Attractions

Scotland is renowned for its grand mountains, its golden sands on the east coast and its silver sands on the west coast, its wildlife, its castles, its produce; but it has so much more to offer both indoors and outdoors.

Here you will find many outdoor activities for young and old alike depending on your physical abilities or lack of same. Hill walking, mountain climbing, white water rafting, skiing in winter are within easy reach of any B&B. Art galleries, theatres and cinemas are found in cities, while you might come across vintage car rallies, game fayres, bird displays, plays by travelling actors in the grounds of stately homes or castles. The wonders of modern technology like the Falkirk Wheel and sculptures such as the famous Kelpies nearby show the expertise and innovation that has always been the mark of Scottish ingenuity. So rain or shine you will find something to keep you entertained wherever you are in Scotland.  Your B&B host will have an intimate knowledge of what is a “must see” in the area.

Attractions in Angus and Dundee

Attractions in Argyll, The Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and The Forth Valley

Attractions in Ayrshire and Arran

Attractions in The Borders

Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

Attractions in Edinburgh and The Lothians

Attractions in The Highlands and Isle of Skye

Attractions in The Kingdom of Fife

Attractions in Perthshire

Angus and Dundee

Camera Obscura

A Camera Obscura, housed in the cricket pavilion on Kirrie Hill overlooking the Little Red Toon of Kirriemuir in Angus, is one of only three in Scotland. Here you mount a little staircase to a darkened viewing turret. Staring down at a large white saucer, you see projected before you a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding Angus Glens, with people and cars moving around in real time. As a boy, the author of Peter Pan, Sir J. M. Barrie, was fascinated by one he saw in Dumfries and it is suspected that this gave him his inspiration for the flying children.  In 1930, on the day he was granted the freedom of his birthplace, Kirriemuir, he donated this Camera Obscura to the town.  Today’s children (and their parents) can experience the same thrill. Now operated by a dedicated band of volunteers, it is open during the summer months.

Mills Observatory

The Observatory stands at the summit of Balgay Hill amid a woodland setting, in the City of Dundee - one city, many discoveries. Stars and planets can be viewed through a Victorian telescope in Britain’s first publicly owned, purpose built, observatory. Knowledgeable staff take you on guided tours through the galaxy during planetarium

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)

Built in 1999, is now the hub of Dundee’s cultural area.  As the name implies, it houses exhibitions of contemporary artists in every media. Activities designed for public participation; galleries, cinemas, print workshops, shop and research facilities are grouped around a central social space and cafe. This is where you will find the “buzz” created by the myriad of people from students, to artists, cinema aficionados, and those who enjoy good food. Open all day, all year.

Brechin Caledonian Railway

With its steam and diesel trains the railway runs on a restored 4 - mile long line between a Victorian terminus stations in the centre of Brechin to the country station near the historic House of Dun. At weekends in summer passengers can enjoy the pleasant Angus countryside, while children can have an exciting day out with 'Thomas the Tank Engine' on special days.

Discovery Point and RSS Discovery

Both of these attractions are situated at the waterfront of Dundee. Before boarding Captain Scott’s ship you can enjoy an exhibition with audiovisual shows, computer-based multimedia and displays of the actual artefacts of the crew. Here you will discover amazing facts about Antarctica and the experiences of the brave crew who sailed into the unknown early in the 20th century. Imagine if you had to chip ice off your mattress because it was stuck to the side of your room, well in Antarctica it was so cold that that is exactly what those aboard Discovery had to do! Now you can climb aboard the ship and see for yourself the conditions on a heroic voyage albeit without the cold and the dangers.  A visit is a great day out for all the family all year round.  A snack or meal in the café is a bonus. 

