A cosy rural cottage, great garden, near Blair Atholl and Pitlochry

Welcome to Tulach, from the Gaelic meaning “hill”.  Tulach is a detached two bedroom cedar wood chalet-style cottage situated in Highland Perthshire, in an idyllic location in the hamlet of Glen Fender. We are about one mile from Blair Atholl and Pitlochry is about 7 miles away.  Surrounded by glorious Highland scenery, this is the perfect place to get away from it all.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 6Sleeps up to 6
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Ground floorGround floor
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • Freeview and DVD playerFreeview and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Onsite parkingOnsite parking
  • Shops within 2kmShops within 2km
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Cot/Highchair on requestCot/Highchair on request
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Private gardenPrivate garden
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • RadioRadio
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Tulach from the garden in summer

Tulach from the garden in summer


  • sleeps up to six
  • beautiful rural location
  • lovely garden
  • specially prepared walking guide
  • close to major transport links yet tucked away in the hills

Tulach has two bedrooms: a double and a twin. The cosy living room benefits from an open fire, double aspect picture windows with wonderful views and plenty of tartan touches. There is 'freeview' satellite TV and a DVD, and you will find a good selection of DVDs and books with a Scottish theme. Free wifi access is also provided. There is also a small double sofabed and/or a single fold-out bed. On the side of the house there is a sunroom in which to enjoy a spring or summer drink and the kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.  The bathroom has an electric shower over the bath. Outside, there is a large garden with a table and chairs for al-fresco dining, including barbeques. Children are very welcome - hopefully they will spot some red squirrels in the garden! Don't forget to use our specially prepared walking guide, with all directions starting from Tulach (picnic blanket, lunch bags and flask available in the house).

This property has accreditation of Visit Scotland's "Walkers Welcome" scheme and the "Cyclists Welcome" scheme.

n.b. In July and August bookings can be taken to start on a Saturday only.

Access: Please note that the slope up to the front door of the house is a bit steep and in wet weather can be difficult for anyone who is infirm. There is no disabled access. However, for most people, access should not present any difficulties. A car is strongly recommended, because the last section of the road up from Blair Atholl is fairly steep - although fit and adventurous types will cope without. Please note that the access road from Blair Atholl is a single track (with passing places).

The road above Tulach

The road above Tulach

Tulach is about one mile from Blair Atholl, just off the A9 being the main road north to Inverness. You will find daily provisions and a number of eating and drinking establishments in Blair Atholl, including a working water mill and the very attractive Atholl Arms. Pitlochry is about 7 miles away with shops and restaurants aplenty. The main train line to Inverness runs through Pitlochry and Blair Atholl and you can take a direct train from London Kings Cross to Pitlochry. The closest airport is Edinburgh, approximately 70 miles away.  Tulach is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Indoor and outdoor activities abound, including walking (use our personalised guide), golf, cycling, fishing, shooting, canoeing and more extreme sports such as white water rafting. To relax, stroll around Blair Castle with its rich history and beautiful gardens or take a tour to see the local wildlife. The Castle also hosts festivals, Highland games and other events throughout the year. Pitlochry is on the whisky trail, and also home to the renowned Festival Theatre and a large number of cultural and special seasonal events. The ski slopes of the Cairngorms and Glenshee are each about an hour and a quarter away. More information is available on this website: http://www.perthshire.co.uk. A car is strongly recommended.

Getting there

Tulach is about 70 miles from Edinburgh Airport, where there are many car hire firms.

Blair Atholl is on the main line north to Inverness and Scotrail trains will stop at Blair Atholl. The overnight London sleeper also stops there. There is a direct train from London Kings Cross to Inverness, which stops at Pitlochry. Car hire is available in Pitlochry (http://www.pitlochrycarhire.co.uk).

Travelling by car, exit the A9 (from either north or south) at Blair Atholl. The road up to Glen Fender is well signposted, opposite the Bridge of Tilt Hotel.

