Just down the road is Alyth which owes its position to a confluence of drovers' roads used by hill farmers to bring their sheep down to market. A picturesque 17th century pack-horse bridge is among a number of stone bridges crossing the burn in the village. The ruins of the old church, known locally as The Arches, stands in a graveyard in a prominent position at the top of the town. The current church building, houses the funeral escutcheon of Sir George Ramsay, sixth baronet of Bamff, who was killed in a duel at Musselburgh, in April 1790 - one of the last duelling deaths in Scotland.
A few minutes further away is Blairgowrie, one of the largest towns in Perthshire. By the end of the 18th century the Blairgowrie area was a huge centre for growing flax with 12 spinning mills being set up. Blairgowrie is now the focus of the Perthshire soft fruit growing industry (especially raspberries), and is popular with golfers and anglers. It is also the main start point for the 60-mile circular Cateran Trail that walkers can follow around the historic drove roads used by cattle rustlers. This trail is of particular note as it passes within half a mile of the cottage.
If the Cateran Trail is not enough of a challenge then you can always head up into the mighty Cairngorms, 20 minutes away, Britain's highest and most massive mountain range: its biggest native forests; spectacularly clean rivers and lochs; moorland and farmland and a stronghold for Britain's wildlife.
Also nearby is Kirriemuir, the 'little red town' with cobbled streets. Here is the birth place of James Barrie and where he is buried. Barrie gifted a camera obscura to the town and one can visit the museum in the house where he was born. Kirriemuir is also home to the famous Visocchi Italian cafe and ice cream parlour, a family business started over 80 years ago, where you may enjoy real Italian ice cream in several flavours.
Pitlochry, 25 miles away and right in the heart of Scotland, is home to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, two whisky distilleries, excellent salmon and trout beats, and the famous dam and salmon ladder – watch the salmon leaping up river to their spawning grounds if you are lucky.
The Loch of Lintrathen, a beautiful inland loch which acts as a supply reservoir for Angus and Dundee is just 3 miles away. Home to the Lintrathen Angling Club, it offers fly fishing by boat. The loch is used by large numbers of wintering wildfowl and the surrounding area is home to many breeding songbirds.
Closer to home is the river Isla, running virtually at the end of the garden! This tributary of the river Tay is great for trout.
If skiing and snowboarding are more your thing then Glenshee ski centre is just 21 miles away. With 22 lifts and 36 runs this offers an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.
Several golf clubs are within easy reach, offering golf all year round: