The local Tourist Association has an excellent website with things to do, webcams, and walking guides. A few of our favourites are below.
The Cairngorms national park, home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland, is ten miles north of Milton of Drimmie. There are over fifty Munros in the Cairngorms – enough to keep the most ardent Munro-bagger busy for a wee while. Walk Highlands has an excellent website which lists and maps popular walks in the area along with distance, duration and difficulty.
The Cateran Trail crosses our farm. This is a well-known long-distance route that straddles the border between Perthshire and Angus. The Trail explores this neglected corner, taking in secluded Strathardle together with parts of Glenshee and Glenisla. Taking its name from the marauding bands of cattle thieves known as Caterans which brought terror and bloodshed to these glens in times past, the landscapes are now a peaceful idyll.
The Cateran Yomp
Hardcore hikers may want to attempt the Cateran Yomp which takes place in early June. Route options are 22 miles, 36 miles, and 54 miles.
The Glenshee Ski Centre is a 40-minute drive north of Milton of Drimmie. The Lecht Ski Centre (1.5 hours), and Cairngorm Ski Centre (2.25 hours) are alternatives for those prepared to travel – each is fantastic on its day, but wrap up warm and check ahead for the weather. You can see the Glenshee webcams for the latest conditions.
Skis, snowboards and other equipment can be hired in Bridge of Cally, or at the ski centres.
For instruction and guiding in mountaineering, rock climbing and ice climbing Mountain Summits, based in Enochdhu, can provide guiding and instruction.
Other outdoor activities
Gulabin Outdoor Centre runs a range of land and water-based outdoor activities – including the Glenshee mountain bike track, open June to September, which is accessed by a single seat chairlift which takes you to the top of the Cairnwell – 2,998ft.
Clay pigeon shooting
There is a world class clay pigeon shooting ground at Auchterhouse, about half an hour away.
There are about 100 holes of golf within 25 minutes of Milton of Drimmie. These vary from the championship level courses at Rosemount and Lansdowne (Blairgowrie), to the family-friendly course at Dalmunzie (Spittal of Glenshee) – one of the highest and most scenic courses in the UK. In between, we have Alyth – voted Scotland’s ‘Best Course Under £50’ in 2015 – and Strathmore (both near Alyth) as well as the Wee Course in Blairgowrie.
There are a dozen further courses within an hour’s drive – not to mention St Andrews, the home of golf, and Carnoustie, which are a little over an hour away by car.
Dougy Morison of Kinnear Fishing is a well-known local fishing guide who can arrange fishing on a number of beats up and down the Tay basin, as well as sometimes ghillie’ing at Milton of Drimmie.
Gin tasting at Persie
A favourite for a rainy day (or any other, for that matter) is a visit to the Persie Distillery – four miles away.
They are open most days or you can contact Simon & Chrissie, who founded the distillery in 2016, to organise a group tasting.
If you are struggling to agree a designated driver we may be able to drop-off/collect – in exchange for a bottle of Persie!
The Reekie Linn
The Reekie Linn (or smoky pool), on the River Isla, is the most impressive waterfall in the area and is well worth a visit when the river is in spate. The waterfall itself is a short walk from the car park.
There are a number of stately homes and historic houses in the area including four of Scotland’s most famous castles:
- Scone Palace, Perth (40 minutes south) – the crowning place of Scottish Kings, and the home of the Stone of Scone, for nearly 1,000 years
- Blair Castle, Blair Atholl (55 minutes west)) – home of the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders
- Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside (1 hour north) – the highland residence of the royal family
- Glamis Castle, Kirriemuir (35 minutes east) – home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, and of the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, wife of King George VI.
Known for its high-quality clothing, produce, and art collections the House of Bruar, just north of Blair Atholl, is also referred to – perhaps unfairly – as the “Harrods of the North”.
The Scottish Antique & Arts Centre, at Abernyte, is a veritable emporium – it’s far too easy to while away a rainy day exploring in here.
John and Mary Carter at Bowland Trails live and breath huskies – you can go for a passenger ride or learn to drive your own team.
Beaver have been re-established at Bamff, five miles away, for longer than anywhere else in the UK. The effect they have had on the landscape and habitats has been dramatic and fascinating. On a quiet summer evening, you might see beaver in or around the ponds they have created.