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Loch Tay Highland Lodges
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed in the Teepee accommodation on the Loch Tay Highland Lodges site, the location is great for touring Loch Lomond. The teepees are also great in theory, but in practice, this place obviously doesn't understand that budget accommodation does NOT mean dirty accommodation. 2/5 reflects a lovely location to tour the area, the teepee would get 0/5 purely due to the complete lack of cleanliness.

The Teepee we stayed in was very cute from the outside and inside was warm,spacious and had a private bathroom and kitchen, all ok so far, but unfortunately everything in the place was grimy. Mould on the ceilings and walls, stains on the carpets, cobwebs everywhere and you had to wash your hands after you'd touched the window blinds - YUK! The shower was also filthy (hairs and soap scum) and was also riddled with black mould!

In the sleeping/living area there were 2 lights (ceiling light and a lamp), both had shades that were broken and the sofa bed, which looks quite new, creaked incredibly loudly and was more uncomfortable than sleeping on the ground. The 2nd night we stayed we didn't bother using it and just used our camping rolls on the floor. We'd booked the teepee for a few nights as an 'upgrade' from the rest of our week of camping but had we known how rank this place was we'd have camped instead despite the rain. Really not worth the money.

On the site there were some cabins, yurts and bigger lodges that looked very nice from the outside (I hope they have better housekeeping!) although the site as a whole seemed a bit unloved and needed some maintainance, massive pot holes in the road etc.

Overall, avoid these teepees like the plague - dirty rip off.

Room Tip: Just don't stay in these teepees! The luxury cabins close by looked ok if you can afford it.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

As a family of 4, (Kids aged 7 & 9) we spent a week here for a UK break/Scotland tour.

Tucked away amongst woodland/managed forest on the banks of Loch Tay in Killin, the drive here was scenic and the staff were welcoming and friendly. A very quiet area well away from passing traffic. The driveway needs some attention when negotiating as there are plenty of potholes, bumps and lose shale to deal with; we saw one car with a broken steering rod during our stay but this should not put careful drivers off to be honest.

After a tricky booking and lack of confirmation due to a booking system error, we stayed in a Highland Lodge (Named "The Catch"). This was a basic, clean accommodation with an outside veranda. The sofa was possibly one of only a couple of issues we encountered during our stay here as it wasn't too comfy and the cushions continually ended up slipping forward off the framework. The second issue was the Freeview & Freesat. In fairness, there is an engineer on-site to help with any reception issues but we just put up with the intermittent signal instead of asking for help so our own fault really. Anyway- we didn't come for the telly but it was the Olympic Opening Ceremony after all!

The kitchen is very well equipped and for those who like to keep clean and tidy, there were no less than 3 vacuum cleaners to chose from! Hot water for cooking or bath/shower was never an issue and the beds were fairly comfortable, with very modern clean bedding.

The woodland adjacent provides a nice change of scenery for a walk to many secret beaches and deep forest trails.

We did not use the on-site restaurant but it did seem fairly busy during our stay.

There is plenty of grassed areas for children to play/dogs to run and the site provides archery, golf and many other organized activities. Barbeques/Fires are permitted off the verandas in elevated fire-pits/barbeques if you like that sort of thing.

As a base for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oban, Fort William, Loch Ness/Inverness, this was ideal for us as most were within a 2 hour drive. Killin has a small supermarket and there are a few pubs within a 5 min drive if you don't fancy eating on-site.

Make sure you take some bread for the ducks as they are fairly hungry!



We would use this site again.

Room Tip: Ask for "The Catch" if booking a Highland Lodge- its right on the bay, near to the wodland...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Five of us booked 2 wigwams for a walking weekend. Firstly the location is excellent for hillwalkers wanting to do the Ben Lawers area as the hills literally overlook the site.
The wigwams we got were next to each other and we were lucky enough to have a view of Loch Tay which was stunning.
The wigwams were well appointed - fridge, microwave, heater, toaster and kettle and the flatscreen tv was an unexpected bonus. Outside there was a firepit, again unexpected so we didn't bring any kindling or logs but it would have been lovely to sit out with a fire going to keep the midgies away (which weren't actually too bad we found). Wigwams were spotlessly clean too and I had a fairly good night's sleep, not cold at all though it may be a different story in winter.
Two downsides - the temporary toilet and shower block - yes it was clean and perfectly fit for purpose, it's just that the toilets are not very, ahem, "private" and you can hear everyone's business in the next cubicle which made me constipated all weekend haha! The showers are private though.
Other downside is the prices in the restaurant - absolutely stunning location right down at the waterfront, beautifully decorated etc.... just a tad expensive, ie £10 for a margherita pizza!
There is a lovely clean and modern campers kitchen which you are better making use of to save money. The seating area is relaxing and has a cosy log burner which we all loved. It apparently shuts at 10pm which is disappointing as we would have liked to sit for longer if we could have stayed awake.
Sorry just one other wee niggle - car parking around some of the wigwams is a bit tight!
I would definitely return here due to location, cleanliness and the nice feel about the place. Please just hurry up and build the new toilet block!!!!

