The Gida self-catering cottage for rent sleeps 2-5, near Glamis

This 17th century stone cottage has been renovated and extended yet kept its original features and historical character, is very close to Glamis Castle, numerous local attractions and golf, hill walking, fishing and skiing.

Forfar holiday cottage

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The Gida, Arniefoul, Glamis, Forfar, Angus

This remarkable 17th century stone cottage is situated in unequalled peaceful countryside with a wealth of walks in every direction and stunning views all straight from the door. Originally a "but'n ben" cottage, it has been renovated and extended yet kept its original features and historical character. It is south facing and set in the Sidlaw Hills, close to Glamis. It sits within a half acre garden with stone out-buildings with old grey slate roofs, a host of garden birds and a croquet lawn.

It is a 5 minute drive to Glamis village, where there is a pub and tea room, Glamis Castle and Gardens, and 'The Gin Bothy'. Close by are many other places of interest such as Pictish stones and souterrains, 'RRS Discovery' (Capt Scott's ship) in Dundee, Barrie's birthplace (Peter Pan's author) in Kirriemuir, the beautiful Pitmuies Gardens near Arbroath, and Brechin and Dunkeld Cathedrals. Pitlochry Festival Theatre is a stunning 50 minute drive over the hills where you can watch some excellent plays. It is also within easy distance of hill/Munro walking and climbing, golf, salmon and trout fishing, shooting, skiing and beaches. In winter there is nearby downhill skiing. There is a cupboard full of indoor games, a croquet lawn (house rules!), an intriguing selection of books, a television, and a record player with a large collection of records.

There are numerous golf courses, some 20 public, private and 'pay as you play' within a 20 mile radius, including traditional links, parkland and heathland ones, famous ones such as Carnoustie and Rosemount, as well as lesser-known challenges such as Panmure and Edzell to name but a few. Just outside that circle lies the 'Home of Golf', St Andrews, and the world renowned Gleneagles. There is something for everyone from the beginner to the most able and the area also enjoys an excellent reputation for its clement weather.

Shopping at the House of Bruar ('Harrods of the North') is 50 minutes drive and there is a nearby local farmers' market on the second Saturday of the month. Local seasonal produce from the Vale of Strathmore, such as strawberries and raspberries, and haggis and specialist sausages are easily obtainable.

sitting room
  • Sleeps - 2-5
  • Bedrooms - 1 plus 2 other sleeping areas
  • 1 double room,
    1 twin room with curtain for door,
    1 single on mezzanine level
  • Bathrooms - 1 and separate loo
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV, and Record Player
  • Wood burning stove
  • Night storage heaters
  • Garden with croquet lawn
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbeque
  • Pets welcome
  • Short breaks welcome
  • Forfar 6 miles, Glamis village 2 miles
  • Airports - Dundee City 25 mins, Aberdeen 80 mins,
    Edinburgh 90 mins, Glasgow 90 mins
  • Station - Dundee 20 mins
  • Pubs/restaurants - Glamis 2 miles
  • Golf - 20 public, private and "pay as you play"
    courses, within a 20 mile radius
  • Fishing - salmon and trout within 15 mins
  • Skiing - downhill 30 mins
  • Scenic walking from the door;
    hill walking and Munros within 20 mins drive
  • Beaches - 40 mins drive
  • Shooting - within 10 mins by arrangement
  • Castles - Glamis 5 mins and others nearby
  • Shopping at House of Bruar, 50 mins
  • Brechin and Dunkeld Cathedrals
  • Theatres: Pitlochry Festival Theatre - 50 mins,
    Dundee 20 mins
sitting room with woodburning sove

Other amenities:

Croquet in the garden, indoor games - huge variety, reading - a wall of books! Farmers' Market on the 2nd Saturday in the month, 10 minutes.


The entrance door is a stable door into a small hallway off which is the loo/cloakroom and ahead the modern fitted kitchen with a breakfast table. The open archway on the left leads into a very spacious high-roof, beamed sitting room and dining area with 3 windows with enchanting views and 3 dormer windows and a wood-burning stove. There is a television, and a record player with a large selection of records. The beams are decorated with skis, a saddle, tennis racquets, fishing rods and a croquet mallet.

A staircase leads to a mezzanine study/gallery bedroom area (with a single bed) in the eaves which overlooks the sitting room. Beyond the sitting room, separated by a dividing curtain, is a twin-bedded room with a wall of books and an original (unused) fireplace. A few steps under a second archway lead to the bathroom with an extra wide bath with shower over bath and the master double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, and French doors which open onto the charming landscaped garden through which runs a burn/stream.

All rooms have night storage heaters.


From Dundee (20 mins): Follow the Ring Road/A90 signed Aberdeen and Forfar. Approx 4 miles from the last roundabout, turn left on to the A928 signed Kirriemuir and Glamis Castle. Travel 4.9 miles and after the sign to Charleston, turn right signed Arniefoul and Hayston. Follow the tarmac road, over hump-backed bridge, turn right into a 'No Through Road'. Travel half a mile, take left fork signed Arniefoul and The Gida is the 2nd cottage on the right, entrance through a green gate.

From Perth (40 mins): Leave Perth on A94 and at Glamis turn right onto A928 signed Dundee. 500yds, turn first left, signed Hayston and Arniefoul and continue as above.

From Aberdeen (1 hour):Follow the A90 south, signed Dundee. Turn right onto A94 to Coupar Angus and Glamis Castle. After 2.9 miles, turn left, signed Hayston and Arniefoul. Travel uphill and down the other side. Take 'No Through Road' in front of you and continue as above.

What's included:

There is night storage heating throughout and this is included in the rental price. Logs for the stove are also included.
Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels are provided.
Pets are accepted but must be well controlled.
The owners live next door and are on hand for advice - but keep out of your way unless asked for help!

Cost and availability:

This lovely holiday cottage is rented out year round.
Change over days and arrival/departure times are flexible.

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The Gida, Arniefoul, Glamis, Angus, DD8 1UD Scotland.

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Charming cottage near Glamis Castle

This 17th century cottage in Angus is in a great location to explore the area and the garden is a tranquil oasis to relax in on your Scottish holiday - the surrounding countryside is ideal for walking at all levels.