Things to do

Below you will find some local attractions and things to do while you are staying at Smiddy Cottage.  Please click on the blue areas below and it will take you to the relevant websites.



Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Visit the castle and enjoy a tour of 30 rooms and the fascinating collections they contain. 

Blair Castle is one of the most accessible Scottish castles, with a variety of tours available for individuals, families and groups, including special themed castle tours which show off specific elements of the castle and its history. Family friendly and with plenty to see and do, Blair Castle makes an ideal destination for anyone looking for an interesting and fun day out in one of Scotland’s most popular attractions.



A fabulous shopping experience for everyone.  The House of Bruar has a wonderful food hall, an extensive range of clothing and a lovely restraunt. 


Pitlochry Golf provides the perfect blend of exhilarating golf and pure relaxation. Wonderfully set in the gateway to the Highlands it offers an exceptional course that will test every element of your game. Try your hand on our 18 hole par 69 course with its awe-inspiring views and undulating greens. The course is open to all – members, visitors and groups and offers enjoyable play for the average player and challenges the advanced. The 5700 yard course boasts manicured greens and tree-lined fairways with a majestic mountainous backdrop whilst the Clubhouse and Pro Shop offer great service and amenity. Established in 1909 The Pitlochry Golf Club provides members with competitive and social golf all year round, priding themselves in having the balance of competitiveness and fun just about right, Pitlochry is the perfect place to enjoy all the benefits of golf club membership. 


  The ‘Theatre in the Hills’ has an international reputation for the high quality and scale of its productions, drawing over 100,000 visitors from through the UK and abroad every year to enjoy a unique repertoire system which allows visitors to see a different show every night of the week – two on matinée days!  Perfectly capsulated in the famous slogan ‘stay six days and see six plays’.


The Hermitage (Officially the Hermitage pleasure ground), at Dunkeld was created by John Murray the 3rd Duke of Atholl, in the mid to late 18th century as part of his home, Dunkeld House – to heighten his guests experience thrill and shear enjoyment as they walked to view the falls.

Ossian’s Hall, Hermitage Bridge and Ossian”s Cave were all added as “part of the 3rd Duke’s scheme to heighten the visitor’s thrill and imbue the area with a mystical history.”

The Hermitage is open all year round, it is run by the National Trust for Scotland. It is located just off the A9 after the Dunkeld going north turning on the left, where there are two large car parks (a £2 per car parking fee helps maintain the grounds) and the falls, Ossian’s Hall, Hermitage Bridge are about 1km away walking through some magnificent Douglass Fir trees, some of the tallest trees in Britain.

Wheel Chair users are accommodated for along a special route and there are a number of excellent way marked trails for those who wish to walk or cycle in the area. The Hermitage at Dunkeld is highly recommended.


A crannog is a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland dating from 2,500 years ago. Many crannogs were built out in the water as defensive homesteads and represented symbols of power and wealth. The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA), registered charity no. SCO18418. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,500 year old site of ‘Oakbank Crannog’, one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay, Scotland. The STUA continues to explore other underwater sites in Loch Tay and further afield, regularly adding new discoveries to its award-winning centre at Kenmore, Perthshire.

Pitlochry and Blair Atholl: North Perthshire walks

Pitlochry is one of the most popular resorts in the Highlands and has been for over 150 years, a handsome stone-built town known for its theatre and fish-ladder. It is the gateway to an area of fine Perthshire Highland scenery; the glens here are fertile, the mountains beckoning and the rivers magnificient.

To the north is Blair Atholl at the foot of Glen Tilt, one of the most beautiful glens in all Scotland and accessible only on foot. Blair Atholl is the northern end of Perthshire; further north is the bleak Drumochter Pass. Heading west is Loch Rannoch, presided over by mighty Schiehallion, one of the most popular Munros; this region also acts as a gateway to the wilds of Rannoch Moor.


Have you ever tried geocaching?  What a fabulous way to see the local area.  Click above to find out more about the exciting activity that is so much fun for all.  Enjoy