“We love visiting Comrie all year round although my personal favourite is October as I often find the weather can be very good and the colours in the hills are stunning . For a small town it has so much to offer which can be unusual for rural communities these days. I love being able to get what we need for dinner while we are up at the post office for a paper or having a quick coffee. Our young children have grown up visiting the area and have all their favourite places to go – it is a bit like a pilgrimage! Our walks are getting longer as the years go by which is a sure sign that they are getting older and stronger.
Comrie Croft (www.comriecroft.com) is always worth a visit and we enjoy seeing all the changes that are going on there; the farm shop, cafe, camping, bike hire and mountain bike routes. Every year there is something new and exciting happening. Cultybraggan Camp is full of history and now it is owned by the Comrie Development Trust (www.comriedevelopmenttrust.org.uk)it is making new history for the area too. A family favourite is Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre (www.auchingarrich.co.uk), yet another local, family run business with the best view from a cafe I have ever seen (and the food is good too)! We have a season pass which makes it easy to go up and play for a couple of hours even if the weather is bad and they have several good indoor play areas. The wild cat enclosure is very good now and they are part of a Scottish wide breeding programme, you often see the cats out eating or catching some sun. There is so much to do and it makes for a fun family day out. All this within a few miles of Comrie and we haven’t even got as far as Loch Earn or Crieff or what the further surrounding areas have to offer.
Having just come back from spending the Christmas holidays at Tomanour in Comrie, I often get asked by my friends ‘But what about the weather?’ and yes it can be very unpredictable but as long as you have the right clothing and the right frame of mind (I call it ‘Scottish fun’ – enjoying yourself no matter what the weather is like!) then it just adds to the experience. However nothing beats the feeling after a wild day out in the fresh air of coming back to Tomanour, getting the kettle on and curling up in the living room with the mountain view before you and a good book. You also know that everything is drying in the kitchen ready for another adventure tomorrow!”
Many thanks to the owners of Tomanour, Comrie for this blog. This fantastic family self catering accommodation is available all year round for short and long breaks. Find more information and check availability here: http://coopercottages.com/tomanour/