ACTIVITIES AT DALMUNZIE

Located on a spectacular 6500-acre estate we take our leisure seriously at Dalmunzie and can offer a wide array of activities to keep the most active guest satisfied.
 This includes information on golf, walking, days out, castles to visit, skiing and much more! Further details of activities available in the glen can be found on the Glenshee Tourist Association website
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ACTIVITIES AT DALMUNZIE

Located on a spectacular 6500-acre estate we take our leisure seriously at Dalmunzie and can offer a wide array of activities to keep the most active guest satisfied.
 This includes information on golf, walking, days out, castles to visit, skiing and much more! Further details of activities available in the glen can be found on the Glenshee Tourist Association website
:

GLENOFTHEFAIRIES.CO.UK

GOLF

Dalmunzie golf course is amongst Britain’s highest and is enveloped by stunning mountain scenery. The views in all directions are simply superb and can justify even a bad round! The course was introduced for the personal use of Sir Archibald Birkmyre and his family and friends in 1922 and remains open to the public and hotel residents.

 

THE COURSE

Dalmunzie golf course is amongst Britain’s highest and is enveloped by stunning mountain scenery. The views in all directions are simply superb and can justify even a bad round! The course was introduced for the personal use of Sir Archibald Birkmyre and his family and friends in 1922 andremains open to the public andhotel residents. (Note: Club hire is available. See below for golf round costs)

It’s design is open to some conjecture and concerns two of Scotland’s greatest golf architects. Dr Alastair MacKenzie of Augusta National fame and his contemporary James Braid of Gleneagles fame. They have both been put forward as the designers. It is possible both were involved as Dr Mackenzie designed the nearby prestigious course of Rosemount (then Lansdowne) in the early 1920’s and James Braid the re-design of Rosemount in 1930. Dalmunzie’s golf course was probably originally designed by Mackenzie and later added/changed by Braid.

Although only 9 holes and par 30 for gents, the course is deceptively difficult. It is sure to satisfy low & high handicappers alike and a small discussion of it’s challenges follows. It is not unknown during the long days of Spring and Summer to play 9 holes on either side of lunch and dinner in the one day (36 holes in all!).

Handicap certificates are not required but it is expected that all golfers look after the course and abide by “the rules of golf”. There is also equipment available for hire.

GREEN FEES

Adult Day Ticket: £15.00
Adult Day ticket: £20.00
After 4pm any day: £12.00
Weekly Adult Ticket: £60.00
Weekly Family Ticket: £110.00
Annual Season Ticket: £140.00
Children up to 10: Free
Children 11 – 17: Half Price

Special rates are available for parties of 10 and over. Please enquire here.

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SKIING

Glenshee’s 36 runs offer a great diversity of terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. You can click on both maps on the right for more details. Ski hire can be organised at two separate businesses near Dalmunzie’s entrance.

SKIING IN GLENSHEE

Dalmunzie is located 6 miles from the Glenshee ski area at the Cairnwell and is well placed for visitors wishing to enjoy the slopes.

Skiing first began in Glenshee in the 1930’s and today Glenshee Ski Centre (www.ski-glenshee.co.uk) is the largest wintersports centre in the UK with 21 lifts and tows running over 4 mountains and 3 valleys.

Glenshee’s 36 runs offer a great diversity of terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. You can click on both maps on the right for more details. Ski hire can be organised at two separate businesses near Dalmunzie’s entrance.

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WALKING

This part of Scotland is renowned for walking and there are numerous options available. The 103km circular way marked Cateran trail runs past Dalmunzie and is a serious long distance trail.

WALKING ROUTES

This part of Scotland is renowned for walking and there are numerous options available. The 103km circular waymarked Cateran trail runs past Dalmunzie and is a serious long distance trail. Closer to home you may wish to walk to Glenlochsie Lodge along the old railway and/or continue on to our closest Munro, Glas Tulaichean at 1051 metres. Many walkers on this route take the opportunity to return via Loch-an-Eun and the scenic Gleann Taitneach.

Glas Maol, Carn an Righ and Beinn Luthern Mhor are some of the other munro’s nearby alongside many other mountains worth conquering. If it all sounds too challenging, you may simply wish to walk along our driveway which follows the glen to our gatehouse. With fields and mountain scenery on all sides it is a wonderful walk in its own right. Our Compendium includes 10 of the most popular walks to peruse from.

