3 bedroom cottage in rural Perthshire, Scotland
From $299 / night
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 5
Description from the owner
The modern town of Alyth, overlooking Strathmore in Perthshire, nestles in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, close to the Cairngorm National Park, and is centrally located in the very heart of Scotland. The town has a population of about 2300 and has grown up around the Alyth Burn or Queich, where mills previously used the fast flowing waters for power, and traders would gather in the market square to sell their animals and produce. Close to Alyth lies the Cateran Trail, a 60 mile sign-posted walk winding from Blairgowrie to Bridge of Cally, taking in some breathtaking scenery in Glen Isla and up to the Spittal of Glenshee close to th...Read more
3 bedroom cottage in rural Perthshire, Scotland
Alyth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Additional Location Information
Although there has probably been a Christian settlement in the area from around the 6th century, Alyth was first mentioned in Royal charters signed by King William the Lion, King of Scotland, around 1200AD making the town of Alyth approximately 1000 years old.
The modern town of Alyth, overlooking Strathmore in Perthshire, nestles in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, close to the Cairngorm National Park, and is centrally located in the very heart of Scotland. The town has a population of about 2300 and has grown up around the Alyth Burn or Queich, where mills previously used the fast flowing waters for power, and traders would gather in the market square to sell their animals and produce. Close to Alyth lies the Cateran Trail, a 60 mile sign-posted walk winding from Blairgowrie to Bridge of Cally, taking in some breathtaking scenery in Glen Isla and up to the Spittal of Glenshee close to the Glenshee ski centre. The Cateran Trail is based on historic drove roads used by cattle drovers and rustlers back in the Middle Ages and nowadays provides an ideal way to relax and enjoy the beautiful Perthshire country side. In the summer the Alyth Folk museum provides further insight into country life in Strathmore in days gone by.
Alyth is still a vibrant community that has three small supermarkets, an excellent ironmongers and a good variety of other shops, many selling a variety of quality local produce. For those needing refreshment and sustenance the town is well served with pubs, inns and cafes as well as a fish and chip shop and a Chinese takeaway. On the outskirts of the town, and within a 10 mile radius, there are several quality restaurants, many of which specialise in local produce.
For those requiring more extensive shopping, there are large Tesco stores in Blairgowrie and Forfar, while very good shopping centres are located in the cities of Dundee and Perth less than half and hours drive away. Aberdeen and Edinburgh are about an hour’s drive away, with Royal Deeside and Pitlochry being other popular tourist destinations under an hour away.
Although Alyth lies a bit to the south of the world famous whisky distilleries in Speyside there are a number of excellent, although perhaps lesser known, whiskies produced close by in Angus, Perthshire and South Aberdeenshire.
Among these is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, the Fettercairn Distillery, which was opened in 1824 and lies 43 miles to the north east, in the village of Fettercairn. The distillery produces two singles malts, 10 year old and 12 year Old Fettercairn. The Fettercairn distillery provides free, guided tours and dram from Monday to Saturday, May to September from 10 am to 2.30 pm. Tel. 01561 340205.
The Royal Lochnagar distillery is 55 miles from Alyth near Ballater on Royal Deeside to the south of the River Dee close to Balmoral castle on the B976. The distillery product is a major component of the VAT 69 blended whisky but also produces two single malts namely, Royal Lochnagar 12 yo and Royal Lochnagar Special Reserve. The distillery and visitor centre is open year round and although there is a charge for adults this includes a discount voucher redeemable against the purchase of a 70 cl bottle of whisky. Tel. 01339 742700.
The Edradour Scotch Whisky Distillery is located 2 miles to the east of Pitlochry some 30 miles from Alyth. Founded by a cooperative of local farmers in 1825, Edradour is the smallest distillery in Scotland. They produce a 10 yo single malt and independent bottlings are also available from Gordon & MacPhail and Signatory. The distillery is open year round except for 25th and 26th December and 1st and 2nd January. Tel. 01796 472095.
The Blair Athol, distillery is situated 35 miles from Alyth, 5 miles north of Pitlochry on the A9. Blair Athol produces a 12 yo single malt and Blair Athol 1981 cask strength as well as two independent bottlings for Signatory and Cadenheads. It is also a major component of Bell’s blends. The Visitor Centre is open year round but is closed at weekends between October and Easter. Tel. 01796 482003.
The Glencadam Distillery is located in Brechin, 30 miles north east of Alyth. The distillery produces a 15 yo single malt and is also an important contributor to both Stewart’s “Cream of the Barley” and Ballantine’s blends. Independent bottlings are also available from Gordon & MacPhail, Signatory and the Scottish malt Whisky Society. Visits can be made between Monday and Thursday from 2-4pm but are by appointment only on 01356 622217.
Glamis Castle; Although most of the remaining castle dates back to the 17th century the site was the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne from the 14th century. Glamis castle was also the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The castle is reputedly haunted and contains fine examples of period paintings and furniture.
Scone Palace; This largely 19th century Palace is situated 16 miles to the south and is the home to the Earls of Mansfield. The palace contains a good range of period furniture and china, while the extensive grounds are a haven for wildlife.
St. Andrews Aquarium; Located close to the sea, near the Old course, the aquarium has an impressive collection of native marine fish, shellfish and sharks as well as a seal sanctuary, tropical aquaria, restaurant and gift shop.
Discovery Point, Dundee; On Dundee waterfront is located the Royal Research Ship Discovery which was built in Dundee and used by Captain Scott to sail to Antarctica in 1901. The visitor centre contains interactive exhibits that recreate the Antarctic voyages and the experiences of the crew and scientists. The ship itself is also part of the experience so visitors can experience first hand what life aboard was like. Also berthed nearby in Victoria Dock is HM Frigate Unicorn, one of the last sailing warships still afloat.
Other attractions in Dundee include the Science Sensation with six zones themed around sound, touch, light, taste and smell. Over 80 hands-on exhibits to entertain kids - large and small. Finally, the award winning Verdant works in West Henderson’s Wynd recreates life in a working jute mill.
In nearby Kirriemuir you can visit the birthplace of Peter Pan author J.M Barrie as well as the Camera Obscura on Kirrie Hill which provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
Slightly further afield in Brechin, visitors can take a trip on the Caledonian Heritage railway which runs for 4 miles to Bridge of Dun, where a visit to the National Trust for Scotland’s House of Dun, an 18th century country house, is well worth a visit. Also in Brechin is the Pictavia exhibition which describes the life of the Picts. a Celtic people who inhabited the area in the 1st Millenium AD. Pictavia is part of the Brechin Castle Centre which includes a garden centre, country park and animal farm, coffee shop, children’s adventure playground, picnic areas, ornamental lake nature trail and vintage farm machinery.
Alyth is one hour from Edinburgh International airport and 1.5h from Glasgow International Airport. There are good bus links from Alyth to the Cities of Perth and Dundee leaving on an hourly basis. The nearest train stations are located in Dundee (30 min) and Perth (40 min). Parking is available on a quiet street next to the cottage.
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Last updated on November 16, 2012
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- Towels Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Alarm Clock
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Central heating
- Housekeeping Optional
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no