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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Central, East & North East Scotland

Central, East & North East Scotland boasts a varied undulating countryside in which you can explore impressive castles, palaces, medieval burghs, charming villages, outstanding golf courses and famous distilleries. Places to Visit in Central, East & North East Scotland Fishing on the South Chesthill Estate, Aberfeldy and Action Glen, Crieff are listed below.
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South Chesthill Estate enjoys over 6 miles of single and double bank fishing and 32 pools on the River Lyon, one of the major Tay tributaries, which is a beautiful and varied river. Chesthill House can be booked to include salmon fishing and trout fishing and Gardener's Cottage can include trout fishing (both properties are listed on Britain's Finest).
Located in the heart of Perthshire, Action Glen is Scotland's premier adventure centre. From Aloft! tree top adventures to the new adventure park. Family fun!
Held as one of the best inland courses in Scotland, Crieff Golf Club sits in stunning Perthshire countryside, and it offers something of a retreat as well as incredible views. With a history that goes back to 1891, Crieff is well-known for the maintenance of its grounds.
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Gleneages is not just for golfers, it's for gourmets too. Named after its chef (the most highly lauded in Scotland), Andrew Fairlie is probably the finest dining experience available north of the boarder. A recent refurbishment has transformed a rather grand dining room into an altogether more intimate restaurant with acres of leaf patterned beige fabric banquettes and seats. An oil painting of the chef watches over you as you tuck into the “menu degustation” that begins with Ballottine of F...
James Braid fashioned the Gleneagles Hotel King's course that opened in 1919 set in the splendour of the Perthshire hills in Scotland. It has matured into one of the best moorland lay-outs in Scotland with majestic views of the Ochil Hills, Ben Vorlich and the Trossachs. The holes blend perfectly into the landscape, the springy fairways wind through heather and gorse. Mature pines, silver birch and rowan provide natural amphitheatres on several holes. One great hole follows another through ro...
The Queen's course, like the King's designed by James Braid, opened in 1917. It passes through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate with ditches as water hazards and measures less than 6,000 yards, par 68, from the medal tees. But it remains an enjoyable challenge in a beautiful setting where deer appear from the woods and the holes dart between moorland and woodland to greens set in pretty glades. The first nine of 3,192 yards into the prevailing South Westerly breeze can ...
The PGA Centenary Course is a modern classic, combining the best of both the Queen's and King's, created in 1993 by Jack Nicklaus, with five different tees at each hole, the championship markers spanning the 7,088 yards that will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup. American-style, formerly known as the Monarch's, with some long walks between greens and tees, it's a big stadium course, the longest inland course in Scotland with huge undulating greens, bold bunkering and several risk and reward hol...
Experience the natural thrills of Killiecrankie Daredevils, nature lovers and historians all have a place at Killiecrankie. A stunning example of Scotland's awe-inspiring scenery, the River Garry is set in a breathtaking deep wooded gorge. the gorge provides the home for the UK's first purpose-built bungee platform, dubbed the Highland Fling Bungee – it's an adrenaline rush for the brave! It's a gem for local history too; head to the Visitor Centre and experience hands-on natural hi...
Get the most out of your stay at CLC Duchally Country Estate. Morning laps or relaxation with the family in the heated indoor swimming pool, the leisure centre is a great place to enjoy and unwind. Come for a dip in the Jacuzzi, retreat to the sauna and extend your relaxation in the spa with a massage by Brenda.
Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Gardens This attractive Branklyn 2 acre garden, a haven of peace within walking distance of Perth, was developed in the early 1900s by John and Dorothy Renton with the help of seed collections from plant hunters such as Forest, Ludlow and Sheriff. Gardeners and botanists from all over the world come to this delightful rock garden and its outstanding collection of cool-climate plants, particularly dwarf rhododendrons, alpines, blue poppies, lilies ...
A menu created by one of Scotland's best chefs, an ultra-stylish 1920's inspired dining room and one of the best locations in the country; what's not to love? Chef Martin Wishart has installed a team of his top people to re-create the style of food that has won him numerous accolades at his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. The dishes here are all about luxurious ingredients imaginatively prepared such as langoustine ravioli, braised endive with orange, langoustine and olive oil jus or roast fi...
Explore The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park takes spans 720 square miles and offers simply spectacular scenery in which you can do a variety of activities, from golfing and hiking to following the legend of Rob Roy. The area is to the north of Glasgow and is often known as the miniature Highlands -despite its huge size! The park, with its sparkling waters and heather-carpeted hills, sweeps from the rolling lowland landscapes of the s...
Discover an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey from the shores of Loch Lomond to the depths of the world's oceans in 7 themed zones. Journey through the Tropical Ocean Tunnel, where you can come face-to-face with blacktip sharks and get up close to over 1,500 creatures.
Step Back in Time and visit Royal Burgh of Culross Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The rooms are small and feature Menel pine panelling, murals and ceiling paintings. Many of the rooms have vaulted ceilings, which were built to support the upper floors. A model 17th century ga...
