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Loch Tay Marina

Loch Tay MarinaHolidays. It’s not often we get them and when we do we chase the sun. Period.

This particular weekend was going to be different. We were going to ‘do Perthshire’….in June, in the rain. The rain wasn’t exactly part of the plan but hey, you can’t have it all.

Bags packed, mini packed, off to Loch Tay Marina we go!

The lovely folk at Loch Tay Marina offered to put the Monkfish crew up for the weekend to try out all that they have to offer. We LOVE this part of the world and it’s a perfect part of Scotland to really get in to the local food scene, beautiful scenery and seek out the best that Perthshire has to offer…including the midges.

Weather aside we were going full on with our weekend activities, including the awesome hot tub at our beautiful loch side chalet. Sorry folks, no hot tub pics available at time of going to print…..!

If you don’t know this part of the world you’ll find that Loch Tay is the perfect base for exploring Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Dunkeld plus further North too.

If you want to stay closer to home and embrace water sports then there is just so much to do. Loch Tay Marina even has a slide that you can launch yourself down straight in to the loch, crazy we know. Their ‘Hot Box’ draws the crowds from near and far too. It’s a very cool loch side sauna fired by a giant crackling wood burner where even the mighty Ed Sheeran has recently visited, FACT.
Loch Tay MarinaDisclaimer – weather was NOT like this when we visited but this is proof that Scotland does indeed have a Summer…

So, itinerary was set…
Coffee, brunch, lunch, tea and cake, castles, hot tubs, sleep, highland safaris and Ballintaggart Farm.

We did ALL of the above and more. Let the pictures speak a thousand words 🙂

The accommodation at Loch Tay got a 10/10 from us. Great views of the Loch, the bonus of a hot tub, restaurant within spitting distance, and above all it was soooo sparkly clean and so well thought about. A dream of a kitchen with every gadget you’ve ever needed plus THREE BATHROOMS! Sorry, had to shout that one out, we had one each, the joys of that are indescribable!

If you fancy staying there then you can click through to their website right HERE.

And finally here follows our list of recommends to see and do in the Loch Tay area whatever the weather!

Habitat Cafe, Aberfeldy – coffee and cake stop
Highland Safaris – mid morning brunch stop, deer, owls, playground, walking trails, four wheel drives into the wilds of Perthshire if you pre-book
Blair Castle – a brilliant day out, lots to do for kids, walking, horse riding, tractor ride, history, colouring in, lunch
Watermill Book shop in Aberfeldy – one of the most lovely book shops we know
Pitlochry Dam Visitors Centre – worth a stop on a rainy day, lovely visitors centre which is very interactive and keeps the kids occupied for an hour or so,

On the drive home we surprised Mr Monkfish with a Father’s Day lunch at Ballintaggart Farm. Literally 20 minutes from Loch Tay Marina. If you’ve not been you simply must. A delicious seasonal Sunday lunch menu and plenty of fresh air afterwards to blow away the cobwebs. We’ve shouted about Ballintaggart before and will continue to do so!

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Thank you so much to the team at Loch Tay Marina. We loved our stay and will be heading back next time it rains…ha ha!



burns suppers in edinburgh


Nine more sleeps…..Here follow-eth a wee round up of what’s happening in celebration of the Big Man himself, Robert Burns, on the eve of 25th January. If we could spread ourselves thinly these are the Burns suppers in Edinburgh that we would go to this month. Dry January is well and truly OVER people! Chin chin! Continue reading



SMWS Queen Street exterior
Date night….it doesn’t happen very often so when it does you’ve got to make the most of it… Both partial to a tasting menu (with accompanying drinks natch) we checked out The Dining Room 28 Queen Street which is part of the Edinburgh Scotch Malt Whisky Society whose home is a stunning Georgian townhouse. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a ‘members only’ affair as the Society has happily flung open its doors far and wide so that anyone can rock up and enjoy what’s on offer. Even us! Since the recent refurb they’ve tucked the members bar on the top floor of the Society but there’s a lovely new bar downstairs and a dining room on the first floor that we were welcomed to discover. Continue reading





Tigerlily Edinburgh, there, I’ve said it. So what’s the first thing that comes to mind about Tigerlily? Could it be Gok Wan on the decks?! Yep, that’s happened recently…seriously. Could it be that they have one of the finest cocktail lists in town? Is it your Saturday afternoon post shopping destination for a quick drink before dinner? All of the above? Continue reading



Norn edinburgh


One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had in Edinburgh.

Dining at the newly opened Norn*(in the site of the old Plumed Horse) is incredible and a few hours of your life that you will savour for a very long time.

With great consideration for ingredients, seasonality, and sourcing, and a focus on creativity Norn has a clear edge on other restaurants in town. Forget white tablecloths and hushed voices – the Rolling Stones are playing on the jukebox, the front of house have very cool moss linen aprons and you’ll get a visit from each of the chefs in the kitchen over the course of your meal. It feels young, different and very exciting.

Enjoy the extremely reasonable 3 course lunch for £20 otherwise indulge yourself in the 4 or 7 course tasting menus (with the option of matching wines.

Who’s cooking:

Chef Scott Smith created Norn……….


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