Perthshire has the most stunning scenery and a huge variety of things to do. The surrounding hills, glens and lochs provide interesting walks (lots from the doorstep and there are Ordnance Survey maps in the house), cycling (on and off road), hill climbing, all manner of water sports, fishing, riding, shooting and white-water rafting. The outdoor activity centre just 2 miles away offers quad biking, high ropes, mini highland games, clay pigeon shooting, segways, archery and many other outdoor pursuits. Nearby you can book bushcraft, foraging, survival and axe throwing classes - most outdoor activities are available close to this large holiday house in Perthshire. Lochs and rivers abound where you can go wild swimming in perfect solitude.
There are lots of excellent golf courses nearby including a championship 18 hole course in Crieff, Gleneagles is just 12 miles away and St Andrews is easily reached too. Or for a total change walk 10 minutes up the hill from The Old Manse of Monzie to a very unique 9 hole golf course at Foulford - it’s stunning and one of the highest in Perthshire (they have golf clubs available too). This central Scotland self-catering house is perfectly located for a golfing holiday. You can get a discount golf pass to play at a variety of Perthshire golf courses.
Crieff is a historic town and has a great range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and independent shops, as well as the oldest distillery in Scotland at Glenturret (The Famous Grouse Experience). Why not learn to make gin on a day course at the new Strathearn Distillery only 4 miles away, or Scottish shortbread with a local baker. There are lots of fabulous castles, historic homes and gardens in the nearby area to visit - Drummond Castle Gardens, Scone Palace and Inverpeffray Library are amazing. Several episodes of Outlander were filmed in area – if you’re a fan have fun seeing if you can spot the locations.
Children (and adults!) love the local wildlife centre at Auchingarrich - if you’re on holiday here around Easter then feeding the newly-hatched chicks is extra special but there are baby rabbits being born throughout the year which you can feed and pet all year round. Blair Drummond Safari Park and Deep Sea World are also super days out with children - and the Ceramic Experience (only 3 miles south) is very popular for young and old alike. Further afield, Stirling (with its magnificent castle) is just 40 minutes by car, and all the many attractions of Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily accessible by train or car for a day trip.
You could take a drive up the Sma’ Glen to Aberfeldy - perhaps picnicking on the way by a burn or atop a hill amongst the stunning highland scenery. Book a Highland Safari to have a 4x4 off-road adventure in breathtaking scenery: see and learn about the animals and birds that frequent this magnificent Scottish wilderness.
Though you don’t have to leave your perfect Scottish holiday house to see lots of wildlife as there’s lots on the doorstep. Red squirrels are frequently seen in the garden, deer in the surrounding fields, hedgehogs all around) and there is a lot of fabulous birdlife too: lapwings and oyster catchers nest in the nearby fields, red kites soar overhead, kingfishers dip on the burn, and house martins return every year to their nests under the eves of the house.
There are spas at Crieff Hydro (3 miles) and Gleneagles (9 miles) - these are very popular with hen parties and everyone who wants a beauty treatment on their holiday. I can recommend an amazing caterer if you want a special meal cooked one night or home-made meals left in the fridge for your arrival. There are some excellent restaurants and pubs in the area and you can have takeaways delivered to the house too.
In the house are lots of leaflets and suggestions of things to do and see in the area but please don’t hesitate to email me if you want information on anything in particular in advance of your stay.