Things To Do
Auchterhouse has a number of local points of interest which are great for outdoor activities such as walking & hiking, sports and shopping.
Walking & Hiking
At 426 meters, our hill is the second highest in the Sidlaw Range. It’s a beautiful walk through paths surrounded by heather in all seasons of the year with rewarding views at the top towards Dundee, North Sea, Perthshire and Angus Glens. The grassy remnants of ramparts that protected an iron age hillfort can still be seen around the summit. Its an adventure everyone should experience.
Sitting atop Kinpurney Hill the tower can be seen for miles around. You can start your walk from the Newtyle of Auchterhouse side of the hill and venture up to see the tower up close. Built by amateur astronomer James Stuart-Mackenzie in 1766, its 6 meters tall and still in good condition to this day. Take a picnic and enjoy the views from the top.
Balkello Community Woodland
To the East of Auchterhouse lies Balkello Community Woodland. There is a large car park that leads you to the start of lot’s of walking options for differing abilities. Visit the open grassy area overlooking small ponds and a spring, wander one of the three signposted trails (Sidlaws View. Woodland Wander & Raven) or if you fancy along outing then Balkello is a gateway to hiking the Sidlaws and on to Glamis.
Dronley Community Woodland
Situated just South of Auchterhouse heading towards Eastfield Farm Steddings and Dronley, this wood is laced with a network of paths which lead from the public car park at the NW corner of the wood. The wood’s gnarled Scots Pines are home to a lively community of red squirrels and a wide range of birds, mammals and plants. The Community recently bought the wood from the Forestry Commission and have secured funding to start work on upgrading the wood including an all abilities path.
Sports & Activities
Auchterhouse Country Sports
Visit one of the top shooting grounds in the country and enjoy a shot at clay shooting as well as many other activities including quad biking, archery, off road driving, falconry & push & pull. Catering for newcomers and experienced sportsman everyone is welcome including individuals, groups, corporate or stag & hen groups.
Playpark & Picnic
Auchterhouse Park is the ideal place for a family day out. The play park has been recently upgraded. It includes play equipment for all age ranges including climbing frames, swings, a slide and roundabout. There also several picnic tables dotted around the park and access to the free public toilets.
Grewar’s Farm Shop
Just a short drive or walk from Auchterhouse, Grewar’s Farm Shop is a wonderful shopping experience. They offer fresh local produce including vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, charcuterie, artisan bread, confectionery, gelato ice cream, eggs, deli items and a fine selection of Scottish gin, whisky, beer, cider and wine.