Holiday accommodation, events and tourist information for the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Strathyre in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where Perthshire meets the Highlands in central Scotland
Up until now most of the work Alan and Jane have done at The Achray House Hotel has been internal. Now they have turned their attention to the outside.
The first job was challenging, but worthwhile and visible from miles around.
After that the terrace was refurbished in preparation for a fine summer. With seating for 25 people, and a fine view over Loch Earn and the hills beyond it's an ideal spot for an informal lunch, or a relaxing drink in the afternoon or early evening. So all we need now is the weather.......
Oh, and the challenging first job; they painted the weather vane on the top of the building with gold paint.
LETI:The Achray House hotel in Perthshire lies in the picturesque village of St Fillans, owned and run by Alan and Jane Gibson. The new sun terrace and hotel restaurant offer stunning views over the East end of Loch Earn and the surrounding mountains.
"My favourite inland course in Scotland?...St Fillans "-Sandy Lyle - 2011
For several years members at St Fillans Golf Club have enjoyed visits from Masters and Open Champion Sandy Lyle. He plays the course and some lucky visitors have even had the privilege of playing a few holes with him. During the club's Centenary year, 2003, he played with Graeme Courtney and Captain Barry Crighton in an exhibition match and set a course record which still stands today.
We've not seen so much of Sandy lately due to his many golf commitments, but in a recent interview with Golf World magazine* he was asked about various Scottish golf courses. He highlighted a number of prestigious Open courses and kindly went on to say, "If I was asked for my favourite inland course in Scotland, I'd go for St Fillans in the heart of Perthshire ............"
Club Manager Gordon Hibbert commented, "Now quotations don't get any better than that, so many thanks Sandy - and don't forget to pop into the clubhouse for a coffee and bacon roll next time you're passing".
LETI: Not only is St Fillans golf course in Perthshire beautiful, members have a reputation for welcoming day visitors and holiday makers with open arms. Meals and snacks are not only popular they are excellent value too. Well worth visiting for a round or two on the course and in the club house!
*Golf World magazine July 2011 page 32
Ariel view of St Fillans Golf Course near Loch Earn
Stuck for a Fathers Day idea? The Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans, Perthshire might just have the answer. Food is the way to a mans heart so why not treat your dear old dad to a traditional Sunday roast lunch. Take him for a scenic drive arriving at the country house hotel in time for lunch between 12.00 and 14.20. The hotel looks out over Loch Earn and the surrounding hills in the picturesque village of St Fillans. If you are not a dad and your mouth is now watering at the mere suggestion of a juicy dripping roast and all the trimmings; do not despair! The traditional lunch is being offered every Sunday throughout the summer season at £13.50 for two courses! Enjoy the lochside location, relaxed atmosphere and the contemporary Scottish cuisine at two AA Rosette level. Booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +44 (0) 1764 685333
LETI: The Four Seasons Hotel is an award winning 12 bedroom hotel with spectacular views over Loch Earn offering contemporary cuisine using local produce. The chefs cater for breakfast, morning coffee, lunches, afternoon tea, bar meals and fine dining. Dog owners might want to check out the Pet Concierge service too. The resident pet butler will take care of your pets every need from special menus to grooming and walking.