Situated close to the geographic centre of Scotland, in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Urrard Estate is a mixed sporting and residential
estate with a historic setting.
Lying on the east bank of the River Garry and extending east to the summit of Ben Vrackie, Urrard incorporates the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie – one of the earliest Jacobite skirmishes where John Graham of Claverhouse (better known as ‘Bonnie Dundee’) led a Jacobite force to victory over the Royal forces of William the Third.
Today, Urrard has a reputation as one of the most accessible Highland sporting estates where it is possible to enjoy the rare combination of salmon fishing, grouse shooting, driven pheasant and partridge shooting, and red deer stalking on the same estate.
Over the last five years, under the current owner’s management, the estate has developed its sporting reputation with the establishment of a truly sensational pheasant and partridge shoot which harnesses the landscape and contours to produce some of the most sporting driven gamebirds to be found anywhere in the British Isles.
The quality of the sport is complemented by the elegance and comfort of Urrard House, which provides the owner with a much loved home whilst also enabling a shooting party of guests to be very
Urrard extends to about 2,390 acres and is a sporting and residential estate encompassing wonderful upland countryside of great variety and beauty. The undulating landscape provides the perfect base for an outstanding high bird pheasant and partridge shoot set against a backdrop of glorious scenery with many vantage points offering views throughout the central Highlands and as far south – on a clear day – as the southern uplands.
The estate is bounded by the River Garry and extends northwards through pasture and amenity woodland, the policies surrounding the main house and up through Glen Girnaig to the open heather hill beneath the summit of Ben Vrackie.
House of Urrard
The House of Urrard is a traditional Scots-Jacobean country house occupying a private and attractive east-facing position overlooking its extensive gardens of spacious lawns fringed by rhododendrons and azaleas. The house is approached by a private tree-lined driveway which
leads through electric wrought-iron gates and continues uphill through attractive policies of brashed hardwoods and rhododendrons before terminating at a spacious gravel sweep in front of the house.
The house is category b-listed, of stone construction beneath pitched slate roofs and dates from 1831. Features of the architecture include
a projecting curvilinear central gable with 2-leaf panelled timber front door with bipartite window
above and dated armorial panel in the gablehead. Internally, the house has been comprehensively
renovated and modernised within the last 15 years. Overseen by the well-regarded Perth-based
firm, Harry Taylor & Company, the renovations included repairs and renewal of the plumbing and heating systems, internal reorganisation of some of the accommodation, installation of new fixtures and fittings and a thorough internal redecoration.
The addition of a substantial conservatory adjoining the kitchen is a particular enhancement of the living accommodation.
As a result of the renovation that has taken place, the House of Urrard is well suited to its current purpose of entertaining house parties and as a comfortable family home. With oil-fired heating (including underfloor heating in the conservatory and master en suite bathroom) and aga, mains water and electricity, together with private drainage to a septic tank, the accommodation is laid out over three floors as shown on the floor plans.
The Estate Office
Situated just to the west (rear) of the house is single storey detached building of stone construction under a pitched slate roof, which was built to serve as an estate office by the previous owners. Lying close to the office is a small outbuilding and kennel.
Garden and Grounds
The house sits amid attractive and extensive gardens and wooded policies, bordered by azaleas and rhododendrons. The mature mixed policy woodland includes beech, fir, sycamore and oak trees. There is a small stream running through the
garden with a pond. To the north of the house, there is an elevated southerly facing b-listed walled garden with a stone bothy and two renovated Victorian greenhouses. The extended woodlands lie beyond the policies and provide a private setting for the house.
Varying in altitude from about 433 metres above sea level in the valley of the River Garry to about 841 metres at the summit of Ben Vrackie on the southern boundary of the hill ground, Urrard Estate lies on both sides of Glen Girnaig – a very pretty semi-wooded valley of a tributary of the River Garry.
The Victorian spa town of Pitlochry is about 4 miles from Urrard and offers a range of services including a supermarket, three banks, a medical centre, two dentists and a High School. There is a range of independent shops, the highly regarded Festival Theatre, a choice of cafés and restaurants and two distilleries.
Pitlochry has a mainline railway station with regular services to Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and a sleeper service to London, which
also stops at Blair Atholl. Passing through the estate, the A9 trunk road provides excellent access from the property to the north and south.
The House of Bruar is approximately 7 miles north of Urrard and is considered one of Scotland’s most prestigious independent retailers, noted for its luxury goods, clothing and top quality Scottish produce. Urrard is ideally located for several of the most favoured private schools in Scotland, including Craigclowan, Strathallan, Kilgraston, Glenalmond and Ardvreck.
The ‘Queen’s View’ is a short drive from Urrard and looks west up Loch Tummel towards the distinctive Schiehallion Mountain. The world famous view was visited by Queen Victoria in 1866, after whom it is alleged to be named, although some believe the name dates back to the time of Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce.
Perthshire has attracted field sports enthusiasts for generations. The River Tay is the longest of Scotland’s ‘big four’ salmon rivers and one of the most renowned salmon fisheries in the world. The region is also famous for grouse shooting and red deer stalking.
Whilst Urrard offers both, there is also a wide variety of local estates offering sport to let – including driven grouse shooting – on both a daily and weekly basis. With its precipitous and majestic landscape, Perthshire is also renowned for its numerous spectacular pheasant and partridge shoots, with Urrard featuring comfortably amongst the best of them.
For golfers, there is an 18-hole course at Pitlochry described as one of the hidden gems of British
parkland golf courses. Highland Perthshire offers an exceptional choice of courses to suit all abilities within a 20-mile radius of Urrard. Gleneagles is about 45 miles south of Urrard and offers the choice of three championship courses.
An annual sailing regatta on Loch Tummel is a popular event, while other water sports are available on both the River Tay and Loch Tay. Urrard is also perfectly located for access to the ski slopes, with Glenshee and Aviemore both accessible within a drive of 1½ hours.