Self Catering Perthshire Cottage
Beautiful self catering holiday Cottage in Perthshire, this unique detached cottage enjoys large gardens, peace and quiet and lovely countryside views.
The tiny Perthshire hamlet of Balkeerie lies on the border of Perthshire and Angus and is within easy reach of Dundee (30 mins) and the unique County town of Forfar (20 mins) and Perth (30 mins) There are also three excellent golf courses in Alyth (15mins) and three championship courses in Blairgowrie (23 mins). The renowned courses of St Andrews and Gleneagles are 1 hour's drive.
For the highly active there is even access to the Glenshee ski slopes and the popular climbing and walking areas of Glen Doll and Glen Clova. Also close by is Pitlochry famous for its Theatre, stunning mountain scenery and tranquil lochs. You can also visit many distilleries and castles on stunning day trips to Braemer, Balmoral, Scone Palace and Drumtochty to name but a few.
Beautiful Perthshire and Angus
Perthshire is one of the best holiday destinations in Scotland and the UK, choose from Golf, cycling, hill walking, angling to many more activities available in Perthshire making it an ideal destination for the family. The Key towns include Perth, Crieff, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry and fantastic castles such as Balmoral and Braemar to stately homes such as Scone Palace
"The views from the cottage"
Forfar is the nearest town for shopping, Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Aldi are all represented. The nearest shops / post offices are equidistant at Meigle or Newtyle both less than 10 minutes drive. There are several cafe's and hotels in each direction. For real retail therapy the House of Bruar is a must. Glamis Castle is 10 minutes drive from the cottage and a must on everyone's itinerary there are a host of other Castles and Palaces to visit including Scone Palace on the outskirts Perth. The small town of Kirriemuir, the childhood home of J M Barrie, author of Peter Pan is well worth a visit, also famous for it's Gingerbread !
Also Close by Pitlochry is the tourist centre of Highland Perthshire and is a delightful Victorian town nestling in the Perthshire Highlands amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, The present town is relatively new by Perthshire standards dating mainly from the mid 19th Century. Queen Victoria visited in 1844 and it quickly grew into the tourist town of today and has been a popular holiday resort for over a hundred years and provides a stunning sight for those approaching the town from the south. Famous for its Festival Theatre, salmon ladder and woollens shops, Pitlochry is centrally placed for exploring the scenic beauties of the Perthshire Highlands. In Pitlochry itself, don't miss the Dam Visitor Centre and Salmon ladder, with its beautiful setting. Learn the secrets of malt whisky making at Blair Atholl and Edradour distilleries, or learn to throw your own pot at Pitlochry Pottery. The Pitlochry area is superb for walks with an integrated network of well-signposted forest trails, guided walks and designated mountain bike routes.
The Atholl Palace Hydro with its white turrets sits elegantly above the thickly wooded hills around. Pitlochry is as lively by night as by day. Pitlochry Festival Theatre's season runs from May to October, and at its peak you can see seven plays in six days. Concerts and other entertainments are also staged here and at other local venues. Round off a memorable day by watching the sunset over the picture-postcard Queen's View, where there is also a Visitor Centre.
Some of Scotland's finest salmon and trout angling is enjoyed hereabouts, particularly on the River Tay. Here the salmon don't actually jump up the ladder but swim through interconnecting pipes. An observation chamber allows visitors to watch the salmon underwater through a large plate glass window.
The Blair Atholl whisky distillery in Pitlochry was founded in 1798. In 1821 the post office was opened, later than in most Perthshire villages. In 1835 the MacNaughton family opened water powered wool mills which produced tweed cloth from raw wool. The first modern highland games took place in 1852. The combination of the forested hills, lochs & rivers and the coming of the railway in 1863 guaranteed Pitlochry's success as a Victorian resort. In 1878 a Hydropathic resort opened. It possibly has a higher proportion of hotels and guesthouses than any other town of comparable size. In 1947 the town became a burgh. Between 1947-50 an extensive hydro-electric scheme was built upstream of the town with the lowest dam and power station being that on the River Tummel at Pitlochry itself. In addition to the scenery and dam, there is the Festival Theatre built in 1981, 2 distilleries, nearby Blair Castle at Blair Atholl with summer horse trials, Killiecrankie (battle 1689) and a wide selection of tourist shops and restaurants. Just north of Pitlochry is the House of Bruar retail complex offering quality Scottish shopping on a grand scale.
