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Looking across from the steep sided glens of the Ochil Hills across the broad strath of the River Earn, Auchterarder, in Southern Perthshire, is set amongst some of Scotland's most stunning scenery.

It is not a city but it has stood in the path of a thousand years of history. As long ago as 1200 it gained the title of Royal Burgh. Kings and generals stayed here in the great houses around the town. In 1715 Auchterarder was burned to the ground by retreating Jacobites but thanks to the handloom industry it was later to rise again.

Auchterarder, in Southern Perthshire, is known locally as " The Lang Toon, " a name derived from the extended High Street. Today, little of the original Burgh of 1200 remains. Indeed you will notice that the town dates largely from the 18th Century and is now famous for the quality of its shops.

The rolling fields and woodlands of the area lead into narrow Glen Eagles, a name derived not from birds but from the Gaelic " eaglais " meaning church. Enjoy the panoramic views that were the inspiration for the location of the world famous Gleneagles Hotel built in the 1920's. Unsurprisingly, this whole area abounds in challenging golf courses in Auchterarder, Whitemoss, Aberuthven, Dunning, and of course you can choose a deluxe golfing experience at Gleneagles itself.

There is no end to the variety of activities throughout the Auchterarder area. History buffs can explore Pictish forts, Roman roads, Celtic chapels, Benedictine abbeys and Innerpeffray Library, Scotland's oldest surviving public library.

Braco, a small village nearby, is close to the ancient Ardoch Roman Camp guarding the approach to the Antonine Wall.  On the way to Braco you can visit Tullibardine Chapel a perfect example of a 15 and 16th century church.

At Dunning the 12th century Norman Tower of St Serf dominates the charming village. To the west is a monument to Maggie Wall who was burnt at the stake as a witch in 1657.

Old Auchterarder, Blackford and Braco:... With Aberuthven, Gask and Gleneagles.

Auchterarder in Old Picture Postcards :... Volume 1. Auchterarder: 2. Old Picture Postcards. Volume 2.
The Annals of Auchterarder and Memorials... Strathearn: Fasc. of 1899 Edition.

The Perthshire Book This collection of essays is the story of Perthshire, Scotland's heartland, where many of her greatest treasures are to be found. The area resonates with folklore and incident; it was the birthplace of Rob Roy and also inspired some of Scott's finest work.

Perth and Kinross: An Illustrated... Architectural Guide.

The Southern Perthshire Tourism Association.

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