Guided walks are also available through Gulabin Lodge. For further details on this option please see our Summer activities information. Whatever you choose, Dalmunzie and its welcoming lounges and bar will be there on your return to relax and recover.

For advice and help organising your walking route or tour, please enquire here.

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clay-pigeon shooting

As a historic shooting lodge, Dalmunzie Castle has close ties with the Dalmunzie Estate. As such, we can arrange various shooting activities and events subject to season and sufficient notice. Clay pigeon shooting can be arranged either on the Dalmunzie Estate or in Blairgowrie.

SUMMER

During Summer, a full range of activities can be offered through our partnership with Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre. Darren and his team of dedicated outdoor instructors are able to offer activities both at the hotel and in the surrounding area. All activities can be booked through Dalmunzie.

GULABIN LODGE OUTDOOR CENTRE

During Summer at Dalmunzie, a number of fantastic activities are available through our partnership with Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre. These activities are especially perfect for corporate team building exercises, or keeping wedding and party guests entertained during their stay at Dalmunzie.

Some of the activities available are:

ARCHERY

Min group of 10
Location – Dalmunzie Castle front lawn
1.5/2hr session £15pp or group session rate at £225

HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE

Min group of 4
Location – Gulabin Lodge
2hr session £25pp

MOUNTAIN BIKE HIRE

Location – collect from Dalmunzie Castle
Full day rate £20pp Adult, £12 Child 12yo and under

GEORGE CANYON DAY

Min group of 4, min age 10yo
Location – Reekie Linn
Full day cost; Adult £45 / Child £35

ROCK CLIMBING & ABSEILING

Min group of 4
Location – Glenshee
2.5hr session £25pp
Full day cost £45pp

TEAM BUILDING EVENTS

Location – Dalmunzie/Gulabin Lodge
Various activities available
Cost £30-£45pp

FALCONRY

n partnership with MR Falconry Dalmunzie can now offer Falconry. Experiences on offer can include flying displays, hunting days, flights and special wedding displays.
Professional photography is available in conjunction with all Falconry packages.
Please note that all packages are subject to availability and advance notice is required.
Further information about available services can be found on the MR Falconry website
www.falconry-scotland.com

PLEASE NOTE

All technical equipment will be provided for all activities.
Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear to be provided by customers. Limited clothing items available for hire. 17 seat minibus available for transport of customers to and from activity areas.
Adventure Activity Licensing Service Member No. L9768 / R1801

All activities can be booked through Dalmunzie. Please enquire here.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

The hotel has a number of mountain bikes that are available for rental to explore the paths and hills around the hotel and the estate. In the warmer months mountain biking is a popular was for guests to enjoy the environment whilst taking exercise.

TENNIS

Tennis is available only 50 yards from the hotel with balls and racquets available from the office free of charge for hotel and cottage guests. With the burn flowing nearby and wonderful scenery, it is a great spot for a hit.

DAYS OUT

One of the most appealing aspects of Dalmunzie as an ideal base for an extended stay, is that we have a wide array of excursions available. You may have a special area of interest or would prefer to visit a variety of attractions in the one area.

DAYS OUT

One of the most appealing aspects of Dalmunzie as an ideal base for an extended stay, is that we have a wide array of excursions available. You may have a special area of interest or would prefer to visit a variety of attractions in the one area.

Some of the Villages we think you might like to visit whilst you are staying with us:

NORTH

In Royal Deeside is Braemar, and then there is also the pleasant town of Ballater.

TAYSIDE

In Tayside is Pitlochry, Kirkmichael, Dunkeld and Kirriemuir.

A tour can be reserved direct with Braemar highland Safaris on 01339741420 or through the hotel when making a reservation. All of the places described are less than one hour from Dalmunzie and our staff will be happy to provide advice or guidance if needed. You can enquire here.

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CASTLES

Four of Scotland’s most renowned castles are to found near Dalmunize, with many more nearby and further afield. The Castles listed below are among the best in Scotland for a day out, but please be aware of opening dates and times.

CASTLES TO VISIT

Four of Scotland’s most renowned castles are to found near Dalmunize, with many more nearby and further afield. The Castles listed below are among the best in Scotland for a day out, but please be aware of opening dates and times.