A little further north lies the dramatic Pass of Killiecrankie scene of the famous battle, with a visitor centre operated by the National Trust for Scotland and the falls of bruar near blair atholl.....Site of the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689 where the first shots in the Jacobite cause were fired. In Blair Atholl, see the white-turreted Blair Castle with its superb collections of paintings and armoury, then learn about more humble ways of life at the Atholl Country Collection, the Blair Atholl Mill, a working oatmeal mill, or at the Clan Donnachaidh Centre at Bruar. Emerging from the north end of Loch Garry, the River Garry flows southeast for 22 miles (35 km) through Atholl in highland Perth and Kinross before joining the Tummel 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Pitlochry. On its course through the Pass of Drumochter and on to the Pass of Killiecrankie, the river falls nearly 300m (1000 feet) and skirts the settlements of Calvine, Blair Atholl and Killiecrankie. Described by Queen Victoria as "very fine, rolling over large stones, and forming perpetual falls", the principal tributaries of the Garry are the Edendon, Ender, Bruar, Tilt, Allt Girnaig and Errochtry. Nearby Moulin has a more ancient history. The Earl of Atholl granted Moulin Church to Dunfermline Abbey in 1180. In 1511 Moulin became a burgh of barony. The Kirk was rebuilt in 1613 and the Moulin Arms dates from 1695. In common with much of Perthshire.
The Glen Shee Ski Resort
Within easy access you can reach the Glenshee Ski Resort for Ski and Snowboarding. Glenshee is Scotland's premier and most extensive snowsports area offering the UK's most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities.
Enjoy the mountains of adventure in the making! Glenshee's impressive 21 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.
There are lots of options to choose from - you can join a class, go private, hire an instructor for your group, get into race training or simply take advantage of one of our great value package deals. Open daily from 8.30am - 5.00pm.
The Whisky Trail and the Braemar Highland Games
Perthshire is famous for 2 annual Whisky Festivals in May and September
Each year the village of Braemar, Scotland invites people from all over the world to attend the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. The Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September and it is perhaps the most famous and finest Highland Games anywhere. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen. Glenturret Distillery - Tel : 01764-656565 Scotland's oldest distillery, near Crieff. Makers of The Glenturret single malt. Great Grouse experience and excellent visitors' centre Blair Athol Distillery - Tel : 01796-472234 Founded in 1798 distilling the malt whisky that goes into Bell's scotch whisky. Edradour Distillery - Tel : 01796-472095 Scotland's smallest distillery and the last one to produce a handcrafted malt.
pitlochry Festival Theatre - Drama, concerts and foyer events.
Famous Scottish Castles
You are spoilt for choice In this area are literally dozens of Castles to visit from Blair Castle near Aberlour a turreted baronial castle dating from 1269 and home to the Duke of Atholl and the Atholl Highlanders to Drum, Crathes, Craigevar and castle Fraser.
Further afield there is also Braemar castle with its 5 towers and 5 centuries of history, and also Balmoral, Crathes and castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. Cities such as Aberdeen, Elgin, Forres and Inverness are easily accessable. Loch Leven Castle - Castle ruins where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567. Also Balvaird Castle used in the filming of Macbeth.
Drummond Castle and Gardens are one of the finest formal gardens in Europe. Created in the early 17th century. Used in the filming of Rob Roy. Castle Menzies - Near Aberfeldy is another fine example of a 16th century fortified tower house.
Scone (pronounced skoon) is a place that breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. Scone palace (the original home of the Stone of Destiny...now housed in Edinburgh Castle)
towers above the River Tay overlooking the routes north to the Highlands and east through Strathmore to the coast is a Listed Historical Building from the 16th century, but more importantly, a place of coronation for Pictish and Scottish kings. The present palace was built in 1608 for the Earls of Mansfield by William Atkinson is the original home of the Stone of Destiny and the site of the coronations of the Kings of Scot Located 1½ miles North of Perth and 2 miles West of New Scone, Scone Palace is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield. Despite its historic setting, the Palace we see today was only built in 1802 by English architect William Atkinson, who went on to create Abbotsford for Sir Walter Scott.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park
Further afield but within easy reach of Pitlochry lies the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park well known for the lovely Northern Lochs of Katrine and Tay, the idillic villages of Callander, Killin and Aberfeldy and of course the cascading "Falls of Dochart" Encompassing around 720 sq miles (1,865 sq km) of some of the finest scenery in Scotland and seems miles away from the bustle of city life, yet it’s less than an hour from Pitlochry. Lochanst is an area of contrasts, from rolling lowland landscapes in the south to high mountains in the north the southern end of the loch is surrounded by fairly gentle rolling hills. As you travel northwards, you cross the highland fault line which signals a change in the rock types an hence the scenery. Further to the south west you find the long sealochs and freshwater lochs and the rugged mountains more typical of the northern highlands. Loch awe and Loch Long with Arrochar and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs provides a stunning backdrop to your visit.
Wildlife and Nature
Perthshire is a fantastic area for viewing birds, wildlife and wild flowers. After you have enjoyed the resident rabbits, sheep, buzzards and deer, you can explore further within this area and see Stags, Rut and Mountain Hare. With winter good timing Stoat visitors including Fieldfare, Redwing, Snow Bunting, Waxwing and Brambling. Many birds including Flocks Pink Footed Goose, Whitefronted Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose visit the Cairngorms every year. Also Badgers, Red Squirrel, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, and Long Eared Owl, Pipstrelle, Long Eared Bats.
