There's lots to keep you occupied while holidaying in the Blair Atholl area. Here are some ideas:
Blair Atholl Bowling Club offers a season of bowling commencing at the end of April. To arrange to play telephone 01796 481469 or 01796 481497 - Fees £2.00 per day or £10.00 for weekly tickets - Visitors welcome
Blair Atholl boasts an active and successful curling club. This mainly indoor sport takes place between October and March when clubs challenge each other with their curling skills. For further information, contact the secretary, Elizabeth Reid, at 01796 481583.
Cycling and Mountain Biking:
For information about cycling and mountain biking throughout Highland Perthshire:
BIKE HIRE: click here for Blair Atholl Bike Hire
Atholl has long been known for the quality of its red stag stalking, but stalking for hinds is also available. Ponies are used in the traditional manner to retrieve deer from the hills whenever possible. All stalking guests are accompanied by a professional stalker. There are five sporting beats available on the Estate, providing a mixture of sporting opportunities to suit all tastes. Bookings can be arranged either for larger parties on a weekly basis, together with self-catering lodge accommodation, or on a daily basis subject to availability.
The beats are as follows : Forest Lodge: Red deer stalking, grouse shooting and fishing. West Hand: Red deer stalking and grouse shooting. Glen Bruar: Red deer stalking, grouse shooting and fishing Clunes: Red deer stalking. Dalnamein: Red hind stalking Visit www.athollestatessport.co.uk for further information.
Atholl Estates Tractor Tours
Experience the works of Blair Castle's Home Farm on a trailer ride tour, pulled by a farm tractor. Fun for all the family, the tour will take in the managed landscape and farm buildings surrounding Blair Castle. Children receive an activity pack with crayons, and can have a sit on the tractor after the tour. Adults receive an introductory offer on Atholl Glens Organic Meat. For more information: Atholl Estates Tractor Tours.
A wide variety of sensibly priced fishing is available in and around Blair Atholl, all in wonderfully scenic and peaceful surroundings. Whether you are keen on salmon, trout or coarse fishing there should be water available, at a cost you can afford.
Atholl Estates - Wildlife & Landscape Tours
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Blair Atholl is the ideal base for a golfing trip in the Highlands. Within easy reach we have some of the most scenic courses in Scotland.
Blair Atholl - The village boasts a pleasant (and flat) 9 hole course, bounded on two sides by the rivers Garry and Tilt with stunning views of the mountains to the north. Tel. 01796 481407 - For further information go to the course website at: www.blairathollgolfclub.co.uk
Pitlochry - Only 10 minutes to the south this is one of the most scenic courses in Scotland. It sits high above the town and has spectacular views south down the Tay valley. Tel. 01796 472792
Dunkeld - 20 minutes drive south. The wooded panoramas of this course are second to none. Tel. 01350 727524
Aberfeldy - 30 minutes drive to the west. 18 flat, riverside holes. Tel 01887 820535
Killin - Situated at the west end of loch Tay a stunning but steep 9 holes. Tel 01567 820312
To the north through the mountains, heading into Inverness-shire, we have Newtonmore, Kingussie, Grantown on Spey and Boat of Garten all within the hour. To the south and east we have Crieff, Rosemount and the famous Gleneagles. Even St Andrews, the home of golf, is just over an hours drive away. Without question, Blair Atholl, with its scenic and tranquil atmosphere, is the ideal center for a tour of some of Scotland's finest golf courses.
One of Atholl's greatest assets is its huge selection of hill walks. The hills are rugged and remote and give superb views over the wild tracts of land that make up Atholl and the Cairngorms. Most of the hill walks in this area involve long days out in remote countryside. The climbs are not arduous, but distances are long. These walks may be best on long, summer days when there is plenty of time available.
Atholl Estates offers six waymarked trails starting from Glen Tilt car park in Blair Atholl. A booklet is available from Atholl Estates Information Centre, Blair Castle Caravan Park or Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre.
Pass of Killiecrankie - Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, this is a one-mile woodland walk in the steep, wooded gorge of the River Garry. Find out more from the National Trust Visitor Centre. Riverside
Walks at Struan - Struan is five miles north of Blair Atholl. Walk downstream to Struan Kirk or upstream through the woods. Both walks have excellent views of the turbulent River Garry, which is very dramatic after heavy rain.
