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.

To view our five star rating from Visit Scotland for 2018 – 19, click on the logo below.



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 Scotland Quality Award – Five Stars Again for The Steadings

I travel with my dogs frequently so I have a very good idea of what sometimes awaits us when we take our dogs on holiday. As owner of The Steadings, I try to make sure that having dogs doesn’t mean guests have to accept inferior accommodation!   Each year an eagle eyed quality assurance inspector from 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.