Though East Perthshire has several attractive towns, Glenshee is different.
As its name suggests, this is a classic Highland glen - and it’s definitely rural! In fact, in its tranquillity and sense of space, it is the opposite of anything connected to urban living. It’s probably one of the top places in Scotland to see the very essence of the Highlands – a heather moor in full bloom. Because of climate and land-use changes, this is scarcer than you might think, but in Glenshee you can experience the sight, sound and glorious smell of the moor where the breeze carries that special scent of Scotland! Of course, the other way of experiencing this is to buy some local heather honey – an ideal gift and souvenir too.
By map definition, Glenshee starts beyond Bridge of Cally and runs north to the Spittal of Glenshee. ‘Spittal’ here, of course, is related to the word ‘hospital’ - from Latin - though in Scotland it usually meant a shelter for travellers.
Glenshee also gives its name to the ski developments a short way to the north on the Cairnwell Pass. However, the skiing and snowboarding here are just the winter variation on the outdoor options here.
A challenging selection of Munros are accessible from the Glenshee area – partly helped by the fact that the A93 at the Glenshee Ski Centre is the highest main road in the UK! (Start there and save 2000ft of climbing!)
There are also mountain bike trails and lots of lower-level walks. Local Activity Centres can organise equipment for rock climbing tuition, kayaking and many other activities. A Land Rover Safari is another local activity option. Angling and stalking can also be arranged and there is a local golf course – the spectacular Dalmunzie 9-holer, with Braemar golf course just a little further. The area has also hosted the National Orienteering Championships, while the unusual sport of sled dog racing is also practised here.
Alternatively, you could just relax and watch the wildlife in this varied habitat. From river valley to high mountain tops there is plenty to see in this magnificent and unspoilt area.