Glenisla is one of the most beautiful Angus glens. It rises slowly from farmland in the south to the majestic peak of Glas Maol (1068m,3,504ft) in the north, the highest peak in Angus within the Cairngorms National Park.
This area of Perthshire is right at the very centre of Scotland being about an hour and a half’s drive from Edinburgh and two hours from Glasgow. East Perthshire offers a great variety of landscapes from rolling fields of fruit and quiet glens to the dramatic mountains of Glenshee and the top of Glenisla in the Cairngorms National Park. Yet within an hours drive of Knockshannoch are Balmoral, Pitlochry and Perth.
The nearest towns are Kirriemuir & Alyth to the south, Blairgowrie to the south east, Pitlochry to the west and Braemar to the north.
Kirriemuir is a delightful little red sand stone town with windy cobbled streets, and some lovely independent shops and places to eat. Famous for being the home town of JM Barrie - his home is now a museum open to the public. Kirriemuir also has the Camera Obscura gifted to the town by JM Barrie and also Neverland a Peter Pan themed Play Park with a huge wooden pirate ship which offers some excellent climbing opportunities. There is also the Gateway to the Glens museum and information centre popular with hill walkers. More information on Kirriemuir
Alyth is a historic town dating back to the 11th century, the Alyth Burn runs through the centre of the town adjacent to the town square and has delightful old (and new) bridges where you can see salmon making their journey upstream, Alyth has a long history and the town museum has an excellent collection of artifacts and photographs. The Alyth Fish & Chip bar won best Fish and Chip Shop in Scotland in 2016. There are also traditional Inns offering good pub food and the Lands Of Loyal offer superb fine dining in a beautiful period mansion house. The Den of Alyth is a beautiful riverside walk, especially lovely in the autumn, you can walk for miles through ancient woodland home to red squirrels and and an abundance of bird life including dippers. More information on Alyth
Blairgowrie is a lovely busy market town with the river Ericht offering lovely riverside walks and viewpoints. Blairgowrie has a variety of shops, including some interesting vintage and second hand (junk) shops, antique shops and very good country, shooting and fishing establishments, some excellent restaurants including Little's Fish restaurant. For golfers Blairgowrie has two 18 hole championship courses plus a 9 hole course. More information on Blairgowrie
Pitlochry is a very busy town, a very popular tourist destination - a beautiful Victorian town with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and hotels catering to the huge amount of tourists that visit the town all year round. The salmon ladder is a great attraction where you can view salmon making their way up the river and there is also a newly built visitor centre at the famous dam. Pitlochry also has the excellent Pitlochry Festival Theatre on the banks of the river where they offer a varied programme of events all year round. In the Faskally Woods a lovely event is held each October - running every evening for the full month is The Enchanted Forest, where the Faskally Woods are lit up with a lighting and sound show that is a breathtaking Autumn spectacle The Enchanted Forest More information on Pitlochry
Braemar is situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and close to Balmoral castle in Royal Deeside. The drive from Glenisla up to the Spittal of Glenshee and through the dramatic mountain peaks is stunning. The village has a good range of independent and boutique shops plus some good places to eat. The world famous Braemar Gathering takes place each year on the first Saturday in September. The Royal Lochnagar Distillery is open for visitors. More information on Braemar
For Walkers, there are numerous local walks, the cottage is situated close to the Cateran Trail, the best resource for researching walks is on the Walk Highlands website www.walkhighlands.co.uk and also here: https://www.pkct.org/download-leaflets. There are a couple of walking guide books for your use in the cottage and a local ordnance survey map
For deer stalking, fishing and bird/game shoots Glen Isla offers plenty of choices - contact us for more specific information on what is available in the Glen.
Golf - Glenisla, Alyth and Blairgowrie all offer excellent golf courses
Skiing - we are 30 minutes from Glenshee Ski Centre http://ski-glenshee.co.uk/
Mountain Bike Hire - we've teamed up with Alyth Cycles in The Barony - book bike hire through us to get great discounted rates (hire must be booked at least one week in advance). The Barony in Alyth is also your hub for booking kayaking and other outdoor pursuits through OutDoor Explore https://www.outdoorexplore.org.uk/
Castles - Glamis, Blair, Dunnottar, Balmoral and Braemar Castle are all within a hour's drive.
Play parks - there is a play park in the village - one mile from the cottage next to the River Isla, the Neverland - Peter Pan Play Park in Kirriemuir is located at the Camera Obscura, the Den of Alyth has a play park and wooden fort
Shopping - The House of Bruar for high end Scottish Country Clothing and a fabulous luxury food hall as well as other gifts and home ware, this is just north of Pitlochry. The cities of Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh are all good shopping destinations within an hour and a half's drive. Peel Farm (10 minute drive) is your nearest farm and gift shop, with an excellent cafe and antique barn too.
Reekie Linn - local walk and waterfall, riverside picnic area.
Backwater Reservoir, good for walking and cycling, tarmac path/road around most of the reservoir
Local Wildlife Reserves - RSPB Reserve at Loch of Kinnordy (10 mins drive), Loch of the Lowes (Osprey watching in season) at Dunkeld
Beaches - if you fancy a day at the beach then Lunan Bay is an hours drive - a fabulous wide, clean beach with caves at one end and a ruined Castle at the other, dog friendly and with steep sand dunes that can be sledged down - there is a plastic sledge in the garage for your use http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/montrose/lunanbay/. Stonehaven with Dunottor Castle and Arbroath with its historic abbey and harbour are both within a hours drive
Places to Eat:
Peel Farm http://www.peelfarm.com/
The Wee Bear Cafe at Bridgend Of Lintrathen https://www.facebook.com/lodgeatlochside/,
Grannie Annie Mays in Kirriemuir https://www.facebook.com/GrannyAnnieMays/
The Wee House of Glenshee https://www.facebook.com/Wee-House-of-Glenshee-998707696819257/
Pubs/Hotels with good lunch and dinner menus are:
Lands of Loyal, Alyth - A country house hotel, excellent reputation, very Scottish, a bit more formal - http://www.landsofloyal.co.uk/
The Drovers Inn, Memus - good pub food and it also has a great wooden play fort in the beer garden! http://the-drovers.com/ Not far from a Horse, Pony and Donkey Sanctuary at Red Wings, https://www.facebook.com/mountainsanimalsanctuary/ - free entry, they ask for a donation, its a lovely place and well worth a visit and donation
Alyth Fish and Chip Shop - a takeway only - Our local award winning fish and chip shop - highly recommended by us and many others, this has won best fish and chip shop in Scotland 2016 - Alyth Fish Bar