Westerwood, measures 6,307 yards with a par of 71, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas, offers gorgeous views over the Campsie and Kilsyth Hills and is one of the most talked-about new courses in Scotland. Seve's signature hole is the Waterfall par three 15th, played from an elevated tee to a green nestling inside a 60ft rock face with the waterfall behind it. Some drainage problems are being overcome. Tricky moorland greens. A variety of fantastic holes with no two the same requ...
Set in an area carpeted with acres of beautiful parkland, the spa at Westerwood Hotel & Golf can't fail to put you at ease. Close to the bright lights of Glasgow city centre, this spa encourages you to shut off the outside world and linger – take your time in the relaxation room before and after your treatment and cosy up among snug loungers and twinkling candles, go for a refreshing dip in the pool and Jacuzzi and contemplate life in the steam and sauna rooms. Add this to an irresistible lis...
Lochside dining in the heart of Glencoe. Newly refurbished restaurant, bar and bedrooms. Cosy open fire, the Isles of Glencoe is a popular stop off.
Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Free audio guides in 6 languages.
Commissioned by Walter Blackie, a Glasgow book publisher, The Hill House is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest domestic accomplishments. Almost everything at The Hill House, from the building itself, down to the textiles, furniture and fittings, was created either by Mackintosh himself, or by his wife, the artist, Margaret Macdonald.
Ben Nevis Distillery was established in 1825 and it opened a visitor centre in 1991. The visitor centre also has a café, shop and of course, it provides guided tours.
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Explore the Stunning Grounds at Falkland Palace and Gardens Falkland Palace & Garden was designed and cultivated by Percy Cane between 1947 and 1952. There are attractive parterres, herbaceous borders, lush green lawns and many unusual bold shrubs, an orchard and huge quantities of delphiniums in June, as well as a small herb garden in the Jacobean style.
Step Back in Time at Falkland Palace and Gardens The Royal Palace of Falkland, the country residence of Stuart kings and queens, was built between 1450 and 1541. Part of the palace was burned down by Cromwell´s troops in 1654. The palace contains fine portraits of the Stuart monarchs and two sets of 17th century tapestry hangings and some rooms have been renovated to depict what life was like for the Stuarts. The Chapel Royal dates from 1633 and the Royal Tennis Court is the oldest i...
There's lime and vanilla mash, potato fondant and roast garlic crushed potatoes but not a chip in sight at this ironically named Glasgow stalwart. Eat upstairs, downstairs or in between on the mezannine level, but grab if you can a table in the gorgeous courtyard. A plethora of fine Scottish ingredients are used imaginatively in dishes such as Dumfriesshire rabbit, pear and pistachio nut sausage with basil cabbage or Perthshire wood pigeon wrapped in bacon served with a rich game sauce and pe...
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Hunterian Art Gallery & The Mackintosh House, Glasgow Part of the University of Glasgow's old and distinguished Hunterian Museum, The Hunterian Art Galle
The Hunterian Museum Scotland's first public museum, which opened its doors in 1807, the Hunterian Museum within Glasgow University is home to a cornucopia
Discover Generations of Family History at House of the Binns The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The collection of furniture mostly dates from the 18th and 19th century, also an excellent collection of family portraits and an interesting collection of porcelain. The Bible, sword a...
Explore the Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll, Scotland Benmore Botanic Garden is in the wonderful woodland setting of the Eachaig Valley, a garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Boasting a world-famous collection of magnificent conifers, flowering trees and shrubs, its 150 acres feature some of the tallest trees in Britain, including a spectacular Avenue of Giant Redwoods - these majestic giants soar over 40 metres high! With its ideal growing conditions, it is a...
With roaring fires in the lounges and and views of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains behind in the restaurant you will not forget you are in remote, rural S
Discover the Beauty of Pollok House Pollok House is set in the grounds of Pollok Park, home to the Maxwell family for over 600 years. The present house, (c.1750) replaced three earlier structures and was extended in 1890. The house contains an internationally important collection of paintings, which includes works by Blake, El Greco and Murillo. Also displays of silver, period ceramics and furnishings that were collected by Sir William Maxwell. It is the home to the world famous Burrel...
Winner of the best attraction award for the UK 2015. Enjoy the history and spectacle of Glamis Castle. Take a guided tour with one of the expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history. The tours run regularly throughout the day and run on until 4:30pm. Take a stroll through our gardens maintained by the wonderful gardening team. The Walled Garden and Italian Garden are serene and beautiful and the walks along the river are very peaceful. Browse in the Gift...
Glamis Castle Gardens and Grounds provide a wealth of nature and beauty. Explore the Italian Garden, Walled Garden, Pinetum, Macbeth Trail and the Nature Trail.