A short drive north of Dalmunzie lies the Queens residence Balmoral Castle (21 miles – 35 minutes).

Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, Balmoral has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The original castle was considered too small for the needs of the Royal Family and under the supervision of Prince Albert a new building was designed. The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path.

West in Tayside north of Pitlochry lies Blair Castle (31 miles – 50 minutes) the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years. At the gateway to the Grampian Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was highly strategic. Today you can enjoy the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape but centuries ago it was a threatening and dangerous place. One of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland, Blair welcomes more visitors than any other.

South just outside Perth lies Scone Palace where the Kings of Scotland were traditionally crowned (33 miles – 55 minutes). Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

To the South-East in Angus lies Glamis Castle the legendary castle of MacBeth and home to the Queen mother (29 miles – 50 minutes). Glamis is a place of legends and fairytales. Family home of the Earls of Strathmore and a royal residence since 1372, childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, birthplace of Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth, Glamis Castle is the royal house that has it all including ghosts!

Another castle nearby open to the public is Braemar Castle north of Dalmunzie on the A93 (16 miles – 20 minutes).The Castle is an impressive fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. Used by Hanoverian troops after the Jacobite Rising of 1745, later transformed by the Farquharsons of Invercauld into a residence of unusual charm. The L-plan castle of fairy-tale proportions with its remarkable star shaped defensive curtain wall, also has a central round tower with a spiral stair, barrel vaulted ceilings, massive iron “yett” and an underground prison. (Note: Braemar Castle is currently closed for refurbishment work).

There are also two castles (both private homes) on the road to Dalmunzie from Blairgowrie worth keeping an eye out for. Craighall Castle is perched at the top of a cliff above the river Ericht that flows through the heavily wooded estate and is only a few miles north of Blairgowrie. The castle is the ancestral home to the chiefs of Clan Rattray who still live at Craighall.

Only a few miles south of Dalmunzie is the scenic Dalnaglar Castle set on a beautiful naturally elevated site in the heart of Glenshee. Dalnaglar was commissioned by Lord Clyde, Queen Victoria’s banker, and designed by Her Majesty’s architect from Balmoral. Today it remains a private home.

A further castle of interest is Forter Castle standing at the head of Glen Isla approximately 15 minutes drive from Dalmunzie on the road to Kirriemuir. Forter is an outstanding example of a Scots Tower House and was rescued from ruin twenty years ago. Today it is a private home.

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SKIING

Glenshee’s 36 runs offer a great diversity of terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. You can click on both maps on the right for more details. Ski hire can be organised at two separate businesses near Dalmunzie’s entrance.

SKIING IN GLENSHEE

Dalmunzie is located 6 miles from the Glenshee ski area at the Cairnwell and is well placed for visitors wishing to enjoy the slopes.

Skiing first began in Glenshee in the 1930’s and today Glenshee Ski Centre (www.ski-glenshee.co.uk) is the largest wintersports centre in the UK with 21 lifts and tows running over 4 mountains and 3 valleys.

Glenshee’s 36 runs offer a great diversity of terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. You can click on both maps on the right for more details. Ski hire can be organised at two separate businesses near Dalmunzie’s entrance.

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GOLF

Dalmunzie golf course is amongst Britain’s highest and is enveloped by stunning mountain scenery. The views in all directions are simply superb and can justify even a bad round! The course was introduced for the personal use of Sir Archibald Birkmyre and his family and friends in 1922 and remains open to the public and hotel residents.

 

THE COURSE

Dalmunzie golf course is amongst Britain’s highest and is enveloped by stunning mountain scenery. The views in all directions are simply superb and can justify even a bad round! The course was introduced for the personal use of Sir Archibald Birkmyre and his family and friends in 1922 andremains open to the public andhotel residents. (Note: Club hire is available. See below for golf round costs)

It’s design is open to some conjecture and concerns two of Scotland’s greatest golf architects. Dr Alastair MacKenzie of Augusta National fame and his contemporary James Braid of Gleneagles fame. They have both been put forward as the designers. It is possible both were involved as Dr Mackenzie designed the nearby prestigious course of Rosemount (then Lansdowne) in the early 1920’s and James Braid the re-design of Rosemount in 1930. Dalmunzie’s golf course was probably originally designed by Mackenzie and later added/changed by Braid.

