Things To Do
Bookmark, the Blairgowrie Book Festival, is an established and popular event held each year in early October. Whilst attracting top authors and presenters, it remains an accessible and friendly Festival.
Winter Words, at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre is another very popular and successful book festival, held in February each year.
This 105km (64 mile) circular walk is one of Scotland’s most popular long-distance walks. It passes through the towns and villages of Blairgowrie, Bridge of Cally, Kirkmichael, Spittal of Glenshee, Glenisla and Alyth. The Trail is divided into five sections and can be comfortably walked in five days. The term ‘Cateran’ relates to the marauding cattle thieves who operated in the area from medieval times until the 17th century. Recent ‘Scotsman’ article.
For rock-climbers, there are several venues nearer at hand than the mountains themselves, the nearest being just four miles from the Hotel. Please ask at reception for more details and guide books. (See, for example, Highland Outcrops South, SMC)
The nearest malt whisky distillery to the Hotel is just 11 miles (18km) away at Edradour. However, the nearest distillery is a mere 6½ miles (10km) away, the Persie Gin distillery. Both offer the opportunity to see how the process operates, to taste the product and to make purchases! Of course, there are very many other distilleries in the wider area!
The Enchanted Forest runs each year throughout October. This spectacular display is incredibly popular with children (of all ages, up to 90 or more!).
Just three miles north of Kirkmichael in Enochdhu, Dirnanean House has a substantial (1.5 hectare) garden, which is open to the public during the summer months. Here, the emphasis is on encouraging wildlife and wild flowers, as well as very impressive conventional cultivation. There are many other impressive gardens in the area, including those at Blair Castle and Glamis Castle.
Wildlife abounds in the area, with red squirrels and deer common sights. You’ll also find more birds and bees (and butterflies) than you may be accustomed to seeing. Enjoy the simple pleasures of the surrounding countryside. (See also Walking)
The Strathardle Highland Gathering is held on the fourth Saturday of August each year, on the Bannerfield in the village, just opposite the Hotel. There are many other local Games days during the season. Please ask us for details.
Just seven miles away, Mount Blair (744m) is a fine outing and an excellent viewpoint. Near the Glenshee ski centre, there are several Munros to bag and the whole of the Cairngorms and the Perthshire Highlands are easily accessible. (See Walking for more local outings.)
In the centre of the village, just opposite the Hotel, is our own Bannerfield – nowadays the venue for the annual Strathardle Highland Gathering – so named because it was where the Earl of Mar mustered his troops for the Jacobite uprising of 1715.
Slightly further afield, we have Killiecrankie, Scone Palace, site of the crowning of kings, and the magnificent buildings and gardens of Blair Castle and Glamis Castle.
There are opportunities for either tuition or trekking in the area, for example at Pathhead in Kirriemuir.
Expertly managed Land Rover and quad bike experiences are available locally. Please ask at reception for more details.
For a day at the races, Perth Racecourse provides an attractive and popular venue.
Excellent skiing facilities are available at Glenshee, just 15 miles away. When the conditions are right, the skiing is as good as you will find anywhere. All grades of skier are catered for, from gentle nursery slopes to black runs. DISCOVER MORE
There are public courts in Perth and Aberfeldy, but the nearest is at the Nortel Leisure Centre in Coupar Angus. Please ask at reception for more details.
There are several swimming pools within easy striking distance, the nearest in Blairgowrie. For the more hardy, there is a pool in the river, just upstream from the bridge, where swimmers can often be found in the summer months.
There is a court in the grounds of Kirkmichael Primary School which is a community facility and can be used outside school times. It can be made available to guests. Rackets and balls can be hired at modest cost. Please ask us about current arrangements to borrow the keys.
As well as the more energetic delights of the Cateran Trail and the surrounding mountains, there are delightful shorter walks in the Kirkmichael Path Network. Leaflets are available from reception. Enjoy the simple pleasures of the surrounding countryside. (See also Wildlife)
A little further afield, The Birks of Aberfeldy is a very popular short walk, popularised in large measure by the Burns poem.
The Kirkmichael Hotel
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As part of the Perthshire Open Studios initiative, we curate, in the Hotel, a selection of works by local artists.