Discover the Stunning Crarae Garden Crarae Gardens stands amongst the exotic trees and shrubs, listening to the tumbling waterfalls of the burn, one could almost imagine one is in the Himalayas, rather than Argyll. The informal hillside layout of mature woody plants radiating out from the burn creates a wonderfully natural effect. The garden was created in 1912 and includes a National Collection of Nothofagus, or southern beech, as well as superb examples of acer, sorbus, eucryphia and...
Walking through 22 acres of quiet woodland, mature trees give way to the soaring whitewashed front of Macdonald Houstoun House, a historic 16th century tower house made to transport you far from city life. Inside it's all fresh and modern – jump into the cool waters of the 18m pool and clear your mind of the day's baggage, or open the doors to the warming cocoons of the relaxing sauna and steam rooms. Dry yourself off and float towards the treatment rooms to experience Decleor's Aroma massage...
Experience a Wonderful Day out at Hill of Tarvit Hill of Tarvit is one of Scotland's finest Edwardian mansionhouses, replete with a splendid collection of antiques, furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. Sir Robert Lorimer designed the Hill of Tarvit gardens in 1906, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders of perennials, annuals and heathers, and a sunken rose garden. The walled garden to the north con...
Experience a Wonderful Day out at Hill of Tarvit Hill of Tarvit is one of Scotland's finest Edwardian mansionhouses, replete with a splendid collection of antiques, furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. Sir Robert Lorimer designed the Hill of Tarvit gardens in 1906, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders of perennials, annuals and heathers, and a sunken rose garden. The walled garden to the north con...
Find Inspiration at Greenbank Gardens Greenbank walled garden has 30 different areas to see, demonstrating different techniques and colour combinations for the amateur gardener. Plants are well labelled and are in good condition. A former hard tennis court has been used to display ideas for disabled or infirm gardeners including raised beds and a water feature at waist height. There is also wheelchair access to the glasshouse and potting shed. Spring bulbs and shrubs fill the woodlan...
With the grand city of Edinburgh and 55 acres of countryside as its neighbours, Norton House boasts one of Hand Picked Hotels’ signature spas.
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Good food and wine is the very essence of Norton House and the Chefs ensure they make use of the finest of Scotland's produce, whatever the season.
Golf on this former Open Qualifying course has been played dating back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909 with input from Tom Morris. Leven Links is steeped in history not least because it is the archetypal links course. With its fine bents and fescues, its humps, bumps, hollows and ‘wispy' rough it could be well used as the very definition of a true links. As such it is to be savoured by all who play here. Leven also has the distinc...
Scotscraig Golf Club is the 13th oldest golf club in the world. It was established in 1817, and has been an Open Qualifier venue six times, most recently in 2010. With a mix of heathland and links holes, and superb hospitality, this is a memorable course that wins admirers easily.
You are quite at your leisure to do as little or as much as you like at Crutherland House, an early 18th century hotel spa brimming with history, not far from the bright lights of Glasgow. Whether you want to go at full pelt and sweat it out in the fitness area, steam room and sauna before slipping under the soft fluffy towels on your treatment couch to experience a dose of hands-on healing, or simply lie back on a comfy lounger and sleep soundly in the relaxation room – the choice is yours. ...
Close to St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf', Lundin Golf Club is renowned for the quality of its course. With a history dating back to 1868, the original Tom Morris course was redesigned in 1909, by Open Champion, James Braid.
Visit Scotland's Premier Garden The Royal Botanic Garden, known locally as the `Botanics´, was established way back in 1670 and is Scotland´s premier garden. Tender plants are an important part of the Living Collections and the Glasshouses featuring Britain´s tallest Palm House, is a haven for botanical wonders in ten climate zones. Discover some of the world´s oldest plants in the Orchid & Cycad House.The world´s largest collection of vireya rhododendrons are on display in the Peat a...
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Monifieth Medal is the major of the two courses - the lesser is the 5,100 yard Ashludie, while 6,650 yard Medal course is used as an Open Championship qualifying venue. It is the most westerly of three renowned links on the Angus coastline, the others being Panmure and Carnoustie. The course is built over undulating links with ridge dunes covered in gorse covered and, unusually, for a links course many holes also have tree lined fairways. A tough test, it has a railway line running on one sid...
Scottish/Orcadian Dining at the Ba' Bar The Ba' Bar & Lounge specialises in food made with local, seasonal Scottish produce from small suppliers, and hosts relaxed but refined all-day dining, including daily afternoon tea. It offers a wide range of fine wines, craft beers, artisanal spirits and one of the most extensive rare-whisky selections in the city, with more than 70 varieties in its vintage wall cabinet. Special Events Throughout the year The Dunstane Houses has some fantastic...
Gordon Ramsay no less is a fan of this fine dining restaurant in Edinburgh's trendy docklands area. The recently refurbished dining room is a quiet riot in shades of brown and cream making it one of Scotland's chicest addresses. The eponymous Mr Wishart's cooking is as accomplished and ambitious as you might expect from someone who has trained with some of Europe's best chefs. Precise modern French dishes lean towards classic combinations such as braised shin and short rib of beef with veal s...