  • “Lovely house in a beautiful setting. Ideal base for walking. So many lovely walks nearby. A car is needed as the house is quite remote but perfect if you want to get away from it all ... The kitchen is modern and has all the equipment needed. The lounge is very cosy and the real fire was great. I would definitely come back to Tulach.”
    February 2017
  • “We had 3 nights at Tulach & throughly enjoyed it! The kids loved playing in garden which was a great size. Having the open fire was amazing. The house is very modern inside & has everything you'll need for your break away ... We will definitely be going back!”
    April 2016
  • “Wonderful: Really nice place and great place for a family. Everything is perfect in the house, clean, and nothing is missing. Really calm. We can see a lot of animals all around and in the garden too (squirrels, birds...). Nice walks around the house. The house is well located and not so far from Lock Ness, Edimburg, Highlands.”
    July 2015
  • “Cosy cottage well situated for touring Central Scotland: My wife and I stayed at Tulach for four days, and were pleased with the accommodations. Tulach is clean and tidy. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen has all the equipment you would need for a short stay. It is a great location to tour Central Scotland and there are decent places to eat close by.”
    September 2014
  • “What a great break in breathtaking country. We spent just a few days at Tulach in May but what a wonderful break. Gorgeous views and delightful cosy cottage. Thank you so much for the welcome goodies and essentials - just the ticket. And we loved the garden. So much to do in the area, lots of fantastic walks and Blair Castle is just down the road. We particularly enjoyed walking up the quiet Glen Fender road behind the cottage - just stunning up there. We will be back!”
    May 2014
  • “My partner and I spent four days in January at this cottage. On arrival there was a welcome pack of tea, bread, milk sitting in the kitchen. it was great to have such a nice welcome. The cottage is well situated for exploring a lovely area of Scotland, far away enough from the main village to be quiet but close enough to walk down if you wanted. The cottage itself is very clean, well furnished and fully equipped with a nice fire in the living room for cold nights. The garden is large and we saw red squirrels on our first day there. We had no problems and everything in the cottage was great including the wi-fi connection. We would definitely visit again and recommend it as a nice base for exploring and walking around in Perthshire.”
    January 2013
  • “From London, a wonderfully idyllic escape from the city, and it felt like a "home away from home". The cosy cottage, the mountain walks and great local cuisine was a real treat. We would definitely come back again. The summer would be glorious in Blair Atholl so hopefully we should be back with the kids! Many thanks.”
    November 2012
  • “Thank you so much for our pleasant stay at Tulach. The cottage had everything we could wish for and the groceries were a nice surprise. And thanks for putting the heating on before our arrival. Although we came at a very cold time of year, the cottage was very comfortable! Unfortunately Blair Castle was closed during our stay but Glamis Castle was a very good alternative and we loved it. Also, we walked through the snow at the summit at the funicular train at Aviemore, tasted great whisky in a very lovely tour at Balvenie Distellery in Dufftown, saw the beautiful lochs in the Trossachs, and had some lovely walks. Tulach was based very conveniently in the middle. Thanks Jennifer, and any guests after us, enjoy!”
    November 2012
  • “We saw lots of birds and wildlife, we even saw a woodpecker and some red squirrels. Lovely location, loved every minute in and out. Lovely location for walking and cycling, right from doorstep. This made for an enjoyable stay! Our daughter had a fantastic 7th birthday weekend.”
    October 2012
  • “We have thoroughly enjoyed our week here at Tulach cottage. It is an idyllic place and we have been warm and cosy. We have seen the red squirrels and many garden birds: coal tits, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds, thrush and heron who flew nearby, and on the last afternoon a sparrow hawk in the garden looking for smaller birds! A relaxing week in a quiet and peaceful location. Many thanks to Jennifer (owner) for advice prior to our arrival and for the groceries!!”
    September 2012
  • “A lovely comfortable house. Everything we need to make our stay perfect. Nice walks right on the doorstep. Places to visit to explore the history. Also central for longer trips into the wilder country. A great stay. Thank you for the trouble and effort you have gone to to make us feel welcome.”
    September 2012
  • “Thank you for the welcome and the nice attentions! We had a very good time here in your very cosy house. We took a lot of squirrel photos! It's beautiful around here and Scotland is one of the most amazing countries we've ever seen. Hope that we can come back again!”
    August 2012
  • “What a lovely house, so peaceful and idyllic. Just what we wanted for a chill-out break. Had a lovely barbeque, and managed to get a suntan. The house was perfect, lovely fresh bed and very comfortable. Thank you for the personal touches - fresh milk, bread and butter. Highly recommend to friends and family, hope to return for another break. Thank you for our stay at Tulach.”
    August 2012
  • “We had a lovely two weeks at Tulach. Thank you so much! Also for the little extras in the house that made us feel very welcome. We did the Bird Walk to start, which was beautiful. Glen Tilt was good to get warmed up and we were proud to get our 10 and 12 year olds around the Cairngorms. So we were prepared to do Schiehallion. It was fantastic and even for some Dutchies, very good to do! We went to Edinburgh by train which was a nice day out. The kids loved the illusion museum Camera Obscura. We liked Hetties in Pitlochry (expensive!), Dunkeld (Atholl's Wood circuit is ok but not the most interesting walk). The Killiecrankie visitors centre is a must go. And of course Blair Castle - where we saw the portrait of William of Orange. The visitor centre sells little booklets (£2.95) with all the walks. We wished we could stay longer but we are off to Glencoe now. We don't speak about the weather but appreciated the heaters in the house very much. Thank you!”
    August 2012
