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Discover Peace of Mind in the Ochil Hills

19 September 2023

For so many people, Scotland's natural beauty has been a powerful source of inspiration and renewal.

From the rolling hills and heather-covered moors to the rugged coastline and pristine lochs, the Scottish scenery is an ideal environment in which to escape from the frenetic stresses of modern life and engulf yourself in nature. Our own corner of the Perthshire countryside, the Ochil Hills, is particularly renowned for its natural splendour.

Steeped in history, these hills have been inhabited since the Bronze Age, with their breathtaking views, peaceful surroundings, and myriad of areas to explore no doubt enjoyed by countless civilisations over many centuries.

This makes it the perfect environment to escape and reconnect with yourself and nature — exploring the remote and rugged environment either by foot or on-board an intrepid four-by-four. As you venture out, you’ll spot deer, eagles and other wild animals, spending quality time with your family, friends and loved ones. All of this is about as nourishing for the soul as you can get.

“Exploring the Scottish hills and glens is a sensory journey, bringing the present into sharp focus. The crisp, clean air invigorates your lungs, as you immerse yourself in the remote wilderness, surrounded by unadulterated natural beauty.

It’s not just the thrill of adventure and the excitement of encountering local wildlife such as the majestic red deer and soaring golden eagles; it’s also the unparalleled perspective gained by venturing beyond the well-trodden paths. Amidst towering glens, rugged hills, and endless horizons, the sheer vastness of nature is humbling.”

– Yuri, Head of Adventure



  • The awe-inspiring scale of the mountains helps you gain a sense of perspective.
  • Reconnecting with nature and its wildlife, from spotting deer to seeing the gambolling lambs in spring, or seeing birds of prey soar above.
  • Exploring is a highly sociable, inclusive activity — perfect to form unforgettable shared memories with families and groups.
  • No wifi in the wilderness means a great opportunity to leave your phone at home and have a digital detox, even if it’s just for a few hours.


In this half-day excursion, you’ll be whisked away from the hotel grounds in one of our four-wheel drives. Up and off-road through the rugged highlands, take in the magnificent vistas over the heather moorland crags which are teeming with local wildlife. Your guide will point out the Munros, lochans and historic landmarks as well as keeping a trained eye open for any of the shier creatures that are harder to spot.

You’ll likely see the hardy black-faced sheep, buzzards, red kites, rabbits and songbirds which are native to these moors. If you are particularly fortunate, you may even see a majestic red deer or a golden eagle, soaring high up above the glen. When you’re ready to refuel, we’ll find the perfect spot for you to enjoy a luxurious picnic before continuing on our way.


Setting off from the hotel in one of our off-roading 4x4s, your guide for the day will take you through the remote and unforgettably scenic glens meandering up towards the majestic Munro of Ben Vorlich. This experience is a unique opportunity to spend time with one of Scotland’s most legendary hill stalking guides, Alistair Chalmers, who has devoted his life and career to tending the red deer herds throughout the Highlands.

He’ll show you around the steadings, stalking facilities and stables before taking you on a scenic drive into the hills, where you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna that has inspired poets and princes for generations. Steeped in history dating as far back as 1492, Glen Artney has been a beloved haunt for many Royal Houses, immortalised in Sir Walter Scott’s poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’.

Armed with our top-of-the-range Swarovski scopes and binoculars, you’ll feel closer than ever to Glen Artney’s wildlife. Throughout your adventure, there’s a good chance of spotting the local flora and fauna, both at ground level and soaring above in the open skies — keep an eye open for the resident pair of golden eagles, who nest at the top of the glen.

As part of your half-day excursion, you’ll tuck into a delicious picnic, perfectly accompanied by a chance to stop and really absorb the moment.


Whether you’re an avid hiker seeking a challenge or just looking for a leisurely stroll amidst nature’s beauty, the Ochil Hills and Highland Perthshire offer a diverse range of walking routes to accommodate every fitness level and experience. Leave the organization to our expert Mountain Guides who will tailor bespoke routes according to your preferences, complete with a personal driver and a delicious packed lunch, ensuring a hassle-free day out on the hills.

2.5 -3 HOURS, Difficulty: ENTRY

A family friendly 7.5 mile circular loch walk, entirely on farm tracks or minor roads making it ideal for young children in backpack carriers or buggies. Easy terrain in open countryside amidst a picture-postcard setting.


Known as the mountain in miniature, Ben A’an is at the heart of the Trossachs, making the summit a truly wonderful viewpoint. On a clear day the views are spectacular from the moment you step on the path, right up to the summit. A small hill walk suitable for all levels of hikers.

4-6 HOURS, Difficulty: MODERATE

The highest mountain in the central Trossachs to catch some sweeping vistas. Classed as a ‘Corbett’ this is a great training climb before beginning your ‘Munro bagging’ journey. Our mountain guides will choose a flexible route suited to your needs.


Classed as one of Scotland’s ‘easier’ Munro’s, this half day excursion has lots of offer. The highest point in a vast area of wild land between Loch Tay and Strathearn, you’ll be led on a well maintained landrover track for most of the hike before heading cross country to the summit. Discover a stone shelter to stop for a hot drink and respite from the elements before beginning the descent.

From bespoke guided excursions to hiking in the wild highlands, a day exploring the Ochil Hills and beyond offers something for everyone. So don’t forget to pack your hiking boots when joining us in Perthshire!

For unique wilderness experiences or advice on guided walking routes speak to our Playground Planners on 01764 290 014 or email

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