Near Aberfeldy, Perthshire
A small highland estate on the South shore of Loch Tay, offering a limited amount of driven pheasant shooting, stag and hind and some roe stalking and some fishing on the loch for salmon or trout.
Extending to some 7,000 acres rising steeply from the loch, it is a mixture of heather hill and rough grassland except for a very few ploughable hill fields. Our main business is sheep farming, but there are deer and a few grouse on the hill. Lower down the woodland belts which provide shelter for the sheep and cattle also provide some excellent driven pheasant shooting, which is run on a small scale by the family looking for a bag of around 100 birds per day.
The views and other wild life are particularly prized.
Shooting : Driven Pheasants for up to 8 gun teams
Walked up grouse, if available, for teams of 4/5 guns max
Deer stalking: Red stags one rifle per day limited availability
Red hinds one rifle per day
Roe Bucks and Roe does sometimes available.
(all above managed within DMG auspices and no trophies are taken)
Fishing Salmon trolling on the Loch Tay best before end of May
Trout also available best between March and end of season in October.
(permits required - boat available)
Shooting - Red Grouse - Walked up grouse, if available, for teams of 4/5 guns max (Aug 12th - Dec 10th)
Shooting - Pheasant - Driven and walked up for up to 8 gun teams (Oct 1st - Feb 1st)
Deer Stalking/Hunting - Red Stags - (1st Jul - 20th Oct) one rifle per day limited availability
Deer Stalking/Hunting - Red Hinds - (21st Oct - 15th Feb) one rifle per day
Deer Stalking/Hunting - Roe Bucks - (Apr 1st - Oct 20th) sometimes available.
Deer Stalking/Hunting - Roe Does - sometimes available.
Fishing - Atlantic Salmon - Loch Tay central (15th Jan - 15th Oct)
Fishing - Brown Trout - Loch Tay Eastern end (15th March - 8th Oct)
Tomgarrow: Self-catering lodge sleeping up to 8 people and available for weekly lets with a Saturday changeover.
It is fully equipped with colour television, washing machine, microwave, electric cooker & oven and fridge. Bed linen, duvets and towels are all provided, electric blankets are also available.
Electricity is supplied by means of a £1.00 coin operated meter with the first £3.00 provided “free”. Each room has electric heating.
A separate drying area, which is lockable, is available to hang up wet clothes or store bicycles, it also houses a tumble dryer. An open air clothes line is also available just "behind the hedge".
On the loch side 150 yards from the lodge there is access to a boat house to store sail boards, diving equipment and the like.
A “starter pack’ of groceries can be ordered from the village shop and will be delivered to your lodge prior to your arrival.
Cots and highchairs are normally available but should be booked in advance.
Most parts of Scotland’s East & West Coast are easily accessible for day trips by car. If you fancy leaving the peace and tranquillity of the Lodges behind, Edinburgh, Inverness, Oban and Glasgow are all approximately 2 hours away by car.
Closer to home you can visit Menzies Castle, historic home of the Menzies Clan. Nearby you will find Blair Castle, home of Scotland’s only private army. Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, is near Perth. Also an hour's drive away is Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, boasting a beautifully maintained Knot Garden. In Kenmore you can visit the fascinating Scottish Crannog or Taymouth Castle, the seat of the Earls of Breadalbane.
Highland Perthshire has more than its share of distilleries, from Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery - home of the Mini Military Tattoo - Edradour Distillery near Pitlochry, to the Famous Grouse Centre near Crieff; whatever your whisky palate there will be a distillery for you in Highland Perthshire.
Tayside holds many delights for the art lover; in nearby Aberfeldy you will find the Temple Gallery, Aberfeldy Gallery, the Glen Lyon Gallery and The Watermill; all boast excellent exhibitions with the Watermill also being awarded the prize for Top Scottish Independent Bookshop 2006. A short journey will take you to Birnam Arts and Conference Centre where you can see a variety of theatrical or musical productions. In Birnam you will also find the Beatrix Potter Garden: inspired by her wonderful characters this garden will delight young and old.
Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre host Music, Theatre, Comedy, Youth Theatre, Art & Media and Family events. You can even try your hand at Stage Make Up with the Blood, Guts and Gore workshop. Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the Theatre in the Hills, has something to suit every taste and interest - see a classic drama, an intriguing murder mystery or a 20th century epic.
You will find many artisans in Highland Perthshire producing wonderful, unique creations. In Kenmore you will find the recently opened Courtyard, a shopper’s delight and a short journey will take you to the House of Bruar - Scotland’s answer to Harrods - everything from gifts and curios to Scottish Tweeds & Tartans. The House of Menzies near Aberfeldy has a huge variety of Wine, a delicatessen and a beautiful Gift Shop.
Loch Tay Lodges are the perfect base for walking holidays with the breathtaking Acharn Falls Walk starting minutes from Loch Tay Lodges. The Rob Roy Way running from Drymen to Pitlochry, following the tracks of Rob Roy MacGregor, runs through Acharn with the Queen’s Drive section right on your doorstep. There are many other beautiful walks in the local area whether you are looking for a casual stroll among beautiful countryside or some more strenuous action and the reward of perfect panoramas upon reaching the summit of Ben Lawers, the Tarmachan Ridge or perhaps Schiehallion.
Highland Perthshire “Big Tree Country” is a wildlife lover's delight with Acharn being blessed with many varieties of bird and animal. Golden Eagles can be spotted above the heather moor and in Acharn red squirrels are staking their claim to one of their last strongholds in Scotland. Ben Lawers Visitor Centre hold regular talks & walks which enable you to experience first hand some of the native wildlife.
Highland Adventure Safaris can be arranged with Land Rover trips whisking you up into the hills to enjoy the Red Deer and Black Grouse in their native habitat and you can see for yourself the diversity of Scottish flaura and fauna. Highland Adventure Safaris also offer Gold Panning sessions which are great fun for young & the not so young. Clay Pigeon shooting is available in Glen Lyon at Chesthill.
Golfers will struggle to find the time for the 19th hole with such a wide variety of courses on hand from the stunning Taymouth Castle to the challenging course at Strathtay. World famous Gleneagles (one hour) is nearby and The Old Course at St. Andrews is within easy reach by car.
Fishing is available on Loch Tay and boat owning guests in Loch Tay Lodges have the use of private moorings, jetty and maintenance shed provided by the estate. Motor boats are discouraged on Loch Tay so tranquillity is almost guaranteed. Boats can also be hired during your stay at Loch Tay Lodges. There is a PADI Diving tutor in Acharn and dives in Loch Tay can be arranged.
Perthshire lays claim to “Scotland's Watersports Capital” with over 35 different activities to choose from; including taming the White Water in a raft, Kayaking a stretch of river or Duckying to name but a few. The Liquid Life kayaking & rafting competition is held at Faskally each spring, Canyoning, gorge walking and bridge jumping can all be experienced during your stay, why not try a bit of white knuckle adventure while you are here?
Horse riding is available at the Breadalbane Stables, Kenmore or at Blair Castle Trekking. Quadbiking is available locally and for mountain bike fans Sustrans Route 7 is right on your doorstep. Highland Perthshire is abundant in cycle routes with the challenging Griffin Forest a short journey away or the Glen Lyon & Loch Tay route passing nearby.
Aberfeldy Recreation Centre hosts 4 triathlon events each year. Glenshee Ski Centre and Glen Coe are within reach of Loch Tay Lodges (1.5 hours), Glenshee boasts 21 lifts and 36 runs and is perfect for both skiing and snowboarding.
|Contact Name||Mr James Duncan Millar|
|Telephone||Click to see Number01887 830209|
|Size of Ground||7000 acres /3000 hectares|
|Number of Staff||One full time keeper and usually an assistant|
|Accommodation||A three roomed holiday house is available details at www.lochtaylodges.co.uk:|