  • “We had a lovely week at Tulach with changeable weather as expected for this summer in bonny Scotland. However we still got out and about and ventured north to visit the likes of Landmark, Rothiemurchas Centre, Highland Wildlife Park for the kids and big kids too! Lots of lovely walks round and about in the beautiful countryside. Tulach was lovely and clean on arrival with lovely crisp fresh bed linen. Thank you for all the added extras. The wifi was really helpful.”
    July 2012
  • “A very nice place, a quiet and comfortable house. We used it for a week as a basecamp for our 'discovering Scotland' plans. Just in the middle of the country the house is very conveniently placed to reach every corner. The weather was not so bad as we expected and we could enjoy a mixture of history, cities and natural sights. We highly recommend it. Thank you for your help and for helping us to feel at home.”
    July 2012
  • “We found the house charming, cosy and most welcoming. We were very impressed with its cleanliness. We loved the log fire of a night and it made for an extremely relaxing time. The garden far surpassed the cottage, the wildlife was absolutely brilliant. We were very patient and think we were well rewarded. Even two dogs did not deter them. The area, we found to be an easy car ride from attractions in all directions and, of course, Blair Castle on your doorstep (almost). Many thanks indeed (and to whomever is watching over us for keeping the rain at bay).”
    June 2012
  • “It is a lovely house with very beautiful surroundings. But we have never been in Scotland before and wanted to see the Highlands more north and west from here. The viaduct in Glenfinnan is impressive and we had of course to see Loch Ness too. Last days were quite cold and rainy so we had to use the elements when we came back from the day's sightseeing. We do recommend all visitors to this lovely cottage to see Blair Castle. It is really impressive. Thanks for making us feel really welcome!”
    June 2012
  • “Great spot for cycle routes on Atholl Estates and beyond. All starting from house - shame about the uphill at the end of the day though! Bike hire at Base Camp Bikes in Blair Atholl. Explorers Garden next to Pitlochry Festival Theatre worth a visit. Love the garden at Tulach complete with red squirrel and woodpecker! Dry weather, cloud free munros and no midges yet. What more can one ask?”
    June 2012
  • “Absolutely delighted with 'Tulach': Have been here for four nights. Absolutely delighted with 'Tulach' and the glorious weather. We all loved sitting out in the garden and the dogs have had a great time. Ideal spot in Perthshire for visiting other places. Enjoyed our walks by the river and in the woods.”
    May 2012
  • “We had an absolute blast! Such a lovely cottage, beautiful area and we certainly got the weather for it. We enjoyed the peace and quiet so much we wish we could have stayed for longer!!”
    May 2012
  • “This accommodation was perfect for our group who took part in the Etape Caledonia but would equally be ideal for a walking holiday, Of special note was were the kindling and logs for the fire, a comfy and cosy living room with chairs/sofa with foot rests, great for relaxing after a long day cycling/walking. There is a good selection of Scottish themed books including walking guides, a nice touch. I would stay here again. The nearby Athol Arms serves delicious food. Very helpful owner, clean and well maintained.”
    May 2012
  • “Thanks for renting this cottage out to us, it was just what we needed, peaceful and lovely views away from the hustle and bustle of our normal life. Pitlochry is a lovely town and I recommend Victoria's Restaurant: Food was excellent as was the service. Thanks for all the lovely touches. We will definitely be recommending you to our friends and family. Hopefully we will be back soon. Many thanks.”
    September 2011
  • “A good place to return to: We liked the house very much. It is very cosy. Lots of walking opportunities around which we enjoyed as well. A good place to return to.”
    September 2011
  • “Property was fantastic, fab views and completely rural. Just what we needed to escape. A joy to come back to after a 9 mile hike.”
    August 2011
  • “A very peaceful place in a natural environment. Highly appreciated. Thanks as well to the owners for making all efforts to make our stay enjoyable. In the morning there were some friendly animals visiting outside in the garden. Going through the gate from the back of the garden, we had a very nice walk that gave a 360 degree beautiful view over the top! Thanks for the fresh garden vegetables and the help for the barbeque!”
    July 2011
  • “Very nice week in Tulach with a lot of sun. We had breakfast in the garden with red squirrels and birds. Blair Atholl and Pitlochry are very pleasant. We want to thank particularly the owner's parents' help. Regretfully, today we are going back home.”
    July 2011
  • “Beautiful landscape: We stayed only a short time here. It was a very good time with a beautiful landscape. We saw a lot of castles and some distilleries. Thanks for this nice time.”
    July 2011
  • “A lovely week: We are grateful for renting this house and we want to say thank you. What a lovely week it has been. We have visited Inverness, Aberdeen, Pitlochry, seen the ruins of Stonehaven and been to Stirling. It's all worth seeing. The nature around, and Braemar Castle are worthy days out. Thanks once again.”
    July 2011
  • “Located at ideal place: This property is located at an ideal place surrounded by the natural gift of beautiful and fascinating landscapes. Our stay at this property in June was very pleasant and was more than what we had presumed it to be. Keep it up. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the welcome. Wish you all the best. 4.5/5”
    June 2011
  • “Very nice property ideally located for great walks. Would like to revisit to utilise the other walks in the area. Thanks for welcome also.”
    May 2011
  • “Great little find! We have just spent a very enjoyable long weekend at Tulach. The house was tidy and clean, definitely cosy, and we really liked the tartan soft furnishings – it felt like a proper Highland cottage. At first glance, we were not sure if we were going to be warm enough as the wall heaters appeared to be limited and of a former era, but plenty of free standing heaters were provided and they quickly warmed the house up. The open fire in the living room also made a big difference - it was lovely and cosy in there. Although the kitchen is not fully fitted, it has new appliances and is well equipped. The garden was especially lovely. In fact, we are planning to return in the summer so we can enjoy it fully. We loved the location: seemingly remote but actually just a mile from Blair Atholl. It is really beautiful and tranquil up there.”
    March 2011

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