Glenlyon local information and activities
Glenlyon is within a National Scenic Area in Highland Perthshire. It is Scotland’s longest and one of its loveliest glens, with a variety of landscapes from deep river gorges and rock pools to gentle farmland and dramatic mountain peaks. Local legends abound, Glenlyon being a main route for west-east passage for 2000 years. Innerwick Estate is half way up the glen on what was for many centuries Campbell land and used to be a part of Meggernie Estate in the last century. Now, as an independent working farm and estate it offers peace without isolation. It is just over a mile from the local post office and tearoom at Bridge of Balgie and thirty minutes from Aberfeldy or Killin. Perth is the nearest city (48 miles) with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oban and Inverness all approximately two hours drive.
The glen is of particular interest to walkers with both low level river walks, many hill tracks and high level hill walks including Perthshire’s highest peak, Ben Lawers, within a few miles. Ben Lawers is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and guided walks showing the alpine flora are available in the summer months. The glen has many different bird species (including birds of prey), red squirrels, deer and flowers of considerable botanical interest.
Sporting activities include fishing on the River Lyon and Loch Tay for brown trout and salmon (during season) and stalking and hind shooting by arrangement (during season).
Why not enhance your stay in Glenlyon with a relaxing professional massage, aromatherapy or reflexology treatment? A fully qualified complementary therapist can visit your home at a time to suit you, including evening visits if required. Advance booking recommended.
A tennis court is available at Innerwick House. Other recreational activities within thirty minutes include:
- golf: Aberfeldy & Taymouth Castle (both 18 holes); Kenmore & Killin (both 9 holes)
- water sports and boating centre on Loch Tay
- white water rafting near Aberfeldy
- bowling in Aberfeldy
- pony trekking Fearnan and Morenish (Loch Tay)
Easily accessible are:
- local craft outlets including blacksmith, potteries, tweed mills, and distilleries
- local art galleries (Fearnan and Aberfeldy)
- Historical homes: Blair Castle (1 hour), Castle Menzies (30 minutes)
- Highland games (August - Aberfeldy and Rannoch; September - Pitlochry; July - Kenmore)
- The Black Wood of Rannoch - remains of Caledonian Forest
- the Scottish Crannog at Kenmore
- the Pitlochry Festival Theatre
- the House of Bruar, Blair Atholl