Situated at the heart of Highland Perthshire, The House of Bruar is a stone’s throw away from some of Scotland’s most exciting visitor attractions, dramatic scenery and country activities. A slightly longer journey through stunning landscapes opens up a world of interesting locations, quirky accommodation and gourmet delights. So, once you’ve finished your day browsing and shopping in The Home of Country Clothing, pick a direction and set off on your adventure of discovery.
Explore the Fair City of Perth and the market town of Kinross, and wander through the picturesque villages of Pitlochry and Dunkeld — famed for their beautiful settings. Discover medieval castles and ruined kirks, traverse mountains, and discover the breathtaking wildlife that makes this part of the country special.
But Perthshire isn’t all about the outdoors. Choose a luxury hotel or quirky holiday let to be your base for the area, not forgetting to take in Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional pubs and whisky distilleries along the way.
Whatever the reason for your visit, you’ll soon realise that Perthshire has something for everyone — topped off with a charming dash of Scottish hospitality that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Activities and attractions
Blair Castle Source: https://blair-castle.co.uk/
No trip to Scotland would be complete without time dedicated to the exploration of a castle. Blair Castle, in all its glory, sits on the 145,000 acre Atholl Estate in Highland Perthshire. With landscaped gardens, a ruined kirk and traditional interiors, step back in time to explore the castle as it was in its prime.
Image credit: Ben Alder Estate. Source: https://www.ben-alder.com/
Renowned for deer stalking, visit the Ben Alder Estate between July and October to have your chance at shooting a red stag. This sustainably managed estate includes plenty of activities for the whole family. If hunting isn’t your thing, why not try kayaking or fishing, paddle-boarding or cycling? Whatever your choice, you’ll delight in the stunning scenery of this beautiful Perthshire estate.
Image credit: County Clays. Source: http://www.countyclays.co.uk
As Scotland’s largest shooting range, County Clays is well worth a trip. Make your way around the course with a qualified tutor and shoot your shot at a range of different targets. There are clay shots to be taken that mirror the characteristics of rabbits, pheasants and more. With experience guiding both novices and experienced shooters, the tutors here can create a fantastic experience for all who stop by.
Image credit: Perthshire Wildlife. Source: https://perthshirewildlife.co.uk/beaver-tours/
Learn more about these fascinating creatures, native to this part of Scotland. Visit beaver dams and view families; and learn all about local ecology and how these critters are transforming the wetlands of the local area. Perfect for families, children will love the opportunity to forage for beaver chips and chewed up branches. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not take to the water to spot your beavers, on one of the company’s kayaking tours. A truly memorable day out for all the family.
Known as the home of country clothing, The House of Bruar is Scotland’s leading independent retailer. It offers a unique shopping experience that includes the UK's largest Knitwear Hall specialising in luxury natural fibres including merino and cashmere, a luxury Food Hall and Restaurant, an Art Gallery, Country Living Department and Present Shop featuring handmade gifts. This department store has everything, it is impossible to leave empty-handed!
Food and drink
Image credit: 63 Tay Street. Source: http://63taystreet.com/
Located on the River Tay in central Perth, 63 Tay Street is an award-winning restaurant loved by both locals and tourists alike. Famed for their tasting menus and wine flights, the team at 63 keep it local, honest and simple whilst creating mouthwatering menus for all to enjoy. Visitors love the thoughtful service and regard it as excellent value for money.
Image credit: Pitcairngreen Inn. Source: http://www.pitcairngreeninn.co.uk/
A traditional pub in the heart of Pitcairngreen village, the Pitcairngreen Inn was built as a coaching inn in the 19th century. Enjoy the small beer garden on a sunny day, and when it’s colder, cosy up in front of the roaring fire in the snug with a dram. As well as an affordable menu, the pub’s great atmosphere and local beers are what keeps people coming back for more.
Image credit: Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery. Source: https://www.dewars.com/gl/en/aberfeldydistillery/
This working whisky distillery in the Perthshire countryside sits at the foot of the Highlands, perfectly placed for an authentic Scotch experience. Choose from personalised tours for every level of whisky lover, as well as learning from a fantastic interactive exhibition. Finish off your day with a tasting in the whisky emporium, and fill a bottle from the casks to take home. A true delight.
