The Holiday Cottages & Glenshee Treehouse are located in the centre of Glenshee in Perthshire, surrounded by mountainous and dramatic scenery.
Whether you are after a central self-catering accommodation base to explore Scotland; a luxury Treehouse break for your honeymoon or special occasion, area to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities including walking, mountain biking and skiing, wildlife watching; or just relaxing, then Dalnoid and Glenshee are the ideal centre for you!
An extensive information pack on things to see and do within the area is provided in each cottage and we would also advise a visit to the Wee House of Glenshee Cafe, Shop & Visitor Centre (open daily Easter — end of Oct, long weekends in Nov & Dec, February Half-Term and weekends during the Ski Season) to pick up more information on the area.
Wee House of Glenshee Tearoom, Shop and Visitor Centre:
Sue and Philip also run the Wee House of Glenshee Tearoom, Shop and Visitor Centre, just 1 mile up the A93 from the Holiday Cottages. Enjoy a selection of Sue's Homebaked Cakes, Light Lunches, Teas, Coffees served all day in front of the log-burner! The shop stocks a wide selection of local quality crafts, gifts and produce including home-made preserves made by Sue & Philip.
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Take in the magnificent mountain scenery of the Glenshee Mountains and Forests with a wide range of both high and low level walks — many of which are featured in the new, free, Walking & Mountain Biking Guide to the Glenshee area. For more challenging walks there are many fine mountains in the immediate area including Mount Blair, The Cairnwell, Carn a Gheoidh, Glas Maol, Creag Leach, Glas Tulaichean and Ben Gulabin. For the Munro bagger there are 21 Munros within a 14 mile radius of the Cairnwell Pass.
Following the paths used by the 15th century cattle rustlers (caterans), this is a wonderful walking route taking in the breathtaking scenery of Glenshee and Strathardle. It takes on average 4 or 5 days to complete the circular (64 miles) with individual sections suitable for shorter walks.
Skiing & Snowboarding
The Glenshee ski centre is Britain's largest snowsports area with 22 lifts and 36 runs offering an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. www.ski-glenshee.co.uk There are several locally based ski and snowboard hire shops and schools offering tuition and instruction.
There's fishing for salmon and trout on the doorstep in Glenshee. The season on the Shee Water and Blackwater is from the 15 April to 15 October. Loch trout fishing is also available on a couple of local lochs, with Butterstone Loch between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld being a popular stocked rainbow loch.
For cycling both off road and on, the area is well regarded with quiet scenic back roads and exciting off road tracks — several routes are featured in the Guide to Walking and Mountain Biking in Glenshee available from Dalnoid Holiday Cottages and/or Glenshee Pottery & Visitor Centre. During the summer season a downhill mountain bike track accessible by chairlift is in operation at Glenshee Ski Centre.
Glenshee is home to one of the highest courses in Britain. A well kept hilly 9 hole course at Dalmunzie. Other nearby courses include the famous Rosemount Course at Blairgowrie Golf Club (venue for the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup), Alyth Golf Club, Glenisla Golf Course and Strathmore Golf Course.
Clay pigeon shooting, stalking and pheasant and grouse shooting are available in season on several local estates.
Local outdoor activity centres offer indoor climbing walls, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, ropes courses, zip wire and the latest craze sphering!
Places to Visit:
Castles & Historic Houses
- Scone Palace, Perth — The one time crowning place of Scottish Kings and Home of the Earls of Mansfield www.sconepalace.co.uk
- Blair Castle, Blair Atholl — The ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl www.blair-castle.co.uk
- Glamis Castle, Glamis — Childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother www.glamis.co.uk
- Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside — Set in Royal Deeside, the estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848 and has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since www.balmoralcastle.com
Distilleries - Whisky & Gin
- Persie Gin Distillery at Blackwater - award winning gins www.persiedistillery.com
- Bell's Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry — One of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland www.discovering-distilleries.com/blairathol
- Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry — Edradour is Scotland's smallest whisky distillery www.edradour.co.uk
- Royal Lochnagar, Balmoral — On the doorstop of Balmoral Castle www.discovering-distilleries.com
National Trust for Scotland:
- National Trust for England and Wales membership, also allows you free entry to National Trust for Scotland properties www.nts.org.uk
- J M Barrie's Birthplace, Kirriemuir — Birthplace and early home to the author of Peter Pan
- Angus Folk Museum, Forfar — Six 18thC cottages, showing life in rural Angus
Towns and Villages:
Pitlochry — This Victorian town in Perthshire has a variety of attractions including:
- Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder — watch the Salmon negotiate the ‘ladder' to bypass the Dam
- Heathergems — watch the crafts people turn heather stems into jewellery
- Queens View — one of the most famous views in Scotland
Dunkeld & Birnam — Situated either side of the Tay
- Dunkeld — a cathedral town now partly owned by the National Trust for Scotland
- Birnam — a Victorian village — home to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden
Braemar and Ballater — Both situated in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park, either side of Balmoral Castle.
- Braemar is home to the Braemar Gathering, visited each year by the Queen and Royal Family
- Ballater has a long association with the Royal Family and many of the local shops and businesses display the Royal Warrant
- Wee House of Glenshee Tearoom, Shop & Visitor Centre — Local tearoom, shop with visitor centre providing information on the history, myths and legends, wildlife, and outdoor activities in and around Glenshee. Open daily Apr - Oct, restricted opening Nov - Mar
- Peel Farm and Craft Centre, Lintrathen by Kirriemuir — Coffee shop and craft centre including local crafts, coffee shop, farm shop and farm trail www.peelfarm.com
- Linn of Dee , Braemar — stunning water falls in picturesque woodland location with several walking and mountain bike trails. Beautiful spot for a picnic.
- House of Bruar, nr Blair Athol — Scotland's most prestigious country store, including clothing, homewares, gallery, food hall and restaurant. Situated alongside the picturesque Falls of Bruar. www.houseofbruar.com
- Scottish Antiques and Arts Centre, Abernyte (between Perth & Dundee) — The largest selection of antiques and arts in Scotland www.scottish-antiques.com
- Discovery Dundee — Follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackelton aboard the RRS Discovery www.rssdiscovery.com