When visiting us at Monarchs House, may we suggest an alternative to golf? We have arranged with Mike Taylor of “Discover Scotland with Calluna Tours” to offer our guests some other exciting options.
(E) = Also available evenings
Close to Perth’s beautiful old bridge and unspoilt riverside buildings, we find `Scotland’s Treasure House’, which has superb collections of porcelain, French furniture, paintings and ivories in richly furnished apartments. The kings of Scotland were crowned here for almost 500 years.
Set in the rural tranquillity of Perthshire’s rolling hills, and with its great height, rounded towers and distinctive pointed turrets, it is a beautiful and imposing castle. A royal residence since 1372, it was the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother, and legendary setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
The country residence and hunting lodge of many Scottish monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots. The internationally renowned walled gardens, have within them, the world’s oldest Royal/Real tennis court, still in use today. The mediaeval village itself is a unique gem.
The Fishing Villages (E)
There are many fine old fishing villages with quaint red pan tiled cottages with crow-stepped gables and narrow streets leading down to picturesque harbours with stunning coastal views.
Kellie Castle and Tarvit Mansion House
Two wonderful, but very different National Trust properties, dating from the 13th and 20th C’s. And, if they are of interest, antique shops and or the unique Wemyss pottery on the way.
Something Different? (E)
Combine local sightseeing with visits to an ancient occult site (still active), early Christian symbol and ancient standing stones.
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Scottish Antique Centres
The bulk of the shops are in the nearby Tayside area. Go to www.antiquetrail.co.uk in the guide booklet you will find they give details of any specialist interests. The Abernyte Antique Centre (no website) just north of Dundee is huge and well worth a visit.
You can visit either of two very different distilleries in a half day. Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery, or Glenturret, the oldest, but in many ways one of the most modern. Or make a day of it and; see two distilleries, superb mountains and the wonderful old Scottish towns of Dunkeld and Aberfeldy.
Stirling and Stirling Castle
After following the line of the Ochil Hills your first visit will be to the soaring 220 ft William Wallace (Braveheart) monument, and then on to the ancient castle, Argyll’s Lodging and the 14th C Church of the Holy Rood (cross) Finally to the ancient Royal Burgh of Culross.
Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond
After visiting the castle, we head west for picturesque Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest inland loch, travelling along the entire west shore, through the mountains to Loch Earn. We return through the wide farmlands of Glen Dochart, surrounded by mountains.
The tour starts with a drive around the city to the castle that dominates the city skyline and down the historic Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace. After being dropped off at the castle you walk along the Royal Mile with its many attractions (all downhill!) back to your pick-up point.
Blair Castle & Queens View
This tour takes you through superb mountain scenery to Queens View, a panoramic viewpoint high above Loch Tummel. After following the loch to Tummel Bridge we travel through heather clad mountains to Scotland’s most visited privately owned castle. A distillery visit can be substituted for either of the above.
Heading north up Glenshee, over The Devil’s Elbow, where in summer/autumn the hills are purple with heather/Calluna we arrive at Braemar. Then to Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s summer residence. Now on through the Grampian Mountains, to nearby Crathes Castle and its wonderful gardens.
A pure sightseeing day, visiting three beautiful glens, all very different in character, with opportunities for a 20 minute walk to the Airlie Monument with great views of the mountains and surrounding countryside.
Not all games are the same; find out what the Scots do to relax! A great fun day out. For more information just go on the web and enter Highland Games Scotland.