Argyll Holidays Drimsynie with Hot Tub – If you like the sound of a lochside lodge with a hot tub, then read on. Being an East Coast girl (or mum) I didn’t appreciate how much Argyll Holiday resorts have available for families. Five holidays villages on the west of Scotland, two of which have swimming pools.
We headed for Drimsynie Estate for my very first holiday alone with the boys. I needed a place to keep them entertained, and my sanity maintained. Argyll Holidays offers everything in one place, so I could park up and relax.
Check In at Argyll Holidays Drimsynie
Check in for the lodges starts at 4pm. The staff were super friendly and helpful. A quick form to complete, a Village Map, an entertainment timetable, the keys to our lodge, and we were off – swimsuit o’clock!
Our Lodge & HOT TUB!
[Lodges, static caravans and a hotel are available at Drimsynie. We were booked into a lodge called Ptarmigan 3.]
As I tried to get all our food into the fridge/freezer the kids were already chanting ‘Hot Tub! Hot Tub! Hot Tub!’ so I threw them in the Hot Tub, much to their delight. The lochside views are stunning. We experienced scorching sun, but even with rolling mist, lashing rain or delicate snowfall it would be a beautiful spot, and we’d still try the hot tub.
The decking has a picnic table, so I sat there supervising the ‘hot tub duo’ whilst reading the timetable of events and activities at Drimsynie. There is SO much to do, it’s just a case of prioritising what you fancy and how far the pennies stretch.
Once the tots were truly wrinkly and poached I got them inside, and finally got a proper look at the lodge. It was a home from home. A spacious fully furnished kitchen, open plan onto a large living area.
A twin room with ensuite shower room for the tots. Then a double room with ensuite shower room for mummy. Both bedrooms had TVs – so the lodge had three televisions in total. Towels and bedding were provided, with the beds made up when we arrived. Wifi is free in the central building but in the lodges it can be purchased for £3 a day or £7 for four days. Our lodge was roughly a 3 minute walk from the Central Building.
There is a huge amount to do, it’s just working out what you fancy.
Over two days we tried the playground, swimming pool with jacuzzi, crazy golf and soft play. At Drimsynie each activity has an individual charge (except the playground, which is free), so keep some money aside for entertainment – for example the soft play is £3 per child and an unlimited short stay swim pass is £8 for children aged 6-15.
If you know your kids will be in and out of the soft play and pool etc. then you can buy a Rover Pass for £75 for a short break or £125 for a week if purchased in advance, or £85/ £145 if you purchase them onsite at reception. Alternatively, you can “pay as you go” for activities, or look at other ‘bundles/offers’.
There’s also a gym, badminton, table tennis, sauna and steam room, all covered by the Rover Pass. The Fun House is full of arcades and games such as table football, so another wet weather option. A café in the Fun House means parents can grab a hot drink whilst the kids run riot.
Indoor and outdoor ‘Go Active’ sessions can be booked, from Wild West sessions to Archery and Body Zorbing. A lot of activities are planned for rainy days (it is the west coast of Scotland after all) so there’s lots to do in all weathers.
We opted for Sand Art (£4 a sheet), which was actually good value. It really calmed the boys down, after all the excitement of swimming and hot tubs, it was quite meditative, and it took ages! We sat for an hour, calmly making a multicoloured squirrel sand picture. They were v proud of the finished product – then they hit the soft play again 🙂
Mr Tot, my eldest son, also experienced his first try of WaterWalkerz (cost £5). It’s basically two laps of the pool in a huge, inflatable ball, but the build up (putting the wee helmet on, climbing inside the ball as it inflates) was all part of the excitement. It’s certainly harder than it looks, he was more crawling than running, but he’s been talking about it ever since. Overall we were never short of something to do.
Other, practical facilities on site, include a grocery shop/newsagent and a laundry. A spa offers a more luxurious, child free experience.
Argyll Holidays has a long list of partners offering excursions and excitement at a discounted rate. Examples include Horse Riding with Argyll Adventure, dining at Loch Fyne Oysters and fishing with Loch Goil Cruisers. We opted for the Gruffalo Trail at nearby Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, which also includes a cute little fairy trail, as well as many mighty trees. Take a peak here for more images and details.
At night there’s a lot of entertainment. From 6pm the disco music went on, but the host arrived at 7pm to entertain the tots. Meanwhile I grabbed a glass of vino from the bar. The camp mascots, Rusty & Rosie, were on hand to sing songs, dance and tell stories. They were a total hit with my kids. A wee toy cupboard opens at the end of the performance, and on our last night I let the boys choose one toy each, as they’re quite reasonably priced. We’re now the proud owners of a star wand (£4) and a light sabre (£6).
After the kids’ entertainment ends, it’s time for family friendly bingo at 8pm, which transitions into more adult entertainment (still family friendly) from 9pm. Special theme nights such as ‘Rum & Reggae’ and ‘Ceilidh Club’, run each month, so if the timing of your stay coincides, you may see something a little different.
Food & Drink
The lodges are well set up for self-catering, which is the economical approach. But if you want to dine out, then breakfast, lunch and dinner can be bought on site.
The main restaurant is aptly named The View, with stunning vistas over Loch Goil. We’re talking smart but informal, family friendly dining. The kids tore into their colouring-in on the back of their menus, which included Chicken Nuggets, Sausage and Mash and Mac n Cheese. My two both adored the Mini Doughnut dessert with chocolate dip (surprise, surprise). The adult menu offered starters like Caprese Salad or Chicken Liver Paté, both £4.95. For mains think Pasta, Pizza and British dishes i.e. Steak & Ale Pie for £12.50, Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli for £9.95 or Ham & Mushroom Pizza for £8.95. Desserts included Sticky Toffee Pudding, or Baileys Tiramasu and I swerved towards the Salted Caramel & Chocolate Torte (£4.95).
Click here for other food options, such as DC’s Takeaway, the Rob Roy Suite, the Goil Inn and the Fireside.
I drove direct from Aberdeen, which took 4.5 hours, including breaks. Private transport is best because Drimsynie is situated in a remote location and most people wish to load the car up with food, swimsuits and bottles of fizz for the hot tub!
Argyll Holidays’ website currently says that short breaks start at £200, but click here for up to date info. Dog friendly stays are popular, and weddings are also regularly held at Argyll Holiday locations.