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Visitor attractions and information - Aberfeldy

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Attractions Castle Menzies, Weem, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2JD Tel: 01887 820982. A spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated. Bonnie Prince Charlie rested here on his way to Culloden in 1746. About 1.5 miles north of Aberfeldy.

Castle Menzies

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Attractions Croftmoraig Stone Circle, near Aberfeldy. Croftmoraig is an incredibly impressive monument, with its concentric rings and outliers on an artificial platform. The site was excavated in 1965. About 4 miles west of Aberfeldy.

Croftmoraig Stone Circle

Attractions Glengoulandie Deer Park, Foss, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH16 5HL. Tel: 01887 830495. Glengoulandie Country Park is situated at the foot of Schiehallion, "the fairy mountain of the Caledonians". www.glengoulandie.co.uk. About 8 miles west of Aberfeldy.

Glengoulandie Deer Park

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Visitor attractions and information - Arbroath

Attractions The red sandstone ruins of Arbroath Abbey are located close to the centre of the town. A splendid new visitors' centre contains a range of interpretative displays with a viewing gallery from which much of the Abbey can be seen. Location: In the centre of Arbroath.

Arbroath Abbey

Attractions Arbroath Smokies. Smoking haddock is still very much a cottage industry in Arbroath with a designated area within the town. When visiting Arbroath head for the "fit of the toon" where your nose will soon lead you to the nearest smoke house. www.arbroath-smokie.co.uk . Location: In the centre of Arbroath.

Arbroath Smokies

Attractions Barry Water Mill NTS, Barry, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7RJ. Tel: 01241 856761. Barry Mill was the heart of this small rural community in the 19th century, providing work and social opportunities for local people. Until as late as 1982 the mill was still working – the last of its kind in Angus – producing oatmeal and finally animal feed. About 8 miles west of Arbroath.

Barry Water Mill

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Visitor attractions and information - Auchterarder

Attractions Auchterarder Golf Club, Orchil Road, Auchterarder PH3 1LS Tel: 01764 662804. Auchterarder Golf Club is located in the heart of Perthshire and welcomes visitors all year round. Our parkland course has spectacular views towards Glendevon and runs along side the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. www.auchterardergolf.co.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Auchterarder.

Auchterarder Golf Club

Attractions Tullibardine Chapel, near Gleneagles. One of the most complete and unaltered small medieval churches in Scotland, founded in 1446 by the Murray family for the use of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl, and largely rebuilt about 1500. The church today is no longer in use but is well preserved with much of the original architectural detail still intact, in the care of Historic Scotland. About 4 miles west of Auchterarder.

Tullibardine Chapel

Attractions Drummond Castle, Muthill, Crieff, Perth & Kinross PH5 2AA. Tel: 01764 681257. The Castle is famous for its magnificent Italianate parterre gardens, one of the finest formal gardens in Europe. Originally laid out in 1630 by John Drummond, 2nd Earl of Perth and Italianised and embellished with a number of fine statues in 1830. A special feature is the unique 17th century Sundial. The castle is not open to the public, but the Gardens afford splendid views of the buildings and surrounding countryside. www. drummondcastlegardens.co.uk. About 9 miles northwest of Auchterarder.

Drummond Castle

Attractions Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie, Perthshire PH6 2JS. Tel: 01764 679469. Axis Deer, Beaver, Carsac Foxes, Chamois, Chinchillas, Chinese Water Deer, Chipmunks, Coatamundi, Donkey, Fallow Deer, Genit, Guinea Pigs, Goats and much more. Adventure playground, Picnic area, woodland walks. www.auchingarrich.co.uk. About 10 miles northwest of Auchterarder.

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

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Visitor attractions and information - Blair Atholl

Attractions Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL. Tel: 01796 481207. The ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, the castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years. It was one of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland, and visitors can enjoy the castle, its extensive collections and the beautiful grounds. www.blair-castle.co.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Blair Atholl.

Blair Castle

AttractionsKilliecrankie NTS Visitor Centre, Killiecrankie, Pitlochry, PH16 5LG. Tel: 01796 473233. Just to the south of Blair Atholl, the Pass of Killiecrankie was the site of a famous Jacobite battle in 1689. The Killiecrankie NTS Visitor Centre tells the story of the battle and of the local wildlife and vegetation that has led to Killiecrankie being declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. About 3 miles southeast of Blair Atholl.

