Forest Holidays: Our Scottish Adventure

This October, after a long few weeks of illness and stress, we decided that a holiday was needed to spend some time together as a family. Having done the rounds at various holiday parks over the years we decided that this year we would try something different, and that’s how we came to book Forest Holidays. 

We loved the idea that a Forest Holiday is whatever you want it to be. You can escape to one of nine idyllic locations, choose from luxurious cabins set deep in woodlands, on the edge of mighty lochs, or in bright forest meadows and make your holiday your own. With that in mind we decided to travel up to Scotland and stay at the Strathyre site, and we literally could not wait.

Our journey up there was uneventful, the children slept the majority of the way and the scenery was so breathtaking that the four hour trip just flew. As we pulled up the long drive to the Forest Holidays entrance it felt as though the weight was slowly lifting from our shoulders and the weeks of worry and illness all left behind.

Although I knew that we were staying in the forest, I hadn’t realised just how literal that would be. We had gone from exiting a relatively busy road to being deep in the forest with the most beautiful cabins dotted amongst the trees.

There are three types of cabins – Copper Beech, Silver Birch and Golden Oak – ranging from one to four bedrooms with a range of features and added extras.

We were very lucky to have a Golden Oak and it was, without a doubt, the most beautifully presented lodge we have ever stayed in. Situated on the edge of the loch and away from the majority of cabins, it felt as though we were the only people out there.

The inside of the lodge couldn’t have been more welcoming with lots of little touches to make our arrival extra special.

With a huge open lounge and ample seating for eight people, the living area looked out onto a double patio with a barbecue, outdoor dining furniture and the children’s favourite part – the hot tub!

The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need, including a microwave and dish washer, as well as a spacious dining area which was really in keeping with the forest feel outdoors.

The bedrooms were all completely spotless, a great size and, unlike other places we have stayed at, the beds were so comfortable! I loved that the towels were all included with an option to have them changed mid week if necessary.

As a family of six we were impressed to discover three bathrooms in the lodge, each with a bath or shower, sink and toilet and heated towel rails – perfect for drying our hot tub towels!

Forest Holidays literally caters for as much or as little as you like. You can go there and simply shut yourself off for the week, do nothing but sit in the hot tub, walk in the forest and dine in the Forest Retreat. Or you can throw yourself into enjoying the outdoors and the huge variety of activities which are available to book at an extra cost. And for Gaz and Lewis, they were most definitely wanting to do the latter!

We hired two bikes for the week so that Lewis and Gaz could get up early and be off on a bike ride, coming home drenched from the rain (the downside of Scotland!), splattered in mud (there’s a laundry on site!) but with rosy red cheeks and a buzz of excitement at their dare devil rides through the mountains.

Although we arrived out of season there were still a number of bookable activities such as canoeing, zorbing, archery, high ropes and nearby activity centres with quad biking and segways. Lewis and Gaz spent a very wet morning canoeing on the loch which, although it was hard going (mainly for Gaz who did all of the hard work), was an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.

For younger children there is so much to do which doesn’t have to cost a penny. They were just so happy to be outdoors running wild and I loved that they were embracing nature and really making the most of every moment.

Of course they had their moments, more so when we made the epic mistake of trekking up the mountain just as it was about to go dark, not realising that a short walk had turned into a full on trek entirely up hill with no visible way down!

We can laugh about it now but at the time, with three of the children screaming and crying, blindly groping our way in the dark, it really wasn’t quite as funny. Even less so when a huge black beast of some kind leapt across the path in front of us and darted into the trees! Thankfully the lights of the cabins finally drew us back home and we soon learned that night times in the forest are dark!!! 

On the days when the weather was really bad and Gaz and Lewis were off exploring, the children and I enjoyed pottery painting at the Retreat. This came at an extra cost but was just £3 and a really lovely activity and great way to stay warm.

The retreat has a fantastic menu of both food and drinks, all of which can be ordered as take out and delivered straight to your cabin. There is also a small shop on site selling the basic items along with fresh local meats, ready meals and a range of gifts.

I was so happy to sit there, drinking a hot chocolate and watching the world go by, and the children were more than happy to get creative. I can’t say that I was quite as happy at the prospect of hanging them on my Christmas tree…

We also took part in an organised Autumn trail which involved following a map around the forest, visiting ten different stations and answering questions to solve the puzzle. The children loved it, especially Eva who was storming ahead on a mission, and I was so relieved to see her confidence returning after a tough few weeks back in school. When she claimed her prize, a very sweet little teddy, she was over the moon and promptly named him Forest.

