Atholl Estates Shepherds Huts

UK Scotland Central Scotland Perthshire Perth

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Beautifully-designed shepherd's huts in a sprawling Scottish estate

The Atholl Estate stretches across 145,000 acres of sprawling countryside, moorland and woodland, providing some of rural Scotland’s best views. While this Perthshire estate has a variety of places for guests to stay, none are as enveloped in nature as its duo of luxury shepherd’s huts, with vast views across the small village of Strathtay and beyond. Comfortable and well-equipped for two, these thoughtfully-decorated huts make for an ideal retreat for couples looking for a picturesque getaway.

The two huts, named Lapwing and Curlew, boast a classy, modern-but-rustic aesthetic with all the necessary amenities packed into a cosy living space. Each hut's bedchamber is occupied by a king-size double bed, there's a hot shower and flushing toilet, along with underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove for keeping things toasty. Winter's sorted here, then, though summer months are also well catered for thanks to the supplied fire pit and armchairs outside. Whether it's indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to enjoy a meal in at the dining table, or surrounding the fire while looking across the Tulliemet Valley. While the huts are just for the two of you, you're also able to take your furry friend with you for dog walks through the rolling Perth landscape — though make sure your hosts are aware of this four-legged visitor before your arrival!

Those staying in the huts are given free access to the Blair Castle and Gardens, with both attractions offering a window into Scottish history in the ancestral home of the Clan Murray and the seat of their chief, the Duke of Atholl. The vast estate also allows for exploration of Tulliemet Moor,  which forms part of the Forest of Clunie SSSI, where visitors can enjoy the local wildlife such as osprey, deer and otters, or even catch a glimpse of the estate's newly-arrived resident beavers. Beauty spots throughout the moor can be viewed by way of following the shepherd's hill track from its opening, while guests can also book in Beaver Tours in advance. Or, if you want to get a little more hands-on with your natural surroundings, take a short drive to Nae Limits, which provides outdoor adventures both on land and in the water that'll surely get the adrenaline pumping.

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Facilities

The two shepherd’s huts — Lapwing and Curlew — are located 20 metres apart. They are fully equipped with amenities, including a king-size bedchamber with block-printed linens, a hot shower and flushing toilet with a washbasin. There's also a dining table with chairs and a kitchen that includes an oven, hob, fridge, sink and all needed crockery, cutlery and pans. Electric underfloor heating keeps the huts cosy, as do the log-burning stoves. Guests can enjoy the great outdoors next to the supplied outdoor fire pit, with two armchairs provided to pull up alongside it.

Suitable For

Couples, dogs (ask the owners at the time of booking!) - yes. Camping, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups - no.

Nearby

Guests are provided with free access to Blair Castle and Gardens (01796 481207), which is located on the Atholl Estate and takes visitors through 750 years of Scottish history, along with the nine-acre walled Hercules Garden restored to its original Georgian design. Tulliemet Moor is also located on the Estate, Scotland’s largest designated conservation area with great hill loch and salmon fishing. For the more adventurous visitors, Nae Limits (01796 482600) is a 20-minute drive from the site and provides a variety of water and land adventure activities including canyoning, white water rafting, paintball and more.

Food & Drink

The Loft (01796 481377) restaurant is less than five minute's drive from the site, offering a menu of dishes cooked using local produce. Blair Atholl Watermill (01796 481321) is also less than five minute's drive and located in a working watermill with a tea room that feeds guests with freshly-baked cakes, scones, a variety of breads and more. Victoria’s Restaurant (01796 472670 ) can be reached in 15 minutes and is an all-day bistro providing brunch, lunch and dinner with an outdoor terrace for the warmer months.

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The Owner Says

Our luxurious shepherds' huts offer peace and tranquillity in the glorious surroundings of Highland Perthshire. Overlooking Strathtay within the Tulliemet Valley, they have far-reaching views of rural countryside, with exceptional comfort and handcrafted details to make it a memorable stay. 

Accommodation

Two shepherd's huts sleeping two.

Lapwing

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Situated in Tulliemet valley, our huts enjoy breathtaking views across Strathtay. Our huts are luxurious and make for the perfect glamping getaway. Decorated beautifully with printed linens, hand-stitched quilts, and the comfiest king-size bed. You will be glamping with a hot shower, fully fitted kitchen, underfloor heating and log burning stoves.

Curlew

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Situated in Tulliemet valley, our huts enjoy breathtaking views across Strathtay. Our huts are luxurious and make for the perfect glamping getaway. Decorated beautifully with printed linens, hand-stitched quilts, and the comfiest king-size bed. You will be glamping with a hot shower, fully fitted kitchen, underfloor heating and log burning stoves.

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Location

Contact Atholl Estates Shepherds Huts, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5TH

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Getting There

The site recommends that you follow directions rather than using SatNav from the A9.

From the A9 North, turn off at Ballinluig and take the first left past the petrol station and then the first right, signposted Tulliemet. If approaching from the South, turn off the A9 for Ballinluig, then go round the roundabout and take the last turn to Ballinluig. Go past the post office and turn right, then past the petrol station and take the first right signposted Tulliemet. From this point, both routes are the same. Continue up the road for nearly two miles, and when the road turns to the right take the drive straight ahead of you, signed Tulliemet House. (The SatNav will tell you to carry on to a farm but ignore this). Continue up a gravel drive, which becomes tarmac. When the tarmac goes up a hill, towards the top you take the right fork and follow the track past three cottages and farm buildings. The huts are in the first field on your left where parking is provided.

The closest train stations are Ballinluig, Dunkeld and Pitlochry and from there a taxi will be able to bring you to the huts.

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