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Birnie Cottage is ideally situated in the Vale of Strathmore.This is a charming cottage between Kirriemuir and Blairgowrie.The rooms are quite large and the oil fired central heating is included in the price and wood/coal is always available (free of charge) for the open fire.The kitchen is well equipped and has an old fashioned theme, mindful of the original use as a gardener's cottage for nearby Birnie House (the home of the owner- willing, if available, to give advice about where to go and what to see in the area). The cottage was totally overhauled in 2009 but great care was taken to retain the original 1930s character . Visitors are welcome to walk in the woods attached to the house.Various games are available for younger visitors and activities in the surrounding area abound; enough to satisfy any age of visitor! Dogs are also welcome but not on the beds or sofas! The cottage also has free wi-fi.
An added quirky feature is a nuclear bomb shelter in the grounds - a relic of the Cold War!
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Walking: The CATERAN TRAIL is a walking route full of breathtaking landscapes with a wide range of changing terrain that should suit long distance walkers of any age. Situated on the southern end of the Highlands in the Heart of Perthshire and the Angus Glens this route provides the walker with a true feel of Scottish landscape and offers a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Caterans in the 15th to 17th centuries.
The DEN OF ALYTH has several walks of varying length through the deep, shady glen of the Alyth Burn amongst mixed open woodland. As well as being a quiet place to walk, the Den is a place to rest, picnic and watch the varied wildlife. Oak, ash and birch trees are home to small birds like tree creepers and great tits, while dippers and grey wagtails live by the waterside.
Walk around AULD ALYTH or the quiet country roads leading to Glenisla and the Angus Glens. The views are magnificent. Also in the area is the waterfall, REEKIE LYNN, on the way to PEEL FARM.
Nature: GLEN ISLA is one of the more significant and the most westerly of the Angus Glens, a wide valley in the southern Grampians, between Glen Shee and Glen Prosen. The River Isla flows south and then southeast into the Valley of Strathmore.
LINTRATHEN reservoir is a nature reserve in the Braes of Angus, situated at the southern end of Glen Isla, 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Alyth. Surrounded by farmland, the loch is visited by large numbers of wildfowl, wintering geese, whooper swans and the occasional osprey.
LOCH OF KINNORDY, nearer Kirriemuir, is a shallow loch set in a natural basin which attracts all sorts of wildfowl and is open from dawn to dusk.
Near Dunkeld, LOCH OF LOWES is all about ospreys. From April to September a pair of ospreys usually breed here and there is an observation hide just 150m from their nest, as well as a camera so visitors can watch close up pictures of the birds. The reserve covers 95 hectares of the loch, shoreline and surrounding woodland.
Peter Pan: The Peter Pan House in Kirriemuir is the birthplace of J M Barrie who is best known for his wonderfully enchanting story of the boy who never grew up.. His childhood house is equally as delightful and visitors have a rare privilege to see where he grew up and step into the rooms where he spent his childhood can and even go into the wash room that is said to be the inspiration for his Wendy House and was his first theatre during his childhood.
The narrow streets of Kirriemuir are lined with traditional red sandstone houses, friendly shops and galleries, interesting museums, cosy cafes and welcoming pubs, not to mention some of the best ice cream in Tayside.
From the 'Camera Obscura' you can enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and southern slopes of the Grampians. Kirriemuir, which has lost none of its charm, is central for explorations of the beautiful Braes of Angus - all penetrating deep into the lonely eastern Grampian mountains.
My husband and I had a fantastic week, and so did our two dogs. There are lots of places to visit within easy driving distance or if you want to stay in. You can just walk through the owners wood (and continue across the fields if you want). There are deer in the woods and a huge variety of birds to watch. The setting of the cottage is amazing and tranquil. The garden is large and completely enclosed, so the dogs cannot wander off. The cottage is well equipped and comfortable. The owners are very helpful and are a good source of local knowledge, history and ideas of things to do. There are several pubs and hotels in the town of Alyth to suit most budgets and the town is unspoilt by tourism. I would definitely recommend it and we have already booked another stay.