At the first sight of sun we decided to have a day out to Loch Lomond, somewhere Gaz and I have visited together but never taken the children. We decided the best way to see the Loch was via a cruise and the views were just spectacular!

There is something very magical about the Lochs, and about Scotland itself, and it was so lovely to share that with the children.

There is so much to see and do around Loch Lomond and we had such a lovely day there together. You know those days where nobody seems to whinge quite as much and nothing really goes wrong? It turns out that a little bit of sunshine was exactly what we had needed.

There’s something so calming about being by the water, and whether we were at our cabin or out exploring, the amazing thing was that we were never far from the water. I miss that so much now we are back home.

If you were to ask the children what their favourite thing was about our Forest Holiday, they would tell you, without a moments hesitation, the hot tub!! The novelty never wore off, even when they were in there twice a day!

And although the hot tub may not have been the relaxing experience that it could have been without the children, the days the children spent catching rain drops on their tongues or the nights they floated on their backs counting the stars, those are the moments I won’t ever forget.

When Friday came around we were all a little sad to go home, “I’m going to miss my holiday house.” Megan told me, “Our house is boring, it doesn’t have a hot tub!”.

On our drive home we stopped at Stirling and had a walk up to the castle which was a lovely way to end our holiday. Although I wouldn’t say that our holiday was relaxing, it never really is when it comes to our children, I think that we all looked and felt a lot healthier than we had done on arriving. It’s true what they say, fresh air really is the best medicine.

We have never done a Forest holiday before, our Summer holidays are always at the beach or at holiday parks centred around the children, and I have to admit that I did worry that there wouldn’t be enough going on for the youngest three. It turns out that children don’t need noisy arcades and busy swimming pools, they don’t need performances and discos, fairgrounds and bouncy castles because, as cliche as it may be, the greatest playground a child can ever have is outdoors enjoying nature. Well that and a hot tub…..!!

I would love to return to Strathyre and see Scotland through the seasons but at the same time we are excited to visit the sites further South and experience Forest Holidays at opposite ends of the country. I’m sure in the warmer weather Lewis would love to enjoy water sports, the children able to paddle in the lakes, and I know that Gaz and I would more than enjoy a barbecue on the decking, a cold glass of wine in our hands and a view as beautiful as this one.

To anyone who has been considering a Forest Holiday and isn’t quite sure whether to take the plunge and book it, I wouldn’t hesitate to say do it!! Forest Holidays are designed entirely around you, be that as a couple, as a family or a group of friends. As it says on the website, there’s a forest escape for everyone, and this one was mine.

 

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215 Comments

  1. November 7, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    This looks amazing Laura, what a beautiful place. The lodge looks perfect for families and I love all the activities they had available. My girls love pottery painting. I’m so pleased you all had a wonderful time. Gorgeous photos as always x

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you Laura, you know how much we needed this break! It was just amazing, I feel so sad that it’s over but definitely can’t wait to go back! xx

      • November 13, 2017 / 10:25 pm

        I do my lovely and I’m so pleased that it gave you all what you needed. Popping back to say Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove xxx

        • Laura Dove
          November 14, 2017 / 6:28 pm

          xxxxx

  2. November 7, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    All those beautiful appliances in a wood cabin…wow..
    Did you see any animals in your forest vacation because I didn’t see pictures of any.

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Yes we did! Unfortunately they moved way too fast for us to take photos! xx

  3. November 7, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Oh my goodness your photographs are so wonderful, it looks so beautiful there! I’d never really heard of forest holidays but it sounds absolutely fantastic. I will defintely be looking into something like this, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do more at the moment than escape into nature! X

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Ahh thank you Gee. Forest Holidays are amazing, I’d only ever seen them on adverts before and had no idea what we had been missing! I think we all need an escape once in a while don’t we? xx

  4. November 7, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    This looks like the perfect place for a family holiday. I’m longing to get away and this looks so peaceful and stunning. Love the photos. Going on my bucket list x

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      You would love it Nadia, it’s the most peaceful place ever….until my kids showed up! xx

  5. November 8, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Wow Laura so.stunning. Scotland is incredible and this is just so idyllic!!! Sounds like a beautiful adventure and i am so pleased you didnt break down haha your pics are beautiful and I am glad you could have this well needed break in such an absolutely beautiful and classy spot xxx

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Ahh thank you Mary, we really did need the break and it was great to get away. I love Scotland, it’s definitely my happy place! xx

  6. November 8, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks beautiful. I’ve come across Forest Holidays before and their cabins look amazing. We have a big trip planned already for next year, but this would be the perfect thing for a short getaway. I’ll definitely be keeping it in mind. Great review.