DEER STALKING - Hill Phones for Walkers
Deer stalking is important both to bring revenue to the local area and to keep the deer population under control. If the deer population becomes too high, the herd becomes less healthy and the moorland or grassland where they graze gets degraded. Red deer stalking takes place between 1st July and 15th February (stag stalking 1st July – 20th October and hind stalking from 21st October to 15th February). The most important period is from 12th August to 20th October. During this shorter period hillwalkers are asked to plan their route so as to cause minimum disturbance to the stalking.
Our local Hillphone is run by the Atholl Estates Ranger Service, and provides daily information on deer stalking throughout this period. Atholl Estates Hillphone – 01796 481740. Updated daily at 8 am from 12th August to 20th October.
Off Road Driving
The thrill of testing your skill and nerve in difficult conditions is available within an hour's drive from us.
Highland Off-Road, Dunkeld: Offers a variety of packages. 1 hour lessons with up to 4 sharing. Half to full day courses. Bring your own 4x4 or use the company's Discovery or Defender. Quad treks also available. Open all year. - Tel : 01350 728370.
Highland Safaris - Based in Aberfeldy, Scotland's Award Winning Safari business also offers Adventure Trailing in a rugged 4x4 Land Rover. Set in some of Perthshire's most stunning scenery you can drive through forest track's, mountain burns and heather slopes. All levels of ability catered for, it's exciting and adventurous. - Tel 01887 820071.
Pony Trekking - Blair Castle
The Trekking Centre beyond Blair Castle offers pony trekking on sure-footed highland ponies through the picturesque woods and glens of Atholl. All treks are supervised and escorted by qualified, friendly ride leaders and last one or two hours. All abilities can attempt this activity, but children must be 12 years old or over. Trekking is available every day, except Mondays, from April until 30th. June and every day, except Saturdays, from 1st July to the end of August. Special photography, nature and picnic treks are also available. For further information, telephone 01796 481568 or fax 01796 481211 or visit the website - Blair Castle Trekking.
Blair Atholl is well placed if you wish to enjoy skiing or snowboarding as part of your holiday. Three of Scotland's major ski centres are within about an hour's drive.
Glenshee Ski Centre - Near Braemar, Glenshee offers 40 kms of pistes, qualified instructors, equipment hire and restaurants. Tel: 013397 41320.
Cairngorm Ski Centre - The Cairngorm ski complex is located near to Aviemore, and has 40 kms of pistes, 17 lifts, 30 runs, qualified instructors, hire shops and cafes. Tel: 01479 861 261.
Nevis Range - This ski centre is near Fort William. The Gondola will take you to 2,150 ft and is open all year. The centre has hire shops, instructors and restaurants. Strong winds can be a problem here so check before leaving. Tel : 01397 705825.
The River Tilt Caravan Park (01796 481600) hosts the Steading Spa Pool and Health Club, available to caravan park customers and to visitors. Further afield, there are excellent public pools at Aberfeldy and Perth.
The West Atholl Rifle Club's Full-Bore Range opened in 1977 and hosts many National and International Competitions. It provides the only facility, up to 1200 yards, north of Bisley. Set in the splendour of Glen Tilt, walkers are advised to observe the safety notices which are posted at either end of the range. Further information re access restrictions during shooting is available from Atholl Estates Ranger Service and can be downloaded from the Club's Website which has a page "Information for Hill Walkers". Details of competition dates and a full description of the range facilities can be found on the Club's Website: West Atholl Rifle Club
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, 'The Theatre in the Hills', is only 10 minutes by car from Blair Atholl. For further information, and details of the current programme contact the Box Office at Tel No. 01796 484626; Email :- email@example.com : or visit the Theatre Website:- www.pitlochry.org.uk
For those with a general interest in birds and animals, the area provides a good opportunity to see Perthshire's wildlife at close quarters. We have all the common species you might expect in this type of habitat, plus a few more. The Atholl area can be full of surprises.
Within comfortable driving distance there is a good choice of water sports, from the gentle row around a scenic loch to the more adventurous and energetic activities.
Pitlochry Boating Station Gentle rowing from half-hour to 8 hours around Loch Faskally. Open 15 March to 15 October. Café. Tel : 01796 472919.
Croft Na Caber Scotland's premier water sports and activities centre, near Kenmore, offers a variety of activities, from a gentle cruise in the Maid of Tay to more exhilarating sports. Open all year. Tel : 01887 830588.
Loch Tay Boating Centre Cabin cruisers, speedboats and canoes for hire. Open 1 April to 15 October. Tel : 01887 830291
Loch Insh Watersports Sailing,windsurfing and canoeing only 30mins. north. Open daily 10am to 10pm. March to end of October. Tel: 01540 651272