|The Sma Glen Cottage provides a quiet picturesque escape from the hussle and bussle of every day life.
Here are some local activities and places to explore during your stay at the cottage.
GolfingGleneagles, Perth, Strathtay, Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Taymouth Castle Golf Courses all close.
CastlesExplore( Menzies, Stirling, Drummond, Ancient remains of Doune Castle to name but a few)
Bird Watching and WildlifeThe Glens rugged countryside is a wildlife haven for bird watching and it is not uncommon to see Roe Deer in the Glen. Here are some of the local birds found in the area. (Red & Black throated divers, Black Grouse, Ospreys, Hen Harriers, Merlin, Red Kite, Owls, Golden Eagles.)
WatersportsLoch Tay, Loch Earn
Places to EatA wide variety of eateries are available in near by Crieff, Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Perth. Or close by the Amulree Hotel's Restaurant and Bar can satisfy your appetite.
Local WalksThis area is a hill walking paradise with no shortage of fresh air! If your feeling energetic a walk up the Glen is truly amazing.
The advanced walker will prefer this walk. From Newton Bridge walk along the road and then cross a small bridge over Newton Burn and walk along the remains of General Wade's military road and climb up the rocky slopes of Meall Reamhar with views looking over the Sma' Glen. From that summit you can go towards Geal Charn at this summit you should see a glimpse of Loch Freuchie. You can climb up towards the summit of Creag Grianain which towers above the surrounding area formed by the movement of ice thousands of years ago. Turn then and set off for the summit of Beinn na Gainimh follow a series of old metal fence posts over the ridge following a sheep track down from Sron Bealaidh and along a ridge to a cairn (a pile of stones) and an obelisk (a standing stone) the view over Glen Almond are amazing. Over a rocky section to a farm track below reach the floor of Glen Almond and follow the River Almond towards the Sma' Glen.
This walk requires at least 6 hours and a large packed lunch
Places to VisitRoman fort (Ardoch) Entrance at the northern end of the village of Braco.
From the Glen heading towards Aberfeldy at the junction with the B8063 at the Foulford Inn there lies the flattened fieldtop site of the Roman Fendoch Fort and the watchtower on the hilltop which guarded the Roman's tenuous occupation of southern Scotland from the marauding northern tribes.
If you keep on the B8063 for approx a mile and a half you will come across the famous site of the salmon leap, Buchanty Spout. A stunning place to visit anytime of the year but particularly in September/October when the salmon fight their way up the torrents.
Towns and villages to exploreHighland Perthshire towns will inspire anyone who enjoys being around beautifully restored buildings and rich heritiage, history, the arts, live music, walking and the outdoors.
Aberfeldy(15Miles)Visit the working water wheel or enjoy the Birks o'Aberfeldy a popular local walk.
Amulree(4Miles)Amulree is about 1000 ft above sea level and one of the oldest cattle trysts in Scotland. This is the small hamlet village nearest the cottage having simply a small church built in 1744 and the local Inn starting life as a drover's inn in 1714 and reputedly used by Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Amulree Hotel, also known as the lonely Inn, has a philosophy for welcoming the hungry, weary travellers with good wholesome food so you must visit on foot or by car for an evening meal or just a drink at the bar.
ComrieThe Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre just outside Comrie a perfect trip for the children.
Crieff(8miles)Crieff is the second largest town in Perthshire after Perth. A town for your provisions and strolling around the shops. The Glen Turret Distillery and the local Stuart and Waterford Crystal factory are worth a visit.
Dunkeld (13miles)The Cathedral City of Dunkeld is tucked away at the foot of thickly wooded hills on the banks of the River Tay just ten minutes from the cottage, a real treat! Dunkeld known as the fort of the Celts steeped in both Royal and religious history. Scotland's first king, Kenneth MaAlpin, built a stone church here early in the 9th century to house the relics of St Columba; and considered the centre of Christianity in all Scotland under King David 1. The area of Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Glen Almond hosts many country parks, nature reserves and official roads and footpaths. The Hermitage in Dunkeld is a beautiful woodland walk up to a most dramatic waterfall a popular afternoon for all the family.
Resting on the opposite bank of the River Tay is the Victorian village of Birnam. Keen Shakespeare enthusiasts will be interested in the famous Birnam Wood mentioned in the play Macbeth lying close to Dunkeld.
Kenmore and Loch TayFrom Amulree the route along Glen Quaich to Kenmore on Loch Tay begins or Loch Freuchie. From the cottage head towards Amulree; Reminants of General Wades road starts at Amulree take the single track road through Glen Quaich which will take you through isolated but spectacular scenery to Kenmore on Loch Tay, (careful driving needed and is sometimes impassable in winter). If you take the challenge you will be passing through a favourite hunting ground of Scottish Kings. Further along you will see a glimpse of Loch Freuchie/fraochie which has a small crannog (manmade island). As the road narrows you will need to stop to open and close gates and negotiate the double hairpin bend then enjoy the final stretch to the summit and the magnificent views down the Glen.
The silvery Loch Tay has a watersport centre and also the Crannog exhibition. Canoeing with all the equipment provided is available at Kenmore.
Cruises on Loch Tay are available from Kenmore in the summer. Boat hire at Milton Morenish and white water rafting is also available in Kenmore and Aberfeldy.
KillinVia A827 Glen Ogle travel to the mountainfringed village of Killin for Celtic legends and the healing powers of St.Fillan.
Loch EarnJust a few miles away is Loch Tay and loch Earn for those seeking watersports activities, whilst enjoying breathtaking views of Kenmore.
MuthilFor those wanting a less energetic exploration the local Roman Hamlet village of Comrie or Muthill a tiny village steeped in history would be pleasant. A must for every visitor, however, is the ten minute journey to the historic City of Dunkeld and its cathedral situated on the edge of the picturesque River Tay. The keen Shakespeare lover will enjoy visiting Birnam wood and the Victorian village of Birnam, whereas, the salmons leap and the beautiful walk up to the Hermitage is something not to be missed. Winding away the hours taking in the breathtaking scenery is what all visitors to Perthshire love best. Those visitors interested in the theatre, buying Scottish souvenirs and a meal out Pitlochry offers all this and more.
Pitlochry(26 Miles)A popular resort visited by tourists year after year it has a Festival Theatre situated at the edge of the river, many tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. The Faskally Dam with its fishladder for leaping salmon is certainly worth a visit. Not forgetting the local distilleries in and around Pitlochry. If you do venture up to Pitlochry you must stop for a drink in our favourite bar just up from the centre in Moulin. The Moulin Hotel and bar make their own brew and in the winter months you are sure to find a large roaring fire to heat those chilled hands. Pitlochry is no stranger to tourists and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. Curling Rink Queens view, north of Pitlochry DEWARS World of Whisky amongst many others. Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Perth (20 Miles)Perth Theatre
Scone Races (Perth)
Perth leisure Centre and Swimming pool.
Stirling(31Miles)BlairDrummond Safari & Adventure Park From Stirling off A84
Loch EarnThis Loch is situated close to Comrie and Crieff easy access from the cottage. Loch Earn Head is a lovely attractive setting to enjoy some watersports. My first visit to this Loch was during the winter when the hills around the loch were covered in snow and the loch was so still and silver in colour, strikingly picturesque and such a tranquil place!
Wester GlenalmondThis stretch of forest had a history of smuggling by the highland marauders and outlaws. A private road for walkers leads you to the site of Caterans/thieves Cave in this area a church stood in which supposedly over 120 men from the Glen took the sacrament before heading to Culloden.