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Thursday 4 March 2021
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.
Castles, Gardens and Visitor Attractions
Other 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
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.
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
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.