About our location
Glenisla | Angus Glens | Scotland
Cairnhill Lodge is located near the hamlet of Kirkton of Glenisla in the Angus Glens – right in the heart of Scotland.
The Angus Glens stretch from the fertile farming plains of Strathmore in the south and reach northwards into the southern fringes of the Cairngorms National Park. There are five principal glens: Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot, and Esk, along with many subsidiary glens. Each of the glens has its own distinctive character: varying in terms of landscape, ecology, habitation and usage. The glens are also home to ten Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet in height).
Still reflections on Loch Shandra
Waymarked signpost on the Cateran Trail
View from the bird hide on Loch of Lintrathen
Glenisla forestry carpark – opposite Cairnhill Lodge
Thick snow on Cairnhill Lodge driveway
Soaking up the sun at the boat house on Auchintaple Loch
Pitlochry hydro electric dam from visitors centre
Picnic at the top of Glen Clova
Bagpipe procession at the Glenisla Highland Games
Dancing competitors at Glenisla Highland Games
Bessie’s Cairn and the high mountains at the top of Glenisla
Boat house on Loch Shandra in summer
Boat house on Loch Shandra in winter snows
Admiring the view across Loch Shandra
Autumn sunshine by Loch Shandra
Forter Castle Glenisla from the slopes of Mount Blair
Glenisla is the most westerly of the glens and is the only one with road access from the south and the north. It is home to many farms, several forestry plantations and a few large sporting estates. The River Isla courses from the high mountains in the north, cascading over the huge and spectacular Reekie Linn waterfall to eventually join the River Tay at Meikleour. The south of the glen gives ready access to the towns of Blairgowrie, Alyth and Kirremuir, with the cities of Perth and Dundee about an hours drive from Cairnhill Lodge. The road that exits the north of the glen provides a quick route to reach Glenshee Ski Centre (19 miles) and then on to the village of Braemar and Balmoral Castle in Royal Deeside. It also provides a scenic road route to Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and the A9 to the west.
The location of Cairnhill Lodge, however, isn’t just all about moor, forest and mountainside, it is also a great base for exploring Scotland’s east coast, with many spectacular beaches only about an hour away by car. What’s more, if it is a complete change of scene and pace you are after you will find Cairnhill Lodge conveniently sits within easy reach of a huge variety of accessible heritage sites and, not forgetting of course, a big selection of whisky and gin distilleries.
Whether you’re visiting for just a few days, or for a couple of weeks, Cairnhill Lodge will make an enjoyable, relaxing and memorable location for your holiday.
How to find us
Cairnhill Lodge is located in Glenisla on the Angus-Perthshire border in Scotland
"Best lodge stayed in by far"
Brilliant — lodge amazing. So many nice touches and immaculate. Wanted for nothing. Hosts Elaine and Cameron couldn’t have been nicer and were very knowledgeable about the area. Best lodge stayed in by far.
"5* visit - will keep me returning again and again"
Superb luxury accommodation. Attention to detail second to none. Idyllic location with a plethora of wildlife right on doorstep literally – nightly film footage of visiting wildcat and pheasants that can be hand fed.
Set on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park means that it is only 30 min drive to Glenshee ski resort.
"Perfect stay at Cairnhill Lodge"
We enjoyed a perfect stay at Cairnhill Lodge in summer, taking advantage of the long hours of daylight to squeeze in so many activities. Cameron & Elaine are extremely knowledgeable about the local area and advised us on a manageable circular cycle route right from the doorstep. The scenery was stunning, with heather on the hillsides, babbling brooks, quaint pubs, castles and lochs.
"Absolutely beautiful place"
Absolutely beautiful place with countless nice touches. A great base to explore the area and hike, with lots of nearby restaurants and activities to try. It was a great cosy space to come back to in the evenings, with very powerful wifi, games, and a lovely fire. Very welcoming and attentive hosts! Would definitely go back.
"Hidden gem in the middle of beautiful Scotland"
Such a lovely hidden gem in the middle of beautiful Scotland, very friendly and an outstanding luxurious Alpine style chalet full of special details.
"Say it all in a picture"
"This place is very special"
♪♪ Busk, busk bonnie lassie,
And come awa wi me,
And I’ll tak ye tae Glen Isla,
Near bonnie Glen Shee ♪♪
For the perfect “stay”, grand company, and for allowing us to share a bit of the local folklore …
We leave with our senses enriched with the lovely things, beautiful hills, stories of this glen, wildcat visits, a cheeky otter, and a ghost or two …
♪♪ This place is very special,
And, I shall return ♪♪
She said, knowingly, with a smile.
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If you wish to make an enquiry about availability or have any other questions, please use the form below or call us on
07434 619 412.