Perth And Dundee
of raspberries and strawberries stretch between the ancient
cities of Perth and Dundee, while further north wooded glens
and tranquil lochs show some of Scotland's wilder side. This
is a region of Scotland rich in history and legend: many kings
were crowned at Scone, Macbeth scanned Birnam from Dunsinane
Hill, Guinevere was imprisoned at Barry Hill, and ghosts still
stalk the corridors of Glamis Castle.
Folk Museum, open only in summer, has collection of agricultural
and domestic artefacts.
and unsignposted village built on private property. Houses overlook
village green split by rushing burn.
of Pictish fort on top of hill. Guinevere, King Arthur's queen,
is said to have been imprisoned here for loving Pictish prince.
View rewards climb.
dating from 19th century, on River Tay. Birnam Wood mostly birch
and oak. Terrace Walk along right bank of Tay passes oak said
to be last survivor of original Birnam Wood featured in prophecy
of Macbeth's death.
largest working water wheel on view at Keathbank Mill. Heraldic
crests centre here. Two towns linked by 19th century bridge
over River Ericht. North of town, river rushes through 200ft
deep gorge overlooked by 17th century Craighall.
as finest 2 acres of private garden in country. Gardeners from
all over world come to see collection of plants including rhododendrons,
alpines, and herbaceous and peat-garden plants.
village in sheltered gorge at meeting place of River Ardle and
Black Water. Choice of walks through deciduous forests.
A large oblong structure with a battlemented top; erected about the beginning of the sixteenth century.
House and Country Park
brown bears, wolves, lynxes, arctic foxes, reindeer, raccoons
and golden eagles can be seen at wildlife centre. Other activities
include golf, horse riding, tennis and Adventure Park. House
has golf museum tracing sport's history.
This tower house bears the dates 1569 and 1588, and was a seat of the Strachan family. Later it belonged to the celebrated John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee. It is still roofed and is a fine example of a fortified residence on the "three-stepped" or Z-plan, having a round tower at each of two diagonally opposite corners. These towers are corbelled out to form overhanging cap-houses in a remarkably picturesque manner. The ground floor of the castle is well provided with wide-mouthed gun-loops.
Built in the 16th Century, was formerly the seat of the Scrymgeours, hereditary constables of Dundee.
From Law of Dundee, hill of volcanic rock in centre of town,
views of surrounding areas including docks. Iron Age hill-fort
and War Memorial here. McManus Galleries have displays of history
and art including Dutch, French, Italian and British paintings,
and oldest known astrolabe dating from 1555. Barrack Street
Museum has natural history exhibits. Steeple of St Mary's Tower,
dating from 16th century, now museum of church and local history.
Ruins of Mains of Fintry Castle in Caird Park. Mills Observatory
has displays on astrology and space travel, and allows public
to use telescopes. Traditional methods of sweet making explained
at Shaw's Sweet Factory- Frigate Unicorn, oldest British-built
ship still afloat is now museum for Royal Navy. Discovery,
Captain Scott's ship, has displays of ship's history, with
actors reliving events on board. In suburb of Broughty Ferry,
4 miles east of town, Broughty Castle houses museum of whaling
and local life.
cathedral dates from 12th century, 14th-century choir now houses
parish church. Cathedral and High Streets have restored 17th-century
houses, one of which has metal ell, measurement for cloth, on
wall. Scottish Horse Museum has memorabilia of one of Scotland's
two Highland yeomanry regiments.
Age hill-fort enclosed by strong rampart -- said to be site
of Macbeth's castle.
symbol stone in ruins of Eassie church. Cross and figures carved
on one side; elephant men and animals on other.
Marnock's Church dates from 1453 and has medieval painted panels,
bronze alms dish and bell dated 1508. Jougs -- iron collars
for tying up wrongdoers -- still hang from oak doors. Nearby
Fowlis Castle built early 17th century.
Castle, childhood home of Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess
Margaret, reputed to be most haunted stately home in Britain.
