out of 10
We had a fantastic time at the Kiltarlity Lodge. We have visited before (we have a family member who lives in the village and the lodge is a very convenient place to stay whilst we visit). To our delighted surprise the lodges have been renovated and what a fantastic job the owners have made. All energy now included (previously was pay by meter), where we could would say we stayed previously just because of convenience, we can now honestly say we can't wait to visit again and have defiantly spend more time enjoy the luxuries that the lodge has to offer itself.
Kitarlity lodge pride themselves on given their customers a really forest location experience. They are tucked well into the forest landscape, the workers use many of the natural materials provide by the forest to decorate their surrounds. The natural feel to the whole site is cosy and sitting round a campfire is magical under the starlit forest canopy.
We were also very happy to hear that this year the site opened the pool for the winter season. We hope the trial went well and that the owners are able to continue to offer this perk to customers in future all season round. The pool at the accommodation is great! Clean and tidy changing rooms, the water is warm, the children had a fabulous time! We did not rent a lodge with a Jacuzzi but with the pool facility available we really did not feel we missed out (note all be the Jacuzzi at the other lodges did look fabulous and was well disguised by the natural forest surroundings).
Surrounding area and places to visit:
We have been attending the area for years so have visited most tourist areas. In our opinion this area of Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The accommodation is less than 10 minutes away from Loch Ness, 40 minute drive from Fortrose (famous for dolphin spotting). We very much recommend visiting Rogie Falls for a fantastic walk across the falls and around the forest (again 40 minute trip). This year we visited Lossiemouth, a traditional seaside town about 1 hour east of Inverness this year and what a stunning little seaside town this is, a must see if you have a sunny day by the seaside, I even put it out there that this seaside resort is probably one of if not the best looking beaches in the UK. The Glens are only a short drive away and well worth a trip round, the views are fantastic and there is also something special about seeing the full sized live deer roaming the mountain landscape.
More locally the closest main town, Beauly has a sensible size supermarket but would urge you to venture into the town centre itself and visit the local bakers and butchers found on the corner of the town centre carpark. Want to take a haggis home, no problem John M Munro Butchers produce some of the best tasting Haggis in Scotland, they can even vacuum pack the haggis ready for your drive home. At the Harry Gow Bakery treat yourself to a Dream Ring, they are to die for!
Inverness is 12 miles away, the drive in along the Beauly Firth is also extremely pretty. Inverness has everything you need if you fancy a trip into the city. Not that you will have much time for commercial leisure but if you fancy a change, the Leisure Centre also has fantastic pool facilities with flumes and wave machine, there is a cinema, a bowling alley. We highly recommend Whin Park for family with children and you can take a walk along the river and head back into town via the Ness Islands, an extremely pretty area of Inverness. On the East outskirts of Inverness (A96 towards the airport) you will find the Inverness Retail Park packed with shops, chain restaurants and your "Extra" size Supermarkets.
Wishing all who takes up our recommendations a wonderful stay, you will have a fabulous time in this location, promise you that!
Confirmed guest, 2017-03-28