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks Emma, we will definitely be going back! Loved it! x

  7. November 8, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Simply beautiful (both your photos and the place). I have only ever been on a city break in Scotland but once the kids are grown up, I’m hoping we can all enjoy adventures like this.

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Oh it would make the most relaxing place for couples. You can actually have spa treatments there too in the comfort of your own cabin! xx

  8. November 8, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Wow I’m in love. We’ve been toying with booking a forest holiday for next year….I’m sold. It looks such a lovely way to get back to nature and the cabins look amazing. Whoops to getting stuck in the dark. Beautiful photos

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks Suzy, I really do recommend it. We genuinely had one of the best weeks we’ve had in a long time! xx

  9. November 8, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Oh this sounds like exactly what we need. I always love an autumn/winter escape in the UK – so wonderful to huddle up somewhere cosy and beautiful when it’s bracing outside. How lovely is that hot tub??!

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Oh I know. There was nothing nicer than jumping in there at the end of a cold day! xx

  10. November 8, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Have always yearned to go to Scotland ever since I watched Braveheart and Rob Roy. Your pictures do more of the same. Loved the views at Strathyre. Its totally out of this world.

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Haha we stayed just ten minutes from where Rob Roy comes from! It’s absolutely beautiful up there! xx

  11. November 8, 2017 / 10:38 am

    this is our ideal break we would love to stay here for a week or two as a family, we are strugglign to find somewhere that accommodates 2 adults and 8 children in one place , we wanted a week away for xmas but it was a struggle , i would lvoe this for the xmas winter would look amazing

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      I was thinking the same how it would be perfect for Christmas, I can imagine the log stove burning and drinking mulled wine in the hot tub! I definitely recommend it! xx

  12. November 8, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Wow what a gorgeous looking place. I’ve never considered a Forest holiday but after reading your post and seeing your beautiful pictures I’d definitely consider it as a UK holiday option. I really want to visit Scotland too so combining the two could be great!

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 11:49 am

      I totally recommend it Cath, we had the best week there, I’m so sad we had to leave!! xx

  13. Jess
    November 8, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    This is definitely my type of getaway! The lodge looks absolutely gorgeous. Don’t get me wrong, city breaks are great but getting out there in the wilderness and getting some fresh air is unbeatable. Glad to see the bathroom is spotless too. That’s the first thing I usually check haha.

  14. November 8, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Stunning photos! I’ve been to the Forest Holidays near Winchester and it was so beautiful. The hot tub was a winner because it meant we could have a nice evening once the children had gone to bed 🙂

  15. November 8, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    It would definitely be the hot tub that appealed to my girls too! We have just returned from Scotland and remarked that we love it so much too. I’ve not come across Forest Holidays before – looks wonderful and the 3 bathrooms are a genius idea!

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Oh I know! It was great not to have to queue for the toilet! Haha! xx

  16. November 8, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Wow what absolutely stunning scenery that really would be my idea of a blissful holiday to stay in a cabin and have all of that on your doorstep.

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Mine too Talya, it would have been so relaxing had it not been for the kids…haha! xx

  17. November 8, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Aaaaaaw – this looks so happy! The family pictures simply are heartwarming…

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you Coralie! xx

  18. November 8, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Wow! What a great place to stay. The views for a start and then how well kitted out the lodge looks. I’m not even mentioning the hot tub – total envy!

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      It really was amazing, I sound like a broken record but we loved every single minute of it. xx

  19. November 8, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    Ah it looks like the family had a wonderful time. Megan is a star, I think you need to invest in a hot tub that face looked so miserable. I really want to go on one of their holidays I must look into them.