Dundee Science Centre

Exciting activities are housed in an ultra-modern building near the water front in Dundee.  Young and old can enjoy a whole day of interactive exhibits based on the life sciences.  Children can explore the senses and especially enjoy crawling through a giant nose.  For really young visitors there is a soft play area near the café so parents can enjoy a cup of coffee while keeping an eye on their offspring.  Roborealm is an area where older children can challenge the robots.  Adults can test their skills on Mindball – using the mind to drive a ball along a straight line.  The solar system and computer skills can be explored.  Keyhole surgery is a daily show. These are only a few of the activities designed to advance an understanding of science and how it affects our everyday lives.  There are enough buttons to press to satisfy anyone’s curiosity.  Temporary exhibitions mean that no matter how often you visit there is always more to see and explore. During school holidays special play/learning activities are introduced.  There is disabled access and the centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm

Argyll, The Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and The Forth Valley

The Kelpies

The Kelpies were only completed in 2014, but they have quickly become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. Conceived by sculptor Andy Scott, they form the centrepiece of a regeneration project called 'The Helix' in the formerly industrial area of Falkirk. Situated where the Forth and Clyde Canal meets the River Carron, the 30 metre high sculptures guard the turning pools of the canal and are visible for miles around. Apart from the beauty of the sculptures, they have to be seen to fully appreciate the feat of engineering which made them possible.

The Falkirk Wheel

Just 4 miles further along the Forth and Clyde Canal you will find the the fascinating Falkirk Wheel. This engineering marvel has been intriguing visitors for years with its ingenious solution to transporting canal barges up (or down) an incline of 24 metres, Where once a series of 11 Victorian locks completed the task, now a cantilever boat lift does the job in minutes. Either watch the wheel in action or take one of the boat trips and experience it in person.

Tobermory

Tobermory is the colourful capital of the Isle of Mull which you have probably seen in guide books, but never knew where it was. The shops and restaurants along the harbour have been painted in many cheerful colours which have made it a popular tourist destination as well as a well used film location the childrens' television programme 'Balamory' was filmed here. Obviously the island can only be reached by ferry, but it is close enough to the mainland for a day trip, and there is enough on the Island to keep you occupied for much longer. Several boat operators can take you out from Tobermory to look for seals, porpoise, dolphins and whales which are frequently seen in the sea around Mull.

The Engine Shed

This exciting project sees the transformation of a former railway engine shed in Stirling into a fascinating conservation centre focused on preserving Scotland's built heritage. As well as teaching future generations to learn the skills needed to look after our buildings, the public are also invited to come along and learn about/interact with exhibitions and hands on building materials. This will be great for anyone interested in traditional building methods, restoring an old building of their own or studying architecture. Due to open in 2017.

Scottish Antiques Centre

If you want to go home with a genuine piece of Scottish history as a memento of your holiday, then visiting the Scottish Antiques Centre would be the perfect place to start. Under one roof you will find hundreds of dealers selling a huge range of antiques from more portable items of jewellery, up to large pieces of furniture and works of art. There is even a handy coffee shop where you can take a break between browsing.

Cruachan Dam and Power Station

Cruachan Power Station lies deep within Ben Cruchan on the shores of Loch Awe, approximately 20 miles from Oban. Sometimes called 'The Hollow Mountain', this working power station uses massive turbines to transform the power of water into electricity. This is a unique opportunity to go underground and see this magnificent dam in operation. Take a guided tour by special underground bus or explore the visitor centre with exhibitions, cafe, gift shop and picnic area.

Inverawe  Smokehouse Fisheries, Shop and Cafe

Inverawe Smokehouse is famous for its smoked salmon and can be found 3 miles from Taynuilt and  just a mile off the A85 heading  south  for Glasgow. A delightful single track road meanders up to the Park. Don't forget to watch out for the red squirrels en-route!  Apart  from all the wonderful walks on offer, you could get yourself an introductory course on fly fishing; visit the gift shop where all the smokehouse produce is on sale or just sample some at the cafe where delicious sandwiches, salads and home baking is available.