Had a good time at the cottage and Aileen was very helpful in regards to the surrounding area for our dogs and where they could go.The dogs and Bonfire night were the main reason we chose to stay here as it met all our requirement's big garden for the dogs,woodland walks,rural
A great cottage for three or four to share. Very clean and with everything you need for a comfortable stay. You can always tell you're going to enjoy a stay when the owner bakes you fresh scones and provides local OS maps. This a particularly good location for dog owners. The owner's adjoining property has some open woodland which is great for exercising the animals and there are lots of local walks and some great beaches within a short drive away. Good shops and take-aways in the local town of Alyth and plenty of choice for eating out locally as well. We're very happy to recommend this property to others.
What a lovely, relaxing holiday, walking directly from the door for myself and my dogs no matter what the weather.
Walks further away if required.
The cottage was lovely and warm and the flickering fire on a dark evening was ideal.
Aileen and Bob were so welcoming, always there if required, however they were never intrusive.
Will be returning next year for sure!
Sue and the dogs.
hello aileen and bob,just a wee note to say what a great cottage birnie is,warm and clean and with everything you need. and a great place for touring from,hope to be back again.michael and marie,ireland
Thank you Aileen and Bob what a lovely stay just wish we could of stayed longer 😀😀
The small town of Alyth is two miles away, convenient for supplies, restaurants and pubs. Glamis Castle (childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) is just a few miles away and is one of Scotland's most beautiful castles. Dundee and Perth are within a 30 minute journey for swimming pools, theatres, cinemas and shopping, and Scott of the Antarctic's RRS Discovery. St Andrews, the home of golf, is less than an hour away and there are several golf courses nearby (3 within 3 miles!) You can go skiing at Glenshee and hillwalking in the Sidlaws. (Alyth is also on the route of the Cateran Trail). Shooting and fishing can be arranged, in season, and there is a country sports centre featuring clay shooting, archery and quad biking within easy reach.
Birnie is ideally situated as a central point for most activities from beaches and mountains to hillwalking and fishing to golfing and riding to theatres and shopping. There is even the 'home' of Peter Pan in nearby Kirriemuir!
Golf: This cottage is at the heart of what must be a golfer's paradise. Between two and twenty miles from Birnie are: Alyth Golf Club, a moorland,18 hole course with tricky greens; Glenisla Golf Centre, a rolling parkland, 18 hole course with water hazards, set in beautiful scenery; Strathmore Golf Centre and Driving Range which offers a challenging 18 hole course and an easier 9 hole course with plenty of other facilities in rolling parkland which has excellent teaching facilities at the golf academy including a 10 bay floodlit driving range, short game practice area and 6 hole putting green; Blairgowrie Golf Club (Rosemount), which has two heathland, 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course in wooded surroundings; Kirriemuir Golf Club, a parkland and heathland, 18 hole course; Piperdam Golf Driving Range, which helps to perfect your golf swing at the 12 bay driving range with a short game area and professional tuition; Guthrie Castle Golf Course, designed to be the ultimate golf challenge, taking advantage of all natural hazards and truly one of a kind; Downfield Golf Club, a very fine heavily wooded parkland,18 hole course of championship standard, but good for all levels of golfer to enjoy.
In less than 30 miles there are Carnoustie Golf Links, having three famous courses in this complex, two of them less challenging than the famous Championship course and, St Andrews - the Home of Golf, which has 10 courses close to the town centre including the Old Course and Kingsbarns. Enjoy!
Ski: The cottage is ideally situated for ski-ing at Glenshee which is located at Cairnwell Pass where the A93 enters the Cairngorms National Park. Alyth is only 20 miles away via the B954 to Dykend on the B951 and then on to the A93. It is also accessible from Blairgowrie via the A93. With its diversity of pistes, Glenshee offers something for everyone from invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland. Beginners are able to get to grips with skiing and snowboarding on the nursery slopes and it is also ideal for intermediate skiers/snowboarders with no less than 26 blue and red runs, varying from the long and exhilarating to the short and steep. Experienced skiers and boarders, however, are able to test their skills on two excellent black runs. The "Tiger" is one of the most renowned runs in Scotland and visitors often come just to spectate. Recently the centre has upgraded the chairlift which takes you to the top of this mountain. Snowboarders are also treated to a specially designed Fun Park.With so much choice, it is easy to see why Glenshee is Scotland's premier resort.
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Stays of 5 or 6 nights for four guests or fewer are also charged at the same rate as the weekly rate (i.e. £5 reduction per night). There is a further reduction of 5% for 15 nights or more and the rate is negotiable for visitors wishing to lease the cottage for more than 28 nights.