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THE RESIDENCES AT PITTORMIE ACTIVITIES BROCHURE

SHOOTING SALMON FISHING TROUT FISHING HORSE RIDING GORGE WALKING WATER RAFTING HIKING MOUNTAIN CLIMBING MOUNTAIN BIKING QUAD BIKING LAND YACHTING BOARD SAILING DEER STALKING MOTOR RACING CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING GOLF BALLOON RIDES RALLY DRIVING GLIDING SHARK ENCOUNTERS SEA KAYAKING OFF ROAD DRIVING FALCONRY COOKING LESSONS

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A quiet transformation has turned Scotland into Europe’s adventure capital; a great sports destination for family’s and thrill seekers of all abilities.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather in

Scotland,

just inadequate clothing.” David Anderson

Building upon its world famous reputation for golf, shooting and fishing, Fife can now justifiably boast it is home to more than the worlds most famous golf course.

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SHOOTING

Scotland is widely regarded as the finest destination in the world for shooting, with driven grouse, partridge, pheasant and duck by far the most popular. Most of the land in Scotland is owned by private estates. As such, all days are organized by the club with the respective estates in advance and members may schedule times, locations, species and numbers of guns. Each estate offers different types of experience, terrain and shot. Not only is Pittormie ideally situated to access a multitude of shoots but our knowledge and experience allows us to customize days depending upon ability and desires. Our fleet of chauffeured vehicles will escort you to and from over 40 destinations. All of the shoots are between 10 minutes and 90 minutes drive. Whether a novice or crack shot, shooting alone or you wish to organize a trip to some of the finest

Enjoy some of the finest shooting in Scotland on over 40 local estates.

shooting in Scotland. Depending on where you shoot in Scotland, you will come across various kinds of game, which one can pursue at different times in the season.


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SALMON FISHING

Scotland offers some of the finest salmon fishing in the world to everyone, whether a novice or seasoned angler. The world famous rivers and lochs; the Tay, Dee, Tweed, Tummel, and the Nith are the closest to Pittormie and best known. Salmon fishing is available somewhere in Scotland, from 11 January until 30 November, although some rivers do not open until February and some close on 30 September.

These fish can be large. Most years specimens of thirty or more pounds will be encountered on the larger rivers. In general the two sea-winter class of salmon in early spring weigh between 7 & 12 pounds and the three sea-winter fish can be double those weights.

It is said that runs of salmon may arrive in our largest river the Tay on any day of the year but of course there are peak times for sport-fishing. Spring salmon are the earliest running multi sea-winter fish. In most rivers the main runs start to arrive in March. On the Tay they can arrive much earlier, but generally the numbers are fairly low until then. April and May are the hot times for spring salmon.

Fly fishing for Atlantic salmon is the epitomie of all fishing.


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TROUT FISHING Trout Fishing is an exciting and rewarding experience. Fly fishing for trout requires understanding of how trout think in their own habitat and circumstances. This goes for external factors such as weather, season, oxygen and temperature of the water, habitat nutrients, reproduction and feeding habits, among others. Proper angling methods; rod and fishing lines that provide the exact momentum for casting; lures, tackle, baits and trout flies create multiple options and are important things to consider before going fly fishing for trout.

Spend a very relaxing time fishing for rainbow and brown trout on Teasse’s private loch, with only the sound of the skylarks to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish countryside. There is a fishing bothy and barbeque facilities by the lochside. Perfect for beginners and children, this is an excellent way to spend a few hours. The Brown Trout Season is from the 15th of March until the 6th of October.


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HORSE RIDING Whether you wish to ride together along St Andrews Beach, through the forest at Tentsmuir or simply have a lesson at the Riding School we are able to accommodate novice and expert alike. Fife is an ideal area for horse riding and pony trekking. Tentsmuir Forest and the Riding Schools are about ten minutes from Pittormie castle near St Andrews and have well maintained paths for hacking and pony rides. Lessons can be arranged one to one or in groups to match your ability. St Andrews beach is about 5 minutes walk from Pittormie castle. General horsemanship, dressage or jumping can also be arranged. Riding hats will be provided. Horse riding in Fife is available all year round and is accessible to the whole family.

