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A few area attractions easily reached from Dunkeld

Blair Castle has been the ancient home and fortress of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl for over 725 years. Situated in the wide Strath of Garry, it commands a strategic position on the main route through the Central Scottish Highlands. This central location, in a romantic setting of mountains and rivers, makes it within easy reach.

 

Scone Palace is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield. Despite its historic setting, the Palace we see today was only built in 1802 by English architect William Atkinson, who went on to create Abbotsford for Sir Walter Scott. Originally the site of a 6th C. Celtic church, replaced in the 12th C. by an Augustinian Abbey and a Bishop's Palace which provided lodgings for the Kings of Scotland.

Innerpeffray is a strange place to find down at the end of a mile-long and unmetalled side-road, near the steep banks of the river, a place packed with history and interest, yet not even a hamlet. Here, there is a nationally-renowned ancient library, a pre-Reformation chapel of some distinction, an early endowed school and a ruined castle.

Glamis Castle was originally a 14th century keep which has been extended extensively over the years. Macbeth was Thane of Glamis but did not own the castle. King Malcolm II is reputed to have been murdered in the castle (with blood stains on the floor of "King Malcolm's Room" to prove the claim).

Elcho Castle was built in the latter half of the 16th century for the Wemyss family, whose descendents still own it, although it is now in the care of Historic Scotland. Overlooking the River Tay, the tower-shaped castle has many original features, including the ruins of the courtyard, the chapel and a round tower with kiln.

Huntingtower is a most interesting castle. The structure consists of two separate tower houses, of a type common from the north of England through the Borders up into Scotland, which were subsequently joined together to form a larger residence.

Meigle Museum. In the village of Meigle, 8 miles south east of Blairgowrie, you can visit a truly unique collection of sculpted stones of the Celtic Christian period. The 25 stones on display were excavated from the local churchyard and now represent the largest collection of their kind in existence. With two superb antique centres in the village, meigle and its surrounding area is a favourite with antique collectors.

Balvaird Castle in Perthshire was a symbol of feudal times and is well worth seeing. It sits about three miles from Glenfarg, not far from the Fair City of Perth. From its elevated position it commands an excellent view over the Eden valley and the Lomonds. It used to belong to the Murrays, who figure so largely in history, then became the property of the Earl of Mansfield, the lineal descendant of that ancient house, and is now managed by Historic Scotland.

Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum is situated in Kirriemuir’s former Town House. The Town House sits in the heart of Kirriemuir, the Square, and has had a long and intriguing history since its construction in 1604.

Loch Leven Castle sits peacefully on an islet in Loch Leven. Every year, between April and October you can visit the the island by ferry from Kinross, and witness for yourself the historic scene of intrigue and romance. Loch Leven Castle gained its infamy when it acted as a prison for Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. Her dramatic escape by boat is one of Scotland's most romantic tales.

Balhousie Castle became the regimental headquarters and museum of the Black Watch in 1962. The museum spans three stories within the castle, and one wing serves as offices for the regiment's officers. Like many of the Highland Regiment museums, it contains keepsakes, medals, campaign pennants, and other memorabilia from the regiment, which was founded in 1739.

Edzell Castle in Angus Region is an impressive ruin, dating from the early 16th century, with a large courtyard mansion of 1580. The beautiful pleasance, a walled garden was built by Sir David Lindsay in 1604; the heraldic and symbolic sculptures are unique in Scotland, and the flowerfilled recesses in the walls add to the outstanding formal garden, which also has a turreted garden house.

Castle Menzies, lies West of Weem. From the fourteenth century the lands around Weem were part of the extensive possessions of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies and it was here in 1488 that following the destruction by the fire of the Menzies stronghold, Comrie Castle (The ruins of a later replacement of which are 4 miles west of Weem It became the seat of the cadet branch), Sir Robert Menzies built a new mansion, the "Place of Weem".

Drummond Castle and Gardens lies southwest of Crieff and northwest of Muthil. The castle, which dates from around1490, comprises an old tower built by John, 1st Lord Drummond, Steward of Strathearn and Justice-General to James IV. Much damaged by Cromwell's forces in the mid-17th century and again during the the second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745, Drummond Castle had been extended by the architect John Mylne. It was rebuilt in the mid-19th century.



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