Welcome to Lude Estate, Blair Atholl

Tom of Lude Steading Cottages - Self Catering Accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland


In a magnificent setting on the owners' private estate, these four holiday cottages are superbly finished conversions of a working steading.  They are warm and welcoming and have unsurpassed views high over the Vale of Atholl towards Blair Castle in the Cairngorms National Park. They are ideal for a relaxing family break, or for weddings - when all the cottages can be booked together, or for a romantic rural retreat.

Each house has its own sitting-out area, and for those those wishing to let off steam, there is a grassed childrens' play area at the back of the properties. Situated in the Cairngorms National Park and at the geographical centre of Scotland the area offers an enormous variety of tourist attractions, walking and cycling routes, fishing, horse riding and much much more - for further information click on the OUR AREA tab above and explore the huge amount of info about this area.  

There is also easy access by road or rail to Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fort William or St Andrews.  Blair Atholl is located just off the main A9 road in Highland Perthshire, approximately 35 miles (56km) north of Perth.  The village is approximately 90 minutes drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. There is a train station in the village with a regular connecting service to all major Scottish cities.  There is also a daily express service to and from London's Kings Cross which stops at Pitlochry station, and the Caledonian sleeper to and from London Euston stops at Blair Atholl station in the village.

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Our Perthshire Holiday Cottages

In each cottage you will find:

- Homemade cake, fresh bread, butter, milk and eggs from the farm to greet you on arrival    
Dishwasher / microwave / cooker / hob / washer-dryer    
Free Wifi throughout    
Large flatscreen TV with built in freeview / DVD player    
Stereo with CD player    
Fresh bed linen and fluffy towels provided
- Travel cot and high chair available on request
- Drying facilities for outdoor clothes and muddy boots    
- Lovely private front garden with patio and garden furnitre, perfect for BBQs    
- Lockable outside shed / bike store    
- Private parking    
- Large flat grassed area (shared between all cottages but it is very large), ideal for a game of football or tig with the kids!  
- Well behaved dogs welcome (except in the Kennels cottage!)

We are trying to be as Eco Friendly as we can be......All of our electricity is generated on site by our very own Hydro Power System and our heating systems are Ground Source heating (except the Kennels which is Air Source heating).


The Wool Store


Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

Bathroom, shower room (on ground floor), large kitchen overlooked by childrens' play area, sitting room with TV, DVD and Clavinova.

The Clipping Shed

Clipping Shed bedroom 2 444 296 100

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

Large shower room, upstairs play area with TV, DVD and keyboard, sitting room and kitchen.

The Byre

The Byre 04 444 287 100

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

Bathroom with bath/shower combined, large sitting room with dining table, kitchen adjoining.

The Kennels

athekennels 444 293 100

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

Shower room and kitchen/living room.

Life at the Tom of Lude

The Gaelic meaning of Tom of Lude is Hill of Lude. This Steading complex was built around 1830, when the estate was developed for agriculture and fieldsports. It has beautiful views of the Vale of Atholl towards Blair Castle (now within the Cairngorms National Park).

The farm buildings housed mainly cattle but in the C20th became a home for the shepherd's dogs – The Kennels; cattle pens – The Byre; indoor sheep shed – The Clipping Shed; hay barn and wool storage – The Wool Store. The sheep pens were contained in the car parking area. The farmhouse has remained unchanged although the interior has been updated.

Since 1946 there have only been 4 shepherds living at the Tom of Lude and Sandy Lean is the current shepherd who lived there for 22 years. He has now moved to a newly restored house at Middlebridge and the sheep pens (and sheep) have moved to the old Kennels complex about half a mile away. Here Sandy talks of his life at the Tom of Lude.....