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Wester Brewlands, Scottish Holiday Country House

Activities

There is a children's trampoline and table tennis, croquet and boules provide gentle summer entertainment. A barbeque is supplied for those who enjoy alfresco dining and we have picnic baskets, rugs, thermos flasks & everything else necessary for a proper picnic, including someone to make it for you!

There is something for you at this large holiday country house in every season of the year. In winter ski on piste or cross-country and return home to sledge with the children in the garden while we cook supper, light the fire and put on your electric blanket.

Enjoy Scottish rough shooting with one of our keepers or take some pheasant or partridge shooting. (In the Roxton Bailey lists this is one of other UK top ten shoots.) Hind and stag stalking on the high tops is not as rugged as in many parts of Scotland. Please note however that absolutely no guns are allowed on the estate without the prior written permission of the owners.

In Spring wander through the daffodils (we plant on average 6000 every year) to the rhododendron garden with the sound of snow melt in the river and continuous birdsong or watch the keepers heather burning on the hill to provide new growth for the grouse whose diet consists entirely of heather shoots. Lambing begins in April and the curlews return, their long mellifluous calls signalling the beginning of the short nights.
It does not become entirely dark in the summer here: the light lingers in the North while the East begins to lighten. Sit in the garden reading the newspaper at 11 o'clock at night. The foxgloves grow enormous here. Hire bikes from us and cycle round the glen or take a fishing rod up to the loch. Smell the pungent aroma from the hawthorn blossom and the Queen Anne's lace. We and our neighbours are mostly organic (and always have been) so there is a profusion of wild flowers - there is a wildflower reserve at the head of the glen. The cuckoos return. Sit very quietly in the Fairy Glen above the loch: there is a tiny murmuring burn here, and there has to be a reason for the name! A drink from the burn is reputed to bring long life. Sit on the terrace with a drink and freshly made nibbles while the children play table tennis or bounce on the trampoline. Later, attend the great annual fireworks concert at Glamis Castle, home of the late Queen Mother.

In August, the Queen arrives at her Scottish Castle, Balmoral, the heather comes out turning the hills purple, our bees are busy making heather honey, grouse shooting begins and we all pick blaeberries (a variety of blueberries) on the hill. Climb Meall Mhor and watch the great horned highland cattle. See the berries on the Rowan trees turn bright red and watch our cook make rowanberry jelly - delicious with game. Rosebay willow herb is everywhere: 5 feet of purple spear and the scabious and harebell flowers are scattered all over the hill. Now the Scottish Highland Games season is in full swing every Friday and Saturday - there is likely to be one within a short distance of Wester Brewlands. Our own glen Games takes place on the third Friday of August on a flat haugh (a field) beside the River Isla. Piping and dancing continue all day and the athletic events culminate in the tossing of the caber (discovered one year to have been washed away in winter floods to everyone¹s dismay) and the race up Mount Blair. Take part if you dare!

Visit the Edinburgh International Festival and the Military Tattoo which take place in August and September. We often have guests who attend many events at the Festival but also love to come home at night to the peace of this large holiday country house in the Scottish Highlands. Our piper is available all year to serenade you into dinner or wake you as the Queen is woken, by marching round the outside of Wester Brewlands as an alarm call.

Take a Scottish golfing holiday at St Andrews, Gleneagles & Carnoustie are Championship courses all within 1 hour's journey and Rosemount Championship course is only 1/2 hour away. Take golf seriously: there are 5 excellent courses within 35 minutes journey or take it lightly by playing 9 heathery holes with hills and burns in between. Eat lots of raspberries: they grow wild in the Glen and we are only 12 miles away from one of the great raspberry growing areas of the world. Treat Wester Brewlands as your Scottish castle for rent

If you¹ve had too much country there are great Scottish historic houses to visit: Balmoral Castle, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace, ancient crowning place of the Scots, are close by. See Scot of the Antarctic's ship, the Endeavour, in Dundee or discover how whisky is made with a visit to a whisky distillery. Go to the theatre in Perth or Pitlochry followed by a fabulous dinner at Kinnaird House. Shop at the House of Bruar, one of Scotland's best shops, for cashmere, kilts, golfing clothes and food delicacies. Above all, whether you regard this as a Scottish castle for rent or a holiday cottage in Scotland, have fun in this large holiday house in the Scottish Highlands. We will certainly do our best to ensure that you do!

Wester Brewlands, Scottish Holiday Castle
Tel +44 (0) 1575 582228
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