Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Dec, 2010
Scotland used to be covered in woodland, but now only small vestiges of that ancient Caledonian Forest remain. Despite that, there are still many spots in Scotland where you can see the glorious foliage of the autumn (or fall, as the Americans would say). There…Read More
Scotland used to be covered in woodland, but now only small vestiges of that ancient Caledonian Forest remain. Despite that, there are still many spots in Scotland where you can see the glorious foliage of the autumn (or fall, as the Americans would say). There are old hedges, preserved areas of woodland, newly reforested spaces and of course grounds of great country homes, And what could be a better place to see fall foliage than the Scottish county that rightly calls itself the Big Tree Country, Perthshire. The county's wood-encrusted glens and tree covered mountainsides get ablaze in a variety of reds and yellows, ochre and rust, copper and gold, all of course on the background of the evergreens of Scottish Pine and many fir trees. National Trust for Scotland even has a telephone hotline in season to inform about the best places to see the colors: +44(0)1796 472215. Near Pitlochry, the glory of nature is enchanted by a music and light spectacle under the tile of Enchanted Forest, but if the weather is wet or you don't want to stay after dark, a short stroll or a longer walk in many beauty spots will give you a chance to see the fantastic autumn foliage. (1) The area around Loch Tay is particularly rich in great spots for capturing fall colors. Drive or take a bus to Kenmore for a walk along Tay's banks. Drummond Hill is covered in woodland and gives a wonderful backdrop to the village and the Castle. In addition to broadleaved trees, there are also larches that go pale golden before dropping their needles.(2) Near Dunkeld, Craigvinean Forest (which includes the Hermitage) is a fabulous location by a riverside, and beautiful in all seasons, but stunning in the fall.(3) Killiecrankie and Garry Bridge: from the bridge see up the pass, with woodland-clad hillsides around Carn Liath. There are walks and bike tracks and a visitors' centre as it's a historically famous location too.(4) Dollar Glen and Glen Devon, in the Ochil Hills in southern Perthshire offer tumbling streams, a grand and gloomy castle (Castle Campbell) and wonderful colours, with rowanberries like jewels on the trees among birches, oaks, hazels and hawthorns.(5) Scone's Palace has fantastic grounds with beautiful plants all year round, and the autumn displays are particularly good.(6) Near Blairgowrie there is the famous Meikleour Beech Hedge, the tallest and longest hedge in the world – and in the autumn, an orgy of burnished copper and gold – beech is not a native tree to Britain and thus those particularly wonderful colours are rarely visible in such concentration.These are just a few ideas: Perthshire is full of woods, and most of them will have enough deciduous trees for charming displays of fall color. Close
Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 29 Nov, 2010
A lot of Scotland's best sights are within easy reach from Perth and the town itself has a lot to offer, calling itself a "perfect centre" for a reason. The position on the border between Central Scotland and the Highlands, historical interest, excellent restaurants and…Read More
A lot of Scotland's best sights are within easy reach from Perth and the town itself has a lot to offer, calling itself a "perfect centre" for a reason. The position on the border between Central Scotland and the Highlands, historical interest, excellent restaurants and attractive countryside make Perth itself and the area around a very sensible base for exploring much of Scotland.Those looking for a hotel or a guest house in Perth or nearby areas of Perthshire should be able to find one without particular problems. There is a pretty good choice of accommodation in Perth and the surrounding area. Those able to afford five-star luxury, should make a beeline for the famous and luxurious Gleneagles hotel in Auchterarder, about ten miles from Perth. Known for being frequented by celebrities and heads of state, and for its excellent amenities, Gleneagles has stunning situation, beautiful grounds, great golfing and the only restaurant in Scotland that boasts two Michelin stars. Also out of Perth itself, near the village of Stanley around ten miles from the city centre is one of the best (and best rated) country house hotels. Still not a budget option, but much more affordable than Gleneagles, Ballathie House in Stanley offers country-house tranquillity, great food and salmon fishing in the iconic Scottish countryside. The Innkeepers Lodge is a budget option for handy for the Kinnoull area on the eastern bank of the