Fife offers a great variety of horse riding trails.

Minimum age requirement for pony trecking is 3 years. All our horse sessions are booked on an hourly basis.


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GORGE WALKING This is one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences someone can do in Scotland. As memorable as it is challenging and adrenalin pumping, together you will leap in to pools, follow the natural water flows and scale the gorges of Perth.

Our Partner, Nae Limits pride themselves at being top of the canyoning game, as they say “please believe us that is NOT GORGE WALKING, our canyons involve ropes, harnesses and jumps”!

Half day sessions and two day courses are available. Further information is available at the Nae limits website www.naelimits.co.uk

They have different sessions available to suit all skills and abilities. Plenty to excite, and if some parts are not for you they always have an alternative route. Minimum age 12½ Years Old. Available from April through September. Please note, you will be properly equipped for the colder water with warm and cosy gear.

Gorge walking and canyoning is an experience you must try once in your life.


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WATER RAFTING Water rafting is available all year round, with a best river option available in the winter months, where we will hunt down the best rivers for you.

Other activities available include, adventure tubing, bug canyoning, cliff jumping, abseiling, rap running, white water mambos, river bugs and duckies.

We offer some of the most awesome adrenalin packed White Water Rafting available in Scotland.

For more information on each activity visit www.naelimits.co.uk

We even offer Twilight rafting, and Black Water rafting trips in the summer months. White Water rafting is THE most popular and most social of all the adrenalin sports.


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HIKING

Whatever type of walking routes you enjoy, from a short stroll with the kids to a trek through wilderness areas, Scotland offers lots of options and the opportunity to experience stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and captivating terrain. Scotland’s heartlands (Fife and Perth) have so much to offer. With its miles of coastline, rich farmland and mountainous peaks, this area of Scotland is renowned for outstanding beauty and pretty towns and villages. This is a land of dazzling contrasts, from the glorious lowland and highland mix of scenery in Perthshire to the fertile lowlands and stunning coastlines of the Kingdom of Fife and further north across the Tay Road Bridge into Dundee and Angus.

Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world to walk through.

For a comprehensive explanation of all coastal paths and sites, please visit: www.fifecoastalpath.co.uk Other great walks in Fife and Perth can be found at: walking.visitscotland.com


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MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

For new climbers or those who wish to go back to basics to improve skills and confidence. We cover the basics like rope work, belaying, abseiling and develop climbing skills and movement on the rock while tackling some easy and enjoyable routes. You can also brush up on the basic skills and take them a little further: rope work, belaying, belay systems, bottom and top roping, setting up abseils.

External websites you may wish to visit are: www.munromagic.com www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

Courses include plenty of climbing while teaching and reinforcing the essential technical skills. This will build your confidence and make sure you are using the best practices as a climber. For more information on mountain climbing, course and starter packages, please contact the concierge. enquiries@theresidencesatpittormie.

Thrill seekers can scale many heights in Scotland.


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MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking has something for everyone - from easy woodland rides to the exhilaration of a downhill trails. It’s a great way to keep fit and enjoy some of Scotland’s fine forest scenery at the same time. Scotland has a bewildering selection of mountain bike trails. From world renowned downhill and cross country trails to the unmapped and ungraded wild trails of its rugged terrain. Ride cross country through St Andrews along the coastal path up to Crail for a fine days outing or head off through the Tentsmuir Forest.

Tentsmuir is ten minutes by car or alternatively cycle to the forest and start your exhilarating journey at the entrance. There are mountain bikes for adults and children to use, as well as crash helmets, knee and shoulder pads and backpacks available from Pittormie on a complimentary basis.


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QUAD BIKING

Enjoy quad bike trekking through the beautiful Scottish countryside, whilst tracking a variety of natural terrain. Quad biking is a great activity for all the family.

Mini Quads: Ideal for 6 – 11 year old’s, these 50cc mini quad biking sessions last 15 minutes and are great for building confidence under experienced supervision. Quad biking: Alternatively for the bigger kids (12 – 100 years) why not try out an hour quad biking session exploring varied terrain. Routes are tailored to suit all abilities. Two Seater Quad bikes: If you don’t want to drive a quad yourself why not sit on the back of a 2-seater bike. Safety gear and protective clothing are all provided.

The local terrain lends itself beautifully throughout the year for a popular action packed sport.

Quad biking is a year round activity suitable for all weather conditions.


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LAND YACHTING

Land yachting combines the grace of sailing with the adrenalin buzz of motor racing – imagine yourself sitting a few inches from the ground and racing your friends and family across the sands at top speed. It requires no previous sailing experience and the basic skills can be mastered within an average of 15-20 minutes. They are suitable for anyone brave enough to try it. The max weight is 16.5 stone or 105 kg, although perceived as an extreme sport with speeds reaching up to 35 miles per hour, almost anyone can do it, and it’s fun!!

Your half day experience is five minutes from the Castle, at West Sands, St Andrews Beach.

* Children 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 2 children per adult. Blown Away is a mobile outdoor experience company which specializes in beach based activities.

Test your skills against the elements and other friends on St Andrews beach.


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BOARD SAILING The sandy curve of Elie Bay encloses a wonderful expanse of sheltered water, making it the finest setting for beginners on Scotland’s East Coast. Beyond the bay, the open sea offers a challenge to the more proficient participant.

The Activities offered by Elie Watersports can be participated in on a casual basis with or without instruction or in the form of more structured courses working towards National Governing body qualifications. Elie Watersports is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and is licensed by

the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). A full range of boards and sails are available to suit all ages (from eight years) and abilities. Instruction is available for all levels from Royal Yachting Association qualified staff. Wetsuits will be provided. The Elie Watersports Centre is 20 minutes drive from Pittormie. Other activities available include sailing, surfing, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, inflatable rides and boat trips.


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DEER STALKING

Stalking red or roe deer is a fascinating way to discover Scotland’s landscape and culture. You will spend time walking through beautiful landscapes - mountains, glens and forests - as you go in search of the deer. Red deer stalking is a traditional field sport, and the stalkers who take clients stalking are steeped in tradition. A stalk often takes most of the day as you hike through the mountains to find the deer.

The stalker will then select which deer is to be shot, taking account of the health of the herd. After the kill, many estates still use the traditional method of bringing the deer back to base, by strapping it to the back of a pony and walking it back down. A red deer stalk in Scotland is certainly a special experience, and one which you will never forget. There are two Scottish Stalking Seasons; Bucks April 1st to October 20th and Does; October 21st to March 31st. Fife is one of the best Roe Deer stalking areas in Scotland and access to numerous local estates can be organized via the concierge.

Deer stalking is a fairly strenuous activity. Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness. Suitable outdoor attire is required.


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MOTOR RACING From the moment you step into your very own racing car you just know this is going to be Fun Fun Fun! With first class tuition and the best of racing machines you are really going to be on pole position! Slide into your very own racing car and hurtle around the famous Knockhill racing circuit. These cars are quick, slick and drive like a dream! Full driving tuition, demo drive and solo racing car sessions are available! This is your opportunity to drive a

REAL racing car. Modelled on the F1 car itself with a fierce motorcycle engine and push button gear selection these cars deliver an awesome driving experience, 60mph feels like 160mph and you feel every vibration as you put your car through its paces. Be aware this experience is highly addictive! Take charge of some of the greatest cars ever built and put them through their paces at the Knockhill circuit. Karting and Kid Karting is also available.


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CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING

Whether a novice or crack-shot you will enjoy and benefit from time spent at Teasse’s Shooting School. If you would like more practice on simulated teal, high pheasant or running hare or simply enjoy the exhilaration of our clay pigeon target shooting ranges, the Shooting School offers the very best in terms of sporting clays facilities and equipment.

Clay Pigeon Shooting: With 12 bore shotguns for men and 20 bore guns for ladies. Your hour lesson will cover simulated teal, high game, running hare or rising birds. Guns , cartridges, ear protectors, ammuntion, and clays are all included.

With a reputation for providing an excellent sporting layout and the most expert instruction in sporting clay target shooting, at all skill levels. Clay pigeon shooting can be enjoyed by all members of the family - groups and individuals alike. Novices are welcome. Instruction and all necessary equipment is supplied. Wood pigeon shooting can be organised at various times of the season.

Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, your time can be spent developing and practicing skills on the range.


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GOLF

Nowhere else in the world will you find a concentration of such special golf courses, as the historical setting of the home of golf. With 38 different courses to choose from in the local area you are certainly not short of options and with such classic courses as ‘Carnoustie’, ‘Kingsbarns’ and ‘The Old Course’, St Andrews and Fife boast some of the finest links courses in the world. In addition to the ‘classics’ we have selected a number of other great local courses and some hidden gems for you to experience on at least one of your visits to Pittormie.

Tee times, caddies or carts and transfers can all be booked for you at any of the local golf courses. The golf concierge is available to book lessons, golf and any other requirements for you and your guests throughout the year. To assure tee times on preferred courses it is essential that you make your reservations in advance. Adults and Childrens Golf sets are available at Pittormie for members and guests.


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BALLOON RIDES

Nothing quite compares to the serenity of ballooning. Gaze down over the fields, hedgerows and villages, dappled in soft evening sunlight or tranquil early morning light. Bask in the magical silence as you float high above the ground and then drop low enough to skim the hedgerows and treetops. It’s a perfect way to take fabulous pictures - and a treat to remember for many years. Hot air ballooning is an ideal gift for any keen photographer, or anyone who appreciates the calmer side of life. After helping to inflate the balloon, you’ll take off for an hour’s flight and see the world below sliding slowly by. The Location of your departure is subject to change and weather conditions, but all departures are in Fife or Perthshire, less than one hour from the Castle.

Travel across the Fife countryside on a magnificent balloon ride.

Balloon rides are suitable for ages although a head for heights is a necessity. It is advised to take an additional layer of clothing and a camera to record the event.


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RALLY DRIVING

YEEHAA! Is what you will be screaming from the driving seat of your fully prepared Rally Car!

We can’t think of a better way to get your adrenaline pumping than tackling our specialist rally stage. Driving in a straight line most definitely not allowed! Learn the unique skills involved in Rally Driving, navigating your way around the tight twists and turns of the stage holding your gear and letting the turbo kick in before braking for the next corner! You’ll be grinning for months to come. You’ll be taught to handle a rally car on tarmac and/or loose surfaces, and to cope with cornering and braking. Minimum Age: 17 (under 18’s need parental/guardian consent) Minimum Height: 4’10” Maximum Height: 6’6” Maximum Weight: 18 1/2 stones

This rally driving experience is one you’ll never forget.

Fitness/medical conditions: You should be in reasonable health and agile enough to climb into the vehicle.


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GLIDING

Based at Portmoak near Kinross, the Scottish Gliding Centre is the largest gliding club in Scotland and operates all year round. For anyone who thinks that they might like to take up gliding, or are looking for a thrilling day out a trial flight is an ideal introduction to this exhilarating sport. You can have a flight of approximately 20 minutes with an instructor in one of the club’s two seat training aircraft. You can elect to take the controls yourself, perhaps take photographs or a video, or just experience the sensations.

There are some legal and safety restrictions on persons taking trial flights. Children must be 14 years of age or older and those under the age of 18 will require a parent’s or guardian’s written consent.

Depending on the weather, you will experience hill lift, soar in thermals, or perhaps fly in “wave” or simply float down from a high aerotow (up to about 2,500 feet). From a typical aerotow, as well as the local and Ochil Hill ridges and Loch Leven, you can see across both the rivers Forth and Tay and as far afield as the Grampian Mountains.

These 20 minutes are the experience of a lifetime, floating quietly and effortlessly above some of Scotland’s most spectacular countryside.


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SHARK ENCOUNTERS No qualifications? No worries! Absolute beginners can be diving in with the sharks on their very first visit. No experience necessary, our PADI Dive Instructors take you through the basics and take you to the sharks! · Full instruction provided · Divers are accompanied at all times · Close-up shark encounters guaranteed · Free entry for 2 accompanying spectators · Receive an “I Dived with Sharks” Certificate · Please note: the diver must pass a PADI medical form in order to dive You’ll never forget your first time in our tank. Family and friends can watch – and take photographs to prove your fearlessness. Sessions at 11am, 2pm and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Unqualified divers must be 16 years or older.

Magnificent day out for family and friends - have you got what it takes to enter the shark tank?

Deep Sea World is dramatically situated beneath the world famous Forth Rail Bridge at North Queensferry in Fife.


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Sea Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking: Canoeing is awesome fun and really easy to master.

Whether canoeing or kayaking we tailor make our sessions to suit all levels and water fuelled desires. If you haven’t done it before don’t worry, our friendly experienced staff will show you how to handle your canoe or kayak, giving you the confidence to enjoy this exciting sport. Views of the Fife coast are best gained from the sea. From Leuchars, past St Andrews to Elie there are beautiful

towns, ports and villages along the way. Minke whale, puffins and seals can be observed en route in addition to fishing fleets. This is a semi strenuous activity and a good level of fitness is required. All equipment provided including life jacket.


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OFF-ROAD DRIVING

Wheels churning and axles grinding, learn the skills of observation, planning and manoeuvring as you tackle side slopes, steep inclines and rutted tracks in this challenging 4x4 driving experience. This course is both fun and serious skills acquisition all rolled into one. Your instructor will soon have you driving off-road like an expert, and you’ll certainly regard 4WD vehicles with new respect in future. The Scottish Off Road Driving Centre is the biggest, best and most challenging 4x4 off-road driving course in Scotland. They provide all action off-road “recreational” training in especially adapted Land Rovers, in all weathers. Sessions range from one and half hour extreme off -oad starter packs to the three hour extremely muddy experience or the full day 4x4 adventure.

An all action adventure activity, perfect for male or female drivers alike.

The Scottish Off-Road Driving Centre is located on the Glentarkie estate at Strathmiglo in Fife, about 20 minutes from Pittormie Castle.


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FALCONRY

Ideal for those who have a fascination about bird of prey (raptors), and would like to enjoy the thrill and experience of handling and flying birds of prey. You will start by flying one of the delightful Owls, but will also experience Hawks, Eagles, Osprey and other species.

You will fly the birds (under supervision of course) and have your first taste of the ancient art that is falconry - the partnership between man and a top aerial predator. Today, Falconry is practiced widely across Scotland, providing a rich knowledge of birds of prey and their natural hunting techniques.

Falconry is an art. It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill. The falconer must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt for its master and then accept a return to captivity.

Hold one of these amazing birds of prey on your arm, release it into the air and feel the sensation as it returns.


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COOKING LESSONS

Join Allan Donald and his team of chefs in the Pittormie Castle kitchen for some of the most intimate Michelin Star Cooking Schools available. Your master class will start at 10.00 am and run through to 4.00 pm including lunch and afternoon tea. Allan will demonstrate a range of techniques and skills appealing to the novice and expert alike. Working in a small group of four attendees with Allan and his assistant chef Ian in the Pittormie kitchen you will prepare a variety of dishes.

Allan his team are very receptive and go out of their way to answer all of your questions and have a wonderful time. Some of the recipes you may have know before but will learn simple tricks of the trade to deliver outstanding dishes time and again. Other culinary treats you may not be so familiar with and you may look to add them to your own repertoire. Whatever your level of expertise the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Michelin Star Chef is one you won’t forget.


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