Killiecrankie NTS Visitor Centre

Attractions Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5JP. Tel: 01796 473524. Edradour whisky is produced in Scotland's smallest distillery, lying in the hills overlooking Pitlochry from the east. Edradour is the last survivor of the long tradition of farmhouse distilleries. www.edradour.co.uk. About 9 miles southeast of Blair Atholl.

Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry

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Visitor attractions and information - Blairgowrie

AttractionsMeikleour Beech Hedge. The great hedge of Meikleour forms an incredible living wall of beech trees 30 metres (100ft) high and 530 metres (1/3 mile) long. The trees were planted in 1745 and are now officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world. Adjacent to the A93. About 4 miles south of Blairgowrie.

Meikleour Beech Hedge

AttractionsMeigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Meigle, Near Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross PH12. Tel: 01828 640 612. The Museum at Meigle displays a magnificent collection of 26 sculptured monuments dating from the late 8th to the late 10th centuries. Making up one of the most important collections of early medieval sculpture in Western Europe, they are all that survive of a centre of Pictish wealth and patronage. About 9 miles east of Blairgowrie.

Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - Callander

Attractions Kilmahog Woollen Mill, Kilmahog, By Callander, Perthshire FK17 8HD. Tel: 01877 330268. A 250 year old mill from Scotland's textile and industrial heritage, complete with original water wheel. Location: On the outskirts of Callander.

Kilmahog Woollen Mill

AttractionsDoune Castle, near Dunblane. Tel 01786 841742. Doune Castle is an imposing Medieval castle built at the end of the 14th Century for Robert Stewart, the first Duke of Albany. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord's Hall with its musicians' gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen. The Castle was most famously used as the setting for Monty Python’s Holy Grail. About 8 miles northwest of Callander.

Doune Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Carnoustie

Attractions The red sandstone ruins of Arbroath Abbey are located close to the centre of the town. A splendid new visitors' centre contains a range of interpretative displays with a viewing gallery from which much of the Abbey can be seen. About 7 miles northeast of Carnoustie.

Arbroath Abbey

Attractions Arbroath Smokies. Smoking haddock is still very much a cottage industry in Arbroath with a designated area within the town. When visiting Arbroath head for the "fit of the toon" where your nose will soon lead you to the nearest smoke house. www.arbroath-smokie.co.uk. About 7 miles northeast of Carnoustie.

Arbroath Smokies

Attractions Barry Water Mill NTS, Barry, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7RJ. Tel: 01241 856761. Barry Mill was the heart of this small rural community in the 19th century, providing work and social opportunities for local people. Until as late as 1982 the mill was still working – the last of its kind in Angus – producing oatmeal and finally animal feed. Location: On the outskirts of Carnoustie.

Barry Water Mill

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Visitor attractions and information - Coupar Angus

AttractionsMeikleour Beech Hedge. The great hedge of Meikleour forms an incredible living wall of beech trees 30 metres (100ft) high and 530 metres (1/3 mile) long. The trees were planted in 1745 and are now officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world. Adjacent to the A93. About 4 miles west of Coupar Angus.

Meikleour Beech Hedge

AttractionsMeigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Meigle, Near Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross PH12. Tel: 01828 640 612. The Museum at Meigle displays a magnificent collection of 26 sculptured monuments dating from the late 8th to the late 10th centuries. Making up one of the most important collections of early medieval sculpture in Western Europe, they are all that survive of a centre of Pictish wealth and patronage. About 5 miles northeast of Coupar Angus.

Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - Crieff

Attractions Auchterarder Golf Club, Orchil Road, Auchterarder PH3 1LS Tel: 01764 662804. Auchterarder Golf Club is located in the heart of Perthshire and welcomes visitors all year round. Our parkland course has spectacular views towards Glendevon and runs along side the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. www.auchterardergolf.co.uk. About 8 miles southeast of Crieff.

Auchterarder Golf Club

Attractions Tullibardine Chapel, near Gleneagles. One of the most complete and unaltered small medieval churches in Scotland, founded in 1446 by the Murray family for the use of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl, and largely rebuilt about 1500. The church today is no longer in use but is well preserved with much of the original architectural detail still intact, in the care of Historic Scotland. About 7 miles southeast of Crieff.