Tay, as is a slightly more expensive Sunbank House – a short walk over the bridge to the city centre and with visitors raving about its breakfast. Perth also has a couple of the Best Western associated hotels. Of those, the Best Western Huntingtower, although slightly out of town, has excellent visitors' ratings and offers country house hotel charms within easy reach of the main A9 highway (and a great castle a stone's throw away). The most highly recommended accommodations in Perth are traditional hotels like the Grampian (on the main Glasgow road) and even more so, quality Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Houses for a more intimate and personal touch, particularly the Willow, the Clunie and The Townhouse. For those looking for self catering accommodation, Alexander Residence provides 5-star luxury near all town-centre attractions, overlooking the parkland expanse of the North Inch. Royal George, on the riverside, is also highly rated three-star, while those seeking a predictable standards of the big chains could do worse than go to Holiday Inn Express (although it's not entirely central). Close
Written by Red Mezz on 16 Nov, 2010
When you live in a country like Scotland - with vast expanses of open spaces and beautiful walk ways and camping and hiking and hill climbing to your heart's content - it's hard not to take it for granted. I know that seems a…Read More
When you live in a country like Scotland - with vast expanses of open spaces and beautiful walk ways and camping and hiking and hill climbing to your heart's content - it's hard not to take it for granted. I know that seems a strange thing - but it's true nonetheless. In the years I lived in Edinburgh, just a few hours from some of the best, most beautiful walks in the world - I found my hiking restricted largely to trips abroad and other places that had come to seem more exotic. When I was at home, I seemed to have much less time for this pass time that I love.And perhaps it's something to do with how much day to day walking takes place when you live in a city like Edinburgh. Perhaps constantly making your way up and down the city's hills takes something of the thrill out of it as a weekend excursion. But all of that is just the excuses that form, and when I returned to the UK after a year abroad and ready to re-explore my home, the desire to wander the big open spaces at my leisure was the very top of that list. The fact that there is no law of trespass in Scotland and that most areas not directly in someone's space are open to walkers is something that sets it apart from many other countries where the scenery is equally good. The summer I spent in Perthshire was to be one of long, long days out in the hills and fields exploring and wandering no where in particular - and occasionally finding some hidden treasure that I'd never even heard of. The first thing to do when arriving in the area is to get a good OS (Ordinance Survey) map - you can pick these up at any Waterstones booksellers or many local shops and post offices also sell them. Find a shady spot or stop in one of the towns or villages for a coffee and cruise it extensively until you've a good idea of what you might want to explore in the area - and off you go! I'll not say that there aren't more dramatic and stunning areas of Scotland for walking - there are. Glencoe and Rannoch Moor and the Isle of Skye and many others are breathtakingly beautiful, and in my opinion possibly the most stunning landscapes on earth. But they all have a bit of a bite to them in one way or another and though you're likely to have an amazing walk - it might not necessarily be a particularly pleasant one. Stinging, nonstop rain - freezing winds that bluster across high valleys and along dramatic hills, the unbelievable scourge of midges on the west coast and even the never ending gray and cold drizzle even in the summer time can spoil a good day out walking. The hardcore walkers with scoff at my criticisms here - every Scot I know who likes to walk revels in just the kind of weather I've just complained about and wear a day out walking in bad weather as a badge of honor. And though I have moments of being bemusedly impressed with their tenacity and seeming lack of concern for being wet and cold - at heart I'm still a Texan, and can't understand why anyone would venture out voluntarily in such conditions. So for me, Perthshire was a nice repose from the rough walking conditions of the west coast. I spent a long summer of largely pleasant and dryish days - with cool winds and mild sun on my back as I made my way past farm houses and fields filled with sheep, waterfalls and hills, farmshops and strawberry crops. Have your camera (or your binoculars if that's your thing) ready - as there are changes in light and colours in all directions