This wonderful cottage that allows pets is set in what was once the laird of Kinpurnie, it is a perfect retreat for couples keen to explore the Scottish countryside.
With the accommodation all on one level, it has the Kinpurnie Hill lookout tower rising above it, where you take in the views over the Valley of Strathmore and the Cairngorms beyond.
Whether it’s kayaking on the River Tay, hiking or cycling, playing a round of golf at one of the two nearby clubs, visiting Glamis Castle or dabbling in a dram at a whisky distillery, this retreat offers Scotland at its best.
At A Glance
Log starter pack
Gas central heating
Hot rain shower
About Ralston Bothy
Just nine miles from Blairgowrie, this delightful one-bedroomed cottage that was once part of a private estate has been refurbished to a high standard and sleeps three, ideal for a romantic break or for couples with a baby or toddler.
The bedroom has wardrobe space, and the spacious bathroom has a modern walk-in hot rain shower. The pristine white kitchen has a gas hob and a bar and stools for a quick breakfast.
There is a log burning stove in the sitting room and dining area, which overlooks an enclosed garden and apple orchard. There’s also a patio for BBQing and a hot tub.
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Things To Do in Newtyle
This is a retreat that is as rural as it gets, yet it is never too far from the action with golf clubs and historic villages, towns and castles close by.
Keen cyclists are likely to bring their two-wheels with them; however, there is an electric bike hire shop in the nearby village of Coupar Angus so that you can cycle around this piece of Highland heaven. If your pooch is not partial to keeping up with the pedalling, then there is a range of walks right on your doorstep.
Start by taking your happy hound for a 1,132ft hike up to historic Kinpurnie Hill, once an observatory built in the early 1700s. The watchtower still remains and gives you miles and miles of spectacular views as far as the Cairngorms. For ambling without the altitude, just outside the bothy, there is woodland and a network of disused railway tracks that make perfect walking routes.
Of course, you can venture further afield to Glamis Castle, a 20-minute drive from your cottage. Dogs are welcome in the Nature Trail, Pinetum and Walled garden as long as you keep them on a lead. Golf enthusiasts can take their pick from the two courses in easy driving distance, with the Strathmore Golf Centre about a 10-minutes’ drive away being the closest. The Alyth Golf Course in the red sandstone town of Blairgowrie is nine miles from the bothy.
Ralston Bothy gives couples and their canine companions an opportunity to experience the best of Perthshire. Its rural location, a mile from the village of Coupar Agnes and nine miles from Blairgowrie, provides a good dose of tranquillity without being too far off the beaten track.
When you are not exploring the glorious countryside and valleys, you have the advantage of a cottage with a log burner in the sitting room, gas central heating throughout and a modern hot rain walk-in shower. To ease away the aches and pains, you have the option of chilling out in the warm bubbles of the hot tub on the patio. The dining area has views of the large enclosed garden, complete with an apple orchard, ideal for Lassie to tear about in.
It is a two-mile walk to Arlder with its pub of the same name, which is worth the trek because it is dog friendly throughout and has a range of single malts that mean you won’t have to drive far to sample the jewels in Scotland’s spirits’ crown. An added bonus is that along this route; you are likely to see red squirrels scampering in the trees and buzzards flying overhead.