Twenty two things to do during your visit
Twenty two things to do during your visit
We’ve put together our Gamefield bucket list just to give you a flavour of the many fantastic experiences you can enjoy right in your doorstep. If you would like more suggestions or some help planning your day out then just let us know.
Climb Ben Vorlich (one of the easier Scottish Munro’s) via the South Loch Earn Road – an easy safe path all the way up to the top. Park car adjacent to Gamefield. Path starts at Ardvorlich House Main Drive. Great views and picnic spots on the way up. Take a map from the Wooden Tray when you get here (25 mins drive).
Drive to the Glencoe Mountain Resort. Ski in winter, mountain bike in summer. Or take the chair lift up and take in the views over the Bauchaille Etive Mhor, Ben Nevis, The Grey Corries, Rannoch Moor and The West Highlands (Just over 1 hour drive). On the way back stop at the Real Food Café in Tydrum for some great Fish and Chips. Also a good coffee stop en route is The Bridge of Orchy Hotel. Failing that drive down past The Bridge of Orchy Hotel to Inveronan (where there is a great wee pub) you will find some great summer picnic spots by The Victoria Bridge (the kids will love it).
Visit The House of Bruar better known to us locals as The Harrods of the North. A great shopping experience for all. You will not be disappointed. On the way back stop at Blair Castle and gardens in scenic Blair Atholl. There are various routes to Bruar via The Sma Glen and A9 to Bruar or via Aberfeldy and Tummel Bridge and then out A9 (longer but more scenic) Stop off in Aberfeldy for your morning coffee at the Watermill and buy a book or two at the same time
Take the Steam Train from Fort William to Malliag (seasonal) a great day out for all the family. See the Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous by Harry Potter (1.5 hour drive or take the train from Crianlarich). Stop off on the way back at The Loch Leven Seafood Café (on the North side of the loch) for what can only be described as the Very Best in Scottish Seafood
Visit Monachyle Mhor Hotel at the head of Loch Voil – a scenic drive that takes you past Rob Roy McGregor’s grave. Have a walk whilst there followed by a lovely lunch/afternoon tea taking in the scenery. Tom Lewis and his family have built quite a reputation and were recently awarded Boutique Hotel of the year. Once bitten by the Mhor bug – you will be back!
Drive over to Glen Lyon via Lochearnhead, Loch Tay and the Ben Lawers mountain road (be careful in winter) and back through Aberfeldy and The Sma Glen stopping off en route at The Falls of Dochart at Killin to spot the salmon leaping. Aberfeldy has some good eateries for a late lunch or supper on the way back.
Visit Loch Rannoch via Aberfeldy, Castle Menzies, Coshieville, and the infamous “Goat Track” road over the hill into Kinloch Rannoch. There are some great picnic spots around the Loch, take your bikes it’s an easy 26 mile cycle ride. Visit Rannoch Station on the West Highland line to London (sleeper train stops here en route to Fort William 6 days a week) There is a fantastic Tea Room in the heart of Rannoch Moor with homemade baking – delicious!
Closer at hand Drummond Castle Gardens – never disappoints, neither does the drive through the Estate grounds. Keep going after your visit to Cromlix Hotel recently renovated by Andy Murray, a sanctuary of tranquillity and reassuringly expensive and well worth a visit for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. The youngsters will be able to run wild in the grounds!
Comrie – 5 minutes to the west of Gamefield by car has some great walks whether it be up in Glen Artney or Glen Lednock. On the way back stop at the Royal Hotel for a “Sharpner by The Fireside”. Comrie has some great local shops to stock up on the provisions.
Why not have a walk/run around loch Monzievaird – just head over the fields in a south easterly direction –over a fence or two down through the Monzievaird lodges then go round in a clockwise direction for the best view – take some bread for the ducks!
Another good local walk/run is up to the top of the hill above Gamefield. There is a track all the way – head straight up the road adjacent to the two houses on the corner prior to Gamefield past the old curling pond continue up the hill – there are two houses at the top – through the gate and follow the track. When you get to the next gate take right into the beech woods and keep on the track and do not take any of the turnoffs ie keep going and you will end up back at Ochtertyre (1 hour walk – 40 mins run). Should you get lost – don’t worry – just keep Crieff to your back and you will end up back at Gamefield.