and the same scenery may look completely different from one day to the next. The wildlife here is abundant, too - rabbits are at every turn in the late spring, birds are extremely plentiful here (I'm not much of a bird watcher myself, but my friend the Ornithologist gets very excited about walking in the area...) in all shapes and sizes, and small roe deer hop in and out of rapeseed hedges where their fawns lay and wait. The quiet is vast - even with the farm houses in view. The land is wide and open here in comparison to many of Scotland's hillier areas, and spending a day next to a forgotten creek near standing stones somewhere in the midst of your OS map in Perthshire is a fine way to spend a summer. I can't recommend it highly enough. Close
Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 08 Mar, 2010
Perth is the first place in Scotland to have embraced the Cittaslow Charter, which requires attention to detail, use of local and seasonal ingredients and embodies the slow-food ethos diametrically opposite to the industrialised fast-food, chain franchises. This focus on quality is reflected in…Read More
Perth is the first place in Scotland to have embraced the Cittaslow Charter, which requires attention to detail, use of local and seasonal ingredients and embodies the slow-food ethos diametrically opposite to the industrialised fast-food, chain franchises. This focus on quality is reflected in what the town's chefs offer. In the more expensive price bracket, Perth has several establishments worth recommending. Perhaps the best all-around is the Opus One restaurant at the New County Hotel (22-30 County Place) draws consistently high praise from pretty much all reviewers. 63 Tay Street (at exactly that address) is probably the most famous Perth restaurant, and although there are some mixed reports on their customer service, the food they serve - creative, modern Scottish - is undoubtedly excellent and worth the price premium they charge. In a similar league is Deans @ Let's Eat (77-79 Kinnoull Street), which has particularly good value lunchtime and special occasion menus. All these eateries offer imaginatively interpreted, contemporary Scottish cuisine which makes great use of local ingredients. Kerachers (168 South Street) is particularly recommended for its fish dishes, prepared with locally sourced fish from trustworthy sources. In more informal stakes, No1 the Bank (2 St Leonard's Bank, in the Parklands hotel) and The Bothy (33 Kinoull Street) have a more relaxed bistro atmosphere yet maintain superb quality. Tabou (4 St John's Place) is the best place in Perth for authentic French cuisine (they even have French-only speaking waiting staff) and convivial atmosphere. Further afield in Auchterarder, the Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles is Scotland's only restaurant which can boast two Michelin stars and warrants the ten mile journey, if you can afford it. Close
Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 08 Sep, 2009
Dunkeld, for most of the year a little sleepy town about 15 miles north of Perth along the A9, is one of my favourite places in central Scotland (although I suspect that technically it's possibly already in the Highlands).Dunkeld lies low on the banks of…Read More
Dunkeld, for most of the year a little sleepy town about 15 miles north of Perth along the A9, is one of my favourite places in central Scotland (although I suspect that technically it's possibly already in the Highlands).Dunkeld lies low on the banks of the Tay. You need to cross a very picturesque, high bridge to get to the main part of the town, and it's worth slowing down on the bridge to have a look at the river and the setting of the town.You can also still take a train (the station is called Dunkeld and Birnam), as Beatrix Potter used to when she came on holiday here with her family (of which, briefly, later).Dunkeld has a rich historical heritage - it was the original seat of the bishopric of the kingdom of the Picts and the site has been a place of Christian worship since 6th century. The Celtic missionaries - the Culdees - built a monastery here. In the 9th century, the first king of Scots, Kenneth MacAlpin (who united the kingdoms of Pictland and Dalriada to form Alba, and who, incidentally, died in the tiny hamlet of Forteviot where we are now living) built the original stone Cathedral to house the relics of St Columba moved from Iona. Under King David I it was the Centre of Scottish Christianity.The reformation mobs sacked the cathedral in 1560, and the town of Dunkled itself was destroyed during the Jacobite uprising, after the battle of Killiecrankie in 1689. Thus, most of the historic buildings of the current Dunkeld date to late 17th and early 18th centuries.The town itself is also rather pleasant, with a good deli, one or two art galleries worth a glance and not-too-tatty selection of gift and craft shops.But the main main attraction of Dunkeld is undoubtedly the cathedral.