Birnie Cottage is ideally situated in the Vale of Strathmore.This is a charming cottage between Kirriemuir and Blairgowrie.The rooms are quite large and the oil fired central heating is included in the price and wood/coal is always available (free of charge) for the open fire.The kitchen is well equipped and has an old fashioned theme, mindful of the original use as a gardener's cottage for nearby Birnie House (the home of the owner- willing, if available, to give advice about where to go and what to see in the area). The cottage was totally overhauled in 2009 but great care was taken to retain the original 1930s character . Visitors are welcome to walk in the woods attached to the house.Various games are available for younger visitors and activities in the surrounding area abound; enough to satisfy any age of visitor! Dogs are also welcome but not on the beds or sofas!
An added quirky feature is a nuclear bomb shelter in the grounds - a relic of the Cold War!
Walking: The CATERAN TRAIL is a walking route full of breathtaking landscapes with a wide range of changing terrain that should suit long distance walkers of any age. Situated on the southern end of the Highlands in the Heart of Perthshire and the Angus Glens this route provides the walker with a true feel of Scottish landscape and offers a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Caterans in the 15th to 17th centuries.
The DEN OF ALYTH has several walks of varying length through the deep, shady glen of the Alyth Burn amongst mixed open woodland. As well as being a quiet place to walk, the Den is a place to rest, picnic and watch the varied wildlife. Oak, ash and birch trees are home to small birds like tree creepers and great tits, while dippers and grey wagtails live by the waterside.
Walk around AULD ALYTH or the quiet country roads leading to Glenisla and the Angus Glens. The views are magnificent. Also in the area is the waterfall, REEKIE LYNN, on the way to PEEL FARM.
Nature: GLEN ISLA is one of the more significant and the most westerly of the Angus Glens, a wide valley in the southern Grampians, between Glen Shee and Glen Prosen. The River Isla flows south and then southeast into the Valley of Strathmore.
LINTRATHEN reservoir is a nature reserve in the Braes of Angus, situated at the southern end of Glen Isla, 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Alyth. Surrounded by farmland, the loch is visited by large numbers of wildfowl, wintering geese, whooper swans and the occasional osprey.
LOCH OF KINNORDY, nearer Kirriemuir, is a shallow loch set in a natural basin which attracts all sorts of wildfowl and is open from dawn to dusk.
Near Dunkeld, LOCH OF LOWES is all about ospreys. From April to September a pair of ospreys usually breed here and there is an observation hide just 150m from their nest, as well as a camera so visitors can watch close up pictures of the birds. The reserve covers 95 hectares of the loch, shoreline and surrounding woodland.
Peter Pan: The Peter Pan House in Kirriemuir is the birthplace of J M Barrie who is best known for his wonderfully enchanting story of the boy who never grew up.. His childhood house is equally as delightful and visitors have a rare privilege to see where he grew up and step into the rooms where he spent his childhood can and even go into the wash room that is said to be the inspiration for his Wendy House and was his first theatre during his childhood.
The narrow streets of Kirriemuir are lined with traditional red sandstone houses, friendly shops and galleries, interesting museums, cosy cafes and welcoming pubs, not to mention some of the best ice cream in Tayside.
From the 'Camera Obscura' you can enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and southern slopes of the Grampians. Kirriemuir, which has lost none of its charm, is central for explorations of the beautiful Braes of Angus - all penetrating deep into the lonely eastern Grampian mountains.