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Ralston Bothy

Newtyle near Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Angus & Fife (Ref. 1057592)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage is lovely and cosy."

    Lovely garden with lots of birds visiting. Directions not great, though a sign is pending. Lots of walks available from house or very close by. The tv needs to be improved and a small freezer could easily be added to the kitchen. We would happily recommend and the owner, Laura Jayne, is on hand for any hiccups and is very welcoming and has obviously put a lot of love into decorating the cottage.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJan 2022

  • "The bread, cheese and milk in the fridge when we arrived was a nice extra."

    It was very clean and makes a good, cosy winter break.

    Reviewed by CalumJan 2022

  • "Laura-Jayne was an amazing owner."

    We had an issue with the heating, she came round to rectify it straight away and was extremely apologetic! The cottage was beautiful and exactly what we had set out to look for. The log burner and hot tub were just perfect after a long day of walking. Would definitely recommend this property!

    Reviewed by AmyNov 2021

  • "This has been the most enjoyable cottage stay my wife and I have had in a long time."

    The cottage and facilities were above and beyond expectations. We can thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking a quiet little get away. My only friendly recommendation would be to put a signpost at the end of the gravel driveway. We would book again in a heartbeat. A true joy to stay here.

    Reviewed by RichardNov 2021

  • "We loved our time at ralston bothy."

    The place was spotless. The welcome basket was a lovely touch. The hot tub was excellent.

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in quiet location ideal for exploring the Angus Glens."

    Very well equipped and comfortable with a beautiful private garden.

    Reviewed by EvelynNov 2021

  • "Great cottage."

    ..personally think a larger TV and a mirror in sitting room would be beneficial.

    Reviewed by PatriciaNov 2021

  • "Enjoyable and relaxing in delightful surroundings."

    Observing the large variety of birds visiting the garden was a morning pastime. The hot tub provided early evening relaxation.

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic holiday The cottage and the gardens are just beautiful We were very lucky with the weather and the garden is a sun trap The hosts were close by and were so lovely and nothing was ever a bother."

    The cottage was so private, you really felt away from it all. The only thing worth mentioning is that there’s no freezer We did find a cool bag in the cupboard and kept ice in it in the fridge which lasted a couple of days. The only other thing to mention was the hot tub could was wonderful but could use a wee step to get in as my mum struggled to get in, also the cuddle chairs are lovely and comfortable but very low so difficult to get out. Just a couple of things to note if there’s people visiting who are a little less agile. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay though and will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2021

  • "Such a lovely peaceful location but not isolated."

    The owner is easily contacted and responded quickly to any questions we had. The property was very clean and comfortable, the hot tub was very private. Only one negative- no freezer compartment in the fridge to make ice for our G&Ts!

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "Beautifully situated cottage which had the added luxury of the hot tub."

    The gardens were lovely especially with the wild flower meadow, stunning. We loved the local walks along the railway paths. The cottage was really clean and had some lovely little extra touches.

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage with everything you could possibly need during your stay."

    We loved the garden - the location was so peaceful. Close to lots of places to visit. Would highly recommend Ralston Bothy.

    Reviewed by JillJun 2021

  • "Only negative was no hairdryer and no small freezer space in fridge."

    Everything else was fab and will go again

    Reviewed by KerrieJun 2021

  • "The comfort, clenliness & home from home resources made this a relaxing holiday for us."

    The Hot tub & log burning fire was fantastic. We loved The bay windows with the view of the garden wildlife, just perfect. We will definitely return here.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2021

  • "We had a wonderful fortnight stay at Ralston Bothy."

    The cottage was clean and practical with a lovely kitchen that had such wonderful natural light! The Bothy, garden and orchard were perfect for our old dog, who could roam securely and sleep under the apple trees as she wanted. We topped up the feeders religiously( such a lovely touch to leave bird feed for us to use) and were rewarded with an abundance of birds and a visiting rabbit. Even a kestrel came and made an appearance in the garden, although the house martins weren't happy about it! The hot tub was a sublime luxury. Perfectly positioned so that it was completely private, we used it daily! Located perfectly for a day trip to Dundee to see 'Discovery' and the V&A museum and also to visit the wonderful Glamis Castle and to do the spectacular Snow Roads Scenic Route through Balmoral etc-a very long drive but the most stunning driving route ever and so worth doing. Laura-Jayne was a very considerate host. She completely respected our privacy, which we valued but was quickly contactable if necessary. The only thing wrong was not being able to stay longer! Thank you for a much needed relaxing and nourishing break, Laura-Jayne.

    Reviewed by SueMay 2021

  • "Great place to stay."

    Just about everything you would need. Comfortable bed, warm & cosy (cetral heating plus log fire with all logs, etc. included & a great shower. Plus hot tub (didn't use). Well equiped kitchen and really good outside space.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic break at Ralston Bothy."

    A welcome hamper with some goodies was a lovely touch. The hot tub was perfect for watching the sunset and stargazing (even on a brisk November night!). The log burner was great to cosy up beside after a day of exploring. The orchard provided plenty apples for making a crumble! Laura-Jayne was attentive and resolved any queries we had throughout our stay, and was very respectful of current guidelines. We look forward to staying again in the future!

    Reviewed by RobbieNov 2020

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The property

Blairgowrie 9.5 miles.

Originally part of the Kinpurnie Estate, Ralston Bothy is situated on the outskirts of Newtyle Village within the beautiful Strathmore Valley.

