The town of Pitlochry is 15 minutes' drive and, as a gateway to the Highlands, is something of a tourist hub. Surrounded by mountains, it has an attractive town centre and many independent shops selling local crafts, knitwear, tweeds, tartan and outdoor gear. Visit the famous Pitlochry dam and fishladder, where you can walk across the dramatic dam and visit the fish ladder where if you're lucky you may see salmon swimming their way up river to their spawning grounds.
Castles & Culture
Some of Scotland's most famous castles and palaces are within easy reach of Straloch.
Blair Castle is hugely interesting and well worth a visit. Privately owned, it is located in the most beautiful situation in the hills just north of Pitlochry and the castle itself is full of amazing armoury, paintings and antiquities as well as quirky insights into its former inhabitants. It even has its own private army! Stroll round the lovely grounds with woodland grove, restored walled garden and children's adventure play area. Take a Landrover Safari high up into the hills, to the top of a Munro (a mountain over 3,000 feet), or go pony trekking on their delightful sure-footed pedigree Highland ponies.
Glamis Castle is the home of the Strathmore family, with strong Royal connections: the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was brought up there. Steeped in history (and creepy legends), it is a fascinating insight into Queen Elizabeth II's family roots.
Scone Palace in Perth is the crowning place for Scotland's monarch's. It boasts an outstanding art and ceramics collection, and has beautiful grounds and plenty to entertain the children, like the adventure playground and maze. Combine with a visit to the Fergusson Gallery which houses the largest collection of works by Scottish Colourist J D Fergusson.
Balmoral, Scottish retreat to the Royal Family, is only 45 minutes drive to the North East, up through the dramatic mountain resort of Glenshee, and on through beautiful Deeside. Queen Victoria described it as "my dear paradise in the Highlands".
Dunkeld is one of Scotland's best most picturesque and best preserved historic small towns. Situated on the banks of the majestic River Tay, it has its own tiny (once magnificent) cathedral, attractive ancient town centre and an array of walks to suit all abilities through beautful woodland and along the river. Visit the ancient fabled oak trees of Birnam nearby, and the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden at the Birnam Arts centre to find out where the much loved children's author's inspiration came from.
If it's adventure sports you're after, then you've come to the right place: Pitlochry and the surrounding area is a hub for adrenalin-fuelled activities such as white-water rafting, canyoning (scrambling down rivers and jumping off waterfalls), tubing and bungee jumping. Try Nae Limits in Ballinluig or Gulabin Lodge at Spittal of Glenshee. There are numerous other places in nearby Aberfeldy or nearby Kenmore, at the head of Loch Tay, for sailing, kayaking and other watersports.
As well as Straloch itself, Perthshire is hotching with wildlife, home to most of Scotland's "Big Five" and lots of other creatures besides, but you need to know where to look...
For landrover safaris try Highland Safaris near Aberfeldy or Blair Castle Landrover Safaris.
For bird reserves, there's the Scottish Wildlife Trust Loch of the Lowes sanctuary near Dunkeld with its famous ospreys, plus many more species, common and less common. The Loch of Kinnordy, belonging to the RSPB, is an interesting alternative reserve nearby. For a less authentically wild experience but to see all Scotland's native animals, there's the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.