Although only 9 holes and par 30 for gents, the course is deceptively difficult. It is sure to satisfy low & high handicappers alike and a small discussion of it’s challenges follows. It is not unknown during the long days of Spring and Summer to play 9 holes on either side of lunch and dinner in the one day (36 holes in all!).

Handicap certificates are not required but it is expected that all golfers look after the course and abide by “the rules of golf”. There is also equipment available for hire.

GREEN FEES

Adult Day Ticket: £15.00
Adult Day ticket: £20.00
After 4pm any day: £12.00
Weekly Adult Ticket: £60.00
Weekly Family Ticket: £110.00
Annual Season Ticket: £140.00
Children up to 10: Free
Children 11 – 17: Half Price

Special rates are available for parties of 10 and over. Please enquire here.

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WALKING

This part of Scotland is renowned for walking and there are numerous options available. The 103km circular way marked Cateran trail runs past Dalmunzie and is a serious long distance trail.

WALKING ROUTES

This part of Scotland is renowned for walking and there are numerous options available. The 103km circular waymarked Cateran trail runs past Dalmunzie and is a serious long distance trail. Closer to home you may wish to walk to Glenlochsie Lodge along the old railway and/or continue on to our closest Munro, Glas Tulaichean at 1051 metres. Many walkers on this route take the opportunity to return via Loch-an-Eun and the scenic Gleann Taitneach.

Glas Maol, Carn an Righ and Beinn Luthern Mhor are some of the other munro’s nearby alongside many other mountains worth conquering. If it all sounds too challenging, you may simply wish to walk along our driveway which follows the glen to our gatehouse. With fields and mountain scenery on all sides it is a wonderful walk in its own right. Our Compendium includes 10 of the most popular walks to peruse from.

Guided walks are also available through Gulabin Lodge. For further details on this option please see our Summer activities information. Whatever you choose, Dalmunzie and its welcoming lounges and bar will be there on your return to relax and recover.

For advice and help organising your walking route or tour, please enquire here.

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clay-pigeon shooting

As a historic shooting lodge, Dalmunzie Castle has close ties with the Dalmunzie Estate. As such, we can arrange various shooting activities and events subject to season and sufficient notice. Clay pigeon shooting can be arranged either on the Dalmunzie Estate or in Blairgowrie.

SUMMER

During Summer, a full range of activities can be offered through our partnership with Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre. Darren and his team of dedicated outdoor instructors are able to offer activities both at the hotel and in the surrounding area. All activities can be booked through Dalmunzie.

GULABIN LODGE OUTDOOR CENTRE

During Summer at Dalmunzie, a number of fantastic activities are available through our partnership with Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre. These activities are especially perfect for corporate team building exercises, or keeping wedding and party guests entertained during their stay at Dalmunzie.

Some of the activities available are:

ARCHERY

Min group of 10
Location – Dalmunzie Castle front lawn
1.5/2hr session £15pp or group session rate at £225

HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE

Min group of 4
Location – Gulabin Lodge
2hr session £25pp

MOUNTAIN BIKE HIRE

Location – collect from Dalmunzie Castle
Full day rate £20pp Adult, £12 Child 12yo and under

GEORGE CANYON DAY

Min group of 4, min age 10yo
Location – Reekie Linn
Full day cost; Adult £45 / Child £35

ROCK CLIMBING & ABSEILING

Min group of 4
Location – Glenshee
2.5hr session £25pp
Full day cost £45pp

TEAM BUILDING EVENTS

Location – Dalmunzie/Gulabin Lodge
Various activities available
Cost £30-£45pp

FALCONRY

n partnership with MR Falconry Dalmunzie can now offer Falconry. Experiences on offer can include flying displays, hunting days, flights and special wedding displays.
Professional photography is available in conjunction with all Falconry packages.
Please note that all packages are subject to availability and advance notice is required.
Further information about available services can be found on the MR Falconry website
www.falconry-scotland.com

PLEASE NOTE

All technical equipment will be provided for all activities.
Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear to be provided by customers. Limited clothing items available for hire. 17 seat minibus available for transport of customers to and from activity areas.
Adventure Activity Licensing Service Member No. L9768 / R1801

All activities can be booked through Dalmunzie. Please enquire here.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

The hotel has a number of mountain bikes that are available for rental to explore the paths and hills around the hotel and the estate. In the warmer months mountain biking is a popular was for guests to enjoy the environment whilst taking exercise.

