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By any standards Perthshire is one of the truly great old counties of Scotland. In size it is the fourth largest of the old counties in Scotland, comprising 1,595,804 acres. But size is not everything; and despite having no extremely large city, it has a much larger population than the other Scots counties which top it in size, Inverness, Argyll and Ross and Cromarty. Yet it has no industrial area, apart from the town of Perth itself. It has its great mountain tracts, of course, including some of the most famous scenery in the United Kingdom; but there is an enormous amount of fertile, populous countryside--far more, probably, than is generally realised--its great green straits, or wide open valleys, its especial pride. Contrary, therefore, to frequent pronouncements, the true glory of Perthshire is not its hills and lochs, however fine, for in these it can be excelled by Argyll and Inverness-shire, Ross or Sutherland; it is in its magnificent, age-old settled lowlands, its characterful small towns and its unnumbered villages. Especially the latter. Here are, probably, more ancient and interesting small communities than anywhere else in Scotland. And these communities are unfortunately generally bypassed by the typical traveler.

Fishers Hotel stands in the centre of Pitlochry and is a reminder of the Grand Old Days. All the public areas have just been refurbished to a high standard and provide wonderful lounges with open fires, exclusive cocktail lounge, Courtyard restaurant and also a lively public bar and bistro. The hotel has 2 acres of award winning gardens in which to relax. Ideally situated for touring the best of Perthshire the hotel has limited car park spaces and is very convenient for the railway station and the main citylink coach stops.

The Killin Hotel is situated in the central Highlands at the west end of the Loch Tay. It is arguably the most picturesque village in Scotland surrounded by mountains, rivers and lochs but still within easy driving distance from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel also offers guests a Bistro restaurant and bar area serving a wide range of food and drink.

Scotland's Hotel is situated in the centre of beautiful Pitlochry, in the heart of Highland Scotland. The hotel has two restaurants serving Scottish and Italian cuisine (Easter-October) and leisure facilities including an indoor pool, spa bath, sauna, solarium and mini-gym. Bedrooms are located within the main building, the adjacent Bank House or Dunevis which is across the road from the hotel.

Atholl Palace Hotel. The baronial style Atholl Palace Hotel sits within 48 acres of parkland overlooking Pitlochry and the scenic splendour of the surrounding Highlands and is ideally located for touring Scotland. There are 105 well equipped bedrooms including two Turret Suites and elegant, spacious lounges where afternoon tea is served amidst log fires and twinkling chandeliers. Other features include a bar, the Veranda Restaurant which serves local produce and complimentary parking. Leisure facilities include tennis courts and indoor leisure club.

Express By Holiday Inn, Perth. Ideally located for access to the main motorways in central Scotland, this hotel provides great value for the business or leisure traveller. All 81 modern bedrooms have power shower, hairdryer, television including SKY Sports 1 & 2 and SKY News. Wireless internet access is available. Free car parking is provided. Perth Hotel Breaks.

The Quality Hotel Perth is an elegant Victorian hotel in the hub of Perth, with its Scottish fare and fine whiskies. Bedrooms have television and tea and coffee making facilities. An excellent Perthshire touring base in good golfing country, close to a number of whisky distilleries and the Caithness glass factory.

The Ramada Perth hotel is a former 15th century watermill, located in the centre of Perth, the gateway to the Highlands. Fresh running water is still visible through portholes in the reception and lounge areas. The hotel is an ideal location to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

If you would like to Tour Perthshire on a unique tour of my native Scotland please e-mail me: Sandy Stevenson

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