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#parentpanel 2: The Isles of Glencoe Hotel

We’re delighted to announce that the Isles of Glencoe Hotel in the Scottish Highlands is the second family friendly holiday to feature on the Parent Friendly Stays #parentpanel.

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The Isles of Glencoe Hotel is a modern family friendly hotel set in spectacular scenery next to Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands. Child friendly activities include the onsite swimming pool and neighbouring outdoor activity centre, while for parents there’s a family restaurant, sauna, hot tub and gym.

glenfinnanThere’s plenty to see and do in the area including boat trips, castles to explore, distilleries to enjoy and outdoor pursuits including walking, climbing and watersports.

Harry Potter fans will doubtless want to take the opportunity to ride the Jacobite steam train which runs from Fort William to Mallaig and back – more famously known as the Hogwarts Express route featuring the famous Glenfinnan viaduct!

You can find out more about the Isles of Glencoe Hotel by visiting our full listing or by visiting http://www.islesofglencoe.co.uk/.

The prize

glencoe1We’ve teamed up with the Isles of Glencoe Hotel to offer our #parentpanel members the following fantastic prize:

  • a free two night stay in one of the hotel’s large family rooms (and those with more than two children can have an extra bedroom if needed);
  • your prize can be taken at a mutually convenient time in late June or early July 2015 (subject to availability) or, if unsuitable for you, at a later date to be agreed;
  • breakfast is included along with free access to the resort’s on-site leisure facilities;
  • you’ll also enjoy one free session for four at the neighbouring Action Glen activity centre – either on the water or off!; (see http://glencoe.actionglen.com for more information);
  • and there’ll even be a bottle of wine waiting in your room for Mum and Dad to enjoy.

In total the above package is worth well in excess of £300 and we hope you’re as excited as we are about the generous prize on offer in this #parentpanel round!

Entry rules

This time we’re not just asking you to review the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, though obviously the hotel should feature in your entries. But you’ve also got the option of picking a more general theme for your blogs – either ‘family hotels in Scotland’, ‘family hotels in the Highlands’, ‘activities in Glencoe’ or ‘watersports in Glencoe’.

As always, please make sure your blog entries include links back to the Parent Friendly Stays website along with those of the hotel and the Action Glen Activity Centre.

The competition launches on Wednesday 29 April 2015 and the deadline for blog entries is 5pm on Friday 22 May – so you’ve got plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing! The owners of the Isles of Glencoe Hotel will then choose a winner who we’ll announce before the end of May.

Standard #parentpanel rules apply – see here for a reminder.

Your entries

Eilidh at Mummy and Monkeys:
“The bedrooms are amazing. The kids are separated with a wall and have their own room within your room, complete with their own tv. It will comfortably fit 2-3 children, so perfect for most families.” (read more)

Ali at My Life My Love:
“The restaurant offers a whole host of mouthwatering dishes with many traditionally Scottish ingredients. The hearty Scottish breakfast would certainly be a feast we would look forward to.” (read more)

Kaye at Hello Archie:
“If you’re looking for a bed to slytherin to for the night, this hotel looks ahh-mazing! The hotel has gorgeous views of the Loch and Pap of Glencoe and of the mountains of Movern.” (read more)

Karen at Mini Travellers:
“When I first looked at a picture of this hotel, my daughter was looking over my shoulder, and said Mummy I think it is Balamory. Well it isn’t obviously, but to be fair I was pretty impressed she got the country right!” (read more)

Claire at Tin Box Traveller:
“Something else that puts a smile on my face is that there’s absolutely loads to do. Next door is Loch Leven and the Action Glen Activity Centre, which offers kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking and archery.” (read more)

Lindsay at Newcastle Family Life:
“The Isles Of Glencoe hotel really does tick all of the boxes for the perfect family holiday no matter how old your children as there are activities to suit children big and small. And hotel rooms that we can all fit into with stunning views.” (read more)

Karen at Stopping at Two:
“How amazing it must be to wake up and look out of your window to a view of those mountains or Loch Leven. It is a view like this that epitomises what I love about the British countryside.” (read more)

Nisbah at Five Adventurers:
“Think magic, think Glencoe. Sweeping mountain ranges, stunning woodlands, a glorious glen and luscious lochs running through the area. You could easily feel as though you have stepped into a story book.” (read more)

Aby at You Baby Me Mummy:
“We love beaches and there are plenty around Glencoe. Cuil Bay has wide sands and views over to Mull. Alternatively, Kilmalieu is on the opposite shore of Loch Linnhe and is a beautiful south-facing bay.” (read more)

Denise at Around the World with a High Chair:
“And surely a guaranteed good nights sleep for the kids will come after spending the day with non-stop activities including the hotel’s indoor swimming pool or going to the neighbouring Action Glen Activity Centre for some water based fun.” (read more)

Julie at Mama Owl:
“Scotland offers so much for all to see and do, steeped in culture and history with outstanding natural beauty it is truly the ideal family holiday destination.” (read more)

Kaz at Ickle Pickle’s Life:
“I have never been to Scotland. Nor have any of my family. It looks so beautiful though. If we were to visit, I would like to stay in a really lovely hotel, and there are some things I would like to do…” (read more)

Jenna at Tiny Footsteps:
“The hotel has its very own adventure centre where you can do even more family activities including: Sea Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (I have wanted to try that for so long!) and sit on top kayaking (my personal favourite).” (read more)

And the winner is…

We’re excited to announce that the owners of the Isles of Glencoe Hotel have now made their decision.

And the winner is… Ali from My Life My Love! Here’s what Kirsty from the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels had to say about Ali’s winning entry

A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition, the entries were fantastic to read.

Big congrats to Ali who we’ve picked as our winner! We loved her breakdown on how to please every member of the family and the poem at the end topped it off for us! And of course the Harry Potter reference always goes down well, who doesn’t love a bit of wizardry?

We look forward to welcoming Ali and her family at the Isles of Glencoe soon!

Well done to all our #parentpanel for your entries, we really enjoyed reading them. And of course we can’t wait to hear how Ali gets on with her free family stay at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel!

Keep an eye out for the launch of our next competition shortly..