History and Heritage
Perthshire boasts a proud and dramatic history filled with tales of Jacobite uprisings, captive queens, ancient civilisations, and the legendary Stone of Destiny. Uncover an array of castles, historic buildings, museums and more which bring the region's compelling past to life.
See where the first of three major Jacobite uprisings took place at the Pass of Killiecrankie and visit the spot where an English solider is said to have escaped from Highland rebels by making a death-defying leap across the gorge at Soldier’s Leap.
Visit the original home of the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace where 42 men, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, were crowned kings of Scotland, and see the ruined tower house where Mary Queen of Scots another of Scotland’s legendary rulers was incarcerated on Castle Island on Loch Leven in 1567 with a huge range of other historic attractions to visit.
Activities and Attractions
With a huge range of attractions from historic sites to outdoor activities and traditional distilleries there’s a variety of things for a trip to Perthshire. With plenty to do if the weather turns the Alyth Museum and The Fergusson Gallery are perfect for rainy days offering an insight into the life and work of the people of Perthshire an area rich in agriculture.
If you’re a golf enthusiast you’re in the right region with the Gleneagles course, used for the Ryder Cup and Open golf tournaments you can test your skills against the best course scores. With a wide range of walking and cycling routes you can stay active and enjoy the beautiful Perthshire countryside.
Food and Drink
Wherever you are in Perthshire, you’re guaranteed sumptuous food and drink. The region boasts great local produce which can be enjoyed in award-winning restaurants and bars. Try your hand at recreating these culinary delights by picking up all the fresh ingredients you will need at farmers’ markets and specialist shops. Discover Michelin-starred dining, mouth-watering seasonal berries and excellent whiskies from Scotland’s smallest distillery.
Plus, with two malt whiskey distilleries, you are spoilt for choice with the Dewar’s Aberfeldy and Blair Athol providing the chance to learn about the history of Scottish malt whiskey and get the chance to sample and buy some for yourself.
Experience the regional flavours of Perthshire. With its fertile soil and mild climate, it’s not surprising that Perthshire’s food and drink is of such extensive variety and high quality. Turn your attention to the region’s specialities of the alcoholic variety, from fine local ales to iconic whisky malts and blends and fruit wines.
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