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Perthshire – A historical area with plenty to see
Perthshire is a large county centrally located in Scotland and has rich agricultural straths in the east and high mountains in the southern Highlands.
Perthshire has witnessed many events in Scotland’s history, some involving Royalty and battles, and others poets and artists. There are many reminders of these past times, including castles, churches, battlefields and sites of historic interest.
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of Stone Age farmers, including Roman garrisons and Iron Age Forts.
A number of famous people are connected with Perthshire. The actor Ewan McGregor was born there and Stephen Hendry MBE now lives in the small town of Auchterarder (although he was born in Edinburgh).
Reasons to visit Perthshire
There is a good variety of places to go and things to see in Perthshire. Elcho Castle near Perth is a 16th century fortified mansion overlooking the River Tay. Other castles include Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Huntingtower Castle near Perth (dating from the 15th century), and Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was kept in 1567. The castle can be reached by ferry across Loch Leven National Nature Reserve.
For scenery you can try Killiecrankie Visitor Centre in Pitlochry and the gorge. The RSPB Vane Farm Centre offers 2 nature trails, 3 hides and an observation room for viewing birds and other wildlife. Similar facilities and interests are available at the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre in Dunkeld. There is also the Queen’s View Visitor Centre, which is a focal point for the Tay Forest Park.
Other places worth a visit are the Scottish Crannog Centre (featuring an authentic recreation of an Iron-Age loch dwelling), Meigle Sculptured Stones Museum, Scone Palace and Branklyn Garden.
Entertainment and Dining in Perthshire
The Pitlochry Festival Theatre offers six shows each summer season (comedies and historical dramas) and has a restaurant and coffee shop. Nightclubs and cinemas can be found inPerth, along with a good selection of restaurants offering local food.
Accommodation in Perthshire
There are many 5 star country house hotels, country inns, log cabins, B&Bs and holiday parks in Perthshire. Hotels with good reviews include: Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel, Fortingall Hotel and the Lands of Loyal Hotel.