Six-storey tower built in 15th century, but wings, turrets and
castellated parapets added in the 17th century. Collection of
tapestries, paintings, furniture and weapons. Parkland and formal
garden laid out by Capability Brown; also 2lft high sundial
with 84 dials. Angus Folk Museum in Kirkwynd has collection
of furnishings, clothes and tools used by local community over
last 200 years housed in 19th-century cottages. Glamis Stone
nearby has intricate carvings.
gentle, forested slopes around village of Clova, glen narrows
to wild mountain home of red deer, wildcat and ptarmigan.
Isla runs through picturesque valley for 17 miles. Loch fishing,
horse riding and cross-country skiing. Highland Adventure Centre
at Knockshannach, east of Kirkton of Glenisla.
cairn in memory of Captain Scott and Dr Wilson, who planned
their Antarctic exploration at Dr Wilson's home in the glen.
Walks through birch woods along glen.
leads through wooded area containing numerous exotic trees,
beneath 19th-century railway bridge, along River Braan, past
18th-century bridge to folly over-looking waterfall.
Motor Heritage Centre
and vintage cars, costumes and accessories displayed in authentic
period settings. Driving game, free slot-car racing and motor
of castellated mansion consisting of two medieval towers, linked
by--another tower in
17th century. Ceiling timbers carved with scrolls, fruit and
the faces of dragons and other animals. Fragments of colourful
wall paintings remain.
and ditches of timber fortress built by Roman general Agricola
in AD 83.
house is the start for Victorian walk which passes wooded river
bank where Queen Victoria once took tea, then 4 mile climb up
Kindrogan Hill where surrounding mountains are indicated on
overlooking Carse of Gowrie, River Tay and Ochil Hills. Kinnaird
Castle dates from 12th century -- restored in 1855 and now private
Forter Castle stands 4 miles north-west of village. The village
itself is on River Isla.
of author and playwright J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan.
His home now houses Bane Museum. On hill behind the graveyard
where Barrie is buried is cricket pavilion with camera obscura.
Views north towards highlands and south across Strathmore Valley.
loch with large numbers of nesting water birds. Observation
of the Lowes
is part of Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. Hide allows for
viewing of water birds and pair of nesting ospreys. Visitor
centre has wildlife exhibition and several small aquaria. Woods
surrounding centre populated by roe and fallow deer.
grounds of this 15th-century castle have a physic garden, 16th
century rose garden, astrological garden and 1000 year old yews.
Museum contains 25 Pictish and early Christian carved stones,
found in churchyard.
hedge, 100ft high and 580yds long, forms eastern border of Marquis
of Lansdowne's home, said to be largest hedge of its kind in
Ancient city, made Royal Burgh in 1210, though few old buildings
remain. St John's Kirk consecrated in 1243, but now mainly 15th
century. From here, John Knox preached his sermon on idolatry
that resulted in church wrecking throughout Scotland. Restored
mill from 18th century produces flour and oatmeal in the traditional
way. Fair Maid of Perth's House, once home of Catherine Glover,
heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel, now a craft shop. Black
Watch Museum and Gallery holds treasures of High-land regiments.
Perth Art Gallery and Museum has displays of local history,
art, natural history and archaeology. Whisky blending explained
at Dewar's distillery. Walk up Kinnoul Hill to folly at top,
views of surrounding area.
of 18th century cottages and houses. North-east stands a prehistoric
waterfall where River Isla cascades into deep gorge.
castellated mansion, enlarged in 1803 around 16th century and
earlier buildings. Place where kings of Scotland were crowned.
Interior reveals china, ivories, clocks and exquisite French
furniture -- including Marie Antoinette's writing table. Grounds
include pinetum, wood-land garden, children's play-ground and
picnic area. Elaborately decorated chapel on Moot Hill in front
example of Iron Age earth house, comprising passage, long gallery
and small inner chambers. Close by is dovecote shaped like house,
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