Tullibardine Chapel

Attractions Drummond Castle, Muthill, Crieff, Perth & Kinross PH5 2AA. Tel: 01764 681257. The Castle is famous for its magnificent Italianate parterre gardens, one of the finest formal gardens in Europe. Originally laid out in 1630 by John Drummond, 2nd Earl of Perth and Italianised and embellished with a number of fine statues in 1830. A special feature is the unique 17th century Sundial. The castle is not open to the public, but the Gardens afford splendid views of the buildings and surrounding countryside. www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk. About 3 miles south of Crieff.

Drummond Castle

Attractions Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie, Perthshire PH6 2JS. Tel: 01764 679469. Axis Deer, Beaver, Carsac Foxes, Chamois, Chinchillas, Chinese Water Deer, Chipmunks, Coatamundi, Donkey, Fallow Deer, Genit, Guinea Pigs, Goats and much more. Adventure playground, Picnic area, woodland walks. www.auchingarrich.co.uk. About 5 miles west of Crieff.

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

Attractions The Famous Grouse Experience, The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4HA. Tel: 01764 656565. As Scotland’s oldest distillery Glenturret has had a long and colourful history. From illicit stills and smugglers, through the worldwide boom in Scottish whisky to near dereliction post-prohibition, the site here at Glenturret has survived through the centuries.It is the most visited distillery in Scotland. www.famousgrouse.co.uk. About 2 miles north of Crieff.

The Famous Grouse Experience

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Visitor attractions and information - Dunblane

AttractionsDoune Castle, near Dunblane. Tel 01786 841742. Doune Castle is an imposing Medieval castle built at the end of the 14th Century for Robert Stewart, the first Duke of Albany. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord's Hall with its musicians' gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen. The Castle was most famously used as the setting for Monty Python’s Holy Grail. About 3 miles west of Dunblane.

Doune Castle

AttractionsDunblane Cathedral, The Cross, Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 0AQ. Dunblane Cathedral, built on a Christian site first established by Saint Blane around the year 600, is one of the few surviving medieval churches in Scotland. Location: In the centre of Dunblane.

Dunblane Cathedral

Attractions Blair Drummond Safari & Leisure Park. Tel: 01786 841456. Drive amongst wild animals, performing sea lion shows, boat safari round chimpanzee island, adventure playgrounds. About 4 miles west of Dunblane.

Blair Drummond Safari & Leisure Park

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Visitor attractions and information - Dundee

=Attractions Discovery Point Antarctic Museum, Discovery Quay, Dundee, Angus & Dundee Tel: 01382 201245. Discovery Point is home of Captain Scott's famous ship RSS Discovery. Discovery was one of the last wooden three-masted ships to be built in Britain and the first to be constructed specifically for scientific research. An all-weather, multi-award-winning Five-Star visitor attraction, with state of the art audio visual and multimedia exhibitions. www.rrsdiscovery.com. Location: On the outskirts of Dundee.

Discovery Point Antarctic Museum

Attractions Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee DD2 2UB.Tel: 01382 435967. The Observatory is located in Balgay Park, on the wooded summit of Balgay Hill, one mile west of Dundee City Centre. The building with its distinctive papier-maché dome, was opened in 1935. It houses a refracting telescope, a small planetarium and display areas. It is Britain’s only full-time public observatory and entry is FREE. About 1 mile west of Dundee.

Mills Observatory

Attractions Tealing Earth House and Dovecot. Tealing is a village 9 miles north of Dundee. The earth house near Tealing dates from the Iron Age. Originally there would have been a wooden hut here and the tunnel underground would have provided a cool place to store grain and food. There is a fine Dovecote (a house to keep doves or pigeons) dating from 1595. About 9 miles north of Dundee.

Tealing Earth House and Dovecot

Attractions HM Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3JA. Tel: 01382 200 893. His Majesty's Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham, and launched in 1824. The classic sailing frigate was a fast and rakish vessel yet still large enough to carry a useful armament, and it was one of the most successful warship designs of the age. Unicorn's construction, however, is far from conventional and she is a unique survivor from the last grand flourish of wooden shipbuilding, before it was eclipsed by steam and iron. The Frigate Unicorn is now the most completely original preserved wooden sailing ship in the world. www.frigateunicorn.org. Location: On the outskirts of Dundee.

HM Frigate Unicorn

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Visitor attractions and information - Dunkeld

Attractions Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, Dunkeld. Loch of the Lowes covers 98 hectares and from early April to late August the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys. Their nest is situated within 150 metres of our observation hide, allowing osprey family life to be observed through binoculars, telescopes and closed-circuit television. About 1 mile northeast of Dunkeld.

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

Attractions The Hermitage, Near Dunkeld, Perthshire. Tel: 01350 728641. An attractive woodland walk leads along the banks of the River Braan, through mixed woodland and past a single-arched bridge to the picturesque folly of Ossian’s Hall. Here are some spectacularly tall Douglas fir trees, including one of Britain’s tallest at over 210ft. About 1 mile west of Dunkeld.

The Hermitage, Near Dunkeld

AttractionsDunkeld Cathedral. Dunkeld Cathedral lies on the north bank of the River Tay. With the river on one side and open land leading to hills on the other, the setting is idyllic. www.dunkeldcathedral.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Dunkeld.

Dunkeld Cathedral

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Visitor attractions and information - Forfar

Attractions Camera Obscura, Kirrie Hill, Kirriemuir, Angus. Tel (01575) 572646. At the top of Kirriemuir Hill is a camera obscura, which offers a panorama of the surrounding Strathmore countryside and the glens to the north. There are only three of these fascinating installations still remaining in Scotland. This one was given to the community of Kirriemuir by J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, after he was honoured with the freedom of the town in 1930. About 7 miles northwest of Forfar.

Camera Obscura

Attractions Angus Folk Museum Kirkwynd, Glamis, Forfar, Angus DD8 1RT. Tel: 01307 840288. This fascinating folk museum is housed in six 18th-century Angus cottages. The collection offers a vivid insight into the realities of rural life over the past 200 years. About 7 miles southwest of Forfar.

Angus Folk Museum

Attractions Glamis Castle, Glamis by Forfar, Angus DD8 1RJ. Tel: 01307 840393. The castle is the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and has been a royal residence since 1372. The childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, birthplace of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare's famous play 'Macbeth'. www.glamis-castle.co.uk. About 7 miles southwest of Forfar.

Glamis Castle

Attractions Restenneth Priory, Forfar. The ancient priory church at Restenneth, by Forfar, is believed to have been founded by Nechtan, king of the Picts about 715. The church is one of the very earliest stone buildings in Scotland. About 1 mile northeast of Forfar.

Restenneth Priory

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Visitor attractions and information - Kinloch Rannoch

Attractions Castle Menzies, Weem, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2JD Tel: 01887 820982. A spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated. Bonnie Prince Charlie rested here on his way to Culloden in 1746. About 18 miles east of Kinloch Rannoch.

Castle Menzies

Attractions Croftmoraig Stone Circle, near Aberfeldy. Croftmoraig is an incredibly impressive monument, with its concentric rings and outliers on an artificial platform. The site was excavated in 1965. About 12 miles southeast of Kinloch Rannoch.

Croftmoraig Stone Circle

Attractions Glengoulandie Deer Park, Foss, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH16 5HL. Tel: 01887 830495. Glengoulandie Country Park is situated at the foot of Schiehallion, "the fairy mountain of the Caledonians". www.glengoulandie.co.uk. About 8 miles southeast of Kinloch Rannoch.

Glengoulandie Deer Park,

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Visitor attractions and information - Kinross

Attractions Kinross House, Kinross, Loch Leven. Unfortunately, Kinross House itself is a family home and, as such, is NOT OPEN to the public. However, the lovely formal gardens and grounds are open to visitors. www.kinrosshouse.com. Location: On the outskirts of Kinross.

Kinross House

AttractionsLochleven Castle, Kinross. Lochleven Castle is located on Castle Island on Loch Leven, and is accessed by boat. It had an important role in Scotland's history for over three hundred years and is probably best remembered as Mary Queen of Scot's prison from June 1567 to May 1568, and the place where she was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son James VI. About 1 mile east of Kinross.

Lochleven Castle

AttractionsBalvaird Castle, near Glenfarg. (Limited opening, confirm by telephone on 01786 431324). A late 15th-century tower on an L plan, extended in 1581 by the addition of a walled courtyard and gatehouse. Balvaird Castle was built in 1500 by Sir Andrew Murray, a member of the Murray family of Tullibardine. From its elevated position, it commands an excellent view overlooking Glen Farg, the Eden valley and the Lomonds. Balvaird is notable among Scottish castles of its date for its refined architectural detail. It is now managed by Historic Scotland. About 7 miles north of Kinross.

