Since 2006, we’ve welcomed dogs and their well-behaved mums and dads from Eire, France, Italy and Germany and from all parts of the UK.

Our canine visitors have ‘begged’ to come back again and again and we enjoy 40% return business from mums and dads who tell us our cottages are better than a home from home. Here, they can truly relax, enjoying stunning walks in the Angus Glens, or just sitting in the courtyard sipping tea or something stronger, while their dogs nose around our safe, enclosed gardens.

We’ve raised the bar in self-catering accommodation for dogs, achieved 5 stars and added little extras to make the Steadings very special. We don’t think “doggy” people should have to accept anything less than a high standard of accommodation, stylish decor and meticulously clean cottages, carefully prepared for their arrival.

Dogs come free and we are flexible, so we don’t say no to four dogs in a cottage. We understand most of their little tricks so we don’t have a long list of do’s and don’ts. Instead, we trust our canine guests to bring responsible, well-behaved mums and dads.

  •   Approx 3 miles out of Alyth,almost reluctant to highlight this as would hate not to get booked in again when we revisit, but Anne the owner deserves the praise. 4 lovely self contained cottages 3 of which look out on to a courtyard. Cottages are...More

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  •   We first stayed here in Sept 2017 and have just had another break. The accommodation is fab with lots of nice touches. We did not have to 'rough it' because we have 3 larger dogs. They were welcomed with bowls, towels and shampoo of their...More

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  •   Have stayed at the steadings 3 times now, and 5star treatment and accommodation everytime. We stay for 4 nights while visiting family in the area. We have 2 dogs, and this is the best dog friendly accommodation we have ever stayed in. No expense spared...More

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  •   Our family stayed here for four nights with our dog Bailey. The cottage was spotless and had everything and more you could ever need. Five star and more!! Our two boys aged 6 and 9 loves the cottages especially when Anne kindly let them help...More

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  •   Our third visit in twelve months and our second in the Glen Prosen steading. As before, superbly appointed and the underfloor heating was particularly welcome at a chilly time of the year. Full marks to Anne again. Unfortunately, our beloved dog Barney couldn't share the...More

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  •   My wife and I (with our Westie) are just back from three nights in the Glen Doll steading, the smallest of the accommodation known as Auchteralyth Steadings. As others on this page have commented, the standards are high. From warm underfloor heating to a set...More

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Around the Steadings

The area around Auchteralyth Steadings is at the heart of a rich, diverse landscape.

Sitting at the foot of Glenisla, Auchteralyth itself has commanding, panoramic views over the Vale of Strathmore. This fertile valley runs from the home of Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ Scots Quair, the Howe O’ The Mearns in the north, to Dunsinane, the legendary castle of Macbeth, just outside the small village of Balbeggie to the south.

The closest town is the historic burgh of Alyth, which has links with Arthurian legends. On nearby Barry Hill stands the vitrified ruin of an ancient fort in which Mordred is said to have kept King Arthur’s Queen Guinevere captive. Red squirrel, deer or heron may be spotted around the Den o’ Alyth, a site of special scientific interest, while buzzards can be regularly seen patrolling the skies. The Cateran Trail winds round the town and a few miles over the hill into Glenisla you will find the dramatic ‘Reekie Linn’ (‘smokey falls’) waterfall.

Things to do

Alyth Golf Club
Strathmore Golf Centre
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Alyth is at the heart of one of Scotland’s densest concentrations of golf courses and offers two superb 18-hole courses: Alyth Golf Club, and Strathmore Golf Centre, which offer varied and challenging golf. There are 60 courses within one hour’s drive including Carnoustie, host of the remarkable 1999 Open; majestic Gleneagles, now open to visitors; and St Andrews, the home of golf. Other notable courses within easy reach include four Open qualifiers – Downfield, Monifieth Medal, Montrose Medal and Scotscraig; the scenic and testing courses such as Edzell, Kirriemuir and Crieff; and Murrayshall and Letham Grange, both of which are 36-hole Golf Resorts.

There are many other activities and attractions close to Auchteralyth Steadings.   For more information on a particular attraction, click on the website link below.  An information summary for all the attractions below can be found here

In particular, Highland Lodges are delighted to offer a range of bespoke activity for Auchteralyth guests.

Places to go

The beautiful Angus Glens are well worth a visit. Each has its own character, from the soft, rolling hills of Glen Isla, with the tranquil Loch of Lintrathen, in the west to spectacular Glen Clova, which becomes increasingly dramatic as you travel up the glen towards Glen Doll.

A short, scenic drive through Glenisla will bring you to the dramatic mountains of Glenshee, the Gateway to the Highlands. Glenshee has a popular ski resort and easy access to some of the most striking hill walking areas in Britain.

Nearby Blairgowrie and Rattray straddles the dramatic River Ericht, where you can watch salmon leap up the falls. The riverside itself has a pleasant woodland walk passing by the dramatic gorge at Cargill’s Leap and finishing at the bridge to Keathbank Mill. As you travel around the area you can not help but notice the fields of soft-fruit. The successful cultivation of raspberries has made this area the Raspberry Capital of the World.

To the north-east, the small historic town of Kirriemuir is a place of narrow winding streets and intriguing nooks and crannies. It is famous as the birthplace of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. His birthplace is on the east side of the town centre and is looked after by the National Trust for Scotland. The Italian ice-cream shop is also well worth a visit.


Visit from RBG team

We had an unexpected but lovely visit from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh team. We have a rare plant growing in our area and they came along to study ways of rescuing the species. A fascinating article has been written about it.