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Cairnhill Lodge

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Nestled in the southern fringes of the Cairngorms National Park lies the hamlet of Kirkton of Glenisla where you will find Cairnhill Lodge – a beautiful and tastefully designed timber lodge furnished to an exceptionally high standard. The lodge enjoys a tranquil highland setting surrounded by forest, moors and lochs, which quickly give way to high mountains to the north. It is generously proportioned for four people with decor that is Scottish-Alpine in character: being both modern and homely.

The lodge has space to accommodate a couple, a group of friends, or a family in luxurious comfort.

Glenisla is an idyllic rural location offering a wide range of leisure opportunities. There are numerous forest trails in the area for biking and walking, and if you are feeling adventurous there is the Cateran Trail – a 64-mile circular long-distance walking route through Perthshire and the Angus Glens. Hillwalkers can also access a clutch of six Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft) directly from the head of the glen.

There is an abundance of wildlife resident in Glenisla: including many iconic species of birds, red and roe deer, pine martens, otters and red squirrels. You may even be lucky enough to see the elusive and exceptionally rare Scottish Wildcat, which is known to roam in the area!

For golfers, there are two courses at Alyth Golf Club (10 miles), two courses at Strathmore Golf Centre (12 miles) as well as the championship Rosemount Links course in Blairgowrie (17.5 miles).

A wide range of field sports, including clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry, are available at Auchterhouse Country Sports (19 miles). There is local fishing at Loch Shandra and Lintrathen and additionally on the rivers Ericht, Isla and Tay, together with the North and South Esks – fishing permits are required.

In winter, there is skiing at Glenshee Ski Centre, which is only a 30-minute drive from the lodge (19 miles).

Instead of outdoor pursuits, you may wish to spend a day or two sightseeing by exploring the many spectacular castles and wonderful distilleries within easy reach of Glenisla. Shops, banks and associated services can be found in the small market town of Alyth (10 miles) with further shopping in Kirriemuir (13 miles). More extensive services are found in Blairgowrie (16 miles) while the cities of Perth and Dundee can be easily reached in under an hour’s drive. The latter is home to the new V&A Design Museum and Captain Scott’s polar expedition ship RRS Discovery.

Whether it’s exploring the stunning Angus Glens, relaxing in front of a roaring log fire, or experiencing a dramatic star-filled sky with a glass of wine in hand, you will find Cairnhill Lodge an ideal retreat that ensures you have a memorable stay.

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