Perthshire, Angus and Fife
A region of contrasting landscapes, from the long atmospheric lochs surrounded by tree lined hills of Perthshire (Big Tree Country), to the desolate grouse moors and imposing mountains of the Angus Glens to the flat farmlands of Fife that extend to the East Coast. A region rich in Scottish historical sites and boasting a huge variety of castles, abbeys, palaces, museums and gardens.
Stunning Landscapes and Views with the ‘Wow’ Factor
- Queens View - Uninterrupted views from an elevated viewpoint down the almost endless Loch Tummel towards the Fairy Mountain of Schiehallion and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe.
- Strathardle - A narrow winding road over the hills and grouse moors that opens up to give panoramic views over central Perthshire. Leads into the interesting town of Pitlochry with its salmon ladder dam.
- The Sma Glen -The deep sided glen that is Scotland’s smallest glen but home of the huge boulder that marks Ossian’s grave, a Scottish legendary poet from around 300 AD. Riverside views.
- Glen Clova, Glen Prosen and Glen Isla -Three of the five Angus Glens that have their own distinctive scenery and which provide refuge to a huge range of Scottish wildlife and birds, red deer and eagles.
- Loch Tay at Kenmore - At 16 miles long and Perthshire’s deepest loch a fitting place for an Iron Age Crannog. Expansive views down the loch to the region’s highest mountain Ben Lawers.
Some Attraction Ideas
- Gardens - Pitmuies (Scottish Country Garden), Drummond Castle (formal modelled on Versailles), Bolfracks (Hillside survivor), Branklyn Gardens (the National Heather Collection).
- Castles - Infinite options; Blair Castle (Traditional Scottish), Glamis (Fairytale), Loch Leven Castle (on an island), Edzell Castle (ruined), Huntingtower Castle (unusual).
- St Andrews - A beautiful coastal town steeped in Scottish history with the oldest University (1413), the birthplace of golf, a ruined Cathedral and Castle, the wind-blown West Sands beach and quaint shops.
- The Hermitage - A woodland walk to a Victorian folly (Ossian’s Hall) that juts out over the Black Linn waterfalls where you can sometimes spot the salmon jumping up the falls.
- East Neuk Fishing Villages - Five small ‘harbour’ villages, each with its own unique character. The oldest Crail is tiny, Anstruther has developed into a modern marina, Pittenweem remains the home of artists.
A Small Selection of Historical Sites
- Scone Palace and Moot Hill -The ancient crowning place of Scottish Kings until 1488. Fabulous arboretum with ancient pines grown from seeds collected by plant hunter David Douglas in 1800’s.
- Falkland Palace - The 12th century Hunting Lodge of the James dynasty of Scottish Kings (1500’s). The Palace sits in the centre of the quaint village of Falkland, granted Royal Burgh status in 1458.
- The Black Watch Museum (Dalhousie Castle) - The complete history of Scotland’s oldest fighting army regiment, depicted through impressive displays, from its Clan beginnings to its active role today.
- Arbroath Abbey - Ruins where the all-powerful Abbots signed the Declaration of Independence in 1320, then sent it to the Pope, seeking clemency for King Robert I and declaring Scotland’s Independence.
- The reconstructed Iron Age Crannog on Loch Tay -The only one in Scotland rebuilt authentically, based on excavated artefacts and remains recovered from the site of the original crannog.
- Dundurn - Site of an 8th century Pictish Hill Fort that was thought to have been the capital of the Pictish Kingdom when ruled by Kenneth McAlpin. Carved Pictish stones are a feature of this region.
Some Sleepy Sporran Off Grid Secrets
- The 400 year old painted ceiling in St Mary’s (Cow Byre) Church, quite remarkable.
- Red grouse spotting at Glen Quaich, an isolated grouse moor at the geographical centre of Scotland.
- Scotland’s oldest lending Library at Innerpeffray with over 5,000 volumes, some dating back to 1476.
- The 800 AD Pictish carved stone, the Dupplin Cross, one of the best preserved examples in Scotland.
- The wilderness ‘Road to the Isles’ over the desolate, atmospheric Rannoch Moor to Rannoch Station.
- Stunning views from the top of the rare Abernethy Round Tower and Abernethy Village Museum.
- Glenalmond Harris Tweed Gallery, a small but unique selection of tweed clothing and accessories.