Google+ Rent a Cottage Scotland: February 2007

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Snowdrops Perth Scotland

I took view of Snowdrops near our Holiday Cottage in Perth. Perhaps Spring has arrived early.

Skiing Glenshee Scotland

At Glenshee the snow was a bit thin on the ground, but still made a good day out for beginners.
Cairdsport ski hire were very helpful for our equipment hire and local information as was the Spittal Hotel where we stayed.
Before setting off be sure to check with the Glenshee Ski Resort that the runs are open.

Cairngorms National Park Scotland

The mountains around the Glenshee Ski Resort are very dramatic when the sun shines through.

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain, covering 3,800 kilometres of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. Over 17,000 people live and work in the towns and villages throughout the area and every year thousands of visitors travel here to enjoy the fabulous scenery, from wild moorlands and soaring mountain peaks to spectacular rivers and tranquil lochs.

The Park has something for everyone - whether it’s simply admiring the ever changing views of the spectacular mountains, or walking with a Ranger-led group learning about the plants and animals in native pine woods. For the more energetic there are plenty of opportunities to go mountain biking, canoeing or climbing.
If staying in Perth the park is well worth a day trip as it is only about an hour away.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Skiing Glenshee Scotland

We skied at Glenshee Ski Resort Scotland- Good Skiing Glenshee Scotland

Skiing in Scotland can be a bit hit and miss because of the weather, but every resort these days has the same problem, Scotland is not alone.

We skied for the first time at the glenshee ski resort Scotland and had a great day out.We stayed in Perth,less than an hour away by car from Glenshee,had breakfast in a local hotel,hired our gear,parked the car,bought our passes and hit the slopes.
We took some basic lessons on site which were very helpful for beginners like ourselves.

Glenshee's impressive 21 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.

There are lots of options to choose from - you can join a class, go private, hire an instructor for your group, get into race training or simply take advantage of one of the great value package deals.

The season generally commences around late December and runs until Easter, but can be longer or shorter depending on snow cover.

Travel to the Skiing
Glenshee Ski Centre is situated on the A93, 9 miles south of Braemar and 25 miles north of Blairgowrie.

From the south-west to the Skiing

Follow the M74 to Glasgow, changing to the M73 then the M80 to Stirling. From here take the A9 to Perth. At the Broxden Roundabout follow signs for Braemar. Drive over the Friarton Bridge and left into Perth.

From here follow the A93 to Blairgowrie. Follow the A93 through Blairgowrie to Braemar. Glenshee is signposted from here.

From the south-east to the Skiing

Follow the A1 to Edinburgh, taking the M9 north
over the Forth Road Bridge to Perth. Continue as above.

Monday, 5 February 2007

Walks around Perth Scotland

Kinnoull Hill Perth Walks near our cottages

For one of the best vantage points over Perth and Kinnoull Hill, park at the Jublilee car park located around 1 mile outside the city limits on the unclassified road running from Perth to Kinfauns - cross the road and go through the gate ahead. Two waymarked woodland tracks can be followed to Kinnoull Hill Tower, a folly, which Lord Gray built around 1829 in imitation of the castles on the Rhine in Germany, as proud landmarks above the Tay, Scotland's longest river.

The yellow route forks left and initially skirts the colourful Scots pine; birch and oak dominated woodlands. The alternative route carries on straight ahead up a short incline then levels out amongst tall Scots pine before climbing again and eventually meets the yellow route on its way to the Tower. Keep you're eyes peeled for red squirrels and elusive roe deer ¿ a joy to watch in their native environment and the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare plants that can be found in the woodland. Higher up, the path runs closer to the cliffs and care is required here especially with youngsters and dogs.

Shortly you will come across the Tower, grandly located at the edge of the 370 million year old cliffs, overlooking the River Tay and down towards Glencarse with fabulous views towards the Ochil and Lomond hills. From the tower continue on down a usually muddy track which continues to skirt round the cliffs and climbs to the stone table built by the 9th Earl of Kinnoull as a place to picnic. From here it's a short climb to the summit marker with spectacular views to the Cairngorm.

For more walks in and around Perth keep watching this space.