Holiday in Kinloch Rannoch

Welcome to Kinloch Rannoch

On Thursday afternoon Jane and I drove up to Kinloch Rannoch, which is a small town about 20 miles west of Pitlochry, itself about 30 miles north of Perth, bang in the centre of Scotland.

We were booked into the Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel for two nights, a modernised hunting lodge with an incredible view of the loch.

Friday morning: the pond

We arrived in the dark. The following morning I opened the curtains and said to Jane: “Ooh, you get a nice view of a pond.”

The “pond” was actually Loch Rannoch — 9 miles long and on average just over half-a-mile wide of deep, Scottish water.

View of the loch from the hotel

End of the road

After breakfast — which if purchased on its own costs a massive £14.95 — we took a trip west towards Rannoch Station, which is effectively the end of the road. The only way out from there is either by rail, over the hills or back the way you came.

Looking up the rail tracks

The tourist information leaflets claimed that there was a tea room at the station, so that’s where we headed.

What they didn’t say was that it closes in October, and doesn’t open again until at leasts February. The same is true for the local hotel.

Which is absolutely no use if you need the loo.

Thankfully a local Network Rail employee gave us permission to cross the tracks and find comfort behind a local hill.

Passengers must not cross the line - Warning Do not tresspass on the Railway. Penalty £200

The next train wouldn’t be arriving for at least another four hours, so we took the opportunity to take some photos of the local buildings.

Huts by the side of a railway line

And generally larking about.

Jane hitching on a railway station platform

Before we made our way back down the B846 towards Kinloch Rannoch, stopping every now and then to take photographs of the scenery:

Tower on an island in the middle of a loch

Scene on a loch

There are more photos on my Flickr account: Kinloch Rannoch set.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

3 thoughts on “Holiday in Kinloch Rannoch”

  1. I’ve used the pool of the MacDonald “Resort”!

    Did the boys from Trainspotting not “alight here”?

    Have I used my inverted commas enough?

  2. I love that hotel. Its comparitively close to civilisation, but as soon as you leave the A9 at Pitlochry you feel that you’re getting more and more remote with every passing mile. And then, just when you think you’re in the middle of nowhere, a 4 star hotel with a resort, a swimming pool, boat hire and a top restaurant suddenly appears. We stayed there for Fiona’s birthday one year (in Feb) and it was all snowy and lovely.

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