Barely an hour’s drive from either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports, Perthshire attracts an enthusiastic inflow of overseas visitors as well as those from the domestic market. Described by Sir Walter Scott described as ‘the fairest portion of the Northern Kingdom,’ it has attractions including Highland peaks like Schiehallion and Ben Lawers, not to mention the vibrant city of Perth itself.
Sports fans who watched the first multi-sports European Championships co-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin may have noticed Gleneagles as the centre of action for the golf. That was the most recent event in a long history of hosting top international contests and attracting the very best players in the world, yet rank amateurs are also welcome at this amazing venue with its three championship courses and nine hole ‘wee course’. Beautiful and challenging, it is ranked the number one golf resort in Britain and Ireland by Golf World Magazine, but it welcomes players of all levels, all year. They do not even need a handicap to approach the hallowed fairways, only cash to cover the green fee.
Hikers love Kinnoull Hill, Scotland’s first official woodland park with five impressive hills from which to admire the awesome scenery of this Site of Special Scientific Interest with its roe deer, red squirrels.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre is Scotland’s famous ‘Theatre in the Hills’, offering a year-round programme of top quality theatre and music. A unique Summer repertoire system allows visitors to see a different show every night of the week and two on matinee days. The 2018 programme running to mid-October includes the dramas Travesties, Quality Street and Before the Party, plus two blockbuster musicals, Chicago and The Rise & Fall of Little Voice.
Turtle Tent Hire
Turtle Tent Hire delivers top quality tents to anywhere in Scotland that the customer chooses and leaves them pitched, perfect and ready to use.
Based in Fife, the company can supply from just one or two tents up to a whole village of 20 for a wedding, festival or other group gathering.
Turtle Tents are four or five metre bell tents suitable for couples, families or groups of up to six. They can be left empty for users to fill as they wish, or be furnished with custom designed, handmade beds, lantern light, carpets and everything else needed for effortless comfort on arrival. There are also small marquees for hire as communal areas where people can chill out together.
Business owner Neil Turtle grew up on a Scout campsite run by his father. He gets a wide range of customers including kayaking or mountain biking groups, hen or stag parties and family campers. People hire Turtle Tents for romantic getaways, outdoor skills workshops, yoga festivals many other activities.
“Once a booking has been made I travel and take the tents to the customer’s chosen location,”says Neil. “I meet them there and pitch the tents so they’re totally secure and ready to use.
“I tend to stay in Scotland – including the islands – but can travel further if needed.”
Turtle Tent Hire,
Fife KY15 7BW
Tel 07763 738032
The Kirkmichael Hotel
Warmly welcoming, The Kirkmichael Hotel is a traditional country pub with accommodation in a Highland village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. With a rushing river, lofty mountain views and the 63 mile Cateran Trail within yards, it is perfectly placed for action adventures and exploration in the stunning great outdoors.
The family run hotel is in the heart of the village of Kirkmichael in Strathardle Glen, only 15 minutes’ drive from the tourist town of Pitlochry. It has five en suite guest bedrooms plus additional budget accommodation with shared bathroom or shower rooms, together catering for lone visitors, couples and families. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and free wifi. The hotel offers complimentary drying facilities for wet clothes and gun cabinets if needed. There’s even an in-house gallery of quality local artwork.
The Kirkmichael Hotel is dog friendly and keeps a well stocked bar. Menus of traditional pub grub from fish & chips to lasagne include delicious Scots treats such as haggis with neeps and tatties, the smoked haddock soup Cullen skink, Balmoral chicken and smoked salmon.
Gary Norwood, who runs the premises with his wife, Sophie, says: “We’re half an hour from Glenshee ski centre and locally we have cycling, climbing horse riding, fishing, even llama trekking, plus numerous places of interest.”
The Kirkmichael Hotel,
Blairgowrie PH10 7NT
Tel 01250 881769 or 0744 222 9034
The White House
Snug and inviting, The White House Moulin is a well equipped, mid-17th century holiday cottage in the heart of Scotland, less than a mile from Pitlochry and on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. This Highland hideaway offers easy access to all things Scottish, from the golf to the whisky distilleries, and is hard to beat as a base for exploring.
The White House Moulin sleeps six in two twin and one en suite double bedroom, the smallest being on the second floor. All bedrooms have their own TVs. With gas fired central heating and tasteful decoration throughout, the cottage has a sitting room with an open fire, a dining room, well equipped kitchen and drying area for any wet or muddy clothes. Family pets are welcome too and a cot is available.
This pretty period property sits in the historic village of Moulin and, with a two star rating, it is available to rent at unusually competitive prices, even for short breaks.
Owner Guy James says: “It’s a lovely cottage with Ben Vrackie immediately behind. It’s a magnificent walk up that! Without driving anywhere, the countryside all around is wonderful walking country with dramatic views and crashing waterfalls.
“Pitlochry is a Victorian holiday resort and is gorgeous, ‘the Gateway to the Highlands’. And, there are eight golf courses within 16 miles.”
Guests love the personal touches, home cooked food and ‘can do’ attitude which pervades Sunbank House, a 4 Star gem of a family run hotel only 10 minutes’ walk from Perth city centre.
This elegant hotel sits in mature gardens and is ideally placed to enjoy all the stand-out attractions of Perthshire including magnificent stately homes, showpiece gardens, idyllic landscapes, horse racing and entertainment. Of the 10 bedrooms, three have superior touches including Nespresso machines and Bluetooth speakers. Nine are en suite and all of them overlook the gardens and have tea and coffee making facilities, wi-fi and complimentary toiletries. Pets are welcome by arrangement.
Sunbank House retains many of its original Victorian features, has a lovely lounge bar and is pervaded by a beautifully relaxed ambience.
Owners Finlay and Agnes Gillies offers not only the very best of Scottish breakfasts but also welcoming evening meals home cooked with fresh, high quality local ingredients.
“We want our guests to feel they are home from home,” says Finlay, “And we try very hard to make sure that what a guest wants, a guest gets! We want them to be comfortable and leave feeling they have been well looked after. We do get a lot of repeat business as a result.”
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