Image credit: The Orangery. Source: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g946548-d17557347
The Orangery is a real foodie destination in Perthshire. Based at the Old Manse of Blair hotel, the restaurant is famed for its locally sourced menu and afternoon teas — best enjoyed with champagne in the sunny garden. Book a night’s stay in the hotel to fully enjoy the experience, and remember to pick up some groceries from their onsite farm shop on the way home. Be sure to book in advance, though — the restaurant has reached new audiences through their takeaway style menu during the lockdowns, so is expected to book up fast.
Image credit: The Moulin Inn. Source: https://www.moulinhotel.co.uk/inn/pub.php
For those seeking out an authentic Scottish pub to enjoy, the Moulin Inn is surely that. For over three hundred years, residents of Pitlochry and Moulin have enjoyed its quiet and friendly atmosphere. The on-site Moulin Brewery means that local beers are readily available. Enjoy one in front of an open fire or sitting in the flower-filled beer garden — depending on the Scottish weather — and do a brewery tour to gain an insight into the brewing process and to learn about the history of this fascinating pub.
Places to stay
Craighead Howfs, Dunblane
Craighead Howfs, Dunblane
Summer Howf at Craighead Howfs, Dunblane. Credit: Craighead Howfs. Source: https://www.craigheadhowf.co.uk/summer-howf-glamping-romantic-getaway.html
Surrounded by natural gardens, a lochan and woodland, the adults-only glamping accommodation at Craighead are designed to help create romantic and memorable experiences. Choose from idyllic Hobbit houses with grass roofs and circular doors, or stay in a beautifully designed treehouse — high up in the branches with 360-degree views. Also available is a stunning summerhouse, complete with an outdoor fire pit for those wanting to try outdoor cooking. Lie back under the canopy of the trees and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Credit: The Gleneagles Hotel. Source: https://gleneagles.com/
Famed in the area for its beautiful accommodation and magnificent setting, Gleneagles is home to many unforgettable experiences. Whether you wish to horse ride through the estate, relax in the spa or hit some balls down the fairway on its world-famous golf course, a stay at Gleneagles is one to remember. Nearly one hundred years old, on its opening in 1924, the hotel was described as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. To this day, the hotel is a bastion of British high society — dedicated to providing unparalleled experiences all year round. A truly five-star experience.
Image credit: Alexander House. Source: https://www.alexanderhousescotland.com/
For an unusual stay, try luxury self-catering at Alexander House. Choose from Yurts for 2-5 people, or converted horse boxes. Complete with a wood-fired hot tub and hammocks, as well as incredible views across the valley; you’ll never want to leave. Don’t worry, this isn’t usual camping. Each yurt has a large ensuite bathroom and a wood-burning stove opposite the bed — the perfect creature comforts that you’d expect from a luxury break.
Credit: East Haugh House Hotel. Source: https://www.easthaugh.co.uk/
The multi-award-winning East Haugh House Hotel in Pitlochry is a fantastic choice for those seeking a relaxing escape to Perthshire. Enjoy the surrounding area through woodland walks, mountain hikes or to simply stroll around the local shops. Preferred by fishers and shooters, the hotel offers some of the very best fishing spots in the country. But out of everything it offers, it’s the little touches, like the cosy bar area, that make it feel like a home away from home.
Image credit: Kinloch House Hotel. Source: https://kinlochhouse.com/
The beautiful Scottish country house of Kinloch is home to well-presented rooms and a fabulous restaurant. Guests appreciate the locally sourced menu and comfortable beds and remark that the hotel feels like a home away from home thanks to the service and welcome. Those looking to stray further afield to appreciate the hotel’s rural surroundings will enjoy the hiking, cycling and fishing that can be found on the hotel’s doorstep.
Things to do in Perthshire
So if you’re planning a Scottish Highlands staycation this year, Perthshire could be just the place. With fantastic days out for all the family, as well as memorable places to eat and drink, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Create unforgettable memories with a Perthshire holiday.