Dawn Geddes shares her stay at the chic and magical Fonab Castle Hotel Pitlochry Scotland
I’ve always found Pitlochry rather magical.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lochs, the Perthshire town is an absolutely spectacular place to visit any time of the year; its laidback holiday vibe makes it the perfect spot to get some R&R.
On previous visits, I’ve stayed in plenty of nice places, but I’d never managed to find accommodation that had quite the same wow factor as the setting itself – that is, until I stayed at Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa.
When my husband and I arrived, we were our usual stressed-out selves after a frantic morning of organising two small children for a sleep over at Granny’s. But, as soon as we drove up the path to our stunning abode for the night, I could feel the stresses and strains melt away. I was entering fairytale mode, all my childhood dreams flooding back: what could be more magical than staying in a Scottish castle for a night?
I laid on a sun lounger, sipping herbal tea, dreaming about what it would be like to live in a castle full time
After a quick check in, we went upstairs to the Fonab’s chic lounge bar where we were treated to a lovely glass of champagne.
Sitting listening to ambient tunes while taking in the glorious view of Loch Faskally, my husband told me that he couldn’t remember ever feeling so relaxed. Me either. I could tell this fairytale life was going to suit me.
When we finally summoned the strength to take our eyes away from the view, we followed the concierge to our room. Decorated in a heathery purple, our quarters for the night were trendy and traditional. With an incredibly comfortable bed, views to die for and a cosy seated area in front of a wide screen TV, the bedroom had everything we could need for a fabulous night in…
…but, after a quick Nespresso from the room’s machine, we decided to at least attempt a bit of exploring.
Set on the edge of town, close to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Fonab offers guests the best of both worlds – a quiet secluded setting that is the perfect base for adventure. Walking into the centre of town takes just 10-minutes and is one of the most beautiful journeys you’ll ever take.
Crossing the footbridge, surrounded by water with the majestic mountains looming in the background, is a phenomenal experience and a must for any nature lover.
After a stroll through the historic town, where we visited some of Pitlochery’s lovely gift shops as well as making a quick stop at Hettie’s Tea Rooms for some mouth-watering cake, we made our way back to the hotel to sample Fonab’s spa. It did not disappoint. Offering all mod cons, including a 15 metre pool, aroma relax room and a whole range of treatments, the spa is a great place to recharge your batteries. I could only summon enough energy to lie on a sun lounger, sipping herbal tea whilst dreaming about what it would be like to live in a castle full time.
Waking up the next morning was tough. The end of our castle of experience was nigh – but the incredible breakfast (including berry pancakes to die for) softened the blow.
As I waved goodbye to my fantasy castle life, I promised I would return…
…and next time, I’m staying at Fonab Castle Hotel Pitlochry Scotland for at least week.
How to get to Fonab Castle Hotel Pitlochry Scotland without flying
By car, join the A9 northbound at Perth (Broxden/Inveralmond roundabouts).
As you approach Pitlochry, continue on the A9. Drive past the A924 turn off and continue until the A9 loops around the west of Pitlochry town. Turn off the A9 junction signposted as ‘Local Access’. Take the turn-off at Foss Road (taking care as you will be crossing oncoming traffic). Fonab Castle’s drive is first on your left.
Words: Dawn Geddes for Feet on the Ground
Images: Kevin Geddes