Perthshire is a natural choice for visitors given metaphorically speaking, it is nestled between the lush lowland pastures of the south and the rugged grandeur of the Highlands, in the very heart of Scotland.
The central point is the bustling City of Perth, with the river Tay running through it. The region boasts a gentle climate and fertile soils and in 2008 the Fair City of Perth won a Gold Award in the RHS Britain in Bloom Floral Awards as well as the `Large Town/Small City Category.
The impressive Scone Palace, once the crowning place for Scottish Kings, is based just outside Perth and is considered a five star visitor attraction. If you are particularly interested in gardens, the region boasts some of the country’s finest private gardens and public parks. Nine of Perthshire’s finest gardens have pooled their resources in the Perthshire Gardens Collection. Participating in the scheme are Hercules Garden at Blair Castle, the magnificent formal gardens at Drummond Castle near Crieff and at Kinross House, Kinross, Scone Palace Gardens, the Explorers’ Garden at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Branklyn Garden in Perth, the great plant collection of Glendoick, the Botanic Garden at the University of Dundee and, in scenic Strathtay, the wild woodland delights of the gardens at Cluny House.
Perthshire is also Big Tree Country, with the world’s highest hedge at Meikleour, Europe’s oldest tree, the widest conifer in Britain, the sole survivor from Shakespeare’s Birnam Wood and many more remarkable trees, woodlands in which ospreys, red deer and red squirrel can be spotted.
Or for those who enjoy skiing, Glenshee lies some 20 miles north of Blairgowrie. The resort is titled the 3 valleys of Scotland and is considered quite extensive by UK standards.
Towns and places to visit in Perthshire include Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon, Auchterarder, Gleneagles and the Ochils, Blairgowrie and East Perthshire, Crieff, Comrie and Strathearn, Dunkeld and Birnam, Kinross-shire and Loch Leven, the Fair City of Perth, Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire, and some of the most scenic Scottish glens.
Finally, it goes without saying that Whisky is to the Scots what Vodka is to the Russians. The Famous Grouse [Distillery] named after the charismatic national game bird, the Red Grouse, is based just outside Crieff and is a popular visitor attraction year round.
If you’re looking for a short break holiday to celebrate the joys of spring then why not look at this converted Church tower apartment in Crieff, Pethshire. This lovingly restored holiday property, sleeping 6, has a special offer for the first weekend in May – 3 nights for £509 per night, that’s just £85 per person for a 3 night stay.