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Perthshire - The Heart of Scotland
Perthshire is in the heart of Scotland. Dunkeld and Blair Atholl are attractive villages just off the A9, the main road to the Highlands. Dunkeld has Cathedral on the banks of the River Tay and Blair Castle at Blair Atholl is one of the best in Scotland as well as the castle, there are gardens and a large estate, over which are walking and cycling trails; you may be lucky enough to be there when te Atholl Highlanders parade; this is the only private army in Europe. Highland Perthshhire is walking territory and where better to go than the Tay Forest Park, which is in the care of the Forestry Commission Scotland, and which has an extensive network of walks.
Head west from Pitlochry and you pass through Aberfeldy before reaching Kenmore and Loch Tay, To experience remote Scotland at its best, head west through Rannoch Moor to Rannoch Station, one of the most remote places in Scotland; there is a small tea-room at the station. A visit to Faskally Forest near Pitlochry is a must-visit; with soating trees and a rich mix of woodland species,and plenty of wildlife.
The county of Angus, fertile farmland, is less well known to many visitors; Blairgowrie is a busy market town, and Alyth, not far away, is a good starting point from which to explore the Angus Glens, ideal for walking and for bird-spotting - try Glen Prosen, Glen Isla, Glen Clova and Glen Esk.
Arbroath on the east coast has good beaches and playgrounds for the children and the nearby village of Monifieth is a good place to stay. For –lovers of Scotland’s heritage, Arbroath Abbey is a must; Angis is known as the birthplace of the nation because it was here, in 1320, that Robert the Bruce and his nobles signed the Declaration of Independence, vowing that never would Scots submit to the English. Reminiscent of a gentler age, is the House of Dun, epitomising the way of life of the landed gentry.
Perthshire and Angus are also great for bird-watchers. Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld has ospreys, great crested grebes, coots, mallards, herons and goldeneye ducks. Montrose Basin is great for sea-birds and migrating birds, especially in the spring for migrating birds. And don't forget Carnoustie, one of the world’s great golf courses and Monifieith, somewhere that retains the atmosphere of a village, with individual shops.
Dundee, City Of Discovery: On the Firth of Tay, is the home of the RRS Discovery – the ship on which Robert Falcon Scott sailed to the Antarctic. The ship and its visitor centre present a vivid picture of what life was like for these intrepid explorers.
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