The Meikleour Arms

Meikleour, Perth & Kinross

An hour from Edinburgh, this large estate wrapped in ancient woodland & steeped in history is a super outdoorsy retreat – dogs welcome too


20 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 6


Much of the food you eat in the restaurant of this Perthshire country hotel comes from the estate – vegetables and herbs grown in the walled garden,  scallops hand-dived on the west coast and venison from the Meikleour Forest. You can also sample some quirky finds from the less well known vineyards in Bordeaux.

Walk to the river for a morning’s salmon or trout fishing on the Tay – book a fly-fishing lesson with the head ghillie. Spot ospreys, otters, kingfishers. The Blairgowrie Golf Course is a five-mile drive, while three others are within 30 miles. Book a tour of a couple of whisky distilleries too – Blair Athol and Edradour are in Pitlochry (a 40-minute drive). Scone Palace, Glamis and Balmoral are all within reach.

You stay in the 19th-century coaching inn or the serviced cottages in the grounds – a short drive or walk from the main building. The cottages have small kitchens, but you can wander over for breakfast in the restaurant each morning.

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We think you'll love

  • The glorious estate setting – you could spend all day walking by the river and through the woods
  • Fishing the river Tay with head ghillie Calum
  • Eating the delicious food in the restaurant
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Home truths

  • You’ll need a car
  • The menu might not appeal to strict vegetarians or vegans


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: We still have availability on rooms and cottages over the festive season. A table will be reserved with your room in our award winning restaurant. Give us a call for your Sawday's Only offer.

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum 2 nights stay in the cottages.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Dog treats at the bar, bowl of water, hose outside for muddy paws. Socialise in the pub restaurant, sleep by the fire in winter.

Dogs stay for free. A freshly laundered dog bed is available for £15 per stay.

Dog-friendly rooms downstairs, wooden floors. Each cottage has fenced little garden. Path from beer garden into Meikleour North Wood; river Tay walk with shingle beach. Map of best walks on website.

Light bites about £8. Lunch & Dinner à la carte, 2 courses, about £20.


Nightly price
from £100
Damage deposit
Single occupancy is a £10 discount off the double rate.
2 Cottages for 2
From £110
10 Doubles
From £100
1 Twin/double
From £110
1 Cottage for 6
From £185
2 Cottages for 4
From £150


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The neighbourhood

A 20-minute amble takes you down to the river or into the woodland. For everything else you’ll need a car; pretty Dunkeld, ten-miles away, has a cathedral and a National Trust shop. Walks from the door, fishing on the Tay, plenty of golf courses and whisky distillery tours – expect the full Scottish experience during your stay.

Local points of interest from Claire Mercer Nairne

  • Bring some sensible shoes and enjoy the surroundings. My top easy walks from the hotel: The Meikleour North Wood, The Shingle Beach and the River Tay. 5 min by car: the Woodland Trust Bluebell Wood, spectacular in May (easy parking).
  • - I love Dunkeld & Birnam: park in the town and head towards the cathedral. There is a circle walk along the river Tay. Another great walk nearby is the Hermitage (spectacular waterfall) and don’t miss the ancient Birnam Woods celebrated in Macbeth.
  • For some serious country chic retail therapy go to the House of Bruar near Pitlochry. This place is big (think Harrods in the Highlands) with an impressive choice of quality cashmere, plaids, boots. Great food hall for a bite or buying Scottish goodies.
  • Blair Atholl Castle, impressive 13th century family owned castle is definitely worth a visit. Much loved by Queen Victoria who left her marks, it has stunning grounds and gardens. International Horse Trial end of August. Combine with House of Bruar visit.
  • For garden lovers Drummond Castle near Crieff is the most spectacular formal Italianate garden in Scotland. A very romantic place. On the way stop at the Glenalmond Tweed Company for fabulous quirky tweed bags and clothing for him and her.
  • Visit Scone Palace (10 min away) the crowning place of Macbeth. Don’t miss the pinetum and the maze (with a racy fountain at the centre) Excellent coffee shop for a scone at Scone. Then head to Kinnoull Hill for a spectacular view of Perth (great walk).


Claire Mercer Nairne

Sam (Scottish) and Claire (French) are the current Lord and Lady Meikleour. They met whilst working in Singapore; in 2000 Sam inherited the estate from his grandfather and they began to bring the place back to life. Now the farming part of the business is thriving and they have turned their attention to welcoming guests to the coaching inn and cottages.