Balvaird Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Kirriemuir

Attractions Camera Obscura, Kirrie Hill, Kirriemuir, Angus. Tel (01575) 572646. At the top of Kirriemuir Hill is a camera obscura, which offers a panorama of the surrounding Strathmore countryside and the glens to the north. There are only three of these fascinating installations still remaining in Scotland. This one was given to the community of Kirriemuir by J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, after he was honoured with the freedom of the town in 1930. Location: On the outskirts of Kirriemuir.

 Camera Obscura

Attractions Angus Folk Museum Kirkwynd, Glamis, Forfar, Angus DD8 1RT. Tel: 01307 840288. This fascinating folk museum is housed in six 18th-century Angus cottages. The collection offers a vivid insight into the realities of rural life over the past 200 years. About 5 miles south of Kirriemuir.

Angus Folk Museum

Attractions Glamis Castle, Glamis by Forfar, Angus DD8 1RJ. Tel: 01307 840393. The castle is the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and has been a royal residence since 1372. The childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, birthplace of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare's famous play 'Macbeth'. www.glamis-castle.co.uk. About 5 miles south of Kirriemuir.

Glamis Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Lochearnhead

AttractionsBreadalbane Folklore Centre, Killin Perthshire FK21 8XE. Tel: 01567 820254. Overlooking The Falls of Dochart, the Breadalbane Folklore Centre is housed in a beautifully restored mill with working waterwheel. Trace the story of Scotland's clans - and admire their treasures. Souvenir, Gift and Bookshop. www.breadalbanefolklorecentre.com. About 6 miles north of Lochearnhead.

Breadalbane Folklore Centre

Attractions Rob Roy's Grave, Balquhidder. Rob Roy MacGregor , the infamous outlawed cattle dealer, died on 28 December 1734 in Balquhidder Glen and was buried in the yard of the Old Kirk in Balquhidderthe. It lies along with the graves of his wife and two of his sons. About 4 miles west of Lochearnhead.

Rob Roy's Grave

AttractionsRob Roy & the Trossachs Visitor Centre, Ancaster Square, Callander FK17 8ED. Tel: 01877 330342. Clan leader, cattle trader, cattle thief, blackmailer - Rob Roy MacGregor has provoked powerful emotions for more than three centuries. In The Visitor's Centre at the gateway to his beautiful Trossachs homeland, you'll learn of the daring exploits which made him a hero to his own people- and Scotland's most notorious outlaw. Journey back 300 years to hear the story of MacGregor's exploits. www.robroyvisitorcentre.com. About 12 miles south of Lochearnhead.

Rob Roy & the Trossachs Visitor Centre

Attractions Kilmahog Woollen Mill, Kilmahog, By Callander, Perthshire FK17 8HD. Tel: 01877 330268. A 250 year old mill from Scotland's textile and industrial heritage, complete with original water wheel. About 10 miles south of Lochearnhead.

Kilmahog Woollen Mill

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Visitor attractions and information - Montrose

Attractions Montrose Museum and Art Gallery, Panmure Place, Montrose, Angus, DD10 8HE. Tel: 01674 673232. Montrose Museum & Art Gallery was one of the first purpose built museums in Scotland. It opened in 1842 housing collections of local archaeology, social, industrial and maritime history, fine and decorative art, natural sciences, collections of Pictish stones, Montrose silver and agates. Location: In the centre of Montrose.

Montrose Museum and Art Gallery

Attractions Scottish Wildlife Trust - Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre, Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TJ. Tel: 01674 676336. Montrose Basin occupies the sheltered firth of the River South Esk in Angus. The basin was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1981 and provides a rich feeding ground for thousands of resident and migrant birds. Bird populations here are thriving, with birds coming from all directions, stopping in Montrose Basin to refuel on their long journeys. About 1 mile south of Montrose.

Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre

Attractions House of Dun, Montrose, Angus DD10 9LQ. Tel: 01674 810 264. This beautiful Georgian house, overlooking the Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, was designed by William Adam and completed in 1730 for David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dun. Grand public rooms with elaborate plasterwork by Joseph Enzer sit alongside family apartments. The house contains collections of 18th and 19th century furniture, porcelain and portraits. About 2 miles west of Montrose.