The Bothy, along with its secluded and enclosed garden, and apple orchard, is surrounded by agricultural land providing a delightful Scottish countryside setting.

On entering the property you are immediately struck by the cosy lounge with its two comfy snuggle chairs and easy to use log fire, an ideal place to relax and unwind after your days activities.

Choose a board game or a book for some down time, or plan your next adventure using the wifi connection and the information on the Bothy Location Board situated in the entranceway.

Prepare a lovely meal using local produce from the world famous butcher in Newtyle, Mr James Pirie & sons, in the well-equipped country style kitchen to be served at the dining table or taken outside onto the decking where it can be enjoyed whilst watching the spectacular sunset filter through the nearby woodland.

Newtyle Post Office & Village Store is only a mile from the Bothy and stocks most day to day items, ensuring that you never run out of anything.

Spend a magical evening star gazing or settle in the hot tub with a refreshing drink overlooking the apple orchard and secluded garden.

At day end what could be better than a lovely hot rain shower in the large spacious bathroom before retiring to spend a comfortable night in the sumptuous bothy double bed as you reflect on the day’s memories.

The Bothy is surrounded by interesting, and easily accessible, disused railway lines (first railway in the North of Scotland 1831-1863) and woodland walks which are managed by the Newtyle Path Network or challenge yourselves as you venture to the top of Kinpurnie Hill and its lookout tower.

From here you can witness the most spectacular views of the Valley of Strathmore with the distant Cairngorms in the background.

If you prefer to cycle, the Bothy provides lockable storage for bikes.

If you don’t have a bike, but you would quite like the opportunity to try a local cycle route, you can hire electric bikes from The Cycle Hub in the nearby town of Coupar Angus.

There are plenty of cycle friendly roads directly from the Bothy and a number of popular cycle routes further afield which cater for all abilities.

It is a great way to see the beautiful scenery and wildlife as you travel along the various routes.

If you feel a little more adventurous why not visit Piperdam Leisure Resort near Dundee and Willowgate Activity Centre near Perth who both provide a number of outdoor and indoor activities from quad bike trails to kayaking tours on the River Tay.

Three nearby golf courses, Alyth Golf Club, Strathmore Golf Centre and Glenisla Golf Course will all challenge your golfing skills.

Distillery tours and tastings are very popular, with Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry and Dewars Distillery in Aberfeldy both full of character.

The closest place for a casual meal, lunchtime or evening, is The Ardler Tavern which is only 2 miles from the Bothy.

This traditional tavern provides freshly prepared meals using local produce and has a tempting collection of local ales to sample as well as a number of other refreshments to enjoy.

Strathmore Valley is steeped in history and well worth exploring.

Glamis Castle, the home of the Earl of Strathmore and where the Queen Mother was born, is a must to visit as is Scone Palace near Perth, where all the Scottish Kings were crowned.

Pictish Stones at nearby Meigle and the village of Kirriemuir, where novelist JM Barrie the creator of the much loved children’s character Peter Pan was born.

The city of Dundee with the newly completed V&A Museum and Captain Scott’s famous ship, the ‘Discovery’, are just a short drive away.

Ralston Bothy is perfectly placed for you to enjoy your time here in the truly wonderful Valley of Strathmore no matter what your interests are.


  • All ground-floor
  • One double bedroom (hairdryer provided) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge with dining area
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove (starter pack provided, additional logs and kindling are available at a small charge)
  • Electric oven with hob, microwave, slow cooker, under counter fridge (with ice box),washing machine, dishwasher, selection of books and games, TV and WiFi, DVDs, CDs, radio
  • Electricity and gas inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Additional single foldout bed available (dining table will need to be removed to accommodate this)
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Bike storage available on request
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, decking and hot tub, apple orchard and BBQ/ firepit
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Note: Dog not allowed on furniture or in bedroom area
  • Sorry, no smoking or vaping in or surrounding the property
  • Shop under 1 mile, tavern 2 miles
  • Note: Please contact us to confirm if you wish to use the Hotub and which bed configuration you would like
  • Note: Property now boasts a record player, there is a selection of vinyl records but feel free to bring your own

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About the location


Kirriemuir 12 miles; Dundee 12 miles; Perth 19 miles.

The red sandstone town of Blairgowrie is situated on the bank of the river Ericht, where it emerges from spectacular gorges in Strathmore. With good shops, great restaurants and coffee bars, it makes an excellent town to start exploring Perthshire and the beautiful Angus Glens. Surrounded by rolling fields, famed for their berries, the town is overlooked by hills and mountains, and is the main link to Scotlands largest ski centre at Glenshee. The surrounding countryside is the perfect terrain for horse riding, cycling, mountain biking and hill walking, whilst golfers are well-catered for with several excellent courses (including Rosemount) locally. Gleneagles and championship courses of Carnoustie and St Andrews are also within easy reach. Marvel at the world’s tallest beech hedge at Meikleour (600m long and 30m high), see Meigle’s collection of Pictish sculpted stones, or listen to stirring tales at Glamis Castle, the setting for Macbeth and said to be Scotlands most haunted castle! The small town of Dunkeld is also worth a visit with its historic cathedral, riverside walks, impressive trees, such as the Birnam Oak and parent Larches of Dunkeld, and the Hermitage, which offers breath-taking waterfalls. Abundant wildlife frequent the many surrounding woodlands, from red squirrels, foxes and deer to Swifts, Goldcrests and Buzzards, with breeding Ospreys seen at nearby Loch of the Lowes.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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