Being active in glorious, natural surroundings is a great way to relax and recharge your batteries. Breadalbane is very accessible, only an hour from the Central Belt of Scotland, and has magnificent Highland scenery – a visit here will refresh your senses.
You will find many providers offering a wide range of fun activities that will leave you buzzing with excitement. And if you enjoy walking or cycling you can dip in anywhere to the Rings of Breadalbane routes.
There are activities for all ages and tastes, and for all levels of experience from beginner to hard core. And when it’s time to relax, the comfy accommodation and delicious food in the area will help to revitalise you.
To showcase just how much Breadlabane has to offer we have 10 ideas to help you plan your own active break in Invigorating Breadalbane plus some special discounts.
- Go wildlife watching with all the family. Join Highland Safaris on a land rover tour high into the mountains in search of Scotland’s iconic species, such as red deer, red grouse, mountain hare and golden eagle. Back at base, you can have even closer encounters in their Red Deer Centre. Then visit Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre for close up views of over 70 species of animals and birds, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas.
- Walk to two spectacular waterfalls on the Tay Walking Ring. Day 1 from Aberfeldy to Kenmore visits both the Falls of Moness and Falls of Acharn and has wide ranging mountain views from elevated Queen’s Drive, an old coaching track. When you reach Loch Tay near the end of the walk, stop off at the photogenic Scottish Crannog Centre, a reconstructed prehistoric lake dwelling, before relaxing at Taymouth Courtyard in Kenmore. Day 2 is a flatter route beside the River Tay back to Aberfeldy.
- Pedal part of the Trail Cycling Ring. Section 1 from Killin to St Fillans has a thrilling descent through Glen Ogle, Scotland’s ‘Khyber Pass’. The first half of the 16-mile route is on a Sustrans cycle route and the second half is on a quiet minor road along the south shore of Loch Earn. Prepare with a relaxing sleep and hearty Scottish breakfast at one of the local hostelries, such as the beautifully sited Bridge of Lochay Hotel. Other sections include some more remote mountain biking, but also tracks and roads suitable for all the family.
- Enjoy an action packed family weekend. Head first to Action Glen at Crieff Hydro for some of their many activities, such as quad biking or the Aloft treetop ropes course, before going a few miles west to Comrie Croft to hire bikes and zoom down their mountain bike trails. The next day you could go gold panning with Highland Safaris before taking to Loch Tay in open canoes with Beyond Adventure.
- Sample the 6-day Clan Walking Ring. Day 1 gives a view of what lies ahead with a route through breathtaking scenery in an area rich with legends of clan rivalry. Starting from the popular holiday destination of Crieff, stop for lunch or afternoon tea Auchingarrich’s Torlum Cafe before enjoying dramatic views of rugged scenery on the descent into Comrie. Subsequent days use a mix of disused railway lines and hill tracks, including three high passes.
- Try volunteering at one of the best preserved WW2 prisoner of war camps in Britain, Cultybraggan Camp, which is now in community ownership. The Comrie Community Orchard have monthly work days to look after the rapidly maturing fruit trees planted in the food producing corner of the site. While there, visit the Heritage Centre in Hut 1 and pick up a self-guided tour leaflet to help you explore the history of the camp.
- Tackle some or all of the Road Cycling Ring, a 100-mile challenge circuit through of the very best of Breadalbane. The most bracing climb, on the Killin to Aberfeldy section, rises from Loch Tay over a 565m (1,855ft) pass before a stunning descent into Glen Lyon, where you can reward yourself with a stop at the picturesque tearoom at Bridge of Balgie Post Office. Glen Lyon was described by Walter Scott as the “longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland” and is home to golden eagles, red deer and red squirrels.
- Get close to nature while fishing on lovely river banks and wild loch shores. The Breadalbane Angling Trail highlights the many opportunities and explains where to obtain permits. The salmon fishing season on the Tay system is the earliest to open in Scotland, on 15 January, while the open season for brown trout fishing starts on 15 March. The Royal Hotel in Comrie, a traditional hunting and fishing hotel, is an ideal place to stay or, if you prefer self catering, you have a wide choice, including Portnellan, Morenish Mews, Loch Tay Highland Lodges and Cooper Cottages.
- Play golf on beautiful courses in spectacular surroundings. The Breadalbane Golf Trail has details of the nine golf courses in the area: four 18-hole and five 9-hole. Many of the courses have a long and illustrious history. For instance, Crieff Golf Club was established in 1891 on a 9-hole course created by Old Tom Morris, with subsequent layouts being influenced by James Braid and Robert Simpson. The present-day Ferntower (18-hole) and Dornock (9-hole) courses have a scenic parkland setting.
- Buy a day ticket on the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer bus (running on on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 12 May to 18 October) to make a full circuit of the area hopping on and off wherever suits you. Plan a long stop in Aberfeldy if you want time to take a tour of Dewar’s World of Whisky, see a film at Birks Cinema or have a good browse in Aberfeldy Watermill, which houses a bookshop, cafe and gallery. Or just use the bus to get back to your starting point when doing a linear walk or cycle. It has a bike trailer and takes dogs, and the point to point fares are the equivalent of the public bus.
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