*The cathedral has been rebuilt and extended a few times up to the 15th century and thus the architecture of the current building has Gothic and Norman elements. Part of the nave (the original choir) is still a functioning (Church of Scotland) church, while the main nave and the tower remain a picturesque and well preserved ruin.The Cathedral is located in extensive grounds on the banks of the river Tay. For this as well as the centre of town, I like to park in the large Dunkeld North car park (it's free out of season), which is to the left of the main Atholl Street, just past the main shopping drag, and then make my way round the park to the side gate to the cathedral. It's a nice little walk in itself, through a wooded parkland area, with views to the hills north of the town.The cathedral is managed by Historic Scotland and as with many of their lesser properties, the entrance is free. A leaflet guide as well as a free audio tour is available inside. The Chapter House (small chamber adjacent to the church) houses a very informative small exhibition about the history of the town and its connection with the Dukes of nearby Atholl,There is an active Friends of the Cathedral organisation, and their members are often present in the church to offer a information and answer question. To me, this is such a very British thing, the old genteel ladies (and sometimes men) in beloved historic churches to welcome, and guide the visitors: from Canterbury to Dunkeld, we have been informed and enlighten by such volunteers as much as any guidebooks or printed materials.The site has a fantastically beautiful setting, between the banks of the fast-flowing Tay and the wooded hills, and the building itself is both interesting and attractive to look at. But there is also a tremendous sense of history here, and despite the battles and sackings, there is also peace. The church itself but particularly its grounds, wooded and with grassy banks sloping towards the river, bring about a contemplative mood,Many old religious sites have this kind of feel, possibly there is something in the lie of the land, often connected with rivers or hills, that strikes a natural chord , or maybe it's just a semi-conscious awe in the face of the accumulated thousands-years' of people coming to those places to worship.Whichever it is, and even if you are immune from such vibrations, Dunkeld cathedral and grounds are well worth visiting.Opening times (cathedral and grounds):April-September 9.30am - 6.30pmOctober-March 9.30am - 4.00pmhttp://www.dunkeldcathedral.org.uk/*If you have children with you, leave the cathedral grounds by the main gate, towards the center of the town called The Cross, turn down a small wynd off Cathedral Street and walk to the river between the wall of the cathedral and the houses on the left. You will see a rather unusual pair of musicians standing in one of the gardens, and on turning left the riverbank walk will take you to a reasonable play park with swings, roundabout and other play equipment. From there you can walk back to The cross or take stairs towards the bridge. From here it's about half a mile walk to the neighbor town on the other bank of the Tay, Birnam (you would have come that way if you came by train, as the station is in Birnam).Birnam doesn't have any sights comparable to Dunkeld Cathedral, although it has a wider claim to fame through the Birnam Wood featuring in the witches' prophecy in "Macbeth". A tree from that wood is still reputed to be standing near the Tay (the ancient Birnam Oak behind the Birnam House Hotel). This is undoubtedly an old tree, and is now supported by metal crutches, but obviously the whole Macbethian connection is just sheer conjecture.Birnam has a very Victorian feel - it's less sleepy, less historical, and less touristy than Dunkeld. The reason to visit Birnam is the excellent Birnam Institute, now Birnam Arts and Conference centre, dating back to the 19th century but recently provided with a large-scale modern, attractive expansion that now houses a 230 seater theatre, meeting and display facilities, library, a very decent and not too pricey modern cafe and the Beatrix Potter exhibition.The range of courses, shows and exhibitions is very impressive for such a small town, and the Centre feels really like a focus of community life while maintaining a little bit of an urban feel that isn't perhaps that easy to find in the Land of the Twee that tourists' Scotland has a tendency to become.*A couple of miles north-east beyond Dunkeld towards Blairgrowie there is a Loch of the Lowes Wildlife reserve with nestling ospreys (and an extensive network of walking paths). It's a five minute drive, or a forty minute walk around the golf course (ugh!). *Together, Dunkeld, Birnam and Loch of the Lowes make a very pleasant day trip from Perth, and each of them could be accommodated as a detour on the way up or down the A9.Highly recommended for all. Close
