Our Hayloft sits above the site of one of the goriest battles in Jacobite history, the battle of Killiecrankie, 1689. Find out more at the National Trust visitor centre. Beautiful, wooded, river gorge walk and Soldier’s leap, especially spectacular in Autumn with firey colours. www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/killiecrankie
If you’d like to try your own jump, try the bridge swing or bungee jump from the Garry bridge. Head to Killiecrankie hotel, a quiet, traditional, country house for dinner.
See Scottish history through the lives of the Atholl family at Blair Castle, dating from 1269 and just a five minute drive from The Hayloft. There is also a restaurant, gift shop, walled garden, Diana’s Grove, pony trekking, Landrover safaris and the International horse trials in August. For a full list of events and activities check: www.blair-castle.co.uk
Experience the beautiful Highland landscape surrounding the Hayloft with countless walks to choose from. There are walks to suit everyone from munros and waterfalls to gorge, river and loch walks.
Edradour, the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland, stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production. www.edradour.com
Other distilleries close by are Blair Athol in Pitlochry and Dewars in Aberfeldy. Further afield but an easy day trip are Dalwhinnie, Speyside, Royal Lochnagar and Tomatin Distilleries.
Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the close by Cairngorm mountains. The reindeer’s soft velvet noses mean they are a delight to hand-feed and with their endearing, friendly nature, a hill trip to see the reindeer on the hill is an unforgettable experience.
Visit the new V&A Dundee, created by renowned architect Kengo Kuma and Scotlands’ first ever design museum.
Explore Edinburgh, famous for its festivals, discover Edinburgh castle dominating the skyline, climb the Scott monument to get blow you away views or venture into haunted vaults for a city of the dead tour, the list goes on…
One of our favourite day trips- St Andrews, the home of golf, ancient ruins, beaches and coastal views (featured in the film Chariots of fire) Scotland’s oldest university (where Prince William met Kate) and award winning eateries.
Visit Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, part of the Scottish Wildlife trust. Get closer to the ospreys from the hides and spot red squirrels, woodpeckers and other woodland birds from viewing windows.
Get dressed in authentic period costume (optional) and watch the battle commence at The Soldiers of Killiecrankie event at the end of July, on the battlefield. See cavalry, cannon and redcoats, the highland charge and the battle re-enactment.
Ceilidh in the evening.
Drive to the lovely village of Kenmore which lies at the edge of stunning loch Tay. Great for activities on and around the Loch itself- sailing, canoeing and water-skiing.
Find out what life was like 2,500 years ago at the Crannog, a unique reconstruction of an ancient iron age loch dwelling which sits on the loch.
On the way, stop off in Aberfeldy for coffee and cake at the Watermill, an independent book shop art gallery and cafe. www.aberfeldywatermill.com
Scotland has a long tradition and history of Highland Games where Clans would compete against each other in sporting events.
Some say that Highland Games originated as a clan chieftain’s way of choosing the best bodyguards and the fittest fighters. Not all the chief’s requirements were warlike – musicians and dancers were important for the prestige of his household.
Typical events include: heavy and light events- including tossing the caber and the tug o war, pipe bands and Highland dance.
Here are dates of just some that are within reach or close to The Hayloft:
The Atholl Gathering, Blair Castle, 24th – 25th May
Strathmore, Glamis Castle, 14th June
Kenmore, 1st July
Killin, 5th August
Atholl & Breadalbane, Aberfeldy, 7th – 8th August
Birnam, Little Dunkeld, 29th August
Braemar, 5th September
Pitlochry, 12th September
We are fortunate to be just a ten minute drive to the Blair Atholl Watermill- we especially love the handmade bread, bagels and cake. Light lunches are freshly made and include locally sourced produce. The mill has featured on Britain’s Best Bakery, and Nadiya’s Food Adventures programmes. You can also have a tour of the mill, buy their milled oatmeal and flours, or learn to make your own bread on one of their baking courses.
Open from 1st April to 31st October 2020
Set amidst the stunning Autumn woodland of Faskally Wood, The Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s premier sound and light event.
Current winner of UK’s Best Cultural Event, the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Award for Best Outdoor Festival as well as Scotland’s Best Large Event.
The dates for the show are 1st October – 1st November 2020.