Perthshires glorious gardens
Choose from Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park - Woodland walks and views across Perth to the Tay and beyond. Quarrymill Woodland Park - Outdoor activities north of Perth. Norie Miller Riverside Walk - Walk along the banks of the Tay through landscaped gardens. Perth Museum and Art Gallery - Gallery includes Scottish colourists. Rodney Gardens - Pleasant formal garden in the grounds of the Rodney Pavilion and close to the Norie Miller Riverside Walk. Bell's Heather Garden - Garden devoted to Scotland's ubiquitous shrub. Branklyn Garden - Wonderful two acres of arden owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The Fair Maid's House - Home of the Catharine Glover, the Fair Maid of Perth.
Perthshire is full of magical places and probably the most exciting way to discover them is just to set off in the car and explore! Glasgow and Edinburgh are both under an hour away from our holiday cottages
The Cairngorm National Park is largest in Britain and encompasses the Cairngorm and the Grampian Highlands and possesses many of the highest peaks in Scotland. Our four self catering holiday cottages have an unrivalled location in remote, rural Glenlivet, Grampian. Glenlivet is a must see destination with a huge range of wildlife, beautiful rivers; the Avon and the Livet; varied walks by rivers or on hills and mountains and not forgetting the quiet roads which makes driving a joy.
the fabulous "Arrochar Alps" being typical examples. There are 20 Munros (mountains above 3,000ft) the highest is Ben More at 1,174m. 20 Corbetts (mountains between 2,500ft and 3,000ft). There about 50 rivers and large burns. 22 large lochs and numerous smaller lochs and many forests and woodlands.It is also a living, working landscape which has been influenced by people for generations and is visited and enjoyed by many for its recreational value.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Scotland’s first National Park including low level walking, cycling, sailing, hill walking and for the more adventurous, canyoning. Whatever the weather.
The Bruar Falls are just 3 miles to the west of Blair Atholl the River Bruar cascades down through rocky chasms and over great slabs of granite. Visited by Robert Burns. The Pass of Killiecrankie and the Soldier's Leap a Splended wooded gorge with the famous Soldier's Leap - a 54ft jump made by one of Mackay's soldiers to escape from the Highlanders.
Comrie Earthquake House - Built in 1874 to house one of the earliest seismometers in the world. Scottish Tartan Museum - Over 1300 tartans. Look up your name and discover which tartan you could wear. Drummond Trout Farm & Fishery - Tel : 01764-670500 Feed the fish, enjoy the views and wildlife or catch your supper. Almost guaranteed a catch! Crieff Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre - Tel : 01764-679469 Lovely wildlife centre set in 100 acres of beautiful Perthshire hills. Great for small children.
Crieff's park is also aA great day's enjoyment for all the family. There is the Hermitage - Mixed conifer and lovely deciduous woodlands with a folly built in 1758, near Dunkeld. Muthill - Folk Museum A museum depicting life in the village from bygone days. Killin - Ben awers Perthshire's highest mountain (3984ft) with views from the Atlantic to the North Sea. Kinross - RSPB Vane Farm On the southern banks of Loch Leven discover the many variety of migratory birds.
Two miles south of Perth there is the 333 acre wood with magnificent views and plenty of wildlife. The Black Watch Regimental Museum - Tel : 01738-621281 Housed in Balhousie Castle, Perth. Perth Mart Visitors Centre - Tel : 01738-474170 Highland Farm Life Show and Animal Farm adjacent to the famous Perth Auction Market. Aberfeldy Water Mill- Mill Street, Aberfeldy. Tel : 01887 820803 A working water mill built in 1825. Cluny House Gardens - Cluny House, Aberfeldy. Woodland garden with many specimen trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. Caithness Glass - Tel : 01738-637373 Watch skilled glassmakers turn molten glass into handcrafted paperweights.
Caliscotia Cottage sleeps up to 4 people
This comfortable, cosy self catering cottage is fully double glazed and centrally heated throughout, it's thick stone walls keeping the sometimes oppressive Summer heat waves away.
The Double bedroom with a traditional Scottish double bed ample hanging and drawer space.
The twin bedroom with two full size single beds, ample hanging and drawer space.
The bathroom with shower over bath, WC and Wash Hand Basin
The kitchen fully equipped with all utensils, Washer / Dryer, large Fridge Freezer, electric cooker and larder. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
The conservatory has magnificent views over the valley of Strathmore to the glens beyond.
Gardens to front and rear with ample parking.
The total package
The cost of hire includes all heating, electricity, heating, towels and bedding. An electricity meter with an adequate balance exists but can be increased if required. A welcome pack or / and freezer filling is also available at extra cost.
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