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Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
November 5, 2005
From journal McDonald Forest Hills Resort
saint john, New Brunswick
June 9, 2005
From journal Scotland at its Best
by James Kerr
June 3, 2005
From journal Two Weeks in Scotland
August 1, 2004
We had stayed in Edinburgh prior to coming to the resort, so we didn't do the day trip there, but if we hadn't, we would have taken the train from Stirling to the heart of Edinburgh. The hop-on-hop-off buses start near the train station. In Aberfoyle they have a Scottish wool centre that is run by Ledard Farm. There is a co-op grocery store there that is adequate. A Tesco, which is a larger supermarket, is located in Stirling. Five hundred yards past the resort is a convenience store you can get bread, milk, and other beverages, including alcoholic ones. It's a nice walk there.Best Things About the Resort:Activities, large units, beautiful views, steam room, Rafters restaurant, and long summer days.Resort Experience:We enjoyed our exchange very much at MacDonald Forest Hills. We were in unit Red Maple 12, a two-bedroom, three-bath unit. It had a fantastic view of Loch Ard and the Trossachs National Park.
The main level had a fully equipped kitchen, living room, balcony and a bathroom with a shower. The kitchen appliances were a little complicated to use, but the owner’s manuals were supplied.
The combination dining/living room had a Murphy bed, a game table with games, and a TV/DVD. DVDS are available to rent. It had a door for privacy.
The upstairs had two bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom and king-size bed. The second bedroom had twin beds in it. Neither had a TV. The main upstairs bathroom had a garden tub and sauna. There is a separate laundry room near the activity building.
The resort is a great family resort. They really excel in activities, at least in July. On Sunday they had a welcome meeting. I was glad we went because we met Gregor of Ledard Farm. His tour was one of the highlights of our trip. His farm is right next door, so you can just walk there. The farm has strong ties to Rob Roy and Sir Walter Scott and buildings 600 years old. They have a web site and offer other services and tours, too.
The resort has three free children's sessions daily. The times depend on the ages. They break into groups ages 5-8 and 9-12. They have cinema time each night from 7-9 PM. They have hikes, ghost walks, whiskey tastings and wine tastings. Another must do activity was the Highland games they offered on Thursday afternoon. Most of the resort activities were free or at a nominal charge.
The resort has an indoor pool, nice steam room, sauna and workout room. It has a curling rink for spring and winter. There is an on-site pub and Rafters steakhouse in the main activity building. Rafters served good food at reasonable prices. There is an additional fine dining restaurant in the hotel. On the grounds there are tennis courts, play area and ATV track. On the Loch they have boat and ATV rentals. This resort definitely could be a destination resort in the summer if you chose it to be.
The 3 miles of road from Aberfoyle to Kinlochard are narrow and curvy. Driving on the left side is pretty easy to do but what we found unnerving is the narrowness of the roads and not having shoulders. It leaves no room for error. I recommend renting the smallest possible automatic that will hold you and your luggage. Check out is by 10 AM and was fast and in the hotel. Our electricity was only 11 pounds even though we turned on the heat a couple of nights.
I would rate the resort a 9.5 I can't imagine what more they could offer. The unit an 8.5. The three miles of roads from Aberfoyle to the resort a 3.
From journal Scotland
by The Hosfords
July 15, 2004
From journal Scotland Lake Side
England, United Kingdom
September 1, 2003
From journal Macdonald Revisited
November 19, 2002
From journal Hunt for Heritage