Local Area

The local area is perfect for a hillwalking holiday with Schiehallion and Ben Lawers just minutes away. The Tay is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers, and numerous other outdoor activities - from white-water rafting to guided Highland Safaris - are available in the locality.

Barely a couple of miles away is the picturesque village of Kenmore, where you can eat and drink at the renowned Kenmore Hotel (reputedly the oldest in Scotland). There are more excellent restaurants in the locality - notably the Fortingall Hotel, the Waterfront and the Court Yard in Kenmore, and the Weem Hotel and the Ailean Chraggan in nearby Weem - with several others offering various cuisines in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.

The Highland town of Aberfeldy, 5 miles to the east, has a brand new supermarket, plenty of interesting shops and outlets (including the award-winning Watermill bookshop and art gallery), several bars, restaurants and speciality food outlets, a newly opened sports and recreation centre with swimming pool, and an 18-hole golf course.

There are also nearby 9-hole courses at Kenmore, Strathtay, Killin, and Comrie, with 18 holes at Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Crieff; and - just one mile away - Taymouth Castle in its magnificent parkland setting. And if you wish to play a couple of the best courses in the world, Gleneagles is less than an hour's drive, and St Andrews is within 90 minutes. As well as outdoor pursuits, there are countless other attractions and diversions. The area is rich in history, with gems including Blair Castle and Scone Palace (both less than an hour away), the Scottish Crannog Centre and Castle Menzies, both almost on the Smiddy’s doorstep.

Cultural highlights include Perth’s Theatre and Concert Hall; and the world-famous Pitlochry Festival Theatre - now open all year round with a varied programme of events and concerts (including a musical production for Christmas), and its unique rolling repertoire of plays between May and October allowing you to see six different productions in a week. And, of course, there’s whisky... Aberfeldy is the home of Dewar’s, with its World of Whisky exhibition and interactive centre. Pitlochry has the Bell’s Blair Athol Distillery, and the Edradour, Scotland’s smallest; while the Famous Grouse Experience is at Glenturret, just outside Crieff.