Room Tip: ask for a front row wigwam.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

On arrival in heavy rain, the lady who greeted us offered us a wigwam as an alternative, which I appreciated. These are brand new and looked very clean and fresh however children wanted to camp so camp we did. We chose this site as it allowed us to experience camping without too much investment in our own tent! The tent size was excellent - plenty of space for all our gear and the floor rugs and beanbags made it comfortable for us. The actual make of tent is a 'windjamma little big top' - not dissimilar from a bell tent, which I assume is why these are labelled as 'belle tents'. It did get cold at night so taking some extra throws and blankets is advisable. Yes, the toilet block nearby is temporary but it has everything you need. While not dirty as such, there was room for improvement in cleanliness.
We had the camp area to ourselves for the first two nights which meant no queueing or bumping into lots of people on your loo trips but if the site was busier I think this could have been a problem. Camp kitchen was at the other side of the camp area and did not open until 8am - it was however very clean and well appointed. Only downside was the mud outside the tent - the image on the website shows a tent with rocks, slabs and gravel outside it. This was not the case at most of them and after 2 days of heavy rain we had a large area of churned up mud directly outside the tent. There was only one small slab to step on at the doorway.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Just arrived home from a 2 night break in the Mongolian Yurt. I have stayed in one of the tepees here before so knew what was in the local area. I read a few negative comments about the Yurt being dirty and smell but I can hontesly say that we found it good. Yes, it's not 5 star accommodation - it is what it is, but go and and give it a try. The log fire burner kept the Yurt nice and warm and we all slept well. The toilet/shower facilites were immaculate - again I had read negative comments. It was good for a few nights and was certainly differrent. Planning our next trip but going to book a lodge this time - we like to try everything once.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Stayed in the Glen quaich lodge earlier this week. What a lovely little home from home. Much more spacious than you'd expect from outside or from pics on website. Really nicely furnished with quality furniture, appliances and soft furnishings. Great wood burning stove. Lovely guy dropped us off a complimentary bag of logs, kindling and fire lighters. Very cosy! Already planning to go back. Good communication with office re booking, very friendly. My wee dogs loved it, great site and beautifully kept. Guys work hard keeping it all looking very manicured. Nice drinks sitting outside Boathouse overlooking marina. Great!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Hi we stayed here for short break we where booked into one of the Wendy house cabins on arrival and looked at the Wendy house inside cabin was stail smell
And the mattress on the beds need a good steam clean to kill of the bed bugs.

We went to office as not what we where expecting for £90 for 3 nights cheap deal but at least you would expect it to be clean.

We where then offered to upgrade but would cost an extra £90 so you wonder as in the middle of no place is this there plan you arrive see the accommodation and you will want to upgrade for sure.

So we did pay the upgrade and was told that the cleaner would be over to clean the upgraded cabin so we went for a meal to let them do this on return we found a load of logs at the door and no one had been into clean the cabin, thus cabin was far much better but the bedroom was a disgrace and we will upload photos of this accommodation ASAP.

We had seperately the beds and stains on floor plus hairs fluff ect and we took cloth around outside of skirting boards and it was disgusting.

I then went to report to office but closed I seen the owner and reported to him and he informed me that the cleaner had cleaned this cabin well if it was my business I would have taken a look at the cabin but he just called duty warden and told him to clean did not even seem concerned about this and wandered off to clean his car, well if I went to another country for a holiday I would expect clean accommodation and I would not expect anything else in my own country it is a total disgrace and it is more than Likely they just want your money and run I will not being going back her sad really but once we had cleaned it was ok and as I have just come out of hospital with major surgery I could have infected my wounds.

No apology just blanked beware take your own cleaning stuff and make sure you have rubber gloves.......

Check under beds and sofas in livingroom have rubber mattress but will need good wipe down as for sure the cleaner won't be doing it.....


As they say keep Scotland tidy best start with this accommodation.


Regards Stuart Osterman

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Address: Loch Tay Milton Morenish Estate | Milton Morenish Estate, Killin, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Loch Tay > Killin
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Killin
Price Range: $53 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Loch Tay Highland Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 128
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