THINGS TO SEE
The summer retreat of the Royal Family is 25 miles away. Balmoral Castle is open to visitors for part of the year.
A superb sample of Scottish baronial architecture 75 minutes away. The Blair Castle 3* International Horse Trials take place during the third week in August every year.
The World Heritage Site of Edinburgh, with the Scottish Crown Jewels, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, the Royal Palace of Holyrood and wonderful medieval and eightennth century architecture, is only 90 minutes from Glenisla. We can arrange architectural and cultural tours of its world famous National Galleries of Scotland and museums or get tickets for the famous Edinburgh International Festival, the largest classical music festival in the world (which takes place in August every year).
This fairytale Scottish castle, the family home of the late Queen mother and the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years, is only 40 minutes drive. The castle is open to visitors for most of the year. The Angus folk museum is situated nearby, as is the birthplace of J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.
There are Highland Games in Scotland throughout the summer where you can see traditional competitions such as “tossing the caber” and some, rather more contemporary, such as haggis hurling and wellie wanging (and throwing the hammer). There are always piping and traditional highland dancing competitions, food stalls and local fare. Many of them have competitions in which visitors can participate. They range from the grand, (for example, Braemar Highland Games, 45 minutes away, held always in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen), to the very local. The Glenisla Highland Games is held on the third Friday after the first Tuesday of August every year on the bank of the River Isla 1 ½ miles north of the centre of the Estate. Visitors are welcome to compete in many of the events.
Horse racing at Perth racecourse is only 50 minutes away. The season runs from April – September including the well-known Perth Festival.
House of Bruar
House of Bruar, 75 minutes drive through stunning scenery, is one of the best shops in Scotland with top of the range food, whisky, sporting clothes, cashmere, tweed, kilts, sporting equipment, a restaurant etc. We strongly recommend it. There is also a wonderful walk from there to the Falls of Bruar.
There are lots of productions of usually light-hearted professional drama throughout the summer in this charming local town, 35 minutes away.
In 1224 King Alexander II gave the lands of Brewlands Estate to the monks of his abbey at Coupar Angus. Queen Victoria loved picnicking on the Estate: one of the housekeepers on the Estate who died in 1999 at the age of 109 remembered curtsying as a child to Queen Victoria as her carriage was driven home to Balmoral Castle over Brewlands Bridge. The current Queen spends her summer holidays at Balmoral Castle only 25 miles away. The fairytale Glamis Castle was the birthplace of the late Queen Mother.
Scone, another great Scottish castle, was one of the ancient capitals of Scotland and the crowning place of many of the early kings of Scotland: it is only 45 minutes away and is open to the public.
The Estate is ideally placed for 2 days visiting distilleries, each day spent in sensational but very different countryside. The nearest distillery open to visitors is less than 30 minutes away. We recommend a visit to the Famous Grouse experience and the Glenfiddich and Macallan distilleries. On the way to speyside stop at Ballindalloch Castle, one of the most impressive castles in the Scottish highlands.