For those interested in hill walking, the majestic Ben-y-Vrackie is the perfect hill for beginners and dog walkers. The route leaves directly from the doorstep of the cottage and boasts panoramic views of Pitlochry and the surrounding area. Black Spout Forest in Pitlochry is abundant with red squirrels, a diversity of wildlife and an impressive 60 foot waterfall. The walk leads to Edradour distillery just in time for a wee dram! Also nearby are the Munros Shiehallion and Beinn a' Ghlo for those who feel like a good hike.
Perthshire is also renowned for its cycle tracks - what a great way to explore this part of Scotland and get fit at the same time! If golfing is your sport, there are over 40 courses to choose from. Pitlochry itself has a great course with wonderful views over the town and beyond. Fishermen will love the variety of well stocked lochs and rivers in the county. Maybe extreme sports are more your thing. There are plenty of adventures to be had including bungee jumping, white water rafting and bouldering. There are a number of options for skiers with Aviemore one hour away and Glenshee 30 minutes away.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre has regular plays and festivals. The Winter Words Festival draws a large crowd to celebrate literary works and The Dougie Maclean Amber Festival has performances from talented musicians from around the world. Next to the theatre, the Explorers garden is a wonderful woodland garden which celebrates the stories and results of Scottish Plant Hunters. Divided into glades and zones representing different parts of the world, this is a haven of peace and quiet after the bustle of the town. For whisky lovers there are plenty of distilleries to choose from including Edradour (the smallest in Scotland), Bells and Dewars. The legendary Moulin Inn next door was established in 1695 and brews four of its own ales - a pint of Braveheart is highly recommended! Blair Castle is nearby, and just outside Perth is Scone Palace where you can enjoy a pleasant day out for all the family.
No matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone at all times of the year. You'll enjoy coming back to the Auld Smiddy, a warm and homely cottage with a cosy log burning stove, where you can reflect on your day and leave feeling both relaxed and inspired!
- Moulin Inn next door
- Wide variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs in Pitlochry
- Over 40 golf courses to choose from (Pitlochry Golf Course - half a mile)
- Edradour and Bells distilleries - 1 mile
- Leisure Centre - 1 mile
- Pitlochry Festival Theatre - 1 mile
- Hillwalking - from the doorstep
- Fishing - 1 mile
- Glenshee Ski Centre - 30 miles, Cairngorm Ski Centre - 60 miles
- 4x4 off road driving and archery - 10 miles
- Watersports - nearby