Whether you are after a central touring location to base yourself in, a wide choice of sporting activities to keep the family busy or a spot of hill walking and wildlife watching, Cray is ideally located.
There are plenty of historic and other sights to see within an hour’s radius. In the summer there is the Festival Theatre in Pitlochry and in Winter, Skiing at Glenshee. But really, for most people, the house and grounds are reward enough when seeking a respite from the everyday hustle and bustle. For children, there is an adventure playground next to the house, and boating on the loch (a small rowing boat is provided).
There is also an amazing array of wildlife on show in particular with red squirrels eating from the bird tables just outside the house.
If there was ever a place to recharge your batteries, Cray is it.
We have 2 fly rods available in the house for free brown trout fishing on our loch which has produced a few specimen trout over time.
Salmon fishing is also available on Cray Estate’s 2 mile stretch of the River Shee. Permits and a ghillie can be arranged through Ben, a keen fisherman himself. Further, wild brown trout, grayling, rainbow trout and pike fishing is also available nearby. Please contact Ben for more details.
There is a substantial play park available for use, and this includes a seesaw, 4 swings, including child swings, a baby swing, a slide, trampoline and a large basket swing. In addition there is a putting green in the summer and space for many ball games on the front lawn.
There are numerous great golf courses within easy reach of Cray. As well as Scotland’s highest courses at Dalmunzie House Hotel (9 holes) golfing at Glenisla, Strathmore and Alyth golf centres in Alyth, and Rosemount in Blairgowrie are options. For the real enthusiast, championship courses at Gleneagles and St Andrews are only 1 1/2 hours away.
Mountain Guides, Walks and Biking
Ben and Vicky are both keen on walking and cross-country mountain biking. Having explored some of the local trails they are happy to suggest different local rides and walks of different levels. We are also happy to help organise a guide to assist you in getting the very best out of the stunning Cairngorm mountains. Don’t forget to be prepared and check the mountain weather before you venture out http://www.mwis.org.uk
Check out visitcairngorms.com to find out more about a range of activities in and around the national park.
For cycling, both off-road and on, the area is already well regarded, with quiet scenic back roads and exciting off road tracks. There are a selection of bikes available at the house, of varying ages however helmets are not supplied so please bring your own. Mountain Bikes can also be hired locally.
The hill walking ranges from the gentle to the fiercely Munroesque. Right next to Cray is Mount Blair, it rises to a height of 744m (2440 feet) and the peak separates Glenshee from Glenisla to the east, a good challenge for all after breakfast. A few minutes on foot from Cray will take you to The Cateran Trail, a 64 mile waymarked loop walk.
Winter skiing (usually December – March) is minutes away at the nearby Glenshee Ski Centre, the largest ski area in Scotland. There are 24 tows and 2 chairlifts, 5 nursery areas and over 40 kilometres of ski runs of varying standards to suit everyone from beginner to expert. The highest point is Glas Maol at 3,500 feet. There is a very good ski school and up-to-date equipment can be hired at the ski area as well as at a number of other locations nearby.
Stalking & Shooting
For experienced stalkers, we are able to organise day trips in neighbouring Glenisla with knowledgeable local game keepers. There may also be the possibility of getting a McNab whilst based at Cray, with fishing on the river Shee and hunting in Glenisla and surrounding hills.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Apart from being great fun, clay pigeon shooting is a tried and tested team building incentive activity. Cray Estate are happy to organise clay pigeon shooting locally for groups of between 2 – 5. This can be great fun for both groups and individuals. Please contact us for more information.
There are several centres locally offering short and long treks through the countryside or up onto the moors, to suit both the more able rider and the novice.
There are many Highland games in the area during August and September, ranging from the famous Royal Braemar Gathering, to the intimate and friendly gathering at Glenisla. These offer unique and excellent entertainment for all the family.
Glenshee Pottery and Visitor Centre
We recommend that anyone who visits Glenshee should pay a visit to the Glenshee Pottery and Visitor Centre. Apart from the fact that it has a great shop with crafts, souvenirs and local products, more importantly they serve delicious home made goodies, tea and coffee. It also offers valuable information about the local area and up to date details as to what is on.