Activities – a quick guide to activites in the area including Fishing, Golf & Walking

Highland Games

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.

Famous Grouse Experience

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

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”.

Internet Winestore

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.

Stirling Castle

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 Palace

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.

Blair Castle

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.

Crannog Centre

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.

Guided Mountain Adventures

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.

Fishing in Scotland
Fishing in Scotland
Fishing in Scotland


Dear Angler,

You’re reading our invitation to Central Scotland and hopefully James Cottage can provide the answer for those who want to travel independently, or with a group, to fish on some of the best waters in the country. Your entire itinerary can be arranged at no additional cost, such as arranging a beat, boat and ghillie should the requirement arise.

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.

We leave you with the actual landing of the fish whether it is a 24lb wild salmon or a 3lb wild brown trout which sadly, has become a rarity in most other countries today. We can also arrange for your catch to be freshly smoked and frozen to take home and perhaps toast James Cottage during your Christmas dinner!

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. 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.

There are many idyllic runs for the fly and good pools for spinning. If the river is high then you may wish to try ‘harling’ from a boat, Perthshire salmon fishing at its most enjoyable and where better to stay than at James Cottage.

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.

St Andrews Golf Links
Golf in Scotland
Carnoustie Golf Links


“Golf is a simple game made difficult by humans…”

There is no country quite like Scotland if you want to enjoy the long tradition of hospitality and golf; licking your lips in keen anticipation of following in the footsteps of famous players, such as Woods, Nicklaus, Montgomery and Lyle when you play on pure links and parkland courses of quality and breathtaking beauty!

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”.

Our golfing holidays are dedicated to Scotland. We know of almost every village and town across the nation; we travelled many a highway and byway but, more importantly, the James Cottage proprietor is a PGA European Seniors Tour Player and is readily available to lend assistance, should the need ever arise.

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.

James Cottage is also conveniently located in Crieff to golf course that cater for golfers of all abilities. If championship golf is on the menu, Gleneagles is within 9 miles while Carnoustie and St. Andrews take a little longer.

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.

Walking in Scotland
Walking in Scotland
Walking in Scotland

Walking Scotland
Whether you explore the picturesque highlands or shop in the welcoming cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow which are located just an hour’s drive away, or simply venture back in time at a relaxed pace as you stroll alongside the un spoilt banks of the rivers and lochs, James Cottage ensures you of a unique holiday experience in Scotland.

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.

Banked by gentle green countryside and magnificent mountainous terrain, these reed-lined loch-adorned waterways and designated footpaths offer peace and the opportunity to relax and study the wonderful array of wonderful wildlife that thrives in this pure and un spoilt environment.

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.

There are walks for everyone, whether you are experienced or a stroller. If you return from a day’s activity wet and cold, be assured that your clothes can be dried at James Cottage while you shower and relax in very comfortable surroundings.

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.