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.
Once you have reached a decision on dates, organised your group and booked your self catering holiday accommodation spare a thought to what you will want to do when you get there.
Whilst some of your group may wish to sit back and relax in deep comfort and splendour, others may wish to occupy themselves more actively.
Tips on planning a self catering house party
If you can think of anything else that might be helpful in the organisation of a group other than requiring a bucketfull of patience, send me a comemnt and I’ll add all [appropriate] suggestions to my list.
Chow for now
I am currently sitting on an extremely comfortable sofa, straddling a nest table upon which rests my laptop. The sunlight is literally beaming like a Cheshire cat through the vast 28 paned arch windows opposite. Panels of light large enough to play hopscotch on rise and fall on the beige carpet. To say I am in my element is an understatement.
Do you live in London? Are you a motivated individual, good at organising a small group of friends/family under pressure? Are you looking for a little light release from the daily grind? Summer still feels a long way away. Have you ever thought you’d like to go to Scotland but can’t because you think it’s too far away?
Did you know it’s National Book Week this week and BBC4 are running a series of programmes dedicated to the subject. I was glued to the telly last night, a contradiction I know given the topic, keen to understand more about how to encourage boys to read (not that I have any) when I suddenly thought how I could do my bit to promote the topic. So here I am today, with my carrot and coriander soup (its lunchtime) all set to muse over what books make good holiday reads.
Another year bites the dust and we all return to work resolving to make wholesome changes to our mental, spiritual and physical selves. Well, that would almost be true if we did ALL return to work, however, the sad fact is that three quarters of our team are laid up in bed with the dreaded lurgey.
How many families I wonder are sitting around this Christmas, already plannning their next reunion? As the extended family grows each year, the logistics of where to put everyone can become quite a headache. So why not think about renting a large holiday house and getting together under one roof in comfort and style.