Outdoor Activities

The area offers golf courses, great water sports, mountain biking and pony trekking, all of which attract visitors from around the world:


Glen Lyon is a great place to cycle, with its long (relatively) quiet road. We provide four fairly basic adult size racing/road bikes if you can’t bring your own.  Some ideas (but please take your own responsibility for your safety):

  • 16.4 miles there and back to the Glen Lyon tea rooms at Bridge of Balgie. Total climb 180 feet.
  • 32 miles round trip if you fork left at Bridge of Balgie over the hill past Ben Lawyers dam, and back via Loch Tay.  Total climb 1,400 feet: one only for the very fit!
  • 36 miles there and back to Loch Lyon.  Total climb 760 feet.

Walking on / from the estate

Unlimited options to head up the hill, with incredible scenery and several Munros within reach on foot.  Or to stay in the glen and do a round trip over bridges on the river.  Speak to the Keeper or see the welcome pack for advice and maps.

Exploring by car

Glen Lyon is over 34 miles long, according to Sir Walter Scott “…the longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland…’.  So seeing it is recommended.  Follow any of the located in the old post office, this charming tea room is a lovely excuse to travel 8 miles up the glen and see the beautiful scenery.  So much so we have also added it to the Activities page! It serves good tea, scones and cakes.  It also makes a mean hot chocolate.  01887 866324.



Other Fun

  • Scottish Quads – Perthshire’s most centrally located Quad Biking Centre, with a fleet of over 50 quad bikes, and treks to suit all abilities. Also on offer are Argocat driving and water activities. Dunkeld, PH8 0BX
  • Meggernie Pony Trekking – Glenlyon, Open from June to mid October. 01887 866234.
  • Taymouth Stables for pony trekking in nearby. Kenmore, PH15 2HN
  • Perthshire Mountain Bikes – Kenmore, PH15 2HG 
  • Perthshire Paintball and laser battlefield games, also gold panning in local rivers. Aberfeldy, PH15 2AQ

Trails to Explore

  • The Cateran Trail – a fully waymarked walk of 64 miles (103 km), that takes its name from the feared cattle thieves who raided the rich lands of Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla. More suited to ramblers, as there are plenty of ladder stiles! Some sections are suitable for cyclists.
  • Loch Leven Heritage Trail – a unique trail linking natural, historic and cultural heritage around Loch Leven. Suitable for both cyclists and ramblers.
Scottish Quads

Scottish Quads