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Hahah I know Melanie! She’s so dramatic! It’s hilarious! I’m not sure we have the room for a hot tub, maybe we could do away with the shed?! xx

  20. November 8, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    The pictures are just stunning Laura. This definitely looks like somewhere we would visit. Glad you had a much needed break x

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks Laura, I really do recommend it, they have nine locations through the UK and one day I’d like to have done them all! xx

  21. November 8, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    This looks amazing Laura! You take the most beautiful photographs – honestly so stunning! We’ve been thinking about booking one of these holidays for half term and this has made my mind up x

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Ahh thanks Fi, I definitely recommend it. We’ve never done a forest based holiday before but I feel like we won’t ever go back to a coastal resort again! xx

  22. November 8, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Beautiful post – looks like such a stunning location and your amazing photos have captured the moment perfectly!

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you Lyndsay, we had a lovely time. xx

  23. November 8, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    It looks incredible, I would love to escape to a forest cabin and that hot tub finishes it off perfectly x

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      It really was, there’s nothing better than escaping for a little while! xx

  24. November 8, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    All that green makes me so jealous! This looks like the perfect escape for you and your family and looked so fun!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thank you Hayden, being outdoors is always a great boost! xx

  25. November 8, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    This looks fantastic – for kids and big kids alike. Only all the activities the nature offers, then the creative part – and all that in this amazing location at the beautiful cottage – just wonderful. Like travelling back in time – quality time with the family. I bet all of you were full of joy after these days – and full of oxygen 😉

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Haha yes, so much fresh air! It was just what we needed! xx

  26. November 8, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Wow, it looks utterly incredible! A very well deserved break for you all, I’m so glad you had a wonderful time.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thanks Victoria! xx

  27. November 8, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Oh wow this looks stunning, you totally deserved a break. I love how that it caters for everyone. Monkey would love the hot tub too and I suspect I would struggle to stop him turning into a prune. I have not come across Forest Holidays before but I am always looking for breaks away so I will have a look at their locations and see what takes our fancy. Stunning photos and scenery xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Thanks Claire, we so needed a boost after October! I’d definitely recommend a Forest Holiday, there really is something for everyone! xx

  28. November 8, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful relaxing holiday. The scenery is breathtaking and you’ve shown it off rather well in these pictures too. I’d absolutely love to take my son to Scotland for a break.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

      Thanks Christy, Scotland is just beautiful! xx

  29. November 8, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Your photos are simply stunning! This is the kind of vacation I’d love to do especially staying in the lodge in the forest. What an amazing adventure! Glad that your family had wonderful time.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Rose, we had such a lovely time together. xx

  30. November 8, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I’d love to spent quality family time like that in the nature! Lovely place and great photos!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! xx

  31. November 8, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I’ve been blessed to be able to stay in a Forest cabin with my family. Those were some great memories. I loved looking at all of your photos. It’s such a beautiful place! It’s so wonderful that there were so many activities for your kids to do while you relaxed. Thank you for sharing your special family time with me.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Thank you Sharon, it was a really lovely week together. xx

  32. Dogvills
    November 8, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    What a lovely vacation place. It pretty much looks like my dream home – a cabin in the woods! I am happy you and your family had a great time. Your children will cherish the memories of that vacation for a long, long time.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Oh mine too, I could have moved in! xx

  33. November 8, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    So glad you decided to come up to Scotland. The Scottish forests and countryside are second to none. Being from Glasgow I love to get away from the city for a bit and these lodges look absolutely fantastic!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Oh you’re very lucky to be in Scotland, it really is the most beautiful place. I can’t wait to come back! xx

  34. Georgina
    November 8, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    This looks so lovely and cosy, what amazing photos you took too!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Thanks Georgina! xx

  35. November 8, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Oh my stars!!! You SAW the Loch Ness Monster and didn’t get a picture???? Oh Laura!!!
    You have to to go back with a flashlight next time!!
    So happy you had a great holiday and tell your husband he gets extra respect for wearing that life jacket and setting a great example!!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:51 am

      HAHAHA I know right? I could have been making my millions with evidence of the Loch Ness Monster at long last! Or maybe it was just a cheetah….. Thanks Patrick, we had a great time! xx

  36. November 9, 2017 / 1:54 am

    Oh wow, what a cozy and beautiful vacation area! Looks like a perfect place for families. Your children are so adorable. Love all the photos.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Thank you Claire! xx

  37. November 9, 2017 / 2:18 am

    What a great adventure! I wish my parents also documented our trips like this. I love seeing the pictures of your children’s innocent faces. It really captures their emotions. I’m sure they’ll be thankful when they see this in the future.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Oh me too! I guess it was different back then, it’s so easy to document every day now! xx