Ayrshire and Arran

Ayr Racecourse

Racing in Ayr started in the 1500s, but the first official meeting took place in 1771 in the Seafield area of the town and was a mile oval with sharp bends.  During the 1800s the Western Meeting was established and was classed as the most valuable two-year-old race of the season in the UK.  The Ayr Gold Cup, part of the Western Meeting, is now the richest sprint handicap in Europe.  A new course based on that of Newbury was opened in 1907 and a jumps track added in the 1950s and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to the current site in 1966.  Enjoy spectacular racing and hospitality at Scotland’s 5 star, Grade 1 track visitor attraction, including fine dining restaurants and stylish bars.

The Harbour Arts Centre

Situated on the west coast and located by the very pretty Irvine harbourside the centre is a multi-purpose venue hosting a variety of events and exhibitions.  There is a vibrant programme of live music, comedy, amateur and professional theatre and exhibitions throughout the year for all the family.  Visit the two multipurpose studios and enjoy the views over the harbour with a ‘lite’ bite or coffee at the Hacbar adjacent to the centre.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

A great day out for all the family in Ayr whatever the weather.  From toddlers to teens and even adults, there is plenty on offer.  Visit the wide range of animals from Little Critters such as rabbits to the larger variety of camels, llamas and donkeys.  Burn off some energy on the trampolines, boats, tractors, assault course or the aerial runway to mention but a few.  Have fun on the Quad bikes suitable for all ages and if the weather is wet then there is plenty to see and do in the undercover Play n’ Wild adventure barn.  Don’t forget the Play Zone for toddlers with slides, see-saws and many things to occupy little hands. Pop in to the ‘Scallywags’ coffee bar, or for something more substantial ‘Roosters’ restaurant or bring your own and have a picnic, benches and tables provided.   Open 7 days a week from mid March to October.

Kilmory and Kilmory Beach

This bright and welcoming village in the south west of Arran is the home of the famous Isle of Arran Cheese which you can watch being made from a viewing gallery at the Torrylinn Creamery established in 1946.  Although it is one village it comprises three parts, Torrylinn, Kilmory and Lagg, Kilmory being the oldest.  The hidden gem, Kilmory Beach, can be found by taking the farm track at Torrylinn, or via ‘Lovers Lane’.  A short circular walk will take you to what is possibly the best beach on Arran.

Flying Fever Paragliding

Run by Zabdi Keen and her partner Maurice Geraghty, Flying Fever Paragliding was set up in 1993.  There are over 30 flying sites on the island taking in all wind directions so why not try Paragliding whilst you are on the island.  Start off with a Funday and get an aerial view of Arran flying tandem with an instructor, progress to Funday solo training or even a 5 day elementary pilots course.  An exciting way to spend a holiday - learn to fly!

The Borders

Glentress and Innerleithen 7stanes Mountain biking

If you love mountain biking then Glentress and Innerleithen have the reputation for providing some of the best mountain biking in the UK. Situated in the Tweed valley, Glentress has won several acclaimed awards with brilliant trails of all grades and a brand new state of the art visitor centre. Innerleithen is a few miles further south east from Glentress and is the preserve of the more experienced mountain biker with awesome downhill and freeride trails and a cracking red graded XC route.

Bowhill House

Not far from Selkirk you can find Bowhill House, with a wide range of outdoor activities for all the family. From walking and hiking to fishing and horse riding and there's an adventure playground for the kids as well.

Bemersyde Moss, St Boswells

A 25 hectacre reserve with open water and marsh vegetation surrounded by grassland and woodland. There is a breeding colony of around 14,000 pairs of black headeds gulls and there are also a wintering population of wigeon and greylag geese. Owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and located at OS ref. NT 614340.

Chain Bridge Honey Farm Visitor Centre, Berwick

The honey farm was established more than 30 years ago and has over 1000 colonies of bees which provide the honey and beeswax used to create the range of products offered for sale. There's a wide and interesting range of exhibits at the visitor centre relating to bee keeping and bee related products. Located at OS ref NT 936508

The Gypsy Memorial, Kirk Yetholm

Unveiled in 2003, this piece of stone from Blinkbonny Quarry stands as a memorial to the Gypsies of  Kirk Yetholm and at the same time is a memorial to Tom Tokey, a renowned local historian with a special interest in and knowledge of the Gypsies of Kirk Yetholm. Located at OS ref NT828282

Dumfries and Galloway

Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Forest Park has everything – there's archaeology with iron age roundhouses near to the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre,  abundant wildlife throughout the park from the seashore to mountaintop, for those who are patient, spotting red and roe deer, otters and red squirrels, nightjars and black grouse is possible (though probably not all in the same day).  Bike hire is available to explore the many miles of cycle tracks.   Mountains, lochs and rivers are all there to be explored. Galloway Forest Park has 300 square miles of wonderful scenery and is known to have the darkest sky in Europe for watching the night sky.

Galloway Forest Park has everything – there's archaeology with iron age roundhouses near to the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre,  abundant wildlife throughout the park from the seashore to mountaintop, for those who are patient, spotting red and roe deer, otters and red squirrels, nightjars and black grouse is possible (though probably not all in the same day).  Bike hire is available to explore the many miles of cycle tracks.   Mountains, lochs and rivers are all there to be explored. Galloway Forest Park has 300 square miles of wonderful scenery and is known to have the darkest sky in Europe for watching the night sky.

Mabie Farm Park

A great day out for children, Mabie Farm Park in Dumfries combines indoor and outdoor entertainment for children of all ages while still capturing the essence and feel of an original dairy farm. There's loads to see and do, from quad biking to donkey rides, rare breeds of pigs, sheep and goats to visit, as well as ponies and horses, guinea pigs, chipmunks, peacocks and quail are just a few of the smaller animals. There's a  farm shop and restaurant to complete a great day out for all the family.

Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

The Grey Mare's Tail is a spectacular 200ft waterfall tumbling down a steep drop from Loch Skeen to the valley of the Moffat Water below. It is part of the nature reserve run by the National Trust for Scotland, offering wonderful upland scenery and walking opportunities. The Grey Mare's Tail is the fifth highest waterfall in Britain and it so impressed Sir Walter Scott he wrote a poem about the falls.  The nature Reserve is a Special Area of Conservation as it contains not only rare upland flora and wild goats but bird watchers can spot peregrines and ravens. Walkers can also visit the Tail Burn Fort which is an Iron Age earthwork, also known as the 'Giant's Grave' although it is not a burial mound.

Solway Coast Heritage Trail

The Solway Coast Heritage Trail is a way marked driving route between the vast tidal flats of the Solway Firth starting at Annan and the towering sea cliffs of the Rhins. The drive includes Scotland's most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway. The magnificent coastline is richly endowed with estuaries, rocky headlands, sandy bays, stony beaches and cliffs with caves to inspire the imagination. Along the way there are three National Scenic Areas, recognised for their outstanding natural beauty – the Solway Firth, Luce Bay and Sands and Mull of Galloway are special areas of conservation for their habitats and species.

Edinburgh & The Lothians

Her Majesty's Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia was in service for 40 years and sailed over one million miles. Permanently moored at Ocean Terminal in Leith Britannia is a fascinating day out for any visitor. See how the Queen and Prince Philip lived when aboard, visit the laundry, the galley and the crews quarters. Open all year.

Princes Street & Gardens

Unique in the world - on one side, Princes Street is a vibrant city shopping experience, with fabulous views of Edinburgh Castle and the old Town - while on the other, acres of gardens, wonderful for walking round in the summer.   Home to Christmas Markets in the winter and during the Edinburgh Festival, the Gardens host many Festival Fringe performances.

Edinburgh New Town

Edinburgh New Town is not really very new, it was built in the mid to late 1700s and is famous throughout the world as a wonderful example of urban planning as it combines elegant neo classical architecture with spacious and comfortable housing.

Musselburgh

Musselburgh is the largest town in East Lothian, with a long and interesting history dating back to Roman times. Musselburgh Racecourse and Musselburgh Links golf course are both well known sporting venues. The Links are now acknowledged as the oldest continuously played golf course in the world.

Dalkeith Country Park

Only five miles from Edinburgh, Dalkeith Country Park is a great day out, with bluebell walks, cycle routes, fishing and horse riding. There's an Adventure Playground for children and an abundance of wildlife across the estate. A new family friendly catering leisure and retail centre is opening in Summer 2016 in the Stableyard.

Murrayfield

The home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield Stadium is the largest sports venue in Scotland. Experienced guides will tell you of decades of Rugby at Murrayfield from the first international match held in 1871 to the historic victory against the Australians in 2009 to achieve Scotland's first Grand Slam.

National Library

The National Library of Scotland is spread across several buildings in Edinburgh, however the headquarters are on George IV Bridge. Holding 7 million books, 14 million printed items and more than 2 million maps, the National Library is one of Scotland's National Collections. With a fascinating history going back to it's origins as the Advocates Library in the 1600s and the generous donations which enabled the building of the present headquarters.  The Collection contains many remarkable items, copies of the Gutenburg Bible, the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, ancient family manuscripts of the Clan Sinclair dating back to 1488, Shakespeare's First Folio and the letter written by Charles Darwin submitted with the manuscript for the Origin of Species, to name a few.

Register House

New Register House is located at the West End of Princes Street and is a must for anyone doing geneological research into their family history. Their records include registers of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships, dissolutions and adoptions.

Greyfriar's Bobby

Bobby was a Skye Terrier, who became very well known in 19th century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until his own death on the 14th January 1872. The statue commemorating Greyfriar's Bobby is a popular meeting point to this day.

Highlands and Isle of Skye

The Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal connects the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and four fresh-water lochs, Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochy and is the only canal capable of carrying ships of up to 500 tons from one side of the UK to the other. Built between 1803 and 1822 it was planned and supervised by Thomas Telford. Hire a motor cruiser or a yacht and travel along the 60 miles of the Great Glen, through fantastic scenery, superb fishing, under swing bridges, numerous locks culminating at Neptune’s Staircase, a flight of eight locks at Banavie, Fort William.  Hunt for Nessie around the deep waters surrounding Urquhart Castle, visit the Falls of Foyers, Cherry Island  - a Crannog – at Fort Augustus, the ruins of Invergarry Castle, the Well of the Seven Heads and look for Golden Eagles along Laggan Avenue between Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.  As you arrive at Banavie you will see the majestic Ben Nevis.  Shops, Restaurants, Inns can be found along the length of the canal. 

Leault Working Sheepdogs

Lying between Aviemore and Kingussie lies Leault Farm where Neil Ross holds his Working Sheepdog demonstrations.  Watch around 12 dogs herding the sheep and ducks, try your hand at shearing, bottle feed the orphan lambs, cuddle the puppies.  Neil has appeared several times on “One Man and His Dog” and in the Scottish Sheepdog Trials”.  This could be the highlight of your holiday.    Souvenirs.  Demonstrations -  May to October daily. 

Strathpeffer Pump Room

This Grade 111 listed building houses an exhibition, interpretive displays and life sized models giving an insight into how the Victorians experienced the Spa treatments provided by the Pump Room in Strathpeffer.  From 1870 to 1939 it was one of Europe’s most popular health resorts and the high society of the day flocked to this pretty Highland village to experience all it had to offer.  Enjoy the restored adjacent gardens and the nearby spa pavilion which is now home to art exhibitions.  Bring back childhood memories by treating yourself at the Victorian sweet shop to some delicious old fashioned sweeties. Tourist Information point and shops all in a village setting.   Free entry. 

Skye Weavers

Roger and Andrea moved from Mull in 2012 to set up Skye Weavers in the old family croft house in Glendale on the Isle of Skye.  The colours and textures of mosses, grasses, rocks etc., feature in and give them inspiration for their designs.  All woven products are 100% wool and range from scarves and throws to home wares and a small range of women’s clothing.  Visit the weaving shed and see the fantastic array of colours come to life on their bicycle pedal-powered loom.  Everything is woven and sewn in house.   Follow the winding of the warp threads onto a home-built warping mill, made from a derelict Massey-Harris tractor rake and numerous bits and pieces. In the sewing room Andrea works her magic on her dressmaking creations.  You will definitely be inspired by every item in their shop.  

Glencoe Visitor Centre

Explore the history, wildlife and dramatic landscapes of Scotland’s most famous Glen at the National Trust for Scotland’s Visitor Centre.  Interactive exhibition, audio-visual presentations, children’s activities, shop and café can all be found in the centre.  Enjoy walking or climbing one of the 8 munros in what is now regarded as one of the best ‘wild’ landscapes in Scotland.  See the development of Glencoe over millions of years of geological and geomorphologic processes.  Visit the site of the infamous massacre of 1692, feel the drama of its many myths, whilst keeping an eye out for golden eagles, red deer and pine martens.  See how The Trust continually works on the habitat, footpath erosion, monitoring of species and maintains this wild landscape for your enjoyment.  Open all year.

Kingdom of Fife

Deep Sea World

Situated in North Queensferry, Scotland's National Aquarium boasts the longest underwater tunnel in the UK. Essential minerals from natural Scottish seawater from the Firth of Forth are nourishment for the animals in the displays. Visitors move through themed zones getting up close to one of the largest collections of predator sharks in Europe - safely enclosed, of course! You are then taken on an Underwater Safari around the world.  A great day out for adults and children alike -  and you can return time and time again as the exhibits are regularly changed. Fancy a shark dive to meet Sand Tiger Sharks, Angel sharks, Stingrays and Tope? - then purchase evouchers online.  Free car parking. Open all year.

Isle of May

The Isle of May is a Special Protection Area for breeding seabirds, and a Special Area of Conservation to protect its seals and the rocky underwater reefs around the island. It is protected by Scotland's National Nature Reserves. In the north of the outer Firth of Forth the Isle of May can be reached by boat trips from Anstruther on the May Princess or the Osprey almost daily from April to September.  Thereafter, the breeding season halts further trips. So what can you see? If you are there on the right day and your luck is in you may see one of the. 250,000 seabirds, which can include 120,000 Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags (best time for Puffins is from April to mid-August), also about 150 seals live all year round on the Isle of May. Porpoise and Dolphin and the odd whale can be seen. Other interests are the Isle of May Bird Observatory, which was founded in 1934 and manned by volunteers between March and November, the remains of a 12th Century Monastery built in memory of St. Adrian martyred on the island by Norsemen in the year 875 and the oldest light house in Scotland dating back to 1636

Scottish Deer Centre

Near the market town of Cupar is the Scottish Deer Centre where there are daily tours and feeding events. Rangers introduce you to deer species from around the world You learn about raptors, otters, wolves, red fox and wild cats and conservation efforts for rare and endangered species. There is an indoor play area in the advent of poor weather, a tree top walk and woodland walks. If that is all too much to take in there is respite in the shop for shopaholics and a lovely tearoom to put your feet up.

The Secret Bunker

Bizarrely the location of The Secret Bunker is sign posted from most places in Fife and as it is near St. Andrews it is easy to find. It's been known to the public when it was revealed in 1994, 40 years after being hidden underneath a farmhouse. You enter this nuclear bunker through a 450 foot (approx.135 metres) long tunnel to reach 100 feet (approx 30 metres) underground, feeling the heat increase as you go. The bunker was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War - a place where government officials could advise our citizens of what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. It all seems so naïve nowadays, but at the time a lot of thought had gone into it.  The exhibits are fascinating and as there are two large floors there is much technology to be seen.  The café food duplicates what was probably available to the operators at the time!

Craigtoun Park

Just two miles from the centre of St. Andrews lies Craigtoun Park, a beautiful estate with a putting green, a bowling green, a walled garden, Cypress  avenue, Italian garden, rose garden and mature trees and shrubs. For children there are boats, crazy golf, a miniature railway, bouncy castle, nature trail, adventure playground, and picnic areas. Mute swans, mallards, grey herons, red squirrels and European water voles can be seen around the numerous small lakes.

Perthshire

The Pitlochry Hydro Dam and Salmon Ladder

Between 1947 and 1951 as part of the Hydro Electric scheme in the Highlands, the River Tummel was dammed, flooding the old Pitlochry recreation field and creating the man-made Loch Faskally. In order to enable the annual migration of 5000+ Atlantic Salmon to pass through the dam wall to spawn upstream the impressive Fish Ladder was constructed -  310 metres in length, it has 34 pools linked together by circular tubes through which the salmon swim. There are two viewing windows in one of three resting pools where the salmon have a short respite before continuing their journey. There is a counter at the side that records how many salmon pass through each season.

Currently under construction and due to open autumn 2016 is a new £4 million Visitor Centre that will chronicle the story of the engineers who brought hydro power to Scotland together with details of the journey made by the salmon, as they return to native Perthshire rivers to spawn.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

On a visit to Pitlochry during the war, a gentleman called John Stewart made a promise to himself ‘When peace is declared I shall return to this spot to give thanks to God and establish my Festival’. On VE day, he spoke a silent prayer and vowed to fulfil his promise. Originally established in a weather-proof tent, Pitlochry Festival Theatre opened in May 1951 with the British premiere of Maxwell Anderson’s Mary of Scotland with Joss Ackland as Darnley.  It moved to its present site at Port na Craig on the banks of the River Tummel, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Highland Perthshire in 1981. Fondly known as ‘The Theatre in the Hills’, its unique repertoire system enables visitors to see different shows each night of the week and two on matinee days!  Each year more than 60,000 people attend performances known for their high quality and wonderful sets and costumes.

Explorers: The Scottish Plant Hunters Garden

This wonderful six acre wooded garden is open from April through to November. Divided into different parts of the world, it tells the story of Scotland’s successful Plant Hunters from days gone by. Sponsored by the botanical gardens of Edinburgh and Kew, the Royal Horticultural Society as well as private backers, they travelled the world searching for rare and unknown plants and flowers to bring back to our shores.  Guided tours are available telling the story of their incredible exploits and wondrous finds

House of Bruar

Situated north of Pitlochry on the A9, the House of Bruar is renowned for its excellent range of ladies and gents clothing, quality country wear, tweeds and cashmere. The Food Hall and Delicatessen showcase the best of fresh Scottish produce together with selected gourmet delights from across the globe. A delicious selection of cold snacks and hot meals are also available at very competitive prices in the spacious restaurant.

Heathergems Visitor Centre and Factory Shop

While Heathergems jewellery and giftware can be purchased in shops throughout the UK, their manufacture is exclusive to Pitlochry. Made from heather stems collected from the surrounding hills and moor, the stems are cleaned, dyed, compressed, shaped, lacquered and finally fitted by artisans into silver and gold.  The jewellery and giftware produced is unique to Scotland and makes the ideal present for friends and family.

The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre

The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre, located at Abernyte, half way between Perth and Dundee offers a wonderful, eclectic mix of antiques and collectables together with an extensive range of contemporary furniture and soft furnishing.  A selection of designer clothing and accessories together with a food hall selling quality produce is also on site. The Café Circa offers delicious homemade food and friendly service making it a perfect venue for a refreshment stop.

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