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Ideal holiday location between Perthshire and Angus

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Country cottage with private, secluded garden in woodland setting.

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! The cottage also has free wi-fi.

An added quirky feature is a nuclear bomb shelter in the grounds - a relic of the Cold War!

The price quoted includes the Home Away online booking service fee. Please contact me directly by clicking "Enquire Now" if you do not wish to use the online booking service.

Find out what's happening at and around Birnie at:

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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Aileen Hynd (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)
Ideal holiday location between Perthshire and Angus
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 52 reviews

Review by Frankie and Trevor and 2 retrievers

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic week, and so did our two dogs. There are lots of places to visit within easy driving distance or if you want to stay in. You can just walk through the owners wood (and continue across the fields if you want). There are deer in the woods and a huge variety of birds to watch. The setting of the cottage is amazing and tranquil. The garden is large and completely enclosed, so the dogs cannot wander off. The cottage is well equipped and comfortable. The owners are very helpful and are a good source of local knowledge, history and ideas of things to do. There are several pubs and hotels in the town of Alyth to suit most budgets and the town is unspoilt by tourism. I would definitely recommend it and we have already booked another stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent accomodation and a wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay at Birnie Cottage this past July. The property is charming, private and well equipped for self catering. The owners were personable, accommodating and willing to go the 'extra mile' to make sure we had everything we needed, including extra information about the area, to enjoy our stay in Perthshire.. A great place to stay with good access to many attractions.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted when people enjoy their visits to Birnie. We have many travellers who return to us, not least, as you say, because of the location which is an ideal base for touring, reaching many of Scotland's attractions in less than an hour in any direction. We hope we see you back here one day as well and you will be welcomed back with a plate of scones and my home made jam! 😊
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Jederzeit wieder

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten wundervolle Tage in Birnie Cottage. Das Cottage ist sehr sauber, geräumig und hat einen wunderbaren Garten. Gelegentlich kamen uns ein paar ganz liebe Hühner besuchen. Es liegt sehr ruhig und man kann viele Ausflüge in die Umgebung machen.

Hervorzuheben ist hier die Gastfreundlichkeit von Aileen und Bob die immer für ein Gespräch Zeit hatten und einem wirklich das Gefühl gaben Willkommen zu sein.

Zu erwähnen ist noch die Facebookseite von Birnie Cottage auf der Ausflugsziele, Lokale und Feste in der Umgebung bekannt gegeben werden.

Der Abschied ist uns schwer gefallen.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Besucher wie Ihre schöne Familie wird immer bei Birnie willkommen. Sie haben eine gute Nutzung Ihrer Zeit hier und besuchte einige der schottischen berühmte Plätze , aber es gibt mehr viel für die nächste Zeit und Birnie in der Mitte von ihnen richtig ist. Haste ye back! 😄
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Excellent cottage-very comfortable in superb location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is well equipped & is always warm with lots of hot water.

Beautiful surroundings & in a good area for places of interest.

The owners are welcoming & extremely helpful & there are always lots of logs & coal for a cosy fire .

There is a large selection of books & games .

We had a super holiday in spite of the weather & were sorry to leave.

I would recommend this cottage for comfort & the secluded position amongst trees so lots of wild life to watch!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased you both enjoyed your holiday at Birnie and that you managed to see so many of out bonny wee towns. We also loved that, after your travels during the day, you loved coming back to the open fire and just relaxing in the evenings. We would love to welcome you back to the cottage so that you can visit the many places you didn't manage to see this time. 😊
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A charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed a stay at Birnie Cottage, found it well equipped, warm and spacious. It proved a good centre for exploring the local attractions and the setting and garden were most attractive. Aileen and Bob were generous and helpful hosts and I have no hesitation in recommending this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Birnie and that it proved an ideal base for many of your excursions. It is, as you say, a good central location for exploring the many tourist attractions in the area and beyond. We would be delighted to see you back here. We have many more "auld relics" in this part of Scotland for you to investigate. 😊
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Comfortable and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend staying at Birnie. The cottage has everything you could possibly need while on holiday and just felt like a home from home. It was lovely to sit out in the well tended garden, enjoying the peace and quiet of our surroundings. Our hosts were very welcoming and to arrive to a plate of fresh scones, butter and jam was a much appreciated touch. You won't be disappointed if decided to holiday here. We hope to return again

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The weather was just lovely when you arrived which made it ideal for sitting out. We are so glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet but also the convenience of the village for morning rolls and bread. We are also well catered for in good restaurants as you discovered in Blairgowrie. We hope you do come back to us as there is much more to see and do and we really do appreciate the care taken of the cottage. Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Dundee or Perth
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Dundee or Perth
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Broughty Ferry / Lunan Bay / Carnoustie
Car: recommended

The small town of Alyth is two miles away, convenient for supplies, restaurants and pubs. Glamis Castle (childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) is just a few miles away and is one of Scotland's most beautiful castles. Dundee and Perth are within a 30 minute journey for swimming pools, theatres, cinemas and shopping, and Scott of the Antarctic's RRS Discovery. St Andrews, the home of golf, is less than an hour away and there are several golf courses nearby (3 within 3 miles!) You can go skiing at Glenshee and hillwalking in the Sidlaws. (Alyth is also on the route of the Cateran Trail). Shooting and fishing can be arranged, in season, and there is a country sports centre featuring clay shooting, archery and quad biking within easy reach.

