Cycling This is the perfect area to explore by bike, a cycle up Glen Lyon will not disappoint, and it’s got just the right level of up and down hill and some truly magnificent scenery. There are plenty of other cycle routes in the area including some off road for the more adventurous. Bikes can be hired from Girvens, Aberfeldy Tel 01887 820254 or Highland Safaris nr. Aberfeldy Tel 01887 820071
Go to www.cyclehighlandperthshire.com and start planning your routes.
Water adventure Aberfeldy is widely recognized as the ‘Whitewater Capital of the UK’, the River Tay regularly hosts international kayaking competitions, and other adventure sports including canyoning, gorge walking and rafting which are all available through established operators such as National Kayak School, Weem, Perthshire Tel 01887 820498, Splash White Water Rafting, Aberfeldy Tel 01887 829706, Beyond Adverture, Aberfeldy Tel 01887 829202, Freespirits, Grandtully Aberfeldy Tel 0845 6444755
Fishing Closest to the cottage is the River Lyon, the trout fishing is first class and fishing permits can be obtained on various stretches of the river, visit www.anglingintayside.co.uk for more information and contact details. The longest river in Scotland, the River Tay runs along beside Aberfeldy and is one of the greatest Salmon fishing rivers in the world. Enjoy a relaxing day of fly-fishing on the riverbank, hire a Ghillie to show you the ropes Highland Safaris take care of it all including equipment Tel 01887 820071
Golf If golf is your passion, you will be spoilt for choice with the Aberfeldy 18 hole course practically on your doorstep, or travel a few miles and choose from the attractive 9 hole courses at Kenmore and Strathtay or the challenging 18 holes around the magnificent Taymouth Castle. If that’s not enough a ½ hour drive away there are a further 5, 18 holes at Pitlochry, Crieff, Killin, Dunkeld and Blairgowrie. For more information take a look at the Perthshire Golf Directory; you can purchase a Green card, which discounts golf on 19 of Perthshire’s 18 hole venues for more information Call 01887 829010.
Horse Riding Mains of Taymouth Stables, Kenmore do Trekking & Hacking for all levels of experience, Day Rides available for groups and a Pony Club every Saturday 10am-2pm for kids 6+, visitors welcome. For more information Tel 07809 659577. Alternatively a little further a field is Blair Castle Trekking Centre Tel 01796 481568
Safaris & off road Highland Adventure Safaris offer award winning Land Rover safaris either day or evening, families or adult groups, including the chance for some off road driving fun. There’s a lot more so they are well worth a visit and their café’s very good so you’ll find them amongst our recommendations of where to eat.
If off roads what you’re looking for there’s also Highland Off Road in Dunkeld, quad bike fun on the 280-acre estate of Dunkeld House Hotel Tel 01350 728700 & Scottish Quads who provide quad bike sessions, archery, clay pigeon shooting and 4 x 4 off road driving, Amulree, Dunkeld Tel 0845 2601745