Situated in Strathardle, Bolt Hole Cottage gives walkers options of walking in Angus, Perthsire or Cairngorm. For the more strenuous days out there are many Munros within striking distance of the Cottage https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/munros/ .
For something less challenging, we are fortunate that the Cottage sits right on the Cateran Trail, a long distance circular route through Angus and Perthshire. More info and downloadable route guide available at https://www.pkct.org/cateran-trail. In additon some further established routes exist in an around Kirkmichael which is approx 3 miles west. The Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust have information https://www.pkct.org/kirkmichael-walks as does the Walk Highlands site mentioned above.
Lastly, a lovely short walk we'd thoroughly recommend is along the river into Blairgowrie. As you head into the town by way of A93, park in the car park on the right before you hit the town centre itself. Some steps take you down to the riverbank and once across the footbridge, a very pleasant riverside walk takes you right into the shops and cafes. You'll get a sense of the significance the river had via the many former jute mills in the short 1.25m route there and back. Look out for "Cargills Leap" where you'll be amazed at the power of the water over many centuries. Additional walking routes in and around the town can be found at https://www.pkct.org/blairgowrie-walks & https://www.pkc.gov.uk/media/25245/Blairgowrie-pat...
Other outdoor pursuits
If Skiing or Boarding is an interest and the weather is cooperating, Bolt Hole Cottage is less than 40 minutes from the ski centre at Glenshee
Another element of the Cateran Trail is the chance to try geocaching
Enthusiasts will already know this we're sure, however, Strathardle gives you every opportunity to try some of Scotland's finest River & Loch fishing. Local expertise, advice and permits are available in Blairgowrie http://www.kateflemings.co.uk and at http://www.the-glens.org.uk/fishing.html
15 minutes from Bolt Hole Cottage, 3 top Championship courses are available at Blairgowrie Golf Club. Regularly in the top 100 ranked courses in Scotland the Club would be worth a visit. Visitors welcome.
Places to visit
A wide range of lovely destinations are within easy striking distance of Bolt Hole Cottage. some of our favourites are as follows:
- Blairgowrie - 10 minutes
- Perth - 25 minutes
- Pitlochry - 25 minutes
- Blair Atholl & Blair Castle - 30 minutes
- House of Bruar - 40 minutes (legendary high-end country & food shopping)
- Dunkeld - 25 minutes (Cathedral town)
- Aberfeldy & Loch Tay - 65 minutes or 75 to the Loch (we highly recommend the Watermill Book & Coffee shop)
- Braemar/Ballater - 50 minutes
- Dundee - 60 minutes (V&A Museum)
- St Andrews - 80 minutes (Home of Golf and many independent shops)
- Glamis Castle - 40 minute
- Kirriemuir - 40 minutes (Birthplace of JM Barrie, Museum, Window on Thrums)
- Glasgow 1hr 50 minutes
- Edinburgh 1 hr 50 minutes
- Edinburgh Airport 1 hr 25 minutes
Eating & Drinking
There are quite a few good options for eating out within a 3 to 10 mile radius.
Approx a 5 minute drive away in Kirkmichael is the Kirkmichael Hotel (the Kirky Bar). Local pub food, extensive menu, freshly made. The hotel has a little art gallery also. https://www.kirkmichaelhotel.co.uk We'd recommend this one.
Heading back to Bridge of Cally (a couple more minutes drive in the other direction) is the Bridge of Cally Hotel. Very nice dining room overlooking the river. Fractionally more expensive than the more local hotel.
https://www.inspiredhotels.co.uk/bridge-of-cally-hotel Booking would be advisable.
A few mile more into Blairgowrie there are good options at :
- Littles (specialises in fish but has other items) - https://littlesrestaurant.com/main-menu
- The Dalmore Inn on the road towards Perth - http://www.dalmoreinn.com
….and for something a little special, the Balathie House Hotel https://www.ballathiehousehotel.com/dine/dinner
This would be about a 25 minute drive from the Cottage and booking would be essential. Fine dining using local produce, game etc.
In the Blairgowrie and wider Perthshire areas, quite a few of the pubs and hotels are members of CAMRA Tayside (Campaign for Real Ale)
Can we also highly recommend a visit to Persie Gin Distillery https://www.persiedistillery.com.
This relatively recent craft gin distillery is literally 10-15 minutes from the Cottage up the A93 towards Glenshee from Bridge of Cally. Well worth a vist to look, taste or buy!
If whisky is more your tipple, there are a number of distilleries within striking distance and well worth a visit. Edradour on the road down into Pitlochry. Also Bell's Blair Athol distillery in the town of Pitlochry and on the outskirts of Aberfeldy, Dewars have a distillery that amongst others is the home of Aberfeldy single malt.