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Ideal holiday location on the border between Perthshire and Angus.

Bedrooms 2
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Country cottage with private, secluded garden in woodland setting.

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 has been totally overhauled 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 has free wi-fi and there are security cameras which cover the perimeter of Birnie House but do not overlook the cottage or the cottage garden.

An added quirky feature is a nuclear bomb shelter in the grounds - a relic of the Cold War!

Find out what's happening at and around Birnie at:

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.

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About Us

Aileen Hynd
Birnie House, by Alyth
PH11 8NA Blairgowrie
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Aileen Hynd
Member since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blairgowrie in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Although pets are very welcome and stay free of charge, owners are responsible for cleaning up ALL pet refuse. Pets are not allowed on furniture.
  • We have a septic tank which does not take kindly to offerings other than white toilet tissue and natural waste. Anything else WILL block the pipes.
  • Breakages do happen so PLEASE let us know so that we can replace damaged items for the benefit of other guests.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • White suite with instant shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • All duvets and pillows are made from non-allergenic materials. There is a travel cot available on request, ideally for infants up to one year old. There is also a small double sofa bed in the sitting room, suitable for guests who require separate sleeping quarters. Please let us know if you will require bedding for the sofa bed. The maximum occupancy of five should include children as five adults may find only two bedrooms and one bathroom inadequate for perfect comfort.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
You can park your car beside the cottage in the private driveway, well away from the main road. The cottage garden is quite large and enclosed with rhubarb and soft fruit bushes and which also has very young fruit trees at the moment but there is one tree which will be bursting with fruit in season. In order to maintain the garden for your enjoyment, and because the cottage is let throughout the growing season, our gardener may have to be there during your stay but we shall try to arrange this whilst you are having an away day and will, of course, ask your permission if not. The larger garden in front of and behind the house is, of course, private but there is a path to the side which leads to the woodland walk and to a network of paths to explore. Permits are available for fishing on the River Isla (only a mile away) an excellent trout and grayling river. Below the River Ericht, the Isla acts as a corridor for salmon. We also have outhouses for equipment and a freezer for fish.


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Ideal holiday location on the border between Perthshire and Angus.
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 76 reviews
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Wonderful house! Wonderful location! Wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Really sweet little cottage, perfect as a central location for hub-and-spoke travels OR if you just want to relax in a lovely, private garden and watch the birds. Our host, Aileen, was right there to answer any questions -- where can we get the best fish and chips? how do I turn off the heat? what are the three chicken's names? where's a nice place to take a walk? . . . It's our all-time favorite rental!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure was all mine meeting such a lovely and interesting couple; the joy of renting out the cottage is meeting people like yourselves. We are, of course, glad that you loved the cottage and the garden but there is so much more to see round and about that you will just have to come back for another visit one day.
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The host was very helpful & the cottage was wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by the owner, given a lovely welcome treat, lots of helpful information, lovely & quiet, cottage was beautiful & decorated very well. Lots of food in the cupboard which is helpful for travelers.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We like to think that people find it warm and welcoming, somewhere they want to come home to after a day of touring and sightseeing. I hope you continued to enjoy your holiday in the rest of Britain but am especially glad that you chose Birnie for the Scottish part of your trip. 😊
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Clean and welcoming!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage whilst in Scotland for The Open Championship golf. Aileen was so welcoming and friendly, the perfect host. The cottage and everything inside it was so clean, absolutely perfect. Very happy and look forward to staying there again soon. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely property and a grate location secluded but not remote.

  • 5 of 5

This property is the perfect size for a couple or a small family. We had not been there an hour before spotting a red squirrel in the garden. And we also spotted a woodpecker and even spent our last morning watching a deer from the kitchen window.

The cottage is spacious but has a cosy feel particularly with the open fire. I can definitely recommend staying here and look forward to having another visit myself.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review and we would welcome you back anytime. We do tend to take our wildlife a little for granted but we do fully appreciate how wonderful it must be to see deer and red squirrels at such close quarters. Many of our visitors return to us for that very feeling of escaping from the hustle and bustle without being too far away from the comforts of civilisation.
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Thank you very much for a wonderful weekend.Grate place to relax.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house, beautiful, large garden. The owners Aileen and Bob are very friendly.Thanks for a trip with jeep.Childrens really liked the game hut and puppies.We will be back for sure.Lina./Lithuanian from London/

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are a lovely family who I would welcome back anytime. Thank you so much for your kindness to us - especially Stan's ribs! Thank you, too for how tidy the cottage was after you having to leave so early! Please come back to us one day. I especially liked that you loved the garden so much. You must stay longer next time; there is so much more to see, locally and further afield.
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A very clean, spotless and comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very spacious and all amenities were perfect. Large gardens with many terrific walks for the dog. A beautiful arriving card and bottle of prosecco for our 50th wedding anniversary a lovely touch.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and thought it was the perfect place to visit to celebrate your Golden Wedding Anniversary. I think Millie must have enjoyed all the different "sniffs" on her walks as well. Please come and visit us again soon.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Dundee or Perth
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Dundee or Perth
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Broughty Ferry / Lunan Bay / Carnoustie
Car: recommended

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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Blairgowrie, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Mar 2019 - 31 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

The rates are all inclusive: there are no security deposits or other extra costs for fuel, housekeeping, or canine guests. However, since dogs do stay free of charge, they do not appear in the information I am given by the website so please let me know in your initial message to me, if you are bringing your pets.
(For lets longer than 28 days the rate and services are negotiable.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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