The French philosopher and author Albert Camus reckoned that ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.’
If Monsieur Camus was right then Perthshire is blooming right now.
Head for the heart of Big Tree Country with today’s Big Deal on a break at the cosy Bridge of Cally Hotel, near Blairgowrie.
There you can take in the scenery of Glenshee, stroll off to explore a secret woodland trail, and relax in the evening with a dram of whisky in front of a log burning stove.
With the option to add in dinner, this is the perfect opportunity for a country escape.
The Bridge of Cally Hotel is tucked away at the foothills of Glenshee, at the Gateway to the Scottish Highlands.
Once known as ‘the glen of the fairies’, enchanted Glenshee is full of local lore and legend (so if there was ever a place to throw a coin into a stream and make a wish, it’s here).
The hotel is a great base for hiking, golfing, mountain biking and bird watching.
And it just a twelve minute drive from the market town of Blairgowrie and 45 minutes from Perth, meaning you’ll be able to fit in a cheeky shopping trip too.
Option of dinner
This Big Deal is available for two people and offers a one night stay, available Sunday to Thursday, or two night stay, available seven days, in a standard twin or double room.
There is also an option to add a two course dinner each into the mix. Guests can stay one night with dinner, available Sunday to Thursday, or for two nights with dinner on the first night, available seven days.
Guest rooms at the Bridge of Cally Hotel offer contemporary comforts in a rustic setting, meaning you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Your room will have a flat screen TV, Scottish toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Bridge of Cally Hotel prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients for its dishes. You’ll start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast offering a selection of Scottish and European options, plus Arabica free trade coffee.
After you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring, you could enjoy a meal in the hotel’s conservatory restaurant in front of a real log fire. The menu changes regularly but the theme is Scottish home-style cooking with added chef’s flair.
Typical dishes might include the seared medallions of pork served with apple fritters, spring onion mash cakes and creamy cider jus or the chicken Cordon Bleu – panko-crumbed chicken filled with smoked cheddar and ham.
Some dishes carry a supplement.
See & do
As long as you’re careful not to be spirited away by the fairy folk, Glenshee and its surroundings are great to explore. Nearby Blairgowrie is the beginning and end of the circular Cateran Trail, a 64-mile walk that takes in the Cairngorms National Park.
You could always try out the beginning of the walk, which will lead you along the River Ericht to the legendary Cargill’s Leap waterfall.
Other nearby activities include mountain biking, golfing and fishing, plus you can browse Blairgowrie’s shops for crafts, farm goods and luxury chocolates.
And if it’s raining, not to worry – you can warm yourself in front of the hotel’s log burning stove and sample their range of Scottish whiskies, real ales and sparkling cocktails.
The Bridge of Cally Hotel has attracted plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews:
‘Booked in for a night with friends. Excellent hotel, with fantastic food and good rooms. Could do with a bit of maintenance in places, but nothing that dampened the overall experience. Staff were welcoming and chef Murray was a topper. Will be back again.’
‘Relaxing stay. Two relaxing nights spent in hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful. Room clean and spacious. Breakfast had a great choice. Cooked breakfast and porridge were plentiful and very enjoyable. Evening meal menu had good choices and meals on both nights were lovely… Will be definitely going back. Welcome was good and lovely area for walking.’
Autumn escape or Christmas gift
This is the ideal autumn getaway. With validity until the end of March 2018, this Big Deal could also be used as a thoughtful Christmas gift.
Especially if you know a ski or snowboarding fan.
Glenshee Ski Centre is an easy drive from the hotel – perfect if you like winter sports.
We’re not sure what Camus thought of snowboarding but this Big Deal is a great way to enjoy the Perthshire countryside right through autumn and winter.