Birnie is ideally situated as a central point for most activities from beaches and mountains to hillwalking and fishing to golfing and riding to theatres and shopping. There is even the 'home' of Peter Pan in nearby Kirriemuir!

Golf: This cottage is at the heart of what must be a golfer's paradise. Between two and twenty miles from Birnie are: Alyth Golf Club, a moorland,18 hole course with tricky greens; Glenisla Golf Centre, a rolling parkland, 18 hole course with water hazards, set in beautiful scenery; Strathmore Golf Centre and Driving Range which offers a challenging 18 hole course and an easier 9 hole course with plenty of other facilities in rolling parkland which has excellent teaching facilities at the golf academy including a 10 bay floodlit driving range, short game practice area and 6 hole putting green; Blairgowrie Golf Club (Rosemount), which has two heathland, 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course in wooded surroundings; Kirriemuir Golf Club, a parkland and heathland, 18 hole course; Piperdam Golf Driving Range, which helps to perfect your golf swing at the 12 bay driving range with a short game area and professional tuition; Guthrie Castle Golf Course, designed to be the ultimate golf challenge, taking advantage of all natural hazards and truly one of a kind; Downfield Golf Club, a very fine heavily wooded parkland,18 hole course of championship standard, but good for all levels of golfer to enjoy.

In less than 30 miles there are Carnoustie Golf Links, having three famous courses in this complex, two of them less challenging than the famous Championship course and, St Andrews - the Home of Golf, which has 10 courses close to the town centre including the Old Course and Kingsbarns. Enjoy!

Ski: The cottage is ideally situated for ski-ing at Glenshee which is located at Cairnwell Pass where the A93 enters the Cairngorms National Park. Alyth is only 20 miles away via the B954 to Dykend on the B951 and then on to the A93. It is also accessible from Blairgowrie via the A93. With its diversity of pistes, Glenshee offers something for everyone from invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland. Beginners are able to get to grips with skiing and snowboarding on the nursery slopes and it is also ideal for intermediate skiers/snowboarders with no less than 26 blue and red runs, varying from the long and exhilarating to the short and steep. Experienced skiers and boarders, however, are able to test their skills on two excellent black runs. The "Tiger" is one of the most renowned runs in Scotland and visitors often come just to spectate. Recently the centre has upgraded the chairlift which takes you to the top of this mountain. Snowboarders are also treated to a specially designed Fun Park.With so much choice, it is easy to see why Glenshee is Scotland's premier resort.

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Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 21 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 22 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Stays of 5 or 6 nights for four guests or fewer are also charged at the same rate as the weekly rate (i.e. £5 reduction per night). There is a further reduction of 5% for 15 nights or more and the rate is negotiable for visitors wishing to lease the cottage for more than 28 nights. The fee quoted includes a HomeAway online service fee. If you do not wish to take advantage of the HomeAway online service please click "Enquire Now" and alternative arrangements can be arranged.

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Scotland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • White suite with instant shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • All duvets and pillows are made from non-allergenic materials. There is a travel cot available on request, ideally for babies up to 6 months old. There is also a small double sofa bed in the sitting room, suitable for guests who require separate sleeping quarters. The maximum occupancy of six should include children as six adults may find only two bedrooms and one bathroom inadequate for perfect comfort. The discount for 5/6 nights is not available if there are more than 4 guests staying.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
You can park your car beside the cottage in the private driveway, well away from the main road. The cottage garden is quite large and enclosed with rhubarb and soft fruit bushes and which also has very young fruit trees at the moment but there is one tree which will be bursting with fruit in season. In order to maintain the garden for your enjoyment, and because the cottage is let throughout the growing season, our gardener may have to be there during your stay but we shall try to arrange this whilst you are having an away day and will, of course, ask your permission if not. The larger garden in front of and behind the house is, of course, private but there is a path to the side which leads to the woodland walk and to a network of paths to explore. Permits are available for fishing on the River Isla (only a mile away) an excellent trout and grayling river. Below the River Ericht, the Isla acts as a corridor for salmon. We also have outhouses for equipment and a freezer for fish.

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