Autumn travel: Check out the Mains attraction

Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course on the banks of Loch Tay celebrated its 100th anniversary this summer.

As the business reached that impressive centenary milestone, its ownership changed from the Menzies family to the Pure Leisure Group, which provides holidays across England and in Barbados.

The estate, in the picturesque Highland Perthshire village of Kenmore, offers more than 40 luxury four- and five-star self-catering properties, including holiday lodges and 19th Century cottages, most of which are pet-friendly.

And whether it is for a relaxing staycation or outdoor adventures in Big Tree Country, there is something for everyone.

Aerial view of Kenmore Village. Image: Kenmore Photography

“The area lends itself to a very wide range of holidays, whether it is to come here and just relax, chill out and read a book or to be involved in the abundance of activities,” says general manager Pauline McLaren.

“There is plenty of culture in the area as well with the Scottish Crannog Centre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre both close by. It is one of these destinations that covers a wide variety of holiday wish lists.”

In the heart of Scotland, Mains of Taymouth is less than a two-hour drive from all major cities and is the ideal base for exploring the area’s unparalleled scenery.

There are a variety of walking routes including the three-and-a-half mile trail from Kenmore to Achran via Queen’s View – so called because Queen Victoria honeymooned at Taymouth Castle.

Mains of Taymouth’s holiday properties are clustered on the bank of Loch Tay in the village of Kenmore. Image: Kenmore Photography

Thrill-seekers should look to the Loch Tay Boat Centre for canoeing and kayaking, and to the Scottish Quad centre at Killiecrankie for some four-wheeled action.

Freespirits, Scotland’s longest-running water rafting company, is also nearby. Meanwhile, Mains of Taymouth Golf Course has been regarded locally as Perthshire’s finest nine holes for 30 years.

It has been designed to challenge all levels of golfer and boasts beautiful panoramic views.

The independently-run Courtyard Bar & Brasserie at the centre serves as much locally-sourced produce as possible and the menu aims to cater for all appetites.

They can offer attractive accommodation for two people up to a party of a dozen

The Courtyard Shop & Delicatessen provides a range of delicious meats, cheeses, fudge and textiles made in Perthshire – and with a hamper wrapping service, it offers the ideal souvenir or gift.

Accommodation at Mains of Taymouth ranges from a twobed traditional cottage to Castle Gardens mews houses, which sleep between six and eight people.

The grand Farmhouse is a large, detached property that accommodates 12 people and has a sauna, hot tub and travel cot.

No matter what type of accommodation is preferred, bookings across all holiday homes there are highly flexible.

“We have a lot of people visiting for a long weekend as they can just book for the one or two nights rather than for the whole week,” McLaren says.

“We are flexible with arrivals,” she adds, saying: “Guests can come on a Sunday or a Tuesday, it can be tailored to whatever fits in with their diary.”

With log-burning stoves and hot tubs, the accommodation at Mains of Taymouth provides the ultimate relaxation for after a day spent exploring the rolling Perthshire countryside.

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