Situated in a peaceful, rural location between the pretty village of Dunkeld and the market town of Blairgowrie. Inchtuthill Coach House lies amidst beautiful Perthshire countryside within walking distance of the River Tay. There is plenty to see and do in the area including some beautiful drives, stunning walks, wildlife watching, visitor attractions and adventure activities. There really is something for everyone...
A little bit of history:
Inchtuthil is the site of a Roman legionary fortress situated on a natural platform overlooking the north bank of the River Tay southwest of Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross, Scotland (Roman Caledonia).
It was built in AD 82 or 83 as the advance headquarters for the forces of governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola in his campaign against the Caledonian tribes. Positioned at the head of one of the main routes in and out of the Scottish Highlands, it was occupied by Legion XX Valeria Victrix and covered a total area of 21.5 hectares (53 acres).
Construction of the large fortress would have taken two or three seasons and a temporary camp was built nearby to house and protect the soldiers over the winter. Additional, smaller forts were built further north and south at the mouth of each nearby glen forming what are now referred to as the Glenblocker forts.
Often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, Dunkeld is a pretty village which sits on the banks of the River Tay. The majestic Dunkeld cathedral dominates this beautiful Perthshire village. The cathedral is part ruin and part a parish church.
There are plenty of delightful places to eat and drink including the Taybank, Atholl Arms, Arran Bakery, The Scottish Deli and there are some lovely shops including Hatton House Art and Design, Jeffries Interiors and the Atholl Gallery.. It’s a small village but the kind of place you could easily spend a whole day wandering.
Blairgowrie is a market town on the banks of the river Ericht. Blairgowrie in the past was famous for growing flax and there were originally 12 working mills in the area. If you take a walk on the banks of the Ericht you will see the remaining mills some of which have been converted to houses or flats. Blairgowrie is now famous for its soft fruit growing industry especially raspberries.
Blairgowrie is the start of the ‘Cateran trail’ very popular with walkers and is home to the well known golf course Rosemount.
Other nearby towns are cities which you can visit within a day include Dundee, Pitlochry, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
There is plenty to see and do from popular visitor attractions such as Scotland’s first design museum the V&A in Dundee, Glamis Castle and Blair Castle to adventure activities including Land Rover Experience, quad biking, canyoning, mountain biking, white water rafting, kayaking, SUP and more. Check out Perthshire Adventure for some hand picked local adventures.
Walking is plentiful and can be done from the doorstep. The property is just a 10 minute walk from the Mighty Tay where you can enjoy peaceful riverside walks. For the more adventurous there are plenty of great munros to bag (a munro is a hill over 3000ft) in Perthshire and the more gentler walks include the Hermitage Walk, Birnam hill and plenty more. Check out the Walk Highlands Website for walking in the area and further afield.
If photography is your passion then this is the place for you. From Perthshire rolling hills to glorious sunsets and not forgetting the abundance of wildlife which can ben seen from the doorstep or you can take a trip up to Loch of the Lowes where you can view osprey between April and October and red squirrels. If you would like to be taken on a guided wildlife experience or nature walk then check out Perthshire Wildlife.
Please check opening times and book in advance where possible:
(15 minute drive away, 30 minute cycle) – inside and outside seating, fabulous local produce. One of our
favourites and they allow dogs. Please book in advance.
Uisage, Murthly (10 mins drive – 30 minute cycle) – inside and outside seating.
Walkin Café, Spittalfield (very local!) lunch and refreshments.
Taybank, Dunkeld (20 mins drive) – restaurant and beer garden situated on the River Tay.
Atholl Arms, Dunkeld (local)– restaurant and beer garden situated on the River Tay.
Ballingtaggart and Grandtully Hotel
Inn on the Tay
Dunkeld Fish Bar (local)
Stewart Towers Dairy (local lunch and ice cream)
Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam (local) - open for refreshments and lunch.
Gloagburn Farm Shop, near Perth
Pillars of Hercules – organic farm shop and café in Falkland
Aran Bakery, Dunkeld (local): takeaway only – amazing cakes, bread and croissants by the GBBO’s Flora Shedden.
East Pier Smokehouse, St Monans (a little further afield but a favourite). Perhaps combine delicious food with a coastal walk! www.eastpier.co.uk