
  • Rafting, kayaking, Fishing, shooting, stalking
  • Scottish Crannog Centre
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Otter is a contemporary take on the classic loch-side boathouse and is built on a steel frame that's planted solidly on the loch shore. It's a sustainable wooden structure with a corrugated aluminium roof designed by award-winning architect Colin Smith.

It is very beautiful and built to the highest standards. So it has solid oak planked floors; a contemporary Danish log burning stove; Neff kitchen appliances and a 3 metre long Corian work surface; Duravit and Hansgroh bathroom fittings.

The views from Otter are simply stunning - with big picture windows looking out across the loch in all directions - so you can lie in bed and soak up the amazing view through to the mountains in Glen Lyon. To the east there's another massive view down the loch towards the village of Kenmore.

The living space is 35 square meters and consists of a 'living area' with log burning stove, comfy chairs and a sofa, Ercol dining table and chairs for two. On the other side of the room is the built-in kitchen with Corian work surface, hob, oven and dishwasher. And at the back of the room is the raised bed-platform with its king-size bed.

Off the living space is the bathroom which has a large walk-in shower, a generous bath and under-floor heating and just outside the bathroom is a fitted dressing table and wardrobe. So everything has its place and there's enough space for everything. Off the hall there's a utility room cleverly designed to keep muddy boots and wet clothes out of the living space - with a washing machine, fridge and microwave.

Access to Otter is down a steep bumpy track that's not well suited to most vehicles so a 4x4 is provided for guests to get up and down the hill to the shore. The adventure begins from the moment you arrive!


Otter is just two hours' driving from Glasgow airport, fractionally less from Edinburgh. There are railway stations at Pitlochry and Dunkeld, on the main Inverness line, both within about 45 minutes' driving. The city of Perth is one hour's drive to the south, Inverness two hours to the north.

From the A9 take the A827 to Aberfeldy. Through the town and continue west on the A827 for about 6 miles until you come downhill towards Loch Tay where the road takes a very sharp bend to the right. Do not turn right, but go straight across the junction onto the narrow road that's facing you. This is the South Loch Tay road and it follows the side of the loch due west. Follow the road for 2.5 miles until you are almost at the top of the hill. Turn right into the wide gateway which has a sign saying Boathouses.

What's included:

The price includes a welcome pack, sheets and towels, electricity and logs. The welcome pack is a great way to get your holiday - and appetite - started and includes milk, butter, eggs, homemade bread and cake, bottle of nice white wine and fresh flowers. In the store cupboard there's marmalade, tea, instant and fresh ground coffee, sugar, plain flour, olive and sunflower oils, white wine vinegar, mustard, tomato ketchup, assorted herbs and spices, salt and pepper, loo rolls, kitchen roll, cling film and tin foil. There are also cleaning things, washing up liquid, firelighters and matches. More than enough to get you started if you are flying in on a Friday evening from London.

You will find Highland Soap Co toiletries and White Company dressing gowns and slippers in the bathroom.

Cost and availability:

Otter is rented out throughout the year. Change over days are Fridays or Mondays - depart at 10.30 and arrive at 4pm.

Minimum stay of 3 nights - 3 night weekend break, 4 night weekday break or a complete week.

To book this luxurious boathouse on the shores of Loch Tay, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.

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Otter, Achianich, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HU Scotland

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Luxury for 2 on the shores of Loch Tay.

Every comfort has been thought of in this luxury boathouse and the views over Loch Tay are breath-taking!