Things to Do in Perthshire, Dundee & Angus
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The Hidden Elcho Castle
A little-known but perfectly formed 16th century castle, with a stunning location in an orchard right beside the River Tay. Four miles from Perth, 5 miles from Bridge of Earn. William Wallace is thought to have sheltered here. Dressing up clothes make it even more fun.
Culloden Battlefield is the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) fought loyalist troops commanded the Duke of Cumberland. The final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Junior Ryder Cup venue
Play a round at Lansdowne Championship Course, Rosemount, Blairgowrie – home to the Junior Ryder Cup 2014 and a 40 minute drive from the 40th Ryder Cup venue of Gleneagles. Accommodation is available in Blairgowrie, which is 30 minutes to the Park and Ride at Perth for Gleneagles.
Moncreiffe Hill Wood
Described by Woodland Trust as "Perth's best-kept secret for family fun ..." Short trails, medium trails or long trails, it's up to you. There are 2 hill forts, great views, sculptures hidden in the trees, deer, birds of prey, trees obviously ...! Moncreiffe Hill never fails to lift the spirits.
The Perth Sculpture Trail
The Perth Sculpture Trail is a lovely walk in the centre of Perth which takes you through parkland and along the riverside, highlighting the city's beautiful architecture and contemporary art. You also pass both the Fergusson Gallery and Perth Art Gallery & Museum which you can visit for free.
Mains of Taymouth Trekking Stables
Mains of Taymouth Stables can accommodate pony rides from age 4 years. These super stables has a well known resident BHSAI instructor teaching daily and the trekking in and around Kenmroe has been described as the best in Perthshire. Booking essentail, and closed Monday's (horses day off!!)
Wade Military Road
Mouthwatering goodies to munch at the Amulree Tearoom, run by Maigdh from Barra. This is adjacent to the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie camped in retreat, and at the junction of the old Military Road hacked out of the heather by General George Wade; subsequently tramped over by Prince Charlie.
Step back in time
A walk along Newtonmore Main Street will lead you to the award winning Highland Folk Museum. A superb set of buildings and welcoming guides will tell you all about life in the Highlands. Fantastic way to spend some time (don't miss the great café)
Mrs Tiggy Winkle walked here
The inspiration for Beatrix Potter's hedgehog character, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, was Kitty Macdonald. Kitty spent her childhood at Ballinloan, 3 miles from Dunkeld, living with her uncle, helping him herding his cattle for 8 years. 'A frugal life - potatoes, but no money'. Listen on www.secretstrath.co.uk
Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood
Near the Blairgowrie Golf Courses you'll find the Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood, which offers lovely views of the countryside. It is a circular walk that loops through Darroch Wood (with its bluebells in spring), past the White Loch and back to Blairgowrie.
Wee Course, Blairgowrie
The "Wee Course" is the most beautiful 9 hole course one could ever imagine playing at Rosemount, Blairgowrie. There is a loch at the side of the 5th hole and then it winds back to the beginning. The Ardblair Trail is across the road from the "Wee Course".
Rumbling Bridge Cottage
Rumbling Bridge Cottage is where Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais retreated for 20 summers to paint landscapes, but also to escape the scandal of eloping with his wife, Perth born Effie, who was married to John Ruskin.
Perthshire experiences include:
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- Edradour Distillery – Scotland’s smallest distillery
- Beatrix Potter Garden, Pitlochry
- Scottish Crannog Centre
- Perth Theatre or Pitlochry Festival Theatre
- Perthshire Highland Golf ticket
- Blackwatch Museum
- Scone Palace
- Blair Castle
- The Famous Grouse Experience
- Walking Perthshire
- Perthshire Garden Collections
- Active Kid Toys & Adventure Park
- Highland Adventure Safaris
- Perthshire Big Tree Country
Destinations to enjoy while in Dundee:
- RRS Discovery on Dundee’s waterfront
- Verdant Works, where the canvas was made for pioneer wagons and sailing ships
- Camperdown Country Park
- Camperdown Wildlife Centre
- Dundee University’s Botanic Garden
Angus has many attractions that will inform, inspire, and entertain:
- Caledonian Steam Railway at Brechin
- Mountains Animal Sanctuary in Forfar
- Glamis Castle
- Dunnottar Castle
- Festivals such as the Abroath Sea Fest
- Championship golf courses such as Carnoustie
- Strathmore Woolen Company
- Angus Folk Museum