Perth advertises itself rather grandly as a "perfect centre", and although the town itself falls rather short of this line of copy, Perth itself and the area around it is certainly an excellent starting base for exploring a lot of Scotland: from the known attractions…Read More
Perth advertises itself rather grandly as a "perfect centre", and although the town itself falls rather short of this line of copy, Perth itself and the area around it is certainly an excellent starting base for exploring a lot of Scotland: from the known attractions of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, to Fife, Dundee and parts of Angus to large swathes of the Highland Perthshire and Argyll, a lot of what's good in Scotland is within easy reach from Perth.Public transport links are reasonable, although Dundee is probably better if you have to rely on buses and trains. Access to a car is assumed here, as for a lot of places public transport connections vary from complex and lengthy to non-existent. All the trips below are involve less than 2 hours' drive from Perth, and for many it's significantly shorter. *SOUTH OF PERTH: FAMOUS CITIES*Edinburgh is about 50 miles and 1h drive away, while Glasgow is a bit further at around 70 miles. Each of those is easily doable as a day trip, and each will easily provide enough interest to warrant a longer stay. I will not go into detail about the cities as each deserves much more than a paragraph in such a reviews, but Edinburgh, with its museums and galleries, Castle, Royal Mile and Arthur's Seat is the obvious first choice here. Stirling, a much smaller place but with a rather resplendent castle is another easy (30 miles) trip from Perth, and a visit can be combined with an entirely different experience of visiting the Falkirk wheel, a rotating boat lift that replaced a chain of 11 canal locks, or a trip to Blairdrummond Safari Park. *EAST OF PERTH: THE KINGDOM OF FIFE AND DUNDEE*Fife is a small county between the Tay and Forth, but all of Fife is within an easy drive of Perth and one of the trips we make a point of taking our visitors on is St Andrews, less for the golfing connections (neither of us plays) and more because it has nice beaches, fantastic historical remains in the Abbey and the castle as well as simply nicely strollable old centre (but it can get very crowded in season and on sunny weekends ). There are other places in Fife well worth visiting, from Falkland Palace to the deer park near Cupar, as well as a series of picturesque villages along the coast known collectively as the East Neuk. Dundee is also east of Perth along the Tay. it has some interesting attractions and a stunning location on the Tay estuary, but it's more of a secondary tourist destination unless you have specific interest in industrial heritage (Verdant Works), Captain Scott (Discovery Point) or have children keen on on visiting a hands-on science centre (Sensation). *NORTH and WEST OF PERTH: THE HIGHLANDS*Perthshire is a large county and a lot of it is distinctly Highland in character. A variety of day and longer trips can be made from Perth to explore the hills, glens and lochs of the Highlands and it's hard to pick the best destination or route. 1) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. This loch famed for its beauty is normally associated with trips from Glasgow, but actually makes a reasonable (albeit quite long) drive from Perth. You can drive west along the A85 through Crieff and Comrie, and approach it in a large circle from the north via Crianlarich (this will take over 2 hours), or go down A9 and turn off near Dunblane (1.5h). 2) The Angus glensThe five Angus Glens (Glen Isla, Glen Clova, Glen Prosen, Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk, with Glen Doll following on from Glen Clova and Glen Shee whcih is not technically one of them but near enough) take you right into the heart of the Cairngorms. These are typically a Dundee day-trip destination, but it's about an hour's drive from Perth to Glenshee, and other Angus glens are also within less than 2 hour drive. They offer fantastic landscapes and varied walking, from gentle strolls suitable for families (although a three-wheeler or a baby backpack would be highly recommended for all) to mores serious hiking and even skiing (at Glenshee).3) Highland Perthshire with Loch TayThis area is perhaps the most obvious part of the Highlands to be visited as a day trip from Perth, and is so huge, varied and attractive that it would allow for weeks of exploration. But simpler day trips can also