Whether sailing on lochs, visiting museums, or exploring medieval castles, there's plenty for travelers of all ages to do and see in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. But when traveling with kids, there are a few things to keep in mind before booking your stay: size of the guest rooms; restaurant menu options; kid-friendly features on-site; and atmosphere of the hotel. After visiting the area's top hotels, we evaluated how they stack up against the competition, all with the little ones in mind. So if you're planning a family vacation and need somewhere to start, you've come to the right place. Here are the best kid-friendly hotels in Perth and Kinross.
Scenically located on the banks of Loch Tay and surrounded by picturesque hills and woodlands, the upper-middle-range Kenmore Club is a collection of quaint, self-catering cottages. The 58 cottages range from one to three bedrooms, have fully equipped stainless steel kitchens, and cream-tone decor. There is a large heated indoor pool on the property, a tiny fitness center with three machines, and spa facilities, for which non-Diamond club members pay a fee. Mini-golf, tennis courts, and an outdoor playground are available for the younger guests.
The Mains of Taymouth Country Estate and Golf Course is a four-pearl resort composed of 43 self-catering cottages, apartments, and villas. Situated on the banks of the River Tay, the 120-acre estate is surrounded by scenic hills and woodlands, and makes for a tranquil countryside retreat in a fairly secluded location (the village of Kenmore is close by, but bigger cities require a drive). The upscale units vary in size from one-bedroom Cottages to a six-bedroom Farmhouse. All have tastefully muted contemporary decor, and come equipped with flat-screen TVs and full kitchens. Many have hot tubs and private gardens, and some even have Finnish saunas and game rooms. The property is also home to riding stables, a nine-hole golf course, a gift shop and deli stocked with local products, and a cozy restaurant and bar.
Housed in a grandiose and historic stone manor house, the Atholl Palace Hotel, with its turrets and regal hilltop position overlooking beautiful grounds and parkland, is a sight to behold. The upscale property offers a bevy of activities, be it tennis on one of its courts, a pamper session at the Lavender Spa, or a swim in the indoor pool. There’s even a museum dedicated to the hotel's rich history, which dates back to 1871. Its 106 rooms, all with lovely views over the grounds or nearby mountains, are spacious and tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings; a variety of self-catering cottages, lodges, and apartments are also available. The hotel has a restaurant that serves locally sourced Scottish fare, and an attractive bar with a fireplace, but guests can also easily walk to many of Pitlochry’s restaurants and bars.