Horsey Reach

Home away from home in perthsire

Exploring, Eating, Shopping, Playing, Relaxing

Perthshire has so much to offer: Glorious Countryside, the River Tay, Golf Courses Galore, Skiing, Country Walks and Drives, Various Outdoor Pursuits, Excellent Shopping, Art and a Huge array of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes for dining out.
Here is just some of what's available:

Salmon Fishing
The River Tay is the longest of Scotland's Salmon Rivers. Visit the Fish Tay website for a full list of Tay beats or we'd be happy to organise private fishing, spey-casting instruction or personal ghillie services for you - please call Jim on 07748 304486 - he'd be happy to speak to you even if it's just for some advice.

Outdoor Pursuits
There are a growing number of local businesses who offer a variety of adventurous activities, many suitable for both children and adults such as Quad-Biking, Segway Trekking, White Water Rafting, Archery, Falconry and Shooting: Splash, Activ8sNae Limits
Perthshire Off RoadDunkeld Hilton

Golf
Golf courses within 30mins drive include:
Blairgowrie, Alyth, Strathmore, Dunkeld and Birnham, King James VI,

Murrayshall, Gleneagles

Some a little further afield although still within 1 hour's drive:
St. Andrews, Carnoustie

Walking
Let Visit Scotland show you the way - from gentle stolls along riverside paths to strenuous hikes up a mighty munro!
Another useful site for walks and scenery is Perthshire's
Big Tree Country

Children's Activities
Just on the other side of the village to Horsey Reach is the Active Kid Adventure Park which has go karts, terrific slides, climbing frames, trampolines and a place for mum and dad to sit and relax.
Here are a couple of general websites to look at for children's activities: Active Perthshire and Activity Scotland.The following are for specific activities:
Pony trekking/riding lessons at Blair Castle Trekking and Crieff Hydro 
Perth Leisure Centre boasts a fantastic swimming pool: Tel: 01738 492421
Cycling: Comrie Croft Bikes
Soft Play Area, Indoor Karting and Bowling: Noah's Ark.
Children's quad biking and other outdoor activities including Segway Trekking and Bungee Tramplines: The Edge Outdoor Activity Centre
Bydand Leisure

Historic Perthshire
Nestling in the Perthshire countryside you will find evidence of Scotland’s historic past: ancestral homes and castles rub shoulders with churches and battlefields. To name but a few we have:
Glamis Castle - the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, magnificent castle and grounds
Scone Palace - (pronounced 'scoon') for centuries the crowning place of Scottish kings and home to the Earls of Mansfield
St. John's Kirk, Perth - where John Knox fuelled the fire of the Reformation
Castle Menzies, by Aberfeldy - where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed on his way to the Battle of Culloden
Queen's View - one of Scotland's most famous views across Loch Tummel to Schiehallion, commemorates the first wife of Robert the Bruce
Blair Castle - still protected to this day by the last and only private army in Europe: the Atholl Highlanders
Stanley Mills - our own slice of history - only 10 mins walk from Horsey Reach - a beautifully restored mill and visitors centre depicting life in the 19th Century

Shopping
Perthshire is perfect for a little bit of retail therapy:
Perth City Centre has a wealth of shops: It has the usual suspects including good sized Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Next, Boots, WH Smith, Waterstones, as well as some rather nice additions with some really great independent jewellery stores: 
No. 5TB. Mitchell, and Cairncross and gift shops and art galleries: Boo Vake, Frames Contemporary Gallery, Tayberry Gallery, Sarah's Attick and Julian Jardine Ceramics.
Perthshire's smaller towns and villages offer a number of independent retail outlets and in particular art, craft and gift shops that are worth visiting: Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld and Crieff all offer something a little different.
Worthy of special mention is
House of Bruar - at the north end of Blair Atholl just off the A9. Huge country shopping centre, fine Scottish produce, cashmere, knitwear and gifts. Also garden centre and Bruar Falls, a strenuous woodland walk to the top. Along similar, but smaller lines are the Bankfoot Visitors Centre and going south on the A9: Baxters.
I can personally recommend 
Legends of Grandtully - for the most delicious chocolates I have ever tasted (and nice cake), this is on the road to Aberfeldy, and in Aberfeldy itself there is the Watermill, for an eclectic mix of books, art and wholesome cooking. And for art-lovers I can recommend The Strathearn Gallery in Crieff and The Atholl Gallery in Dunkeld, both always exhibit works by Scotland's finest artists.

Pampering
Take a day out of your busy schedule and really relax at the pool and beauty area at the Hilton Dunkeld House or have a day in the Spa at Gleneagles. Both only 30 mins drive from Horsey Reach. 
Or better still, invite a therapist to pamper you and your guests at Horsey Reach: Beauty by Brenda offers full beauty treatments, including Manicures, Facials, Make-up, Waxing etc and also Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy Massage. Call Brenda on 01577 840389 for details. Or try an extremely relaxing and therapeutic Thai Hand or Foot massage by Allish of Freedom River Therapies. Contact Allish on 07967 827832.

Dining Out

Perth and the surrounding area can certainly compete with Scotland's biggest cities when it comes to eating out. For a full list of Perth restaurants and night life see the Perth City Website.

I can personally recommend: Dean's at Lets Eat for more formal dining, Cafe Tabou for relaxed authentic French cuisine and for a more lively night out with great food and cocktails there's Sante Wine Bar and  The Bothy.
And more locally, in Stanley itself, I can recommend
The Tayside Hotel for a relaxed bar meal and The Apron Stage for fabulous food in a cosy relaxed environment, we like to think of it as 'a little slice of France'. A few miles out of the village, there is also the renowned Ballathie House Hotel, for excellent cuisine in a more traditional, formal environment and a newer addition to the area is Uisge in Murthly - a lively modern restaurant with a great menu and atmosphere.

For Coffee, Cakes and Light Bites

These are handy to know when you're out and about, but also worthy of the drive to get you up and going: Stewart Tower, the award winning dairy and ice cream parlour which is virtually on our doorstep, and where I'll send you if you arrive early! Gloagburn Farm Shop, my personal favourite place for lunch, great menu, and a nice shop to browse as well And I've just discovered their wonderful breakfast menu!! There is, of course, the afore mentioned Legends of Grandtully and Watermill in Aberfeldy, and new to my list of places to lunch is Delivino in Crieff (although you usually have to book, even for lunch) which offers modern European food with a lovely selection of wines.  

And for something different:

Improve your cookery skills at the Tony Heath Cookschoollearn bread-making with Lesley's Kitchen, learn fine art photography with Jo Cound, learn to make chocolates and combine that with an afternoon tea with Alison at Getting Gooey or go on a guided wildlife walk with Perthshire Wildlife or even paint some pottery at the Ceramic Experience. Tony, Lesley, Alison and Jo have all offered to come to Horsey Reach and teach you there, by special arrangement. And Daniele from Perthshire Wildlife is available, by special arrangements, to take groups from Horsey Reach on wildlife tours of Perthshire. For something slightly wilder, learn to make Cocktails at Sante Wine Bar in Perth.

 

 

The River Tay at Dunkeld White Water Rafting at Grandtully Ballathie Hotel