Things To Do

Things to do in the local area and a diary of events for 2017/18

Things to do in Blair Atholl and the local area

Perthshire and the Cairngorm National Park have a range of activities and visitor attractions to suit all ages and tastes.  Below is a sample of places to visit and things to do.  We will be very happy to chat with you further on your arrival at Dalgreine.

Activities

  • White Water Rafting
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Cycle / Segway Hire
  • Hill Walking/Munroe Bagging
  • 4×4 Off-roading
  • Golfing
  • Fishing
  • Horse Trekking

Family Attractions –

  • Whisky Tours
  • Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder
  • Killiecrankie (Soldiers Leap & Queens View)
  • Highland Wildlife Park
  • Cairngorm Mountain Railway (Funicular)
  • Blair Castle
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Scone Palace
  • Linn of Dee Waterfall
  • Osprey Centre
  • Heather Centre
  • House of Bruar
  • Falls of Bruar 

Places to Eat

Blair Atholl – there are a number of places to eat out in Blair Atholl, all of which are within walking distance of Dalgreine. If you wish to know more then please just ask. We will be very happy to book a table for you at any of the restaurants.

  • Food in the Park take-a-away bar/cafe (live music at the weekends from Apr to Oct with a fully licensed bar)
  • The Watermill Café (Apr to Oct, a working watermill that makes its own delicious bread as well as many other delights)
  • The Loft Restaurant (fine dining at a reasonable price)
  • The Bunker Restaurant (Apr to Oct, situated at the Blair Atholl Golf Club)
  • The Atholl Arms Hotel (in-house restaurant open to all)
  • The Bothy Bar (public house with good hearty food)

Further Afield

  • Killiecrankie Hotel
  • Struan Inn
  • The Inn at Loch Tummel
  • Moulin Hotel & Bar
  • Pitlochry (range of pubs, cafes and restaurants)

There are also cafes in both Blair Castle and House of Bruar serving a range of lunchtime meals and morning/afternoon cakes.

Calendar of events in Blair Atholl and the local area for 2018

Atholl Estates Ranger Service www.atholl-estates.co.uk

Part-funded by the Cairngorms National Park, it runs the Blair Atholl Information Centre and manages nine way-marked trails for walkers and cyclists on the estate. The Centre features a display on the workings of the estate and provides information on what to do in he area. It also provides a free Wi-Fi service. 

The Ranger service runs a varied programme of countryside events through the year looking at the local wildlife and scenery.

Open between Easter & October

Blair Castle   www.blair-castle.co.uk

A short walk from Dalgreine, Blair Castle offers a range of events and activities throughout the Summer as well a tours of the Castle and lovely walks in the gardens.

2018 Blair Castle Events

  • 26 May – The Atholl Highlanders Parade.  The annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
  • 27 May – Atholl Gathering.  The Highland Gathering takes place with the Atholl Highlanders officially opening he Highland Games with a ‘March On’ led by the sound of their pipes and drums.
  • 23-26 August – International Horse Trials & Country Fair.  Equestrian sport dominates the four days, competitors ranging from Olympic champions to local Pony Club
  • 9 & 16 December – Tour the Victorian castle.  Enjoy a tour of Blair Castle decorated as it was for Christmas during the Victorian era.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Running throughout the year, the Festival Theatre in Pitlochry has a range of theatrical delights to suit all tastes.

Summer Season – 25 May – 13 October

Caledonian Etape www.mariecurie.org.uk

Take in some of the most breathtaking views the Scottish Highlands has to offer. This 81 mile course is a must for cycling enthusiasts and first-timers. The Etape Caledonia is the UK’s leading closed road sportive. Experience the thrill of riding on completely closed roads in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

20 May

Perthshire Open Studios www.openstudios.com

Launched in 2008 and now in its 11th year, this annual nine-day event involves artist and makers across Perthshire, Kinross-Shire and other neighbouring counties. A growing number of participants and visitors make it a highlight in the calendar of Arts events in Scotland.

September

2018 Highland Games www.highlandperthshire.org

There are a number of Highland games and gatherings in the region

  • Strathmore/Glamis Castle – 10 June
  • Kenmore – 4 July
  • Newtonmore – 4 August
  • Ballater – 9 August
  • Aberfeldy Agricultural Show and Games – 9-11 August
  • Perth/Scone Palace – 12 August
  • Birnam – 25 August
  • Braemar – 1 September
  • Blairgowrie – 2 September
  • Pitlochry – 8 September

Aberfeldy October Tayfest   www.octobertayfest.co.uk

Enjoy an array of family friendly events and embrace nature’s playground at its very best. October TayFest allows you to try things you wouldn’t normally do, so make sure you enjoy lots of wonderful activities during October TayFest, Visit Aberfeldy Tourist Association’s family festival.

13 – 21 October

Enchanted Forest www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Set amidst the stunning autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, the Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s premier sound and light event

4 October – 4 November

Check availability and book online, over the phone, via email or make an enquiry via our contact form.