Discover the History of The Georgian House The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam´s masterpiece of urban design, in Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh´s Old Town to settle in the fashionable New Town. The first owner was John Lamont, 18th Chief of Clan Lamont, who lived here until 1815. The beautiful collections of china, shining silver, exquisite paintings and furniture all reflect the d...
Opened by one of Edinburgh's top chefs Martin Wishart and named after Sir Walter Scott's discovery of the Scottish crown jewels (AKA the Honours of Scotland), this is the more casual sister brasserie to Wishart's eponymous flagship fine dining restaurant in nearby Leith. Even so, the smart interior of oversized mirrors, black and white tiling, shades of brown and beige wood veneers and dark brown leather chairs is well worth dressing up for, as is the luxurious French food. Meat lovers might...
Explore the Fantatsic Malleny Garden Malleny is renowned for its flamboyant plantings of old fashioned roses arranged with an eye for pleasing colour combinations. A National Collection of 19th century Shrub Roses is housed here. This 3 acre walled garden is dominated by four magnificent clipped yew trees dating from the 17th century. The herbaceous borders are especially good even in late season. Enjoy the vegetable and herb garden, the Victorian greenhouse with its bold display of co...
Explore the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in one of Edinburgh most remarkable buildings Built in the 1880s, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh is a visual history of Scotland from the 16th century to the present day. This story is told through portraits of the people who shaped it and were connected with it, from royals and rebels and heroes and villains to poets and philosophers, including Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. Look out for w...
The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.
Explore one of Britain's Finest Galleries The National Gallery of Scotland was opened in 1859, and houses Scotland´s greatest collection of European paintings, drawings and prints dating from the early Renaissance to the late 19th century. The collection of over 20000 items includes works by Raphael, Titian, Velazquez, Poussin, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Turner and the Impressionists. Also on display is the national collection of Scottish art with works by Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and...
Wedgwood serves inventive, modern Scottish dishes – inspired by fresh local ingredients. Chef Paul Wedgwood is a big believer in the quality of raw ingredients
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Visit one of Scotlands Finest Galleries The Queen´s Gallery, hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Exhibitions in 2006 include: Unfolding Pictures: Fans in the Royal Collection (9 Dec to 29 May 2006). This first exhibition of fans brings together over 80 examples from the early 17th century to the 1930s. Among the highlights are a leather fan said to have belonged to Charles I. Canaletto in Venice (16 June to 7 January 2007). Fourteen luminous paintings f...
Explore the stunning Arduaine Garden Breathe in the fresh air and take a scenic stroll through Arduaine Garden, a wonderful garden tucked in the west coast of Scotland that benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf Stream (unleashing some incredible colours).The garden is home to an impressive collection of rhododendron which is truly breathtaking. Take in the colours all year round and admire the stunning azaleas, magnolias, Tibetan poppies, giant Himalayan lilies and Chatham Islan...
Once a stronghold for English troops during the Jacobite rebellion, this stone built country house hotel has an enviable position on the banks of Lock Sunart. Chef Gary Phillips has the local area of Ardnamurchan as his unsurpassable natural larder. Luxurious and delicious dishes in the smartly traditional dining room with its crisp linens and polished silver might include butternut squash and Tiree brown crab risotto with seared scallop and pancetta crisp or loin of Ardnamurchan venison wit...
Arguably the toughest links course in Britain. The Open Championship has been held here on 7 occasions, most recently in 2007. The present golf course was fashioned in 1850 by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Gorse, broom, open ditches, pot bunkers on almost every fairway and tricky, speedy greens ruin cards and handicaps. The Barry Burn is an additional hazard over the final three holes. In the wind it is a monster off the back tees. The complementary Burnside and Buddon courses that weave arou...
Explore the Beautiful Gardens of Kellie Castle Take a stroll round Kellie Castle & Garden, the magical Arts & Crafts garden and enjoy the scent of old roses and the beautiful herbaceous borders. The 1 acre walled garden is set out in the 17th century manner with strong lines and dense planting, creating a sense of space. See clipped box, rose-covered trellis and enjoy woodland or meadow walks. The orchard has wall-trained fruit trees and an organically maintained vegetable garden. Loo...
Explore the Beautiful Kellie Castle and Gardens The first records of Kellie Castle date back to the 12th century, and it was restored by James Lorimer in the late 19th century. It is a very fine example of Scottish domestic architecture with its gables, towers and chimneys. Among the contents are magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, son of James Lorimer. In 1948 the castle was purchased by the sculptor Hew Lorimer, Sir Robert´s ...
Discover the secrets of this Beautiful Scottish Mansion Newhailes is a fine late 17th century house with impressive 18th century additions. The house was built in 1686 and bought by Sir David Dalrymple, of the legal and political dynasty. He was responsible for the addition of one of the most important rococo interiors in Scotland. The house contains a fine collection of paintings, portraits and furnishings. The library was built in the early 18th century, and described by Dr Samuel Jo...
