PERTHSHIRE AND ANGUS
FARMLAND AND FORESTS AND THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF ANGUS
Perthshire - The Heart of Scotland
Perthshire is in the heart of Scotland. Dunkeld and Blair Atholl (Blair Castle and miles of walking trails) are attractive villages just off the A9, the main road to the Highlands. Pitlochry is a busy town, with a theatre. 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, with its extensive network of walks.
Just north of Pitlochry is Faskally Forest, a must-visit - a rich mix of woodland species,and plenty of wildlife.
The county of Angus, fertile farmland, is less well known to many visitors but just as intersting as Perthshire; 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 - try Glen Prosen, Glen Isla, Glen Clova and Glen Esk. On the coast are a couple of long, sandy beaches, and small villages, such as Monifieth, whilst in the main town, Dundee, the Victoria and Albert Museum has just opened.
Arbroath on the east coast has good beaches and the nearby village of Monifieth is a good place to stay. For lovers of Scotland’s heritage, Arbroath Abbey is a must; because it was here, in 1320, that Robert the Bruce and his nobles signed the Declaration of Independence from England, vowing that never would Scots submit to the English. Reminiscent of a gentler age, is the House of Dun near Montrose 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, If you play golf, nd don't forget Carnoustie, one of the world’s great golf courses.