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The Meikleour Arms - Pub in Perth & Kinross

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Meikleour, PH2 6EB, Perth & Kinross
Scotland, United Kingdom

Claire Mercer Nairne
www.meikleourarms.co.uk
+44 (0)1250 883206(landline)

An hour from Edinburgh, this large estate wrapped in ancient woodland & steeped in history is a super outdoorsy retreat – dogs welcome too

With their own ale, the Lure of Meikleour, over twenty malts and a bevvy of artisan gins, you'll find a toast for every occasion at this lovely country inn. Much of the food comes from the estate - vegetables and herbs grown in the walled garden, scallops hand-dived on the west coast and venison from Meikleour forest. You can sample interesting wines from lesser known Bordeaux vineyards too. There's a sweet beer garden for the warmer months, and a bustling bar beloved of locals and visitors alike. Children have their own menu, and staff are sunny and welcoming. Walk to the river for a morning’s salmon or trout fishing on the Tay; you can book a fly-fishing lesson with the head ghillie. Book a tour of local whisky distilleries too - Blair Athol and Edradour are in Pitlochry (a 40-minute drive). Scone Palace, Glamis and Balmoral are all within reach.


Local points of interest from Claire Mercer Nairne:

Local points of interest from
Claire Mercer Nairne:

  • Bring some sensible shoes and enjoy the surroundings. My top easy walks from the hotel: The Meikleour North Wood, The Shingle Beach and the River Tay. 5 min by car: the Woodland Trust Bluebell Wood, spectacular in May (easy parking).
  • I love Dunkeld & Birnam: park in the town and head towards the cathedral. There is a circle walk along the river Tay. Another great walk nearby is the Hermitage (spectacular waterfall) and don’t miss the ancient Birnam Woods celebrated in Macbeth.
  • For some serious country chic retail therapy go to the House of Bruar near Pitlochry. This place is big (think Harrods in the Highlands) with an impressive choice of quality cashmere, plaids, boots. Great food hall for a bite or buying Scottish goodies.
  • Blair Atholl Castle, impressive 13th century family owned castle is definitely worth a visit. Much loved by Queen Victoria who left her marks, it has stunning grounds and gardens. International Horse Trial end of August. Combine with House of Bruar visit.
  • For garden lovers Drummond Castle near Crieff is the most spectacular formal Italianate garden in Scotland. A very romantic place. On the way stop at the Glenalmond Tweed Company for fabulous quirky tweed bags and clothing for him and her.
  • Visit Scone Palace (10 min away) the crowning place of Macbeth. Don’t miss the pinetum and the maze (with a racy fountain at the centre) Excellent coffee shop for a scone at Scone. Then head to Kinnoull Hill for a spectacular view of Perth (great walk).
Points of interest

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Meals:

Light bites about £8. Lunch & Dinner à la carte, 2 courses, about £20.

Closed:

Never.

Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Path from beer garden into Meikleour North Wood; river Tay walk with shingle beach. Map of best walks on website.

Dog treats:

Dog treats at the bar, bowl of water, hose outside for muddy paws. Socialise in the pub restaurant, sleep by the fire in winter.

Bringing your dog
Address:

Meikleour, PH2 6EB, Perth & Kinross

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