TENNIS

Tennis is available only 50 yards from the hotel with balls and racquets available from the office free of charge for hotel and cottage guests. With the burn flowing nearby and wonderful scenery, it is a great spot for a hit.

DAYS OUT

One of the most appealing aspects of Dalmunzie as an ideal base for an extended stay, is that we have a wide array of excursions available. You may have a special area of interest or would prefer to visit a variety of attractions in the one area.

DAYS OUT

One of the most appealing aspects of Dalmunzie as an ideal base for an extended stay, is that we have a wide array of excursions available. You may have a special area of interest or would prefer to visit a variety of attractions in the one area.

Some of the Villages we think you might like to visit whilst you are staying with us:

NORTH

In Royal Deeside is Braemar, and then there is also the pleasant town of Ballater.

TAYSIDE

In Tayside is Pitlochry, Kirkmichael, Dunkeld and Kirriemuir.

A tour can be reserved direct with Braemar highland Safaris on 01339741420 or through the hotel when making a reservation. All of the places described are less than one hour from Dalmunzie and our staff will be happy to provide advice or guidance if needed. You can enquire here.

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CASTLES

Four of Scotland’s most renowned castles are to found near Dalmunize, with many more nearby and further afield. The Castles listed below are among the best in Scotland for a day out, but please be aware of opening dates and times.

CASTLES TO VISIT

Four of Scotland’s most renowned castles are to found near Dalmunize, with many more nearby and further afield. The Castles listed below are among the best in Scotland for a day out, but please be aware of opening dates and times.

A short drive north of Dalmunzie lies the Queens residence Balmoral Castle (21 miles – 35 minutes).

Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, Balmoral has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The original castle was considered too small for the needs of the Royal Family and under the supervision of Prince Albert a new building was designed. The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path.

West in Tayside north of Pitlochry lies Blair Castle (31 miles – 50 minutes) the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years. At the gateway to the Grampian Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was highly strategic. Today you can enjoy the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape but centuries ago it was a threatening and dangerous place. One of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland, Blair welcomes more visitors than any other.

South just outside Perth lies Scone Palace where the Kings of Scotland were traditionally crowned (33 miles – 55 minutes). Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

To the South-East in Angus lies Glamis Castle the legendary castle of MacBeth and home to the Queen mother (29 miles – 50 minutes). Glamis is a place of legends and fairytales. Family home of the Earls of Strathmore and a royal residence since 1372, childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, birthplace of Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth, Glamis Castle is the royal house that has it all including ghosts!

Another castle nearby open to the public is Braemar Castle north of Dalmunzie on the A93 (16 miles – 20 minutes).The Castle is an impressive fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. Used by Hanoverian troops after the Jacobite Rising of 1745, later transformed by the Farquharsons of Invercauld into a residence of unusual charm. The L-plan castle of fairy-tale proportions with its remarkable star shaped defensive curtain wall, also has a central round tower with a spiral stair, barrel vaulted ceilings, massive iron “yett” and an underground prison. (Note: Braemar Castle is currently closed for refurbishment work).

There are also two castles (both private homes) on the road to Dalmunzie from Blairgowrie worth keeping an eye out for. Craighall Castle is perched at the top of a cliff above the river Ericht that flows through the heavily wooded estate and is only a few miles north of Blairgowrie. The castle is the ancestral home to the chiefs of Clan Rattray who still live at Craighall.

Only a few miles south of Dalmunzie is the scenic Dalnaglar Castle set on a beautiful naturally elevated site in the heart of Glenshee. Dalnaglar was commissioned by Lord Clyde, Queen Victoria’s banker, and designed by Her Majesty’s architect from Balmoral. Today it remains a private home.

A further castle of interest is Forter Castle standing at the head of Glen Isla approximately 15 minutes drive from Dalmunzie on the road to Kirriemuir. Forter is an outstanding example of a Scots Tower House and was rescued from ruin twenty years ago. Today it is a private home.

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