House of Dun, Montrose

Attractions The Caledonian Railway, Brechin. Tel: 01356622992. A visit to the Caledonian Railway is a wonderful day out for all the family with a wide variety of things to do and see. The unique Victorian terminus at Brechin has lots of period charm and atmosphere, and having boarded your train you will journey back in time as you travel the falling grade to Bridge of Dun. www.caledonianrailway.co.uk. About 8 miles west of Montrose.

The Caledonian Railway

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Visitor attractions and information - Newport on Tay

Attractions Discovery Point Antarctic Museum, Discovery Quay, Dundee, Angus & Dundee Tel: 01382 201245. Discovery Point is home of Captain Scott's famous ship RSS Discovery. Discovery was one of the last wooden three-masted ships to be built in Britain and the first to be constructed specifically for scientific research. An all-weather, multi-award-winning Five-Star visitor attraction, with state of the art audio visual and multimedia exhibitions. www.rrsdiscovery.com. About 2 miles northwest of Newport on Tay.

Discovery Point Antarctic Museum

Attractions Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee DD2 2UB.Tel: 01382 435967. The Observatory is located in Balgay Park, on the wooded summit of Balgay Hill, one mile west of Dundee City Centre. The building with its distinctive papier-maché dome, was opened in 1935. It houses a refracting telescope, a small planetarium and display areas. It is Britain’s only full-time public observatory and entry is FREE. About 3 miles northwest of Newport on Tay.

Mills Observatory

Attractions Tealing Earth House and Dovecot. Tealing is a village 9 miles north of Dundee. The earth house near Tealing dates from the Iron Age. Originally there would have been a wooden hut here and the tunnel underground would have provided a cool place to store grain and food. There is a fine Dovecote (a house to keep doves or pigeons) dating from 1595. About 6 miles north of Newport on Tay.

Tealing Earth House and Dovecot

Attractions HM Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3JA. Tel: 01382 200 893. His Majesty's Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham, and launched in 1824. The classic sailing frigate was a fast and rakish vessel yet still large enough to carry a useful armament, and it was one of the most successful warship designs of the age. Unicorn's construction, however, is far from conventional and she is a unique survivor from the last grand flourish of wooden shipbuilding, before it was eclipsed by steam and iron. The Frigate Unicorn is now the most completely original preserved wooden sailing ship in the world. www.frigateunicorn.org. About 1 mile northwest of Newport on Tay.

HM Frigate Unicorn

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Visitor attractions and information - Perth

Attractions TIC Lower City Mills, West Mill Street, Perth PH1 5QP Tel: 01738 450600. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Caithness Glass

Attractions Caithness Glass, Inveralmond, Perth PH1 3TZ Tel: 01738 638481 Marvel at the skills of our glassmakers (photo) from our spacious viewing gallery, and browse round the historical display of paperweights from 1969 to present day in the Paperweight Gallery at the Perth Visitor Centre. Location: On the outskirts of Perth.

Caithness Glass

Balhousie Castle Black Watch Regimental Museum

Attractions Balhousie Castle, home of the Black Watch Regimental Museum, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR. Overlooks the North Inch of Perth. Tel : 0131 310 8530. Archives, Costume and Textiles, Weapons and War memorabilia, keepsakes, medals, campaign pennants. theblackwatch.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Balhousie Castle

Perth Concert Hall

Attractions Perth Concert Hall. Tel: 01738 477732. Scotland’s new purpose built conference destination, opened in September 2005. The new £20 million state of the art Concert Hall sits on the site of the original Horsecross - Perth's 17th century horse market. It now holds the annual Perth Festival. Designed to be disabled and family friendly. 1200 seat state of the art auditorium. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Perth Concert Hall

The Fair Maid's House Perth

Attractions The Fair Maid's House is one of the oldest in Perth. Until recently it was used as a craft shop, but is no longer open to the public. The "Fair Maid" is a fictional character. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Fair Maid's House Perth

Perth Theatre uk

Attractions Perth Theatre, 185 High Street, Perth, PH1 5UW. Box Office 01738 621 031 or 0845 612 6323. Perth Theatre is a popular theatre, with a charming 476 seat Edwardian auditorium. Concessions available. Designed to be disabled and family friendly. Cafe, bar restaurant. www.perththeatre.co.uk & www.horsecross.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Perth Theatre

St. John's Kirk Perth

Attractions St. John's Kirk is the centre of the town and the oldest building in Perth, dating back to to 1159. In May 1559 John Knox preached his sermon here which inflamed the congregation and ignited the Reformation. A display of Perth-made silver dating from the 17th century to the present day. Location: In the centre of Perth.

