There is so much to see and do during your stay at Vanora’s Cottages: whether it’s exploring the local area or using it as a base for exploring further afield, and there really is something for everyone.
There are plenty of lovely local walks around Alyth and the surrounding area, from a stroll around the Den of Alyth to exploring Glen Isla with its dramatic waterfall at Reekie Linn. The other Angus Glens made up of Glen Clova, Glen Doll and Glen Esk are a short journey away and are a fabulous location for walks of all grades from a gente ramble to a challenging hike. The Walk Highlands site has some great information on walks in the area, including downloadable guides and is well worth taking a look at as you plan your walks.
The Cateran Trail is a 65 mile circular route which starts and ends in Blairgowrie, and passes through Alyth. Based on ancient drovers paths it takes you through some of the loveliest countryside in the area. It is a great blend of riverside and woodland, open moorland and glimpses of the Highlands. You don’t have to walk it all on one go of course: it can be split into 5 or 6 walks ranging from 4 to 7 hours in length. We can arrange pick up and drop off throughout the stages if required. Details of the Cateran Trail walks can be found on the Walk Highlands site.
Culture and heritage
East Perthshire has a rich and varied heritage: from the Picts who lived here two thousand years ago to the mills of the industrial revolution. The evidence of this history is with us today and can be seen across the countryside, towns and villages of the area including one of the finest collections of Pictish Stones at Meigle.
Perth is home to the Fergusson Gallery, celebrating the life and work of the great pioneer of modern art, Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson (1874-1961) and dance, his wife Margaret Morris. Throughout the year there are various arts and cultural events from Perthshire Open Studios the newly launch Bookmark festival on Blairgowrie.
No trip to Scotland is really complete without a trip to a distillery. Locally there is Edradour situated between Alyth and Pitlochry, famed for being the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland making single malt by hand. The Famous Grouse Experience offers tours at their Glenturret distillery and some of the most famous whiskys in the world are created in Speyside which can be reached easily from Alyth.
There is plenty of fishing in the Alyth area from stocked lochs for trout fishing at Ledyatt and Butterstone to river fishing for trout and salmon on the Rivers Ericht, Isla and Tay.
This part of Scotland really is a golfers paradise with some of the most famous courses in the world close at hand: St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie are all within an hours drive from Alyth. There are also some great local courses to choose from including the Alyth Golf Club, Strathmore Golf Centre and the Blairgowrie Golf Club as well as others at Kirriemuir, Dundee (Downfield, Caird Park), Monifieth, Barry and Carnoustie.
Mountain Biking and Cycling
Alyth is surrounded by some of Scotland’s premier cycling country and you can be certain that very soon after you leave Camlann’s front door you will be off the beaten track and enjoying the freedom of the great Scottish outdoors. We even have our own bike park in Alyth which opened in June 2014 which consists of a pump track, a small skills loop and a section of blue grade trail.
Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities with 22 lifts and 36 runs and an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. Over the winter of 2013/14 there was more snow than there was at the Olympics!
There’s not shortage of wildlife experiences around Alyth. For bird watchers, the Loch of the Lowes, haunt of Ospreys is nearby and the Montrose Basin reserve about fourty minutes drive. The Den Of Alyth is home to red squirrels and beavers have built dams right along the Cateran Trail where it runs through the Bamff Estate just up the road. We also have our own local micro business specialising in guided wildlife walks and tours throughout Perthshire, Perthshire Wildlife who will collect you from your accommodation and escort you to the top wildlife spots of the area.