be easily done, though most of them entail a minimum of 1.5h drive. On easy trip that doesn't entail a long drive is Dunkeld & Birnam.Kenmore is a good destination for a day trip, provided the weather is decent. On the way, you can stop in Aberfeldy, especially if you have a whisky distillery tour on your schedule (Dewar's World of Whisky is there). Kenmore is located at the western end of Loch Tay, and is a well know holiday destination, with lodges and holiday parks around it. There are good walks along the Tay, in the wooded areas on both sides of the river, and just round the corner of the loch there is the Scottish Crannog Centre, a fascinating attraction featuring a reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, built out in the water on stilts.And finally, a longer round-trip which may feature stops in several places. It's a wee bit of a mad drive as it's 120 miles long and will take at least 3 hours driving time, but it's an extremely picturesque one and covers a great variety of landscape along the way. Drive north up the A9. You could detour to Dunkeld - but this is perhaps better left for another, separate visit. Pass Pitlochry and take B8019 exit toward B8079/Kinloch Rannoch. Drive along the north bank of Loch Tummel to what is known as the Queen's View - a Forestry Commission site with a big car park, visitors' center and essentially something of a tourist trap - but the vista from the viewing platform is truly magnificent, with a clear view of the loch and Schiehallion in the distance. Turn left at B846 past Tummel Bridge, and in Keltneyburn turn right into an unclassified road to get to Fortingall. Fortingall is known for the oldest tree in Europe, the Fortingall Yew (estimates have put its age at between 2,000 and 5,000 years). The yew does indeed look ancient, spreading round more like a giant bush than a tree, and is well worth a look. Fortingall Hotel is a very nice place for a cup of tea and a scone, or a meal: it has a touch of the Highland Twee about it, but it fits well in the environment. Thus refreshed, continue west to Bridge of Balgie and take a road left towards A827 and Ben Lawers Visitor Centre. This is ten miles of a bendy, narrow road, through a true, real wilderness, rough and dramatic. The road climbs from the elevation of about 600ft to over 1,700ft and is single-track all the way: be prepared for some reversing, and think carefully about taking it when there is still some snow or in heavy rain. But the views are magnificent, and it's hard to get close to similar landscape without actually walking for a few miles. Once you are safely on the A827, turn left back towards Kenmore and Aberfeldy and make your way back to A9 and Perth. *These are just a few examples of day trips that can be made from Perth. Its central location makes it ideal base for exploring a wide and varied area of country around it. Close
Written by shaunandtrish on 28 May, 2005
I've described the features of the property in the accommodation journal, but I feel compelled to add more because I don't really feel that it fully describes just why you should holiday there. We've been twice but will probably return as many times as health…Read More
I've described the features of the property in the accommodation journal, but I feel compelled to add more because I don't really feel that it fully describes just why you should holiday there. We've been twice but will probably return as many times as health and circumstances allow. As a holiday or short break experience, it takes some beating. So, what are the attractions?
First, there’s accessibility. It’s just 20 minutes north of Perth and an hour out of Edinburgh, so you don't have to drive for hours behind tractors, caravans, and 15mph sociopaths to get there. Blairgowrie is a 15-minute drive away, so you don't have to go too far for things like provisions, cash, or a meal someone else has cooked.
Secondly, there’s peace and quiet. The nearest village, Craigie, is half a mile away, and it’s tiny. The next one, Clunie, is the same. There's a small working farm unit next door that reprocesses top soil or something, but it’s just open from 9am to 5pm and there's not much noise even between those hours. Traffic on the road at the bottom of the track is next to nonexistent.
Third, there’s the fauna. Bunnies abound. They are everywhere. If you get up early in the morning you'll likely see deer. You also get all manner of song birds, buzzards, pheasants etc. There are Ospreys at the Loch of Lowes just 10 minutes up the road towards Dunkeld.
Fourth, there are lovely walks right from your front door. Take the tracks up through the farmland, over the hill, and see the Perthshire countryside sweeping away to the east or follow the little road through the village down to little Loch Clunie about 1 mile away.
