The pretty village of Blair Atholl, 34 miles north of Perth and 80 south of Inverness and now bypassed by the busy A9, stands right where the smiling countryside of Highland Perthshire gives way to the wilder mountain scenery of the Highlands proper. Dominated by the imposing structure of Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl (who are licensed to keep the only private army in Britain), its central location makes it ideal for exploring in all directions. Millside Cottage is conveniently situated just a couple of minutes' walk from Blair Atholl's shop, tearoom and hotel, and, in the other direction, is just a short walk too from the surrounding forests and hills. Railway buffs and children will enjoy its proximity to the local level crossing, but the rail system in this part of the world is a world apart from its southern counterpart. The trains manage to be fairly unobtrusive and to a great extent could be said to be 'seen and not heard'. (Why not take advantage, leave the car behind, and take a rail trip to Perth, Inverness, or even further afield?)
The cottage stands in its own enclosed garden, which has a patio area (BBQ + furniture) and a shed providing storage for cycles or canoes. Inside, it offers bright, spacious, versatile and comfortable accommodation for five people, with separate sitting and dining rooms, a well equipped, modern kitchen, downstairs shower room, and, upstairs, double, twin and single bedrooms and a further bathroom.
Blair Atholl has its own 9 hole golf course, fishing is available locally, and Atholl Estates can organise stalking in season. You are perfectly placed for exploring the wild beauty of Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch. The Grampian Mountains, with ski-ing at Aviemore are just 50 miles up the road. Pitlochry, 7 miles to the south, has all facilities, and in addition a fish ladder and famous Festival Theatre. There too, you can cut over to the road to Braemar and Royal Deeside.
Central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels are included. Sorry, no pets or smoking within the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 5):
- Sitting room with living flame gas fire (electric fire from 2012) and TV/DVD.
- Dining room.
- Kitchen with fridge freezer, dishwasher, cooker, washing machine, microwave, etc.
- Room with shower, WC and basin.
- Double bed room.
- Twin bed room.
- Single bed room.
- Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin