Self-catering Glenlyon, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Glenlyon abounds in history and from the moment of entering the Glen through the narrow pass you will be enchanted by its spell. Known by one of its Gaelic names as ‘The Crooked Glen of the Stones,’ the road from Fortingall winds through a narrow pass and continues through 26 miles of intoxicating beauty. The further you drive the wilder it gets with high mountains and mixed woodland.
At the entrance to the Glen in the thatched village of Fortingall reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilot and home to the Fortingall Yew; at 3000 years old it is the oldest living vegetation in Europe. The Village hotel serves delicious food and has a lively bar with traditional music on a Friday night and a cosy feel with the log fire. Mid way up Glenlyon is the Shop, Post Office and Tea Room serving delicious homemade scones and cakes: a must for any visit!
Aberfeldy has a fabulous selection of shops and cafes, with a wonderful well stocked deli with heaps of delicious local produce, a supermarket for the rest of the essentials and lovely gift shops.
Highland Safaris (recently awarded 5 Stars by VisitScotland). You will receive preferential rates for the award winning activities there which include Land Rover Safaris, Red Deer Encounter and Gold Panning. Bike and Fishing Rod Hire is also available there with fabulous riverside and forest walks and bike trails. In the Highland Safaris shop you will find a carefully selected range of gifts to suit all tastes, ages and pockets.
Whether you are a keen participant in activities or prefer just to relax and unwind, Highland Safaris café, which is was recently the recipient of VisitScotland’s new award, ‘Taste our Best’, is a ‘must visit’ destination. The Taste our Best award is given to businesses that understand the importance of using top quality Scottish produce, often in creative ways. This, coupled with home cooking and baking and an extensive coffee menu has made the café a great favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Those looking for quality attractions will be spoilt for choice as there are a number of 5-Star visitor experiences in the area including Dewar’s World of Whisky, The Scottish Crannog Centre (a fascinating re-construction of an Iron Age Dwelling), the magnificent Blair Castle and sublime shopping experience, The House of Bruar (referred to locally as ‘the Harrods of the North!). Other attractions include Castle Menzies (approximately 9 miles), the famous ‘Birk’s of Aberfeldy’ (a wooded walk around a magnificent waterfall), a number of stunning gardens and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
The location is particularly outstanding for cycling and mountain biking with an abundance of quiet roads, forest trails and riverside routes as well as more challenging terrain for experienced riders. Golfers are exceptionally well catered for with many quality courses within easy travelling distance. Water sports enthusiasts, walkers, wildlife lovers and those simply seeking total relaxation surrounded by beautiful scenery, will find everything they need and more in this quite unique and special place.
- Aberfeldy - 12 miles
- Edinburgh Airport - 85 miles
- Pitlochry station - 27 miles
- Variety of restaurants/pubs - nearest
Fortingall Hotel, 3 miles
- Golf - 18 holes, 12 miles; 9 holes, 6 miles
- Highland Safaris (Land Rover Safaris,
Gold Panning, Red Deer Encounter,
Shop and Café) - 9 miles
- Tennis - 12 miles
- Cinema - 12 miles
- Fishing - nearby (tackle available)
- Walking - immediate access,
hill walking (Ben Lawers) nearby
- Mountain biking - immediate access
(mountain bikes for hire by arrangement)
- Cycling - immediate access
- Quad biking
- Clay pigeon shooting - 20 miles
- Sailing, White water rafting, Canyoning,
Kayaking etc - 12 miles
- Horse riding - 9 miles
- Swimming pool and gym - 12 miles
Surrounded by the soaring Glenlyon mountains, this is somewhere you will want to come back to again and again.
From the south drive up the A9 from Perth, continuing northwards on the A9 towards Ballinluig. Turn onto the A827 to Aberfeldy. Once you have arrived in Aberfeldy, turn right at the traffic lights (signed for the B846 Kinloch Rannoch). After approximately 6 miles, take the left turn at the village of Coshieville signed for Fortingall. Drive through Fortingall (approximately 3 miles from turnoff) and go straight on for approximately half a mile to the right turn signed for Glenlyon. Carry on up this road passing 2 cottages on your right. 150 meters after passing the second one turn right through a large metal gate. Follow the track for 150 meters to Dornoch Lodge.
From the north, head south on the A9 and take the turning at Ballinluig, then follow the directions above.
From the west, follow the A85 to Killin and then follow the A827 north loch road for approximately 14 miles to the villageof Fearnan and take the left turn signed for Fortingall and Glen Lyon. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles then take a left turn, signed for Glen Lyon.
Highland Safaris (near the village of Dull) offeres Land Rover Safaris, Red Deer Encounter and Gold Panning. Mountain Bike and Fishing Rod Hire is also available and you can also enjoy the cosy café and well stocked gift shop. A ‘Safari Pass’ discount booklet with 18 special offers for local cafes, shops and activities.
Glenlyon, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 Scotland