Distilleries and Castles
The locality surrounding the hotel can hold its own with the famous Grampian Castle and Whisky Trails. Perhaps not the density but certainly the diversity and quality. Scotland's smallest distillery, Edradour on the doorstep. And its oldest, Glenturret only a short drive. Also close at hand are Blair Athol, the Dewars Centre in Aberfeldy, and Dalwhinnie. All featuring excellent visitor centres and plenty of free samples! And as for castles, Blair Castle, reputedly Scotland's finest, 3 miles away, is a day out in itself - with Castle Menzies not far away either.

Highland shopping and The House of Bruar, only 5 miles from the hotel, are almost synonymous. 'Scotland's Harrods', as it is known is a must visit. It has added a whole new dimension to the area but some of Scotland's finest country shopping is still very much to the fore in Pitlochry itself.

Perthshire Trees
Perthshire is "Big Tree Country", featuring some of the most remarkable trees and woodlands anywhere in Europe. And travel along our leafy country roads and explore remnants of Scotland's ancient wildwood, discover where modern forestry began in this country , wander through the homeland of globetrotting plant hunters, marvel at the stunning specimens they introduced from around the world, delight in fanciful follies and grottoes, perhaps have a close encounter with some of our woodland wildlife.

Our forests, woods and country gardens offer an unrivalled assortment of glorious greenery, colours changing dramatically with the seasons - and all within easy reach. A short trip from Westland's takes you to Europe's oldest tree, the world's highest hedge, Britain's tallest tree, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's 'Birnam Wood', Europe's oldest living thing (the Fortingall Yew est. 3000 - 5000 years old)...the list goes on.

Travelling Back through the Millennia
NORTH: Killiecrankie - Blair Castle and Diana's Grove - Glen Errochty - Kinloch Rannoch - the Fortingall Yew

Ask at reception for full details. Travel is by coach between places of interest, but some easy walking is included in all tours, so you will need outdoor footwear and (perhaps!) waterproofs. We can supply packed and picnic lunches/snacks. Remember the camera to capture magic moments.

Many types of shooting, stalking and hunting are available in the immediate area and the hotel can put together a great package for an individual or a group. Do enquire in advance as while you can shoot something in Scotland 365 days a year, some opportunities are seasonal, you may require to observe certain formalities especially if you are bringing guns from overseas, and as we work with local agents plenty of notice is desirable so that you will not be disappointed. In some cases a minimum number of participants is required. We can offer secure gun storage facilities.

Choose from first class bird shooting with driven pheasant and grouse, rough shooting, woodcock and some unbelievable goose shooting. There is also deer stalking for red, roe, sika and fallow deer together with a wealth of other sporting activities you can combine such as golf, fishing, hill walking and Munro climbing.

Perthshire is one of the world's most famous areas for Salmon fishing with the 119 mile River Tay dominating the County as it flows west to east through Perthshire, from Loch Tay to the North Sea. But Highland Perthshire has much more to offer the angler. From salmon fishing to sea trout and brown trout to rainbow trout, not forgetting coarse fishing for grayling, pike, perch and roach - all the fishing which makes Scotland and this area world famous - challenging fishing set amid stunning scenery. Rivers, lochs and fisheries, Perthshire has it all! And All types of fishing are widely available and affordable in Perthshire.The prolific Angus rivers North and South Esk are also within an hour's drive. And tackle shops, fishing agents, and countrywear department stores are all available locally..

Fish without hassle at a number of fish farms throughout Perthshire. These offer good sport for beginners as well as the experienced fisher, and equipment can be hired at several venues. Some will even provide free lessons to get you started!

The sheer number of local angling waters makes it impossible for us to list them all here. Ask for our comprehensive factsheet that will provide all the information you need on waters, catch, permit outlets and costs to help you plan. We can suggest suitable waters and can ensure the perfect place to relax at the end of the day!

Perthshire offers a huge range of days out and activities for young and old, so whether you are a walker, golfer or a shopper, Pitlochry is the place for you! Even more so if you let us handle the organisation. Choose the activities that excite you and we can do the rest. Here's a selection of what activities can be enjoyed in Highland Perthshire, all of which can be found within about an hours drive from Atholl Villa Guest House:

  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Highland Adventure Safari
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Quad Bikes /ATVs
  • Off-Road Driving
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hang Gliding
  • Microlight Flight
  • Canyoning / Gorge Walking
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Hydroboarding
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • River Rafting
  • Ski-ing
  • Snowboarding

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