Cuil-an-Duin Country House

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Cuil-an-Duin Country House provides Bed and Breakfast and self-catering accommodation located in Highland Perthshire, between the towns of Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.  Set in 20 acres of woodland gardens and grounds it offers peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings with abundant wildlife.  

Overlooking the Tay Valley, the area provides outdoor activities for all abilities.

What makes a stay at Cuil-an-Duin Country House unique?

According to comments from guests, there is a feeling of peace and tranquility at Cuil-an-Duin.  You begin to unwind as soon as you enter the long driveway, lined with rhododendrons and magnificent Douglas Fir trees.  The hosts, Sally and David are friendly and attentive and will make time to help plan your stay.  

"It feels like staying with friends".  Due to the small number of guests at any one time, the hosts are able to offer a high level of personal service.

There is an abudance of wildlife in the woodland grounds - deer, red squirrel, pine marten, badger, foxes visit the gardens regularly and are often seen on webcams strategically positioned around.  There are over 40 species of birds visiting the gardens and you can watch them over breakfast.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Cuil-an-Duin Country House?

Room One is available as a private suite comprising large bedroom and separate sitting room.  The sitting room comprises a sofa, coffee table and desk area, and is ideal for reading and relaxing; tea and coffee facilities are available.  The bedroom has a superkingsize bed; dual aspect room overlooking the gardens with westerly views to the mountains beyond.  En-suite bathroom with twin basins and bath (with shower over).  Room 1 can also be made up as a twin bed room, on request.

Room Two:  kingsize sleigh bed; south facing room overlooking the gardens and woods.   En-suite bathroom, bath (with shower over).  

Room Three: kingsize bed; south facing room overlooking the gardens and woods. Wash-hand basin in room.  Separate adjacent private shower room with large shower cubicle.   The private bathroom for Room Three has a walk-in shower and is for the exclusive use of that room.  It is situated next door to the bedroom off a hallway which is also used to access Room 2.  That is why it is called “Private” rather than “en-suite”. 

All rooms have TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.

Guests also have access to the Drawing Room with a large log fire and a Grand Piano.

There are 20 acres of woodlands and gardens which guest can explore and meet some of the extensive variety of wildlife

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Pitlochry area?

Cuil-an-Duin is conveniently located between the towns of Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire.  

Dunkeld has a range of artisan shops, restaurants and a Cathedral, all in a riverside setting; Aberfeldy, with its Art Deco cinema, Watermill bookshop and cafe, and walk around the "Birks of Aberfeldy"; and Pitlochry with restaurants, cafes, the Festival Theatre, and the Fascally Dam Visitors Centre, provide a wide variety of activities.

The Cairngorm National Park provides opportuinty for walking, cycling, or driving around the spectacular countryside.  Blair Castle and Gardens at Blair Atholl is worth a visit or, for a spot of retail therapy, visit the House of Bruar.

Centrally located in Scotland, it is a good base to explore the local and wider area.  Edinburgh and Inverness are easily accessible; Dundee and the East Coast fishing villages and beaches are good for a day out; and Balmoral is a short drive across the moors.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

Guests can enjoy a dcelicious full Scottish Breakfast in the Dining Room.  There is a wide choice available and special dietary requests can usually be accommodated if notifited in advance.

There are plenty of local pubs and restaurnats available for all tastes.  Cuil-an-Duin is situated between the towns of Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry, each with a selection of cafes and restaurants.  A list of restaurants will be provided on booking and reservations in advance are recommended, particularly at weekends.

Other Information

Children over the age of 12 are welcome.  Dogs are not permitted.



Based on 5 reviews

Exceptional Hospitality in Tranquil, Elegant Home on Beautiful Grounds. My family and I stayed at Cuil an Duin Country House at the beginning of June this year. We booked a rather last minute trip, and I struggled to find accommodation, eventually stumbling across Cuil an Duin in a rather roundabout way on Google Maps of all places - and I am so, so glad that I did! We had a magnificent stay in this beautiful home. We stayed in the house itself, in which there are three elegantly furnished large en-suite double bedrooms. From the moment we entered through the gates of Cuil an Duin the entire experience was blissful. The impressive driveway is lined with rhododendrons and mature trees which envelop you in a sense of tranquil, natural calm. The driveway opens up into the courtyard of the house, where we parked and were greeted by a cheerful David, who brought us into the elegant sitting room where he and Sally served us afternoon tea/coffee with the most delicious Victoria sponge cake, freshly made by David that same day. We had been on the road all afternoon so this was an absolute delight for us - it was literally the best Victoria sponge I've ever tasted! The bedrooms are spacious, quiet and incredibly comfortable. They are also extremely aesthetically pleasing, with every little detail carefully thought out and in tune with the ambiance of this stately older home. There were fresh flowers in all of our rooms. The beds are luxurious and again, incredibly comfortable. We all slept very well. Two out of the three bedrooms have baths in their attached bathrooms, which added to the rest and relaxation. From the windows you can see many birds and squirrels at various feeders, as well as looking out over the beautiful mature garden. We enjoyed many walks around the grounds, which are teaming with wildlife - from the resident chickens to pine martins, woodpeckers, badgers, foxes and deer. It is like something out of a fairytale! Breakfast was a work of art, and a testament to great hospitality. A generous buffet of fruit, cereals, yoghurt and muffins etc. meets you in the dining room, and David or Sally take your orders for tea and coffee and juice. But it doesn't end there - there is an entire breakfast menu with omelettes, bacon, eggs, porridge, smoked mackerel and much more, from which David takes your order and prepares it fresh. Everything was delicious, and again the setting in the dining room is just perfect. David and Sally really did go above and beyond to ensure we had a good stay - they are brilliant and welcoming hosts. They provided us with lots of information and recommendations on where to visit both nearby and further afield, for sightseeing and also for dinner reservations. Cuil an Duin was a great base for exploring the nearby towns of Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld; and is also relatively close to Edinburgh and the Cairngorms National Park. Overall we had an extremely restful and restorative stay, in this unspoilt home with natural charm. This is a place that is authentic and has personality, and so too do the lovely David and Sally. I highly recommend all those considering booking to go ahead and book immediately!


