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Summertime and the weather is easy……

The most relaxing place on earth?

Well, summertime is here in Perthshire and that means we have lots of new grass to smell and lots of visitors to the hotel. Apart from “The Loch Earn” effect, I wondered what it was that drew people here to this area of Perthshire, so my Mum explained.

We have some fabulous walking here on our doorstep with Corbetts, Munros, Grahams and of course, Ben Vorlich – a good afternoon jaunt. With a suitably prepared packed lunch, it is not for the faint-hearted but at the top, it offers some stunning views down to Stirling Castle and Loch Earn.

Loch Earn is such an understated place. It really does cater for everyone. Some of our neighbours have just got themselves a new speedboat and are having a whale of time water-skiing, after all, Loch earn was the original home of water-skiing. Others prefer the more sedate pace of a small sailing boat or yachting. This is where the Loch Earn Sailing Club comes into its own and where there have been loads of competitions on the loch.

And did you know that there are more fishermen in the UK than participants in any other sport including football! We have loads of fishermen here. I can’t quite understand why they stand so still, so I bark at them to wake them up! Apparently, they need to buy a license to fish, so they get that at the local Village Store (check it out on FB!) Guests at The Four Seasons Hotel have the benefit of being able to fish on our foreshore, free of charge.

St Fillans Golf Club is one of the most scenic in Scotland and being predominantly flat is accessible to most golfers. Our morning walk regularly features the golf club and often we will see families of deer – awesome! I’ve heard that there are new caterers there so I’m looking forward to when my Mum takes me for tea and a cake!

At this time of year, The Loch Earn Watersports Centre comes into its own with paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding and surfing. Experience led sports are all the rage and are in contrast to one of our recent guests who couldn’t resist the charm of first light and getting out to our foreshore to do her morning yoga. It is not a natural thought to think of the area as a spa, but there is definite serenity and calmness to the area even with all these sports going on in the background. Perthshire is recognised as being one of the greenest counties in Scotland and The Four Seasons has recently been recognised by The Hotel and Spa Awards as being “The Best Loch-side hotel of the year – Central Scotland.”

And that is all I think I need to say on the matter!

Finn (birthday looming in September)