Explore the Beauty of Nature at Inveresk Lodge Inveresk Lodge, a hillside garden with stone walls and many unusual plants alongside carefully cultivated herbaceous borders, shrubs and old roses. The Edwardian conservatory and aviary are beautifully restored. This is truly a treat for the senses with exotic tree ferns and scented plants, and a soundtrack provided by the lively parakeets and canaries. Below the garden, a woodland walk winds through the ancient trees to the meadow pond, a...
Described by Allan Brown in the Sunday Times as a “charming, Tolkien-type place”, The Crinan hotel is a family-run business that lies where the Crinan Canal con
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Dip in the pool, soak in a bubbling spa bath, drift off in the blissful heat of the sauna… The Aqueous spa is a haven in which to escape the stresses and strain
The Old Course at Edzell is set in 120 acres of ideal terrain. In 2001, an additional nine holes were laid out and the new course is called the West Water. Edzell is an inland course of real beauty and one of the best holes is 'Majuba', a short par three which needs a well played short iron to reach the green, which has a deceptive slope. It's three-putt territory above the hole. There's a flavour of Gleneagles, but the fairways are more tree-lined and there are a few blind shots. For valu...
Crail's Balcomie Links is set along the Fife coastline and several holes run alongside the sea and and rocky outcrops of the Firth foreshore which come into play at the second, fourth and fifth - ominously called Hell's Hole - where you must make up your mind whether to carry the beach or take the long way round. The 13th and 14th are superb and the last few holes are a test. No wonder Old Tom Morris. who designed it, described it as his favourite course. A second course, Craighead, has panor...
A dip in the pool at the spa at Macdonald Hotel in North Berwick is worth the trip itself. With long views over the surrounding quintessential Scottish terrain towards the country's East Coast, the cool, tranquil waters provide a scenic spot to take in your beautiful location and feel your cares drift away. Feel your body sigh thanks to a relaxing massage courtesy of spa experts Elemis or Hot Lava Shell while Carita offers plenty of luscious targeted skin and body care treats to please the ke...
If you enjoy the challenge of links golf, Western Gailes will test your skills to their limit. A magnificent seaside links with glorious turf and wonderful greens. It's a course that should be on every golfer's must play list. The club dates its history back to 1897 and offers a blend of the traditional and modern.
Visit the tranquil splendour of the House of Dun and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve House of Dun is a beautiful example of Georgian Architecture, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century furniture and porcelain. Also on display are examples of the embroidery of Lady Augusta, daughter of William IV. The courtyard buildings house a handloom weaving workshop. Se...
Whether you are keen to see how the jet set went about their business supersonically or prefer getting to grips with the finer mechanisms of an RAF Nimrod, the National Museum of Flight based at historic East Fortune Airfield, sates all your aerial needs. Climb on board Concorde's Alpha Alpha to see what it was like to live the high life at 30,000 feet. This museum sets about telling the story of the history of flight and there is loads to see - the site has more than 50 complete aircraf...
Contrast Brasserie is one of the finest restaurants in Inverness, with a reputation built on quality, value and fresh local produce. The restaurant enjoys a riverside setting, and there is free parking. Booking is recommended, as Contrast is very popular with both locals and visitors.
At The Spa at Stobo Castle, the best way to approach physical well-being is through a personal programme tailored to your individual needs. You may wish to detoxify, embark on a new fitness regime or simply relax and be rejuvenated. Working with you to construct a schedule of treatments and exercise, which meets your goals, enabling you to get the maximum benefit from your visit. Whether you are a day visitor or resident, the array of treatment options available will pose the only real quanda...
Explore the beauty of Dawyck Botanic Garden Dawyck Botanic Garden benefits from the cooler continental environment in the heart of the Scottish Borders, and from over 300 years of tree planting, truly one of the world´s finest arboreta. Gaze at exotic conifers dating back to 1680, the unique Dawyck beech, and some of the tallest trees in Britain. Find fungi, mosses and lichens in the world´s first-ever Cryptogamic Reserve for non-flowering plants. They also have an Award-winning Visi...
A cosy, friendly place to stay. The Park Hotel has 24 newly refurbished bedrooms and a weekly changing menu, offering locally sourced, delicious hearty meals.
Explore a Beautiful Scottish Garden The restoration of this garden at Brodick Castle began in the early 1900s and included planting of unusual species collected by great plant hunters like George Forrest. They include plants from China, Burma, the Himalayas and America. The bog garden has a fine display of primulas together with the formal walled garden with its herbaceous borders, annuals and roses. The gardens are well worth a visit at any time of year, though especially in spring whe...
