Looking across from the steep sided glens of the Ochil Hills
across the broad strath of the River Earn, Auchterarder, in
Southern Perthshire, is set amongst some of Scotland's most
It is not a city but it has stood in the path of a thousand
years of history. As long ago as 1200 it gained the title of
Royal Burgh. Kings and generals stayed here in the great houses
around the town. In 1715 Auchterarder was burned to the ground
by retreating Jacobites but thanks to the handloom industry
it was later to rise again.
Auchterarder, in Southern Perthshire, is known locally as "
The Lang Toon, " a name derived from the extended High Street.
Today, little of the original Burgh of 1200 remains. Indeed
you will notice that the town dates largely from the 18th Century
and is now famous for the quality of its shops.
The rolling fields and woodlands of the area lead into narrow
Glen Eagles, a name derived not from birds but from the Gaelic
" eaglais " meaning church. Enjoy the panoramic views that were
the inspiration for the location of the world famous Gleneagles
Hotel built in the 1920's. Unsurprisingly, this whole area abounds
in challenging golf courses in Auchterarder, Whitemoss, Aberuthven,
Dunning, and of course you can choose a deluxe golfing experience
at Gleneagles itself.
There is no end to the variety of activities throughout the
Auchterarder area. History buffs can explore Pictish forts,
Roman roads, Celtic chapels, Benedictine abbeys and Innerpeffray
Library, Scotland's oldest surviving public library.
Braco, a small village nearby, is close to the ancient Ardoch
Roman Camp guarding the approach to the Antonine Wall.
On the way to Braco you can visit Tullibardine Chapel a perfect
example of a 15 and 16th century church.
At Dunning the 12th century Norman Tower of St Serf dominates
the charming village. To the west is a monument to Maggie Wall
who was burnt at the stake as a witch in 1657.
Auchterarder, Blackford and Braco:...
With Aberuthven, Gask and Gleneagles.
in Old Picture Postcards :... Volume 1.
Auchterarder: 2. Old Picture Postcards. Volume 2.
Annals of Auchterarder and Memorials... Strathearn: Fasc.
of 1899 Edition.
This collection of essays is the story of Perthshire, Scotland's
heartland, where many of her greatest treasures are to be found.
The area resonates with folklore and incident; it was the birthplace
of Rob Roy and also inspired some of Scott's finest work.
and Kinross: An Illustrated...
Perthshire Tourism Association.