  38. November 9, 2017 / 3:17 am

    Wow, Laura .. just wow. As always your photos are spot on and capture everything around you in the best possible way. I’m so glad your family had some time away. The place you stayed looks like it was lovely with so many things to see and do. Bonus points to have a hot tub to relax in! x

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Ahh thank you lovely. We had the best time and I think that shows in the children’s faces. October was a pretty tough month for us all so it was just what we needed, Scotland is absolutely beautiful! xx

  39. November 9, 2017 / 7:08 am

    We fell in love with Scotland on our visit in February and long to return. I would certainly consider staying with Forest Holidays, that cabin looks amazing and all the kids would love the activities on offer

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:47 am

      There’s something really special about Scotland isn’t there? I really want to see more of it! xx

  40. November 9, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Sounds and looks amazing!! Have thought of them before. Definitely going to look up their locations for next year. Xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:45 am

      I totally recommend them Susie, I’m sure you’d love a forest holiday! xx

  41. November 9, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Ah, I am not as young as your daughter but the hot tub would have been my favourite part of this kind of trip too! Scotland, although rainy, looks majestic! Thank you for sharing your experience with Forest Holidays, I would love to go there!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Thanks Jajwalya, the hot tub was a really lovely treat for all of us! xx

  42. November 9, 2017 / 11:09 am

    This is the sort of holiday I love. I’ve only ever been to Edinburgh for the festival and really want to do other parts. I love the accommodation. Thanks #SharingtheblogLove

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Oh I love Edinburgh too but this was such a lovely peaceful holiday…..other than my screaming kids! xx

  43. November 9, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Popping back from #coolmumclub with some serious wanderlust lovely Laura! xoxo

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thanks lovely. xxx

  44. November 9, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    What a lovely break for you all! It looks gorgeous! We’re a really outdoorsy family so I think we’d love it here! I ;ve the photos of your partner and son on their adventures – it looks like they had so much fun! #stayclassymama

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Lucy, they really did have so much fun, I love that they had their bonding time! xx

  45. November 9, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Wow, who would not love to have a vacation in this place together with your family. I am in love with the place plus you had an awesome pictures! I love also the idea of having your kids do some artsy thingy. Overall, indeed it was a fun experience.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Yes we had a great time, despite the rain! xx

  46. November 9, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    What a lovely trip! Scotland is such a beautiful place. Reading this really makes me want to book a trip there too 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:12 am

      It really is, it was so peaceful….until my kids turned up! xx

  47. Misty Nelson
    November 9, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    It is definitely on my bucket list to go to Scotland! It looks so beautiful and these pictures look like you guys had a lovely time!!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:11 am

      We really did Misty, it was a fab holiday! xx

  48. November 9, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    a cozy house in the hearth of a forest… this is my dream that would make me “grow younger”. I can just immagine how diverting this must have been for the kids!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Oh me too! It was the perfect getaway! xx

  49. November 9, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Your Forest getaway looks like an ultimate dream family vacation! Your pictures speak for itself how much everybody enjoyed!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thanks Ana, we had a great time! xx

  50. November 9, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Looks like, this is a perfect place to hangout with family and friends. This is indeed like a dream vacation.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Oh definitely, we had a great time. xx

  51. November 9, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    What stunning pics! Scotland is really at its best in the autumn. I love the idea of a forest holiday – your cottage looked so cozy and welcoming. #stayclassymama

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:09 am

      I agree, it’s a beautiful time of year to visit! xx

  52. November 9, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I was just saying to my OH that I wanted to take the girls to Scotland. I worked there for a few years and spent 6 weeks on the Isle of Mull when at Uni. He wasn’t so sure but if I show him this I think he’ll seriously change his mind!

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:08 am

      Oh I bet!! Show him the hot tub, it’s a game changer!! xx

  53. November 9, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Oh what a beautiful and relaxing place, just perfect for a beautiful family like yours. Pictures taken were so engaging the calmness, enjoyment and beauty of the view was truly felt. Nice share.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Thank you Eliza, we had a great time. xx

  54. November 9, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Looks like a wonderful break and we’d love to stay with Forest Holidays. Going to pop over and have a look at their other destinations. Its good that the little ones slept the majority the trip up x Love Scotland my Grandad was from there 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 10:06 am

      I’m sure you would love it, we can’t wait to go back! xx

  55. November 10, 2017 / 10:14 am

    So fresh looking environment . I love forest and to stay in the nature is such a beautiful experience. All thus pictures are stunning , green and so adventurous.

