Comrie & Perthshire
The pictureque small town of Comrie has a wide range of shops to cater for all your needs and a good choice of eating places and gift shops.
The largest nearby town is Crieff, 7 miles away, with many larger shops and independent retailers, restaurants serving excellent Scottish food and regular events and festivals such as the Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst walking festival.
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Things to See
The Glenturret Distillery is the most visited in Scotland. Stop in and have lunch, take a tour or just sample the produce.
In 1874 the Earthquake House was built at Comrie on solid rock to hold the Mallet seismometer. The Comrie area of Scotland has experienced fairly frequent earthquakes, by UK standards, and this was used to measure the strength of these earthquakes.
See, and even feed, a wide assortment of wildlife and farm animals. The large coffee shop is open from 10.00am to dusk with beautiful veranda tables and chairs. There is also a picnic area, chick handling, animal adoptions, outdoor play park, tree house and giant rabbit burrows, indoor play barn, spectacular views over Strathearn and a gift shop.
This is a great day out for all the family. Get up close to the wildlife, take the boat to Chimpanzee Island and enjoy the Sea Lion show.
Perth (24 miles): visit the Fair Maid's House, Scone Palace, Perth Racecourse, Museum and Art Gallery, Fergusson Gallery and the New Horsecross Concert Hall and Restaurant.
Dunkeld (29 miles): explore the Abbey and the Hermitage.
Blair Castle at Blair Athol (48 miles): continue a little further up the A9 to the Harrods of the North the House of Bruar, for mega shopping!
Or visit Pitlochry Festival Theatre and salmon ladder, Loch Tay, Kenmore village.
Also (a little further to the west) the pretty country towns of Aberfeldy, Callander, Aberfoyle or the Trossachs, Loch Katrine, which all make for happy days out with a good variety of places to eat!
Things to Do
There are almost 40 golf courses in Perthshire, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014. The closest to the Bothy are the local Comrie Golf Club 9 hole course and St Fillans (6 miles west). There is also an 18 hole course at Crieff (7 miles east).
These attractive courses are on the doorstep and most of them offer discounts. More information is available either at the tourist office in Crieff or at the golf courses themselves.
There are plenty of excellent opportunities for fishing in the immediate area on the River Earn, where you will find trout, sea trout and salmon. Day tickets for this river can be obtained from the delicatessen in the village.
Perthshire offers some of the finest fishing in Scotland and, a little further afield, you will find the the Tay, Tummel, Linn, Dochart and Garry, to name a few of the rivers. There are also numerous opportunities for loch fishing in spectacular surroundings.
Hiking and walking
We are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and, for anyone keen on walking and hiking, this is the place to be.
The local terrain offers easy rambles like the Comrie Croft Nature Trail and progressing up to the much more difficult twin Munros, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin. Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a'Chroin is a more serious walk with rocky ground and scrambling.
To the north of the village, a hike to the top of either Ben Chonzie (929m) or Auchnafree Hill (789m) will reward you with stunning views in all directions. The dramatic moorland scenery can also be admired from the Sma' Glen and Glen Quaich.
At the western end of Loch Earn, there is a trail up Glen Ogle, over the old viaduct, towards Lix Toll and Killin, which are situated at the western end of Loch Tay.
Wherever you go, there is an abundance of wildlife to look out for in the area, with red and roe deer, mountain hare, grouse and partridge.
At the Lochearnhead Watersports Centre, there is a launching slip-way for fishing boats, ski boats and wind surfers, as well as a number of moorings, which are available during the season. The licensed loch-side cafe offers an ideal spot for lunch or tea or just to sit and watch the activities from dry land.