The Perfect Family Day out at Bodrick Castle, Garden and Grounds A classic Victorian Scottish baronial style estate, the castle sits grandly overlooking Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde with Goatfell Mountain as backdrop. The grounds alone merit a visit, with woodland trails, wildlife ponds and lovely waterfalls punctuating your day out. Inside the castle are treasures galore – period furniture, silverware, sporting trophies, porcelain and paintings set the scene. There are special ...
Dating back to the 1300s, the house at Kailzie has passed through many an aristocratic hand but it wasn't until 1962 when present owner Lady Buchan-Hepburn got to grips with the wilderness that surrounds it that the present garden you see today emerged. The garden stands at 700 feet above sea level on the south bank of the River Tweed where winters are harsh and the subsequent clever planting is mostly hardy. The Walled Garden, built in 1811, now has hardy shrub beds and old fashioned roses f...
It might only lie 20 miles from the hustle of Edinburgh, but the Cardona Hotel Spa feels like another world altogether. Breathe in the fresh air and run free in the open countryside where optimum wellness comes with unforgettable views. Set in 200 acres of private grounds, the spa exploits its beautiful rural location to the max with panoramic vistas of the rolling hills of the Scottish borders – notable especially when you take your morning swim in the tranquil glass-fronted 18-metre pool. T...
Home to both the Scottish Grand National Festival and the Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Ayr racecourse is Scotland's only grade 1 racetrack. There's a busy schedule of fixtures throughout the year, with many events featuring live entertainment.
Logie House Garden has been open to the public since 1993; an interesting woodland garden with distinct areas of different conditions allow for a wide variety of planting. Rare and unusual shrubs, trees and perennials abound and many are for sale in the nearby Farm & Garden Shop at Logie Steading.
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Traquair is Scotland's oldest inhabited House dating from 1107, and lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a Royal hunting lodge, with strong Jacobean and Catholic history, there is much to see within its walls. The House also has extensive informal gardens, with the largest hedged maze in Scotland, and it's own Traquair House Brewery.
Former seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum is a Visit Scotland 5 Star visitor attraction, with plenty to offer all ages. There are colourful gardens, an atmospheric castle ruin, family activities and an award-winning museum telling the story of Clan Donald and the Highlands & Islands. Located a few minutes from the Armadale ferry, in beautiful south Skye.
Regarded as one of the top restaurants on The Isle of Skye and The Highlands of Scotland, The Iona Restaurant is an elegant and welcoming restaurant with a uniq
Duisdale House Hotel's restaurant has bold interior design features which complement the grand exterior. There are two stylish eating zones to choose from both
Attadale Gardens are set in 20 acres, with an inspirational water garden stretching the length of the drive, and colourful planting reflected in the black water. There is an impressive sculpture collection, and a large rhododendron collection, many over 100 years old. Other features include a Japanese garden, a fern garden with tender ferns in a geodesic dome, and an interesting DIY tearoom, with delicious home-baking and interesting historic photographs.
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Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. The 16th-century building with its distinctive rose-pink stone and fairy tale
Experience the Beauty of Scotland at the Balmacara Estate Balmacara Estate offers a diverse mix of beautiful landscapes, coastline and stunning views across to the mountains of Skye. Enjoy a stroll through the mature woodland with its 20th century underplanting, gardens and terraces combined with the natural features of the rugged coastline. Paths wind gently amongst rhododendrons and later ferns, fuchsias, bamboos and hydrangeas. There are also interesting introductions from Australia...
Explore the Stunning Grounds of Crathes Castle Crathes Castle´s walled garden is really eight gardens, ranging from the formal to the modern. The massive yew hedges were planted as early as 1702, while the Golden Garden was introduced by the Trust in 1973. Most famous of all are the June Borders, two lavish beds of herbaceous colour with the castle itself as a backdrop. Follow one of the marked trails out into the surrounding countryside. There are woodland, farmland and freshwater hab...
Visit the Enchanting Crathes Castle A wonderful 16th century granite tower house decorated with dramatic gargoyles, overhanging turrets and little conical roofs, Crathes Castle has four storeys and an attic to explore. The stand-out features of this classic L-tower house are the lovely painted ceilings, some retained in their original form and others beautifully restored. From the oak-panelled Long Gallery on the top floor of the castle the views down below of the castle gardens and o...
Ian & Jane bought Blackaddie in 2007 they have completely refurbished it into a fantastic 4 star restaurant with rooms offering some of the finest food around. Check Tripadvisor for the stunning reviews. Also testified by the wealth of awards they have won over the years Such as Scottish Chef of the Year 2016
Explore Brodie Castle's stunning Grounds A visit to Brodie Castle's stunning grounds is a must for any garden lovers. In spring, the grounds are carpeted with a unique and famous collection of daffodils, many cultivated at the turn of the 19th century. The National Trust for Scotland is working to identify, propagate and distribute them more widely. Explore the sheltered woodland walks with the abundant rhododendrons and stroll by the pond where you can observe the estate´s varied wild...
Explore the Beautiful Brodie Castle Brodie Castle sits majestically amid scenic grounds (in spring, the daffodils are just lovely here) in Forres, Moray. This 16th century Z-plan tower house was the home of the Brodie family, who were prominent in clan battles in the 15th and 16th centuries, until the late 20th century. Inside, its elegant rooms are stuffed to the gills with amazing fine French furniture, English, continental and Chinese porcelain and fabulous artwork including piec...
Explore the Stunning Gardens of Leith Hall Leith Hall gardens have year round interest including flowering trees and shrubs, roses, fruit, vegetables and ornamental grasses. In summer the zigzag herbaceous border and serpentine catmint border provide a dazzling display. From the top of the garden there are spectacular views of the surrounding hills. Take one of the three way marked walks through the mixed woodland and see the unique 18th century stables and an ice house.
Discover the History of Leith Hall Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home dating back to 1650. The house offers a unique insight into the lives, loves and tragedies of the Leith-Hay family over the last four centuries. On display is an interesting variety of antique family furniture, china, artwork and tapestries. The military memorabilia is housed in an exhibition `For Crown and Country´. In the grounds there are 18th century stables and an ice house. The forma...
Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club is a 12 hole links course, which sits next to Blackwaterfoot beach, on the Isle of Arran. The club also offers tennis courts and a bowling green.
Visit the Stunning Culzean Castle and Country Park Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Take time to admire the Fountain Court with its orangery and ter...
Discover the History of Culzean Castle and Country Park Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Antique furniture and furnishings, porcelains, fine art and...
Explore one of Royal Deeside's top historic attractions at Drum Castle Drum Castle with its Garden of Historic Roses is a remarkably peaceful corner. Based in the Walled Garden, built around 1780, it is divided into four quadrants, each containing a design from one of the last four centuries together with roses from that period. The tea and floribunda roses seen today are the products of years of hybridising. Seven groups of roses are featured, from the historic Gallica group to the e...
Explore one of Royal Deeside's top historic attractions at Drum Castle The keep at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean mansion in 1619 and a later addition during the reign of Queen Victoria. The castle was lived in, until 1975, for over 650 years by the Irvine family. Inside the house are an excellent collection of portraits and good Georgian furniture. The gardens were dest...
Discover 400 years of History at Castle Fraser, Gardens and Grounds The atmospheric baronial Castle Fraser was first constructed in 1575 and has a rich, noble and sometimes grusome history. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries. Outside, you have 140 acres of farmland to explore with woodlan...
Discover 400 years of History at Castle Fraser, Gardens and Grounds The atmospheric baronial Castle Fraser was first constructed in 1575 and has a rich, noble and sometimes grusome history. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries. Outside, you have 140 acres of farmland to explore with woodlan...
The garden and landscape of Abbotsford are the creation of Sir Walter Scott, and were developed between 1811 and 1825. The landscape composition is outstanding in aesthetic, scenic and architectural terms and its association with Scott gives it exceptional national value. There are three garden areas - the Entrance Court, the Morris Garden and the Walled Kitchen Garden - as well as extensive woodlands alongside the River Tweed. Spring sees Abbotsford displaying swathes of daffodils, befo...
Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century poet, novelist and ‘Great Scott' who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country's Crown Jewels. From the deeply impressive entrance hall and the study where he penned some of his famous novels to the glorious formal gardens, it's a work of fabulous fantasy - a novel set in stone - which remains one of the most famous homes in the world. Scott's “conundrum castle” is where fact and f...
Experience the tranquillity of Harmony Garden Harmony Garden is surrounded by walls and screened by trees, offering a unique sense of peace and tranquillity. Stroll across the lush green lawns and admire the herbaceous and mixed borders, the vegetable and fruit areas, and, in spring, the rich display of bulbs. The views across Melrose Abbey and Eildon Hills are magnificent.
Explore the art of Dried Flower Arranging at Priorwood Garden Priorwood Garden is a specialist centre for the craft of dried flower arranging. Most of the flowers are grown for this purpose and the colourful selection brings variety to the arrangements made here. You can also learn more about this fascinating craft as there is ongoing drying most of the time. Otherwise you can simply enjoy the blossoms, especially in spring, or pause for a summer picnic within sight of the ruins of Mel...
Mellerstain's acres of beautiful parkland were first laid out in 1725 by William Adam. The formal gardens we enjoy today were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfied in 1910, in an Italian style sympathetic to the 18th century layout. Situated to the south of the main house Blomfield planned a series of Italianate terraces with herbaceous borders; a series of three balustrade terraces leading to a sweeping lawn descending to a lake. The middle terrace is the largest, with an intricate parterre on...
Perhaps one of the country's finest stately homes, Mellerstain House enchants visitors with its architecture, its interiors and its gardens.
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swansong of its era. Manderston, as it is today, is a product of the best craftsmanship and highest domestic sophistication the Edwardian era had to offer.