St. John's Kirk Perth

Perth's Museum and Art Gallery

Attractions Perth's Museum and Art Gallery, 78 George Street, Perth PH1 5LB Tel: 01738 632488 Permanent displays of natural history and local history, offers a collection of fine and applied art. Free Entry. Access for disabled visitors. www.pkc.gov.uk. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Perth's Museum and Art Gallery

J.D. Fergusson Collection

Attractions The J.D. Fergusson Collection, situated within Perth's historic Round House. Paintings and works of art. Pay and display & disabled parking opposite. Marshall Place Perth. www.pkc.gov.uk. Free Entry. 01738 441944. Location: In the centre of Perth.

 J.D. Fergusson Collection

Attractions The Scone Palace Perth. Tel : 01738 552300. Home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Famous historic site with magnificent Palace, priceless contents, extensive grounds, maze, picnic park, woodland walks, playground. Visitors are invited to tour the Palace at their own speed. Guides are available in each room to answer questions. www.scone-palace.net. Location: On the outskirts of Perth.

The Scone Palace Perth

Perth Railway Station

Attractions Perth Railway Station, Leonard Street, PERTH, Perth & Kinross. 0845 601 5929 for Customer Services. Regular services to Fife, Edinburgh Waverley via the Forth Bridge. East to Dundee and Aberdeen. South to Glasgow Queen Street. 2 trains per day to London, one to King's Cross, while the Caledonian Sleeper runs overnight to Euston. Location: In the centre of Perth.

Perth Railway Station

AttractionsA K Bell Library, York Place, PERTH, PH2 8EP. Tel: (01738) 444949. The AK Bell Library in Perth is a bright, open building. The café is a bright and bustling area offering a wide and tasty range of drinks and snacks. The AK Bell Library shop provides an interesting and unusual range of items for sale. Multimedia currently holds Talking Books (on tape and CD), a wide variety of music CDs, Playstation 2 games, CD-ROMs including games. Location: In the centre of Perth.

A K Bell Library Perth

Attractions Perth Racecourse is situated in what is widely recognised as one of the most picturesque settings in the country. Travel by road - Coming from the South or the West you will approach Perth either on the M90 (from Edinburgh) or the A9 (from Stirling). From the north of England use the M6 Carlisle, M74, M73 following signs for Sterling then follow signs for Perth. A free service runs from Perth on racedays. Location: On the outskirts of Perth.

Perth Racecourse

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Visitor attractions and information - Pitlochry

Attractions Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL. Tel: 01796 481207. The ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, the castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years. It was one of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland, and visitors can enjoy the castle, its extensive collections and the beautiful grounds. www.blair-castle.co.uk. About 7 miles northwest of Pitlochry.

Blair Castle

AttractionsKilliecrankie NTS Visitor Centre, Killiecrankie, Pitlochry, PH16 5LG. Tel: 01796 473233. Just to the south of Blair Atholl, the Pass of Killiecrankie was the site of a famous Jacobite battle in 1689. The Killiecrankie NTS Visitor Centre tells the story of the battle and of the local wildlife and vegetation that has led to Killiecrankie being declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. About 4 miles northwest of Pitlochry.

Killiecrankie NTS Visitor Centre

Attractions Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5JP. Tel: 01796 473524. Edradour whisky is produced in Scotland's smallest distillery, lying in the hills overlooking Pitlochry from the east. Edradour is the last survivor of the long tradition of farmhouse distilleries. www.edradour.co.uk. About 2 miles east of Pitlochry.

Edradour Distillery

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Visitor attractions and information - Rattray

AttractionsMeikleour Beech Hedge. The great hedge of Meikleour forms an incredible living wall of beech trees 30 metres (100ft) high and 530 metres (1/3 mile) long. The trees were planted in 1745 and are now officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world. Adjacent to the A93. About 4 miles south of Rattray.

Meikleour Beech Hedge

AttractionsMeigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Meigle, Near Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross PH12. Tel: 01828 640 612. The Museum at Meigle displays a magnificent collection of 26 sculptured monuments dating from the late 8th to the late 10th centuries. Making up one of the most important collections of early medieval sculpture in Western Europe, they are all that survive of a centre of Pictish wealth and patronage. About 9 miles east of Rattray.

Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

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