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.
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, Balmoral and Braemar Castle are all within a hour or so's drive.
Play parks - there is a play park in the village - one mile from the cottage next to the River Isla, the Peter Pan 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