of Scotland, Perth and Dundee
Fields 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 rich in history
and legend: 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.
Alyth Folk Museum, open
only in summer, has collection of agricultural and domestic artefacts.
Secluded and unsignposted
village built on private property. Houses overlook village green
split by rushing burn.
Remains 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.
Village, 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
Scotland's 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.
Described 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.
Peaceful village in sheltered
gorge at meeting place of River Ardle and Black Water. Choice
of walks through deciduous forests.
House and Country Park
European 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.
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,
ship still afloat is now museum for Royal Navy. 11115 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.
Ruined 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
Iron Age hill-fort enclosed
by strong rampart -- said to be site of Macbeth's castle.
Pictish symbol stone
in ruins of Eassie church. Cross and figures carved on one side;
elephant men and animals on other.
St 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
Glamis 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.
From gentle, forested
slopes around village of Clova, glen narrows to wild mountain
home of red deer, wildcat and ptarmigan.
River 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.
Roadside 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
Walk leads through wooded
area containing numerous exotic trees, beneath 19th-century railway
bridge, along River Braan, past 18th-century bridge to folly over-looking
Motor Heritage Centre
Classic and vintage cars,
costumes and accessories displayed in authentic period settings.
Driving game, free slot-car racing and motor heritage videos.
Remains of castellated
mansion consisting of two medieval towers, linked by--another
17th century. Ceiling timbers carved with scrolls, fruit and the
faces of dragons and other animals. Fragments of colourful wall
Ramparts and ditches
of timber fortress built by Roman general Agricola in AD 83.
Three-storey 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 circular map.
Village overlooking Carse
of Gowrie, River Tay and Ochil Hills. Kinnaird Castle dates from
12th century -- restored in 1855 and now private home.
Ruined Forter Castle
stands 4 miles north-west of village. The village itself is on
Birthplace 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.
Freshwater loch with
large numbers of nesting water birds. Observation hides.
Loch 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.
The grounds of this 15th-century
castle have a physic garden, 16th-century rose garden, astrological
garden and 1000-year-old yews.
Meigle Museum contains
25 Pictish and early Christian carved stones, found in churchyard.
Beech hedge, 100ft high
and 580yds long, forms eastern border of Marquis of Lansdowne's
-- said to be largest hedge of its kind in world.
Ancient city, made Royal
Burgh in 1210, though few old buildings remain. St John's Kirk
conse-crated 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.
Village of 18th-century
cottages and houses. North-east stands a prehistoric burial mound.
where River Isla cascades into deep gorge.
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 of palace.
of Iron Age earth house, comprising pas-sage, long gallery and
small inner chambers. Close by is dovecote shaped like house,