Drum­croy Lodges, Mains of Murthly, Aber­feldy Re­viewed by The Muir fam­ily from Fife

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Sit­u­ated on a raised as­pect at the edge of Aber­feldy, over­look­ing the Strath­spey val­ley and Dewar’s dis­tillery, Drum­croy Lodges pro­vided an ideal week­end break for us and our two young boys. Also, be­ing a dog friendly get­away, we were able to take our 10 month old black lab Skye as well.

Our lodge, Ran­noch, which was one of six, had two bed­rooms, two bath­rooms (one en­suite), and a large kitchen/din­ing liv­ing space which suited us per­fectly. On ar­rival we were greeted with a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of wine, some short­bread and some chewy dog treats which after a cou­ple of hours in the car, Skye was es­pe­cially grate­ful for.

With its lo­ca­tion in the High­lands, as you’d ex­pect, there are a plethora of dog walk­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. With quiet farm tracks im­me­di­ately on the doorstep of the lodge to es­tab­lished walks like the Birks of Aber­feldy within a mile. It was our in­ten­tion to walk the Birks of Aber­feldy how­ever on Satur­day, we awoke to some tra­di­tional Scot­tish spring tor­ren­tial rain. We opted to hop in the car and do the short jour­ney to nearby Bruar and walk the slightly more shel­tered Falls of Bruar. With its ded­i­cated ‘dog owner’ park­ing spa­ces, we stopped off at House of Bruar to have a quick break­fast be­fore brav­ing the weather in our full wa­ter­proof gear up the Falls to give the dog and the kids a chance to burn some en­ergy.

On our re­turn to Drum­croy, we stopped at the bot­tom of the drive to sam­ple some of the lo­cal whisky and treat our­selves to a bot­tle of Aber­feldy 12 year old. Luck­ily by the time we got back to the lodge, the rain had stopped and the skies were blue so we headed out for an evening stroll with the dog to the Spirit of Wood store which is only about 500m along a quiet road. On our re­turn to the lodge, we lit the wood burn­ing stove, put our feet up and cracked open our pur­chase from Dewar’s dis­tillery. All in all, a very re­lax­ing week­end.

Prices from £245 for a short break

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