I’m looking out of my window as I type and there is snow as far as the eye can see; it’s breath-taking. When I see the Perthshire countryside laid out before me like this it always reminds me why I love our county as much as I do. No matter what the season, the views are beautiful and nature’s playground sprawls out before you, ready to be used!
I’m often asked what we do in winter, as though the highlands of Perthshire somehow close their doors and we all hunker down, around the fire with bowls of soup and candles. People, nothing could be further from the truth! Highland Perthshire turns into a winter sports extravaganza with the outstanding Glenshee Ski Resort right here on our doorstep.
If you’ve never been then you really ought to book a few days away and head for the slopes. They have recently rehauled their website and their information is fantastic. You can get the latest current conditions, book your tickets and plan your visit. They also play host to some terrific ski and snowboard events with February showing the Scottish Schools Snowsports Association Qualifiers. Skiers and snowboaders of all levels are welcome as they offer lessons for complete beginners.
Of course, it’s not just about hurtling down the side of a mountain! All us hardy winter walkers love nothing better than getting out onto the hills and enjoying the scenery without the splendour of the lush green Summer fauna.
We were delighted to find out that there are two Highland Perthshire walks featured in The Independents Top 50 British Winter Walks and we’ve shared them here with you. Remember, if you are coming to enjoy winter walks please be safe – this winter walking survival guide is full of great tips and we do recommended it if you’re serious about scaling mountians! Winter Walking Safety
This short walk follows the forested banks of the river Garry between Pitlochry and Killiecrankie, in Perthshire. "It' beautiful when the trees are coated with snow," says Gary.
Distance: 4 miles
"Ben Vrackie dominates the skyline above Pitlochry in Perthshire," says Sarah. "Its fine paths lead you to the top of one of the best viewpoints in the region, and the Moulin Inn (www.moulininn.co.uk) offers a cosy, fireside seat when you get back down."
Distance: 6 miles
And finally, I’ve mentioned them before but I can’t help but feel that a blog about Perthshire’s great outdoors in winter would be incomplete with the amazing Highland Safaris and their winter programme. Here you will escape to the high tops to marvel at the snow covered landscape and discover a land steeped in history, culture, nature, and breathtaking views. Each Land Rover is equipped with snow chains and your experienced Safari Ranger will take you on a journey into this sub Arctic wilderness. Highland Safaris Website.
If you want to take part in any of these great activities then do please click over to our accommodation pages and book in for a stay!
See you soon,
This is a great cottage, perfect location near loads of cafes and shops with beautiful country walks on your doorstep. The cottage itself has everything you need and owner was always prompt and helpful when responding to our queries. Would definitely recommend.
Thank you for having us at this lovely, warm & peaceful cottage. Dougal & Emma
Having stayed on the Duchally Estate previously we were delighted to find Ryder Cup Lodge and booked a longer stay this year as its a great base for visiting the surrounding area. The lodge had everything we needed for our family of 5. It was very clean and has a great location directly behind the main hotel building. Collecting the key from the key safe meant arrival was very easy and convenient. The leisure facilities are fantastic, great to be able to swim daily and use the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Room. We can recommend both Afternoon Tea and Evening Meals in Montheath's Restaurant especially when accompanied with Duchallys own Gatehouse Gin (Gin Mojito is amazing!!) We look forward to returning to the lodge in the near future.
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