Holiday Cottages in Perthshire, Dundee & Angus
In Perthshire, Dundee, and Angus you can enjoy the best of both Highland and Lowland landscapes. Beautiful ancient forest walks, pristine beaches, rugged coastline, majestic glens and beautiful lochs await you.
Self catering opportunities abound, and whether you choose a remote country cottage, an townhouse in Pitlochry, a lodge on Loch Tay or a farmhouse on the Cateran Trail, you can be sure that this area will meet and then exceed your wishes.
A great all year round destination of outstanding natural beauty, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus will put on a show for you – whether you are lucky enough to visit in the autumn when the colours are glorious, the winter when the landscapes are breathtaking, the spring when the wildflowers and lambs dance in the breeze or the height of summer with nearby lochs for a refreshing cooling dip, a self catering accommodation base in this area will prove a fantastic location to explore from and return to.
Loved by Locals
Mrs Tiggy Winkle walked here
The inspiration for Beatrix Potter's hedgehog character, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, was Kitty Macdonald. Kitty spent her childhood at Ballinloan, 3 miles from Dunkeld, living with her uncle, helping him herding his cattle for 8 years. 'A frugal life - potatoes, but no money'. Listen on www.secretstrath.co.uk
The Glenisla Hotel is a great place for a delicious meal or some local ales. A roaring log fire adds atmosphere and the food is really tasty. I took my son out for a meal recently and he declared that his burger was the best he had ever eaten!
Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood
Near the Blairgowrie Golf Courses you'll find the Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood, which offers lovely views of the countryside. It is a circular walk that loops through Darroch Wood (with its bluebells in spring), past the White Loch and back to Blairgowrie.
The Hidden Elcho Castle
A little-known but perfectly formed 16th century castle, with a stunning location in an orchard right beside the River Tay. Four miles from Perth, 5 miles from Bridge of Earn. William Wallace is thought to have sheltered here. Dressing up clothes make it even more fun.
Innerpeffray is the first free lending library in Scotland, founded in 1680. It's a gem of a visit - unique and fascinating. The collection contains books and manuscripts by Robert Burns and John Knox amongst many others. Visit the chapel too, and there's a tearoom.
Elie Chain Walk
An East Coast secret, this unique cliff scramble/crawl/walk uses chains bolted to the rocks. Ideal for families (not small children under 10 though). 5.65km walk with 0.5km the actual chains bit. Explore caves and coves on the way. Check the tides before you go, can't be done at high tide.
New England Fall in Scotland
Glen Lyon is one of the most scenic glens in Scotland, worth exploring any time of year. But the autumn is a special time, with colours rivalling New England.
Birks of Aberfeldy
This is a fairly gentle walk with lots on wildlife interest. The walk is fairly gentle: up one side of a gorge, across a bridge at the top and back down the other side. It is interesting in all seasons and only takes an hour.
Medieval Ecclesiamagirdle Chapel (Exmagirdle)
Ecclesiamagirdle Chapel built circa 1500 (pronounced Exmagirdle, and sometimes spelt that way too). The chapel and Ecclesiamagirdle House (early 17th Century) nestle at the bottom of the Ochils, just outside Bridge of Earn. Gravestones from the 1600's including The Covenanters Grave.
Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout
Buchanty Spout on the River Almond has a spectacular waterfall and rapids, where the river cascades over a narrow gorge. It is a great place to view salmon as they make their way upriver in September, leaping up the waterfall.
Hermitage and River Braan Walk
Enjoy a scenic walk through a grove of huge trees and along the swirling pools and falls of The River Braan. This lovely woodland walk winds along the river & through open countryside beyond the Hermitage in the direction of Trochry, ending up at the lovely Rumbling Bridge and the tumbling water.
Wee Course, Blairgowrie
The "Wee Course" is the most beautiful 9 hole course one could ever imagine playing at Rosemount, Blairgowrie. There is a loch at the side of the 5th hole and then it winds back to the beginning. The Ardblair Trail is across the road from the "Wee Course".
Loch Leven Heritage Trail
Beautiful 19.25km (12 miles) walk/cycle around Loch leven Nature Reserve. Boat trips to Castle Island where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned Apr-Oct. Cafe stops at Loch Leven Larder and RSPB Kinross where there are telescopes and enthusiastic staff are on hand to share their bird knowledge.
Amulree musical travelogue
Secrets of Amulree, Strathbraan and area. Listen to musicand secret tales on podcast download from www.secretstrath.co.uk. Kitty MacDonald, the washerwoman that Beatrix Potter modelled Mrs Tiggywinkle upon, spent her childhood here, Bonnie Prince Charlie camped, John Everett Millais painted here.
Junior Ryder Cup venue
Play a round at Lansdowne Championship Course, Rosemount, Blairgowrie – home to the Junior Ryder Cup 2014 and a 40 minute drive from the 40th Ryder Cup venue of Gleneagles. Accommodation is available in Blairgowrie, which is 30 minutes to the Park and Ride at Perth for Gleneagles.
Moncreiffe Hill Wood
Described by Woodland Trust as "Perth's best-kept secret for family fun ..." Short trails, medium trails or long trails, it's up to you. There are 2 hill forts, great views, sculptures hidden in the trees, deer, birds of prey, trees obviously ...! Moncreiffe Hill never fails to lift the spirits.
The Shakey Toon
As you stroll through the lovely area of Comrie called "The Ross" be sure to peek in the windows of the historic Earthquake House to see its seismograph in action. Comrie - the 'Shakey Toon' - is on the Highland Boundary Fault and one of the most seismically active areas of the UK.
River Ericht Walks
There are great walks along the banks of the Ericht in Blairgowrie & if it is warm one can paddle from the large flat stones at the side of the River. Just make sure that the water level is quite low as otherwise there can be strong currents. You can also follow the river up to the Falls of Ericht.
Wade Military Road
Mouthwatering goodies to munch at the Amulree Tearoom, run by Maigdh from Barra. This is adjacent to the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie camped in retreat, and at the junction of the old Military Road hacked out of the heather by General George Wade; subsequently tramped over by Prince Charlie.
Walk on the Wild(life) Side
See an abundance of wildlife in, and on, the rivers around Blairgowrie throughout the year. The River Ericht is a short walk from South Littleton Cottages and has beavers, otters, deer, kingfishers, heron, buzzards, red kite, and a huge variety of other small birds. After 7pm is the best time.
Rumbling Bridge Cottage
Rumbling Bridge Cottage is where Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais retreated for 20 summers to paint landscapes, but also to escape the scandal of eloping with his wife, Perth born Effie, who was married to John Ruskin.
The Perth Sculpture Trail
The Perth Sculpture Trail is a lovely walk in the centre of Perth which takes you through parkland and along the riverside, highlighting the city's beautiful architecture and contemporary art. You also pass both the Fergusson Gallery and Perth Art Gallery & Museum which you can visit for free.