Local Area

Dog walking

There are plenty of places to walk your dog and there is a small booklet with Perthshire walks in each cottage.  There is an attractive walk along the sideMeikleour woods of the river Ericht on the Blairgowrie side which takes you to Cargill's Leap and other viewpoints of the river Continuing a short way, there is a  footbridge over the river.  Climbing up the steps on the other side, you can walk back down Balmoral Road until there is a path back down to the river and the road along the riverside.  That takes you back to The Coach House. 

Another option, (picture on right), where you can let dogs off the lead if you wish, is to take the car about ten minutes south of Blairgowrie towards Meikleour.  Before Meikleour you come to a long straight section of road through some woods and about 200 yards ahead there is space for four cars on the right.  The woods here are a great dog walking area and easy to navigate since the paths are like a square-ish grid system, so it's difficult to get lost.


Little's Restaurant

One of the best restaurants in Perthshire - right next door to The Coach House.  If you're coming from The Old Scout Hall, then Little's is just across the River Ericht.  Willie Little specialises in fish dishes but there is plenty more on the menu to delight diners.  There is also a comfortable bar area with a log burner.  And outside seating in the summer.

Distance from the property is: 0.5 mile

www.littlesrestaurant.com


Sampan

A Bangladeshi restaurant right in the centre of Blairgowrie. Great food, but can be a bit slow so be aware. If you are ordering takeaway, you will need to wait an hour before collection.


The Cateran Cafe

On the High Street and a great place for lunch with some outside seating as well with a menu that changes daily.  Not open in the evenings.

www.caterancafe.co.uk


The Cateran Trail

The trail comprises 64 miles starting and finishing in Blairgowrie, going north to Bridge of Cally, through Kirkmichael, over to Glenshee and then across to Glenisla and down to Alyth.  The walk can be done in sections and offers both moorland walking and some steeper and more arduous sections.  Each year around the start of June, the Cateran Yomp is held when participants do the whole 64 miles non-stop.  It is a properly regulated event, with pit stops and entertainment to encourage walkers along the way.  Most walkers do so for charity.


Dunottar Castle
This magnificent ruin is on a clifftop overlooking the North Sea, near Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen. The weather doesn't matter since Dunottar is photogenic in rain or sunshine.

The distance from the property is 56 miles.

www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk


Persie Gin
Simon and Chrissie run Persie gin distillery, a family-run business. They currently produce 3 types of gin and all are available to taste.

The distance from the property is 10 miles.

www.persiedistillery.com


Glamis Castle
There are excellent tours available of Glamis, (pronounced Glahms), which is the former childhood home of the Queen's late mother. The gardens are also worth seeing and Glamis is just a 20-minute drive from Coach House at Riverlea.

The distance from the property is 15 miles.

www.glamis-castle.co.uk


Balmoral Castle
Her Majesty The Queen's Scottish home is just over an hour's drive north from Coach House at Riverlea through Glenshee. Balmoral is not open until late August/early September when The Queen takes her Scottish holiday and attends the Braemar Gathering.

The distance from the property is 42 miles.

www.balmoralcastle.com


Outdoor Explore
Kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, and hill walking.

The distance from the property is 10 miles.

www.outdoorexplore.org.uk


Blairgowrie Golf Club
With two championship eighteen-hole courses and a nine-hole course, Blairgowrie attracts golfers from across Britain and further afield.

Distance from the property is 2 miles.

www.theblairgowriegolfclub.co.uk


For kids - Stewart's Dairy
Great ice cream and a deli with a collection of pygmy goats and rare sheep plus geese and ducks.  Near Stanley just north of Perth.

www.stewart-tower.co.uk

Or Peel Farm

Small cafe with a gift shop and a nature trail plus some animals.  Signposted on the way north to Glenisla past Alyth.

www.peelfarm.com


Nature Nuts Wildlife Tours
Guided tours with Bob Smith, (as seen on TV), to see the local wild beavers or up a nearby Munro, (mountain over 3000 ft), or to Bob's hide where he regularly sees red squirrels and pine martens. 

The distance from the property is 0.5 miles.

www.rsmith50.wixsite.com/naturenuts

r.smith50@sky.com


Glenshee Ski Centre
Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK's most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities. Glenshee's impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.

The distance from the property is 24 miles.

www.ski-glenshee.co.uk