The Highland Games in Crieff during August attracts thousands of visitors to this historical Perthshire town. Visitors are well-advised to book their accommodation early in order to avoid disappointment. James Cottage, with four luxury en suite bedroom, is the closest B&B to the park where the Games are staged.
There are a number of tourist attractions such as Crieff Visitor Centre, Waterford & Stuart Crystal Centre, Drummond Castle and the Glenturret Distillery (Scotland’s oldest and also home to The Famous Grouse whisky) where you can enjoy the Famous Grouse Experience.
Tullibardine Distillery nestles at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, where the Highlands of Scotland begin. These hills are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water.
The Distillery draws its water from the same source which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and from where King James IV purhased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488. Today Tullibardine (built on the site of the brewery) reigns supreme as a fine malt whisky of majestic qualities. It is considered “Eminently quaffable”.
The Internet Winestore was established in 1998 by a group of wine enthusiasts whose only aim is to find and share great wine at the best prices. In 2003, the business relocated to Crieff in Scotland and in November 2003, our first fine wine outlet “Harrisons Fine Wines” was opened.
A visit to Stirling Castle is an essential part of any visit to central Scotland. Its location rivals even Edinburgh Castle’s for sheer magnificence as it sits on its high volcanic rock, visible for many miles in every direction. The Castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public all year round and seven days a week.
Scone is a place that breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years, during which time it has welcomed countless generations of visitors. At the gateway to the Grampian Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was highly strategic.
The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,600 year old site of ‘Oakbank Crannog’, one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay, Scotland.
People are returning to the mountains and glens of Scotland to get in touch with wildness and let nature heal the body and soul. To others it is a huge playground or a place to find peace and quite. Whatever you seek, to be safe and get the most out of your journey you need skills, knowledge and experience, this is where Guided Mountain Adventures can help.
Nothing is too much for James Cottage to arrange whether it be loch fishing in a boat or river bank on the Earn. James Cottage would even cook the day’s catch for guests!
We at James Cottage have many years’ experience of arranging holidays. We are therefore delighted to introduce you to a country so breathtakingly beautiful, rich in fishing and hospitality, you will want to return again and again and again …
Because Scotland is our homeland, we are in a strong position to plan itineraries that are carefully chosen for comfort and value coupled with good and relaxing fishing.
There’s nowhere like Crieff to pursue your favourite sporting discipline and certainly no better way to discover the rich fishing grounds than with James Cottage – for you first and every visit!
The great thing about holidays arranged by us at James Cottage is that you can be independent and totally relaxed … and in style that only our flexibility and experience can offer. You arrive as a guest but leave as a friend.
Fishingnet.com and Flyfish-scotland are great sites to plan a fishing trip in Perthshire, Salmon fishing in Scotland on the mighty Tay regularly produces large fish.
Crieff Angling Club controls three beats on the River Earn: Upper Strowan, Braidhaugh, and Drummond Castle which together cover some 5 miles of the river, mostly both banks. Permit is by Day Ticket or Club Membership.
Day Tickets for non-members, can be purchased to fish for Salmon & Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Grayling on separate Permits. Members, local or country, may for any species. The Club also controls Drummond Loch.
Great fishing on Crieff Angling Club’s River Earn beat provides great sport for the enthusiast.
“Golf is a simple game made difficult by humans…”
You can play the same courses that helped shape these great champions while also giving them some of their proudest moments at they rose to superstardom.
It’s also a place to unwind in comfort. Suck in the clean air, admire the mountains, enjoy the craic and you’re some way to captivating the magical spell of Scottish hospitality across the fairways … and Scotland’s weather comes free!
Reliable Tour Operators research the destinations, accommodation and golf courses before publishing their website or holiday brochure. But no amount of research can match the James Cottage experience of golfing in Scotland – it’s our homeland! We keep many of our golfing ‘gems’ well hidden, almost!
Chinese Proverb for learning golf:
“I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand”.
On occasions he engages in friendly combat with guests; it could be your luck next time! This ensures that you will enjoy the delights of Scotland as much as we do.
We are here to save you all the bother of sorting out all the details while saving you time and money as well. If you feel that more information is required, please feel free to contact us for additional and unbiased information: we are available to answer your queries to smooth over any difficulties that may arise – and without obligation to you. If we can’t help, who could?
We pride ourselves on being able to help make your golfing holiday in Scotland an enjoyable experience and that you, like hundreds of others before you, James Cottage will plan your ‘dream itinerary’ with passion and support.
Crieff has two courses with over 20 courses located within a 40-mile radius, including those in Perth and Stirling.
There is golf for everyone and there’s no better location than Crieff and James Cottage from which to explore golf in central Scotland.
There are dozens of championship courses within easy reach of James Cottage such as Gleneagles, St Andrews, Dundee, St Andrews Bay, Blairgowrie, Pitlochry Edinburgh, Glasgow, Muirfield, Gullane and Crieff itself.
Click the links for a list of golf courses in and around Perthshire, Fife and Stirling and why not take a short golf break and book a few nights at James Cottage to relax after your rounds.
Practice sessions for golf should:
Only be attempted when the player fully understands the nature of the skill to be achieved. Concentrate on one skill at a time. Build your confidence as you make progress on a particular shot. Be carried out in short periods. End with success.
The rivers are some of the cleanest in Europe, and there is no commercial traffic to interfere with the tranquil atmosphere. Holiday traffic is light by many European standards but is ensures pleasure for everyone and pleasurable it is.
If you wish to be more adventurous and explore the more strenuous walks, feel free to do so. There are so many great and delightful walks within easy reach of James Cottage. A complete guide is available in the visitors’ holiday pack located in all bedrooms.
Packed lunches and soft drinks can be arranged prior to your departure so that there’s no worry or urgency to get to the local supermarket to stock up for your walk the following day. James Cottage will ensure that every comfort and need will be catered for and should you require additional help or advice, simply ask when you’ll be greeted with courtesy.