Trigony Garden Spa is a unique exclusive use micro spa offering a range of holistic and 100% organic treatments in the seclusion and privacy of the spa garden at Trigony House Hotel. Guests can totally relax and unwind in the Swedish wood-fired hot tub and Finnish sauna cabin, both with wonderful countryside views.
Our award winning hotel restaurant caters for those who wish to book a table in our restaurant and also guests of the hotel. In 2015 for the fifth year running Trigony House Hotel were awarded gold medals for our rustic cuisine at the Scottish Hotel Awards, as well as winning “Best Restaurant in South West Scotland” and “Best Breakfast in South-West Scotland”, which is truly something to be experienced. Our award winning rustic cuisine and informal dining complemented by a range of fine wi...
The ancestral and current home of the Duke of Roxburghe, Floors castle was built between 1721 and 1726 by Scottish architect William Adam. Open to the public for over 40 years, the stories of ten generations of the Roxburghe family are embellished by a treasure trove of furniture, tapestries, carpets and artwork.
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The ancestral and current home of the Duke of Roxburghe, Floors castle was built between 1721 and 1726 by Scottish architect William Adam. Open to the public for over 40 years, the stories of ten generations of the Roxburghe family are embellished by a treasure trove of furniture, tapestries, carpets and artwork.
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With views across the Dornoch Firth, Tain's setting is dramatic with the estuary on one side and the mountains of Easter Ross on the other. John Sutherland revised the layout, but there are still 11 of Old Tom Morris's greens in use on the 6,404 yard lay-out. It's a links course with heather and gorse while the Aldie Burn meanders through the course, starting at the 391 yard par four second. The par four 11th (Alps) has blind approach shot over two dunes to a hidden green and then there are s...
A highly coveted AA rosette for culinary excellence, there are few better places to savour the best produce from the fields, rivers and shores of the Scottish Borders than in the Riverside Restaurant. It's a place to enjoy award-winning gastronomy, and an enviable list of fine wines while drinking in the beautiful, panoramic views of the Tweed.
Explore the Stunning Grounds at Fyvie Castle Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families that lived there. The oldest part dates from the 13th century, and an air of mystery is created by the ghosts and legends associated with it. A rich portrait collection includes works by Batoni, Raeburn, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie and Hoppner. Also a fine collection...
Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Castle Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families that lived there. The oldest part dates from the 13th century, and an air of mystery is created by the ghosts and legends associated with it. A rich portrait collection includes works by Batoni, Raeburn, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie and Hoppner. Also a fine coll...
Shieldaig Lodge is a luxury Victorian Highland retreat set in a 26,000 acre estate amongst the stunning scenery of the West Highlands nestled next to the stunning Loch Gairloch. Situated a short distance from the Highland village of Gairloch, Shieldaig Lodge retains the warm and welcoming atmosphere of its original 19th century origins. Our restaurant offers stunning panoramic waterside views, roaring log fires, snug lounges and a hand-picked whisky and gin bar. Using fresh, locally sour...
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Duff House was planned by James Braid in 1910 before Alister Mackenzie redesigned it in 1923. It is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course with little rough and big two-tiered greens. The emphasis is placed on natural beauty rather than artificial features. There are no steep hills on the undulating fairways and few blind approach shots. There is always an alternative route for those not wishing to take risks over long carries. Two feature holes are the seventh, a 460-yard par four al...
Explore a Stunning Scottish Garden This world-famous historic garden is one of Scotland's most popular botanical attractions. The garden is nurtured by the warm currents of the North Atlantic Drift, and is set amidst some of the country´s finest scenery. Over time a kaleidoscope of exotic plants has been cultivated, giving colour and interest throughout the year - with Chinese rhododendrons, Tasmanian eucalypts, Himalayan blue poppies, New Zealand daisy bushes, Chilean lantern-trees,...
Scotland's Moray Firth teems with life and it's all on show at this fascinating aquarium! Discover hundreds of local sea creatures in exciting displays, including the unique kelp reef exhibit. Watch divers feed the fish and get hands on with seashore animals at the touch pools. Enjoy daily feeding shows, kids' quizzes, a gift shop and all day tickets.
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At the end of the Solway Firth is Powfoot, one of the area's best but least well-known courses. Laid out by James Braid in 1903, it weaves its way along the Firth on undulating links before the last four holes which are almost parkland in feel. Measuring 6,255 yards, it's not long but five holes are more than 400 yards and the third which hugs the shoreline is a beauty while short seventh and the ninth are also real challenges, the ninth especially with a long carry from the tee and a tricky ...
Go Back in time and Experience the Life of a Roman Soldier at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrians wall Set on Hadrians wall, Housesteads Roman Fort is home to stunning panoramic views of Northumberland and a fantastic educational visitors centre. The Fort is one of twelve built by Emperor Hadrian in around 124BC and the accompanying museum is stacked with a range of objects found on the site such as flat-bottomed pottery and cooking pots. English Heritage, which operates the site, ha...
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