GATE LODGE – Bamff Ecotourism

GATE LODGE

The gateway to a magical world

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  • Sleeps 4
  • Double bedroom
  • Bunk room
  • WiFi
  • Wood burning stove with free wood
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Bathroom with shower over bath
  • TV & DVD player
  • Washing machine
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Enclosed private garden with outdoor seating and BBQ

The Gate Lodge is a 2 bedroom holiday cottage at the entrance to Bamff estate with an enclosed private garden. It was beautifully refurbished in 2016. The cottage sleeps 4 and is a comfortable and charming place to stay and ideal at any time of year. The cottage is available for short breaks – half weeks, and week-ends – even single nights. Please arrive after 4pm and leave by 10am. If you want to order in shopping or meals please ask advice.

There is one double room and one bunk room. The sitting room has wood burning central heating (with electrical back-up). It has a fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower over bath. The furniture and fittings include pieces of antique and vintage character. Linen and towels are provided. All logs for the Gate Lodge are now also provided free of charge to encourage you to heat the cottage the green way!

There are many lovely walks in the area of all lengths, but you can start by walking up the drive to the castle, through natural woodland filled with small pools created by dam-building activities of the Bamff beavers. Some of the best beaver wetlands in the UK are within yards of the cottage, and many water loving species – such dippers, ducks, herons, frogs and otters may also be seen.

Equally you can head off to enjoy one of the many activities in the area, from golf to castle viewing, or just relax in the cottage or garden and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

The Gate Lodge is on the Cateran Trail, featured in Observer Magazine’s 10 best long-distance walks in UK. We can arrange transport to and from any other sections of the trail.

Nearby is the Scottish Woodland Skills Centre where many interesting courses are available. Wild Sparks  runs woodland holiday play schemes for 5-10 year olds outside Alyth and Dunkeld.

If you would like to see the Bamff beavers, please let us know in advance. Evening beaver watching will be organised as guided tours only, to protect the beavers and will be available whenever possible in the summer months.  There is currently no charge for this to guests in any of our accommodation.

Daytime guided beaver, wetland and wildlife tours of Bamff estate can be booked online or when you arrive. A local expert, usually Paul Ramsay, will show you round the beaver wetlands and other habitats of Bamff. You will see signs of beavers, red squirrels, otters, woodpeckers, and much more, including a variety of birds. A one hour guided walk is £15, two hours £30. The walks are suitable for up to 6 people.

For further adventures with wildlife we highly recommend Bob Smith of Nature Nuts.

“We LOVED our visit! Such a wonderful cottage and location. The enclosed garden was perfect for our dogs, and we enjoyed some great walks along the Cateran trail. The pictures don’t do it justice. What a gem – can’t wait to visit again!” Cara – Booking.com, 2019

“Beautiful authentic gate house on an amazing plot with lots of walks to have. House has everything you need and could have stayed another week.” Tina – Airbnb.co.uk, 2019