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Balavil Estate with its central location in Scotland is ideally situated to cover north, east, west and south. We can either provide you with chauffeur driven cars or mini buses or simply direct you with your own transport to a host of interesting sights and shops in the area.

A 2-hour drive from Balavil will take you to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Skye, Aberdeen and Deeside and north up into Sutherland. The following sights and shops are all worthy of a visit.

CASTLES
Both Blair Castle and Cawdor Castle are within 40 mins drive of the house. Both are open to the public have excellent visitor facilities and show a fascinating insight into local history.

Further a field are Eillan Donnan, Dunrobin, Balmoral, Crathes, Craigevar and scores of others open to the public and all part of Scotland's rich history.

DISTILLERIES
Our nearest distillery is Dalwhinnie which is 15 mins from the house and which has an excellent visitor centre. The River Spey is probably the most famous river in the whisky making world and many distilleries can be found along its banks and those of its tributaries including Macallan, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, Glen Grant, Tamdhu, Cardhu etc. All the distilleries around Dufftown are well worth a look and many are now open to the public with excellent visitor facilities.

ANTIQUE SHOPS
There is a local shop in Newtonmore which is well worth a look and further afield in Inverness, Nairn and Beauly there are specialists in Scottish silver and furniture. On the road south there are antique shops at Blair Atholl, Dunkeld and Perth.

THE HOUSE OF BRUAR
30 mins south of Balavil at Blair Atholl there is the House of Bruar and emporium of all that is best in Scottish produce. Known at the "Harrods of the North" the House of Bruar has one of the finest selections of cashmere to be found in Scotland and quality ladies and gents country clothing. There is a gift shop and also an excellent food hall selling the finest Scottish produce with an adjoining restaurant so that guests can enjoy a full day trip to Bruar and shop and eat to their hearts content. Ladies come from far and wide to enjoy the delights of the ladies loo, regarded as the finest in Scotland.

WOOLEN AND TWEED SHOPS
From Johnston's of Elgin to Haggarts in Aberfeldy and Campbells in Beauly there are a wide selection of traditional shops offering a selection of cashmere, woolens and tweeds.

ART GALLERIES
Perth, Dunkeld and Inverness all have art galleries of merit and at Ballater, the McEwan Gallery specialises in Sporting Art.

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