Aberfeldy is located north west of Perth situated beside the river Tay, with Loch Tay and Glen Lyon beyond. Whilst there is evidence of previous settlements here, including a Roman fort, this sleepy market town was created in 1796. Its creation would have been accelerated once General Wade had built the crossing bridge over the Tay in 1733 to William Adam’s design.
With the addition earlier in the year of the Magnificent Adam Mansion to the Scotts Castle Holidays portfolio of self-catering holiday houses in Scotland, we have been asked a number of times – what is an Adam Mansion?
On 5th July 2015 the Forth Rail Bridge was confirmed as the latest addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the sixth* Scottish landmark to be awarded this status (*the others being New Lanark, St Kilda, the Old and New Towns in Edinburgh, Neolithic Orkney and the Antonine Wall). Built in1890 it became the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge at 1.5 miles and after 125 years it has certainly stood the test of time. In doing so it has become an icon and symbol of Scotland with its presence and implication on Scotland’s ability to design and build.
In 2016, Scotland will celebrate the “Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design” and the Forth Rail Bridge will be one of the best examples of all three qualities. It used to be said of a never-ending repetitive chore, that it was like painting the Forth Rail Bridge, however in recent years the modern re-painting method has scuppered this phrase. The most recent coat of paint is expected to last between 25 to 40 years, so this iconic image of Scotland should be glistening magnificently for years to come.
Visitors can view the bridge from the underneath at South Queensferry, where there is a large car park and plenty of space to admire the structure. Whilst there you may wish to eat or have a drink at the Hawes Inn, where it is alleged that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote part of the book “Kidnapped”. Alternatively, by using the Fife rail line, you can cross the bridge as a passenger on one of the trains where the views are ever-changing and you get the best close-up of the bridge itself.
Scotts Castle Holidays offers a wide range of self-catering holiday venues, from large holiday houses, magnificent mansions and charming castles in Scotland. Whichever heritage site you wish to see in Scotland, makes sure to choose a self-catering holiday house with its own fine heritage by contacting the office today at Scotts Castle Holidays for more details.
Happiness is….choosing to holiday in Scotland and getting the balance right between entertaining the whole family and actually enjoying your holiday. Whilst I was in Blair Atholl in Perthshire last week there seemed to be so many people around and they all seemed happy. I am not surprised as Blair Castle is the focal point to the village and it is an interesting historic castle to visit and is a very popular visitor attraction. Of course this may not appeal to children – but there is so much more.
Blair Castle dates back to 1269 and has been transformed through the ages to become the fine Victorian castle in the baronial style that it is today. It is open to the public April – October each year, with many additional attractions apart from touring the castle itself. Atholl Estates have 145,000 acres of hills, woodlands and open countryside just waiting to be explored. Whether you want to set off on your own adventure on the 40 miles of walking and cycling routes or try one of the Estate activities, there is something for everyone. These include pony trekking, Land Rover safaris and tractor tours for children.
If you are looking for accommodation in this area, Scotts Castle Holidays have a number of large holiday houses to choose from. One of these is to be found 8 miles from the castle and it is one of the Duke of Atholl’s former shooting lodges. Accessed via a private estate road, which is for residents only for vehicular access, the track meanders up Glen Tilt going through beautiful scenery until eventually finding the holiday house.
The lodge itself is a Traditional Shooting Lodge that is functional over flair, which is in fact a large holiday house as it can sleep up to 20 people. With a large drawing room, dining room and plenty of bedrooms – this is the ideal place to take an activity minded family or a group of walking enthusiasts. Included is a complimentary family pass to Blair Castle. If you are looking for a wonderful location to get away from others, but to have plenty of activities on your doorstep, then this Scottish Holiday Lodge comes highly recommended. Contact Scotts Castle Holidays today for more information.
The Scottish county of Fife is universally known as the “Home of Golf” with wonderful images of the old course at St Andrews being repeatedly shown on TV screens all around the world. When the British Golf Open comes to St Andrews then every golfer wants to imagine walking across the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th to great applause. The great thing about this famous golf course is that everyone can walk across the bridge as it is common land that belongs to the citizens of St Andrews, which means that when you visit St Andrews you have access to that particular bridge for the photo opportunity without having to pay any golf fees. Very Scottish!
St Andrews itself is a fantastic old university town and well worth visiting, but Fife is so much more. Elie, Crail, Anstruther, Falkland and Dunfermline, which used to be the capital of Scotland, let alone Fife, are all wonderful places. Prior to 1437 and before Edinburgh became the nation’s capital, Dunfermline, with its Abbey at its heart took centre stage. Once you cross the Forth Bridge (admiring the Forth Rail Bridge on the way) into Fife – take a detour to visit all these places, as Dunfermline Abbey and Andrew Carnegie’s birthplace museum, to name but two are well worth visiting.
If this was not enough for you to be entertained in Fife – what about this? Here are 10 more things you can do or visit in this area; 1, Scotland’s national aquarium, Deep Sea World, at North Queensferry. 2, Falkland Palace. 3, Scottish Deer Centre. 4, St Andrews Castle. 5, Cluny Clays outdoor activity centre. 6, West Sands beach at St Andrews. 7, The East Neuk of Fife. 8, Aberdour Castle. 9, The Scottish Off road Driving Centre. 10, St Andrews Golf Museum.
With a great variety of things to do and see, the kingdom of Fife is a great location for golfing trips and for family holidays, and if you wish to find a large holiday house, like Luxury Golfer’s Lodge, which can sleep up to 10 people on a self-catering basis, then at Scotts Castle Holidays we will be delighted to assist you further. Please contact today for more information on self-catering large holiday houses in Scotland.