Crieff, 18 miles west of Perth, is a very attractive little town, set amid the beautiful Strathearn countryside and nestling under its local hill, The Knock. In a peaceful location a couple of miles to the south of the town and accessed by a country lane and a private drive, is Dornock Farm, where you will find Dornock Bothy.
This is an excellent conversion of a former stone farm building, which has its own enclosed patio garden (furniture) and plenty of parking space. Inside, it is most pleasingly and comfortably furnished, with oil-CH to keep it cosy all year round. The large living room has a lovely old open fire/range, the kitchen is neat, fresh and well equipped, while a delightful double bedroom and bathroom complete the accommodation. It is an ideal place to sneak off to for a tranquil holiday à deux. To the rear, there are panoramic views across the surrounding countryside.
Crieff itself is a very popular tourist destination. Its Hydro Hotel has riding stables, the town boasts a fine golf course, the large McCrosty Park and a great choice of small shops and good eating places, not to mention the Glenturret distillery. For serious shopping, concert halls, theatres and leisure centres, Perth is less than a half hour drive, or there are frequent buses. St Andrews can be reached in a further 40 minutes from Perth.
If you turn left at Gilmerton while heading east, you will find yourself on the hugely scenic route which takes you through the lovely Sma' Glen (fabulous for riverside picnics) to Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and even Lochs Rannoch and Tummel.
In the other direction, you can be at Oban and the West Coast in under two hours, but it would be a mistake to hurry past some of the delights you will pass en route. Loch Earn, another great place to picnic (particularly the quieter southern shore) is famous for its water sports. Even before that, however it is worth while turning off in Comrie (6m) to visit Glen Lednock. Walkers and climbers will find plenty to tempt them as they progress west though they may prefer to start with the local Munro, Ben Chonzie, just outside the town. The flatter country and quiet roads round Crieff itself will appeal to cyclists.
Wherever you roam and whatever you do, Dornock Bothy will provide a most comfortable haven to which to return in the evening.
Bedlinen, towels, electricity and the first £15 of oil-CH are included in the rental. One well-behaved pet is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted within the cottage. Wi-fi is available, subject to provider (no charge).
Accommodation (sleeps 2):
- Living room with open fire, TV/DVD and CD player
- Kitchen with electric cooker, washing machine, microwave etc.
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin