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Local Attractions
Though within an hour's drive from Edinburgh Airport, Drumkilbo's location north east of Perth is unmistakably in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. Within less than an hour, guests can reach the very heart of Highland Perthshire, where towns such as Blairgowrie, Crieff, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and Pitlochry present a very different face to the world from the one offered by the capital city of Edinburgh, yet all the advantages and attractions of Lowland Scotland remain equally accessible.

Dunkeld CathedralHighland Perthshire
Visitors do not need to leave the confines of Perthshire to experience some of the very best scenery that Scotland has to offer. The countryside of this historic county encompasses hills, glens, lochs and mountains in plenty, affording the very finest opportunities for walking, rambling and hillclimbing. The Hermitage at Dunkeld offers woodland walks along the banks of the River Bran; the Birks o' Aberfeldy bring to mind Burns' song of the same name; the Falls of Bruar present a circular walk to view a fine series of waterfalls; and the famous Queen's View at Loch Tummel represents picture-postcard Scotland.

Castles, Gardens and Visitor Attractions
Scone PalaceGuests staying at Drumkilbo have the opportunity to visit some of Scotland's finest castles. Just five minutes away is Glamis Castle, the childhood home of HM The Queen Mother and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Also near at hand is Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of Mansfield. The Moot Hill at Scone was the Ancient Crowning Place of the Kings of Scots and the original home of the Stone of Destiny. A little farther away, but still well within an hour's drive, is Blair Castle, the home of the Dukes of Atholl. Its whitewashed, turreted facade represents most people's idea of a traditional Highland castle. The Estates of all three properties boast extensive policies, gardens and woodlands.

Falkland PalaceOther properties within easy reach include a number owned by the National Trust for Scotland. These include Falkland Palace, a Renaissance royal hunting lodge favoured by Mary Queen of Scots; Kellie Castle and its magnificient walled garden; and Hill of Tarvit, a Lorimer mansion near Cupar in Fife. Many private gardens open during the summer months under the auspices of Scotland's Garden Scheme. Major gardens worth visiting include the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and the Botanic Gardens in Dundee and St Andrews.

Other attractions include Discovery Point and Verdant Works in Dundee, both multi award-winning visitor centres. Lovers of the performing arts will appreciate the fine theatres available locally in Dundee, Perth, Pitlochry and St Andrews.

St Andrews and Fife
St Andrews CathedralSt Andrews is, of course, famous the world over as the home of golf (see our activities page), but this is by no means the limit of its attraction. Golf flourished in St Andrews because of the natural links, but also because of the town's importance as a centre of religion and education. In medieval times, it was the third most important place of pilgrimage in Europe after Canterbury and Compestella. Today, the compact town centre is comprised mainly of small independent shops, with very few of the national chains that have robbed our high streets elsewhere of local character, while the ruins of the Castle, the Cathedral and other historic buildings offer fascinating glimpses of the past.

Many visitors to Fife spend all their time in St Andrews, but there is much to see elsewhere. The East Neuk, in particular, should not be missed. This string of medieval fishing villages, comprising Crail, Pittenweem, Anstruther, St Monance, Elie and others, offers picturesque harbours backed by whitewashed houses with traditional pantiles and crow-stepped gables, and is a magnet for artists and photographers. And, as you'd expect, some of the fish restaurants are outstanding.

The Meadows, Blairgowrie

Your Intinerary
In this page, we have tried to provide a broad sweep of the attractions within an hour's drive of Drumkilbo, but we have barely skimmed the surface of all that is available. Let us know your interests, and we will arrange an intinerary customised to your requirements.

Scotland's vibrant capital city offers visitors a unique shopping experience, with Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens overlooked quite splendidly by the Castle.

Old Edinburgh is represented by the Royal Mile; this ancient thoroughfare leads down from the Castle to Hollyrood Palace.

In August each year, the city hosts the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, arguably the most famous event of its kind in the world.

The Whisky Trail
For lovers of Scotland's national drink, there are a number of famous distilleries within easy reach of Drumkilbo. If this tempts you, let us arrange a tour for you.

Just one local example is the Glenturret Distillery at Crieff, where guests can be met by a piper and enjoy a guided tour of the premises - with tastings! - before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in the corporate suite.

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