Perthshire Perfection! We stayed for two nights in Room 3 and were delighted with our accommodation. Our private bathroom with fabulous power shower was just along the landing which also houses Room 2 but as this room was unoccupied we had the whole wing to ourselves. Breakfast was cooked by David in the mornings with a great offering of local treats including Dunkeld smoked salmon and eggs from the hens in the garden. Red squirrels run around outside gathering nuts and David has footage of the local pine martens, deer and badgers who also share the extensive grounds. We were greeted with tea and homemade cake on arrival and lots of good conversation with David and Sally. This is a special place. We highly recommend and will look forward to a return visit.


Simply Magical! We feel very lucky to have stayed at Cuil an Duin; it was a real treat! Sally & David welcomed us warmly on arrival, with a pot of tea and homemade cakes! Our spacious, comfortable room overlooked the garden, where red squirrels and deer can be spotted! The house itself is absolutely gorgeous; in a quiet, magical setting amongst trees, it is a perfect place to rest and relax. Breakfasts are outstanding! Our vegetarian diet was not a problem for our kind and generous hosts. Our fellow guests were lovely and we really enjoyed the lively conversations with them. We cannot thank Sally & David enough for their hospitality and for our amazing stay in their fabulous home. We definitely plan to return when we are next in the area.


WOW! Just pulling up to the house sets the tone for a great visit. This house looks very posh country and continues inside. We stayed in the bed and breakfast rooms 1 & 2. Very spacious and beautifully appointed. Extra sitting areas upstairs and down. Clean clean and comfy cozy!! Will stay there again if possible!! David is a fabulous cook and breakfast a huge treat. We lingered so long each morning we missed some of our day’s activities. But never mind it was about the stay, loved it!! A great find!!!


Stunning Setting, Gorgeous Grounds, Exceptional Accommodation - So Peaceful and Tranquil - would definitely recommend! Sally and David are the most fabulous hosts . Such a memorable trip with great friends. Breakfast was outstanding the bedrooms were sumptuous with the most amazing soft furnishings and luxurious toiletries. A real hidden treasure. Relax relax relax !

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Facilities & information


Breakfast included

Parking (free)


5 Star Official Rating

Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Electric Vehicle Charging

Shared gardens

Private/enclosed garden

Woodland walks


Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Central heating

Open log fire

Bicycle storage


Bicycling, Cycling



Rafting, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, punting

Shooting, Clay Shooting, Stalking

Other Activities (generally outdoor)

Wildlife, bird watching

Recommended walks

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Extra info

Closed Times: 25/26 December
Nearest Airport: Edinburgh
Nearest Airport Time: 1 hours 30 minutes

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 50
Nearest Train Station: Pitlochry
Nearest Railway Time: 15 minutes

Nearest Railway Distance: 7
Open Times: Open all year except Xmas
Room Prices From: £225.00
Room Prices To: £260.00
Single occupancy prices from: £210.00
Single Occupany Prices To: £245.00
Star Rating: 5
Vendor Accreditation: Visit Scotland 5 Star Gold award
Number of rooms: 1
Number of room to: 3
Double twin room price from: £225.00
Double twin room price to: £225.00
Suite room price from: £260.00
Suite room price to: £260.00

Arrival information & directions

Address: Ballinluig, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PitlochryPH9 0NN, United Kingdom

Many people travel from Edinburgh airport which is about 1.5 hours away.  

Cuil-an-Duin Country House is conveniently situated just outside the village of Ballinluig, within easy reach of the A9.

Travelling north or south on the A9, take the Ballinluig exit and turn into the road opposite the Post Office marked ‘local access only’.   Pass the Nae Limits outdoor activity centre and continue along the road which runs parallel to the southbound A9. Continue along this single track road for about a mile as it rises up the hill through the trees. The road ends in a large turning circle and you will see the entrance to Cuil-an-Duin straight ahead. Please don’t rely on using your SatNav as some may not get you here!


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