The Famous Grouse Distillery and Wilde Thyme Café (great food any time of day or evening) is a good one hour walk. Take the map and follow the road away from Gamefield to the East. Keep right at the pink house go up the hill, take right at the top of the hill and follow the track with the loch to your right and this stretch across the field to The Distillery. Walk or taxi back. Please remember to shut any gates there is no law on trespass in Scotland – in other words you have the right to roam in a responsible manner.
The West Highland Railway Line runs from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Mallaig via Fort William. Why not join it at Crianlarich to experience one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. For the adventures get off en route at Corrour (The UK’s highest Rail Station) walk or cycle around Loch Ossian/climb a Munro or explore the surrounds, enjoy your pack lunch en route and get the train back. The Station House at Corrour does great food and drink (closed over winter). The Rausing Family of Tetra Pak fame have built an incredible lodge at the top end of the loch.
There is a great day’s walk over to Loch Rannoch from Bridge of Balgie in Glen Lyon over a former Cattles Drovers Road. (Car park opposite the White Church – go inside, it’s a lovely place to count ones blessings!) Enjoy your lunch on the shores of Loch Rannoch before your return trip. Failing that if you have two cars, leave one at either end for a great half day walk! Keep a look out for golden eagles and deer a plenty.
Schiehallion is one of Scotland’s iconic Munros (mountains over 3000ft) with a good path almost all the way up – the last few hundred feet are a bit rocky but still very safe. Great views are a reward for the climb up. Carpark and foot path adjacent to the Bridge on the Aberfeldy to Kinloch Rannoch Road.
Day trip to Oban – a scenic drive. Take left at Tyndrum just past The Green Welly Shop. Oban is a busy ferry port from where travellers access the Islands of The Inner and Outer Hebrides. For Gamefield guests take a day trip with your car and explore Mull or stop to enjoy Tobermorey – one of Scotland’s most scenic villages. Or try Calgery Bay for a sandy beach – imagine next stop United States!! On your return sit in or take away some fantastic fish & chips from The George Street Fish and Chip Shop – up with the best! Elaine and John run a great business – you will not be disappointed. Failing that have lunch at The Seafood Bar on the Isle of Kerrera – a favourite stopping off spot for Princess Anne and her husband on their sailing holidays on Scotland’s West Coast.
For a great Scottish breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch or dinner visit Mhor 84 just a few miles south of Lochearnhead on the right-hand side.
You can also relax in Loch Tay side Hot Box Sauna which has stunning views. Turn left at Amulree for a scenic drive over to Loch Tay, a fun day for all the family – the water chute and water trampoline must not be missed!
Visit our sister company, Cromars Restaurant in St Andrews. No 1 in Scotland and top 10 UK Fish and Chip Shop – sit in or takeaway – just over an hour away by car (1-3 Union Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9PQ).
Not only is St Andrews famous for its Golf, it is the magical place where Princess Katherine met her Prince while studying at St Andrews University. Walk around this historical town and take in the ambiance but don’t forget to stroll along the White Sands Beach and breath in some good clean sea air – Good for the soul!
Loch Fyne Oyster Bar – a lovely drive down Loch Lomond then heading over to Loch Fyne – Open all year (Best to book ahead)
Gleneagles Hotel – enough said – one of the World’s Top Hotels – 15 minutes’ drive Afternoon Tea, Dinner at Andrew Fairlie’s Restaurant or Lunch at The Strathearn. Failing that a round of golf, a Spa Day, Clay Pigeon Shooting or just a cocktail in one of their sumptuous bars.
We provide our guests with a picnic hamper, cool box, chairs and rugs – perfect for that sunny Perthshire day. There are road maps, ordnance survey maps and guide books – please go out and enjoy the best small country, in the world.
We wish you a memorable time at Gamefield – we all work hard to ensure your stay really is Five Star.