On our doorstep we have the finest country sports estates, fishing, golfing, cycling, hill walking and outdoor activities that Scotland has to offer. In the winter months we are just 25 minutes drive from the Glenshee ski centre that offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities.
Surrounded by some of the best fishing rivers in the world the area offers a wide range of fishing, from classic river fly-fishing for trout and salmon to hill loch fishing, permits for the local beats can be organised through the inn.
The east coast, famous for its fishing villages, is less than an hour’s drive and offers some good sea fishing.
A range of field sports are on offer in the glen and local areas. Activities include red and roe deer stalking, grouse, ptarmigan, hare, rabbit and pheasant shooting. Dry stalking is also an alternative for those who wish to observe “The Monarch of the Glen” in peace.
There are also organised clay-pigeon shoots. A number of the area’s field sports providers have equipment available for hire. Three of our letting rooms have secure gun cabinets.
We can tailor meal times to suit the anti-social hours kept by many sportsmen (ie late breakfasts and late evening meals).
Should you bring home a prize Red Stag we can hang and store it for you. We have close contact with all the local estates in the area and are therefore ideally suited to guide you.
Scotland is the home of golf and next year sees it host the Ryder Cup. The Strathardle Inn is an excellent base from which to explore these as there are over 90 within an hour and a half’s car drive, ranging from the small municipal courses to the international competition courses such as Carnoustie, Glen Eagles, St Andrews and the Rosemount.
The Dalmunzie Estate incorporates a spectacular 9 hole golf course, designed by Alister Mackenzie (of US Masters Augusta fame). With stunning views, this lovingly maintained course provides pleasure for golfers of all abilities. The hotel can arrange green fees and special day tickets for guests.
WALKING & CLIMBING
With the Cateran Trail on our doorstep, a fully waymarked walk of 64 miles (103 km), we are a convenient stopover point located at the end of stage 1 and beginning of stage 2. The Trail takes its name from the feared cattle thieves who raided the rich lands of Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla.
With the new Cairngorms National Park just a few miles to the north there is plenty of high country to attract walkers and climbers. There are over 80 Munroes within an hour and a half’s drive and the Southern Cairngorms are only 12 miles away. The Ben Lawers group lies about 40 miles away to the west. There are plenty of mountains which do not attain Munro status but which nevertheless can offer interesting and challenging walking.
Ben Vrackie, which overlooks Pitlochry, is only 10 miles away and at 2,758ft is not far short of Munro-height and is a particularly attractive peak.
To see list of Munroes (‘hills’ 3000ft [915m] & over), please click Munros
For the weary walker we can offer drying facilities, plentiful refreshment and open log fires (except at the height of Summer!) lots of hot water and comfortable beds.
Packed Lunches and hampers are available on request.
Glenshee Ski Centre is the largest ski resort in Scotland and is sometimes referred to as the Scottish three valleys. The resort covers 790 hectares and has 40 km of pisted runs graded as 8 Greens, 13 Blues, 13 Reds and 2 Blacks. There are three chairlifts, three T-bar lifts, and the remaining sixteen are button lifts, mostly of the Poma type. All this is only 25 minutes away from the inn, making it an ideal base for exploring the slopes during the day and returning to a roaring log fire in the evening. We have drying facilities and safe storage for your equipment if needed. Passes and ski hire can all be organised through us, and just phone for the very latest snow report.
Tackle some of the best white water rafting Scotland has to offer! Perthshire has many other adventure activities available such as quad biking, bungee jumping and clay pigeon shooting all year round. In the summer months, why not get wet? Canyoning, adventure tubing or white water mambos are just some of the outdoor activities that you can do for that adrenaline buzz!
Loch Insh, Loch Morlich and Loch Tay and the River Dee, River Ericht, River Garry, River Isla, River Tay and River Tummel are within easy reach and offer their own selection of activities. For a different slant, this site is excellent: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk