A passionate tale to delight you and your taste-buds.

The majority of new businesses grow out of a great idea, a perceived gap in the market, or simply to take a skill to those who wish to buy it. But the Gin Thistle in Auchterarder, is fundamentally (and passionately) different. 

Stuart Bryce owner of The Gin Thistle

Stuart Bryce has worked in hospitality all his life. He has developed a passion for introducing people to the products and experiences he most enjoys. That passion is manifest in The Gin Thistle.  Stuart explains that he’s relished the huge expansion in the range of craft and small volume gin being produced in Scotland in recent years. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than delighting customers with his discoveries.  Creating those ooh and ahh moments, when a carefully crafted cocktail just hits the spot, is what makes him tick.   Even customers who haven’t developed a love of gin are being ginspired by Stuart’s use of alternative mixers, beyond tonic, making gin really shine for them for the first time.

Despite launching during the challenging days of the pandemic, strong local support and oodles of repeat business have demonstrated that his passion is well founded, and well worth sharing.  The signature Cocktail Trees bring a collection of a dozen gin-based creations to your table.  The idea is to share of course, but among how many?  Well, that’s entirely up to you!   

The Gin Thistle is stylish yet family, and dog friendly too. Serving light lunches and snacks Tuesday to Saturday, from late morning. It makes a great place for drinks with friends, celebrations, or to indulge yourself for absolutely no reason at all. 

You’ll soon find yourself sharing Stuart’s passion for the finest customer experiences. Perhaps even oohing and ahhing yourself, as you sample his exquisite cocktails made from the very best Scottish Gins! 

Why not make an overnight or a weekend of it? There’s so much to see and do in this easily-accessible part of Scotland, there’s really no excuse not to!

Gin Distilleries – well of course that’s where we would start planning our weekend wouldn’t we, and there are six gin producers within 90 minutes of here, offering everything from gin schools to tasting sessions. Explore the selection here:

Once you’ve decided which gin maker you’d most like to meet, make a day of it by combining local attractions. Stirling Castle is just 30 minutes away and has such a special role in Scottish history, it’s a must see while you’re in the area. Blair Drummond Safari Park is 25 minutes away and it’s smaller but charming neighbour, Auchingarrick Wildlife Centre, near Comrie, is also close by. The Trossachs National Park is a lovely 45 minute drive away, with mountains, lochs and wonderful walking to be enjoyed. Dundee has so much appeal, not least it’s local gins, but of course the V&A is there, alongside RRS Discovery, the Antarctic Explorer vessel, just 45 minutes from Auchterarder.

When you have a plan, you’ll need to book some accommodation. You might need two or three nights to get everything done! Local recommendations are Daisy Lodge B&B, Cairn Lodge Hotel, Auchterarder House Hotel, Auchter Lodge, and of course Gleneagles Hotel and resort, if you’re planning to push the boat out.

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