  56. November 10, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Oh my goodness your photos are absolutely beautiful. What a gorgeous looking holiday, makes me want to book to go right now.

  57. November 10, 2017 / 10:17 am

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful holiday for the whole family – sometimes all you need is a little bit of nature for a great time ( but I agree a hot tub is great too!!)

  58. November 10, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Oh my life! You know how to make a girl jealous! This is so our kind of place – we love cabins and being surrounded by nature. Definitely going to check it out next time we are back in the UK (my parents live just south of the border so it wouldn’t be too far to go). Shame the weather wasn’t too great but you captured memories along with amazing photos of a beautiful family!

  59. November 10, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Wow, this is exactly what I’m dreaming of. You post is bookmarked, now I have to wait til my son get’s a bit bigger, so he can really enjoy nature and the activities you’ve listed. I always wanted to visit Scotland, this would be a perfect destination as an end of a road trip, to rest for a couple days.

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      It really would, there’s nothing nicer than being outdoors is there? We had a fab week! xx

  60. November 10, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Spending some time in a scenery and landscape like this is a real dream come true, Laura. Your pictures made me fall in love with this place. Are there any good hiking trails there?

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Ahh thank you Agness. There’s some amazing hiking trails there! We attempted one with the children but at 3, 4 and 5 their legs are too little! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 10, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Yes there are Agness! We attempted one of the trails with the children but at 3, 4 and 5 their legs are too little just yet! xx

  61. November 10, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Laura, what gorgeous photos! This lodge looks beautiful!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks Lucie, it was a beautiful lodge! xx

  62. November 10, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Oh we have been so tempted by a weekend at Forest holidays for our wedding anniversary in December….so tempting!!!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Oh you should Stephanie, it’s amazing! xx

  63. November 10, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Oh my word, that wooden cabin in the woods looks picturesque and the kitchen is stunning. I would get so much baking done there! Sounds like it is a great place to go no matter what age you are. I would love to go there with my partner just to get out into nature and have all the facilities on my doorstep. I’m only across the way in Ireland. Might look into a quick getaway to Scotland now.

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Oh I know, it was a beautiful kitchen and looked out over the loch, just perfect!! xx

  64. November 10, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    We did Forest Holidays a few years ago in Yorkshire and I agree the lodges are really lovely and you feel so secluded in nature. Fab photos x
    #stayclassymama

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Yes I saw the Yorkshire ones, they aren’t far from us so will definitely get a weekend there! xx

  65. November 10, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    This looks idyllic. I’ve often browsed the Forest Holidays website, but never booked with them.

    We’re lucky enough to live by Loch Lomond, and it always makes me smile to read about someone enjoying it as much as we do.

    #coolmumclub

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Oh wow how lucky you are! I love it up there, it really is the most peaceful and magical place. xx

  66. November 10, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    This looks like such an amazing place to stay, your lodge looks perfect for a family break. I want to visit myself after reading this x

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Ahh you would love it I’m sure!! Wouldn’t be as far for you either! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      It really was Kaz, we so needed that break! xx

  67. November 10, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    This sounds like the best of both worlds – remote enough yet with things and activities on the doorstep to not feel isolated. Love the take of your mishap on your unintentional trek!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      Yes that’s exactly what I loved. You can do as much or as little as you like! xx

  68. November 10, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Beautiful pics!! Love the magical beauty of Scotland. We used to go Loch Lomond when we were in Glasgow!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Oh it’s just beautiful isn’t it? xx

  69. November 10, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    It looks like a great break and such a stunning lodge and location, you can’t beat a bit of wilderness for a proper break x #Sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      I agree, getting away from it all is just what we needed. xx

  70. November 10, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I think I need to show this to my mother because I know she’ll want to go here!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Oh I’m sure she would, it’s the perfect getaway! xx

  71. Via Bella
    November 11, 2017 / 1:20 am

    This looks amazing. I love the scrabble welcome tiles. That is super cute. Looks like such a great vacation to have for families!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Me too! it’s such a lovely touch, and I do love scrabble! xx