Fifth, there’s access to the wider delights of Perthshire. What does that mean? Well, for example, there's walking on the Cateran Trail (out of Blairgowrie), Ben Vrackie (out of Pitlochry), and Drummond Hill Walks (out of Aberfeldy). Further afield, you've got the more challenging Ben Lawers (30 minutes west of Aberfeldy along Loch Tay), Braemar, and even the ski resort of Aviemore.
Sixth, there’s the un-intrusive but thoughtful hospitality of the cottage owner, Mrs Cope. The cottage itself is cosy and well kitted out, and Mrs Cope is there if you need her, but not if you don't. She'll pop round at the end of your holiday and read the electricity meter and charge you for what you've used. To give you an idea, we stayed 4 nights and were stung the staggering total of £1.70. Lastly, if you've always lived in an area where you need to keep your doors locked and wondered what its like not to have to, you can find out here.
There are lots of reasons there. Maybe I'll add a seventhly at some point if I think of one.
Written by shaunandtrish on 05 Jun, 2004
This is a lovely little single-storey cottage miles from anywhere in the middle of rolling agricultural land. It’s at the end of a short track off a very quiet single carriageway road (about one car every half hour passes by). The nearest village…Read More
This is a lovely little single-storey cottage miles from anywhere in the middle of rolling agricultural land. It’s at the end of a short track off a very quiet single carriageway road (about one car every half hour passes by). The nearest village is Craigie. It was ideal for our dogs as there was no requirement to leash them (no sheep or traffic nearby). The garden is grassy and great for sitting outside to eat and drink on an evening. You'll see wildlife all around, rabbits (hundreds), deer, and loads of bird life literally in the garden sometimes.
Inside, the cottage is roomy, comfy, clean, and warm. There are two bedrooms, one has a double bed, the other two singles. The living room has an open fire for burning logs (supplied free), large TV, VHS player, and portable sound system. The open fire is supplemented by an efficient central heating system, with radiators in every room. The kitchen has a large electric cooker, fridge freezer, washing machine, and all the cutlery you're likely to need. The owner, Mrs. Janet Cope, lives across the field on a farm about half a mile away.
At the price we paid (£100 for three nights in May), I don't think it can be beaten. Location-wise, you've got Pitlochry, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Braemar all within an hour's drive. You can e-mail Mrs. Cope at Janet.Cope@btopenworld.com. She'll e-mail you a little brochure about the cottage if you ask. Stay there.
Written by Amanda63 on 15 Jan, 2003
As we had our dogs with us, we spent quite a lot of time walking and finding new walks. Up the road from the resort we found some great woodlands where we could walk our dogs for a couple of hours at a time. And…Read More
As we had our dogs with us, we spent quite a lot of time walking and finding new walks. Up the road from the resort we found some great woodlands where we could walk our dogs for a couple of hours at a time. And if you go back into the village and then turn right following the Loch there were some great walks also.
The scenery was fantastic and the air was fresh. We felt very lucky to be there. Also if you go into Pitlochry, which is about 30 minutes drive away, there is some good shopping. Try the local oat cakes and some good strong cheese, the local baking is good, and the jams and marmalades are interesting and refreshing. Of course finding the local distilleries for fine whiskies can take all day (hiccup)!
Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 Sep, 2009
This is just a placeholder to attach all my favourite photos of the amazing sky and an occasional other landscape shot or a quirky detail I see in Scotland - mostly in Strathearn.This part of Strathearn (the flat valley of the river Earn, before it…Read More
This is just a placeholder to attach all my favourite photos of the amazing sky and an occasional other landscape shot or a quirky detail I see in Scotland - mostly in Strathearn.This part of Strathearn (the flat valley of the river Earn, before it flows into the Tay) stretches between the Gask ridge and the Ochil Hills and the sky can be truly striking. Light effects are amazing - especially localized light over hills, late in the afternoon, with patches of brilliance surrounded by shadow. Warm, golden and pink sunsets are also great. Close