Finding a holiday resort that is both romantic and family friendly, can be a big ask. When journalist Dawn Geddes discovered Forbes of Kingennie’s breathtaking lakeside lodges, she was bowled over by the resort’s ability to charm kids and adults alike.
As we rolled up to our beautiful wooden lodge at Forbes of Kingennie Scotland, I was overwhelmed by the romance of it all. The secluded village, which surrounds a serene and very sparkly lake, has a magical feel; it’s the kind of place where extraordinary things might happen. Sitting in the car, staring up at our new holiday home, I started to imagine what it would be like to stand on the balcony with my husband. Holding hands, we would admire the beauty of it all with steaming hot mugs of coffee at dawn and a glass of wine or four at dusk…
…my thoughts were interrupted by an inquisitive voice: “Are we there yet Mummy?” Yes, we were accompanied on our romantic break by two small and cheeky chaperones aged two and six, with their own – very different – ideas about relaxing!
Thankfully, Forbes of Kingennie caters for little people as well as star-crossed lovers. Hidden away in the countryside of the beautiful county of Angus in Scotland, the exclusive resort has a maze, golf course, putting green, park and fishing facilities. Guests can also while away the hours by taking a lakeside walk around the stunning resort. For the lovers, it boasts a beautiful lodge for two called The Leannan Boathouse. Tucked away from the rest of the resort, overlooking its very own tranquil lake, the Boathouse sounds like the ultimate romantic hideaway. With a waterlily Jacuzzi bath to boot, we’re told it is a firm favourite with honeymooners and seasoned romantics.
Our exclusive party of four stayed at the Glen Shee Lodge, a fantastic and luxurious space which sleeps six people. It comes complete with three bedrooms, two balconies, a bright and airy living area and an en suite complete with Jacuzzi bath. The master bedroom even has its own walk in wardrobe.
On entering the building, I instantly knew that I’d never want to leave. My girls felt exactly the same. Bounding from room to room, they declared that it was the “coolest place ever” and that, from then on, they’d like to eat every meal outside on a balcony overlooking a lake. Me too. We spent the next few hours happily playing board games and imagining how our lives would be if we could only live there all the time.
Later, we took a slow walk around the lake into the woodlands that surround the village. With the sunlight falling through the trees, raindrops glistened on the buds of wildflowers and we spotted rare birds nesting in the trees. It was hard to believe that we were only four miles away from the nearest city, Dundee. The slow hum of the wilderness is so glorious that it made me want to slow down and stop forever. (Not that my children would be having any of that nonsense.)
After a day of exploring, the girls were tired and fell asleep easily in the big, plump, cosy beds. Finally, I could stand on the balcony and quietly admire the view. The moonlight bounced off the lake and suddenly I felt like I was the only person in the world – that is, until my husband appeared at my side with a cold glass of wine. Taking in the view together we made a firm resolution to return one day..the Boathouse beckons.
How to get to Forbes of Kingennie Scotland without flying
If you’re driving from Edinburgh, follow the M90 then take the A90 at Perth & Kinross and follow the A90 to Dundee. From Dundee, follow the A92 Dundee to Arbroath road for approximately 3 miles and turn off at the signposted Kingennie and Wellbank junction, just prior to the Dobbies Garden Centre. Forbes of Kingennie is signposted once you are off the A92, about 3 miles before the village of Wellbank.
There is a regular rail service from all parts of the Scotland to Dundee Train Station which is 4 miles from the resort. There is a taxi rank outside the train station that will take guests directly to the resort.
Words by: Dawn Geddes for Feet on the Ground
Images: Kevin Geddes