  72. November 11, 2017 / 6:13 am

    The last picture is my favorite Scotland looks so dreamy and romantic!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Mine too, it’s such a gorgeous place to visit! xxx

  73. November 11, 2017 / 7:48 am

    This looks idyllic and right up our street! In fact I think I could happily live forever in that lodge #coolmumclub

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Me too Charlotte, I didn’t want to leave! xx

  74. November 11, 2017 / 8:28 am

    What a fab sounding holiday! The views are stunning. The hot tub sounds amazing too!! Gorgeous photos x

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you, we really did have the best time. xx

  75. November 11, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Such a beautiful countryside and you’ve definitely had an amazing family holiday there!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Ahh thank you Lubka! xx

  76. November 11, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    What a stunning looking place! I think if I went into that lodge, I would refuse to move out!!! We go to Centreparcs a lot, but this looks like a wonderful alternative. Your photographs are just beautiful and I love seeing your family growing up xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      We’ve done Centerparcs too and I have to be honest, I much prefer Forest Holidays. The whole vibe is way more relaxed! xx

  77. November 11, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    This looks stunning! And it looks like you had a wonderful family holiday, too. Great photos.x

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you Vicky, we had a fab time! xx

  78. November 11, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful holiday for the entire family. I really love the cottage, it’s absolutely stunning and I would love to stay there.

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks lovely, Forest Holidays are pretty special! xx

  79. November 12, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Looks like you all had a fab time the setting is stunning Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks Nige, will be back next week! xx

  80. November 12, 2017 / 9:32 am

    What a beautiful looking place. I’m not sure I’ve got enough energy for all the ‘outdoors’! Beautiful photos of your kids too.

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Haha nor me, thankfully my husband took our eldest off and I lazed in the hot tub… hehe. xx

  81. November 12, 2017 / 10:51 am

    What a truly amazing and impressive time away you guys had. I wish I knew how to bike as would like to go off on the trails and your cabin is definitely second to none. So gorgeous

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      It really was beautiful Anosa, we had the best time, I was so sad to come home! xx

  82. November 12, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Scotland is such a beautiful place, with some many untouched areas to go and explore!

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      It really is, we haven’t even explored a fraction of it! xx

  83. November 12, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Oh my, this looks stunning and three bathrooms sounds great. I bet you didn’t want to leave! X

    • Laura Dove
      November 12, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      We really didn’t, the kids weren’t happy about leaving that hot tub! xx

  84. November 12, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Laura this looks lovely. I haven’t been to Scotland since I was a child and I really want to go back. It looks like you all had a great time. One to note for the next break that we book! #ThatFridayLinky

  85. November 12, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    This looks so awesome. My daughter and I will really have to go to Scotland some day. This reminds me of a trip I made up north in the States to Idaho on a lake. All the beautiful woods and cabins are amazing.

    • Laura Dove
      November 13, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Oh wow I bet that was amazing, I’d love to do that one day! xx

  86. Jen S
    November 13, 2017 / 3:55 am

    I loved visiting Scotland, it was just so beautiful! So much green (and sheep lol). That cabin looks so cozy. I would love to stay somewhere like this one day!

    • Laura Dove
      November 13, 2017 / 10:07 am

      It was so lovely, I’m back in Scotland in January and I cant wait! xx

  87. November 13, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Wow, what gorgeous photography. You’ve really captured the place and it looks an amazing place to visit.
    #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you Morgan, we had the best time! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      We had the best time thank you! xx

  88. November 13, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Such beautiful photos Laura, it sounds like you had a fantastic time (apart from the big black beast in the forest!!!). #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Thanks lovely, I’m still convinced it was a panther, haha! xx

  89. November 13, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    This is such a smiley post for me, I looked at it and wanted to be there, so happy positive vibes and makes me want to go, hope you loved it!

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Christy. xx

  90. November 13, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    There’s no better place on a sunny day than Scotland. We would holiday there a lot more if you could guarantee good weather! Enchanting place that I can’t wait to take my children to and the accommodation you’ve highlighted looks incredible – very tempting. #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Oh I agree! If we got the weather we would never need to leave this country! xx

  91. November 13, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    This looks incredible, I’m so pleased you had a wonderful break, you definitely deserve it after the last few months! The scenery looks stunning, and you’re right, children don’t actually need anything apart from being outside – so often our simple days out are the ones we love the best, the big days at theme parks and other full on visits can be so stressful! Scotland is really high on my list for a holiday – it’s just shot up even higher! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you Katy. I’m sure you would love it, other than the kids, it really is the most peaceful place to visit! I can only imagine how beautiful your photos would be! xx

  92. November 13, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    This looks so beautiful and amazing and the perfect thing after a stressful time. We live in a forest and love our surroundings – nature is very healing. You have made so many magical memories to sustain you all in the future

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Oh you’re so lucky to live in a forest!! I love being in the forest and especially by the water. xx

  93. Hannah
    November 13, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    The scenery looks great. Ive never been to Scotland before

    • Laura Dove
      November 14, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      It’s definitely worth a trip Hannah! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Yes it really did! Just what we needed! xx

  94. November 16, 2017 / 6:45 am

    These photos and beautiful and it sounds and looks like you had a lovely family holiday, despite the British weather! After reading your post, I’d definitely consider a Forest holiday 🙂 #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Amy! Forest Holidays really are the best, we can’t wait to go back in the summer! xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thank you Maria, I definitely recommend it! xx

  95. November 16, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Wow! It looks amazing! I’ve never really looked at Forest Holidays before but they are definitely something I would consider now. #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      It was amazing Sarah, if you ever get chance to go you definitely should! xx

  96. November 16, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    This looks so amazing, i am really craving this kind of snuggly simple holiday at the moment, I think it must be all the cold but it is so nice to go away and relax isn’t it? So Gorgeous x #Sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      I agree, plus there’s nothing nicer than a hot tub at this time of year! xx

  97. November 16, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    This looks sooooo amazing…a great place for a young family to stay with so much to do in the great outdoors and nature. I know my three would be so happy here, meaning happy parents too. Your photos look amazing as well 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      It’s a great place for families Sonia, I can’t recommend it enough. There really is something for everyone! xx

  98. November 16, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    ooopssss #sharingthebloglove

  99. November 16, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Wow Laura, this looks such a lovely place to stay. Gorgeous pictures of your adventures. We visited Loch Lommad many years ago too, it is simply stunning. #bigpinklink.

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? There’s something so magical about Scotland, I can’t wait to go back! xx

  100. November 16, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Those photos are stunning! I’ve never been to Scotland and I didn’t even know this place existed, you’ve made me really want to check it out now!

    Thank you for linking up with #StayClassyMama

    • Laura Dove
      November 16, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Oh Jenny its amazing! And SO relaxing up there….other than my kids of course! haha! xx

  101. November 17, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    OMG this looks PERFECT! I’d love to take my 2 one day, I know they’d absolutely love it! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      November 17, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      I’m sure you would, it’s gorgeous up there! xx

  102. November 17, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    What a fantastic post and some great photos. Looks like a wonderful holiday. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      November 17, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you Naomi, we had the best time! xx

  103. November 18, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Laura, I can see how the kids may find home boring after a place like this! Wow! I love that you all got away, spent quiet time, played outdoors and saw such gorgeous sights. That has to feel good at least on ones soul! I know your pics of this journey made me feel better! I hope you continue t feel well, and enjoyed this lovely getaway. I am clearly seeing that blogger outside of the US really get some good adventures! Jealous in America, for so many reasons… #bigpinklink xoxo

  104. November 19, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Oh my goodness this looks stunning! The shots of the lochs are just beautiful. I’ve never been to Scotland but would love to go and this looks just perfect – something we’d absolutely love! Thanks so much for sharing #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      November 19, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks Becky, there is something so magical about Scotland and being on the loch, I can’t quite put it into words. You should definitely go if you ever have the chance. xx

  105. November 22, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Oh wow this looks amazing!!! We have slowly worked through the UK and Scotland is one place we’re desperate to go to! I’m gonna look into Forest Holidays for next year, once the twins are here we’re thinking of going somewhere in the UK for a break and this tranquil place looks just the place! #sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      November 22, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Ahh Scotland is beautiful and I’m sure you will love it. Forest Holidays would be perfect, lots of space for all those babies! So exciting! xx

  106. November 22, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    What an amazing place and the scenery looks absolutely stunning! I did have a giggle at the late night trekking 🙂 I bet you were relieved when the cabin was in sight! x

    • Laura Dove
      November 23, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Hahah we really were!! We hadn’t even taken so much as a drink! You can imagine the kids whining! xx

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