Holiday cottages in Central Scotland

Loch Tay, Perthshire
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In the Angus region lies the attractive coastal town of Montrose perched between Dundee and Aberdeen. Montrose is a great place to visit with a pleasant centre and sits on the edge of an almost landlocked two mile lagoon of mud known as the Basin which is a nature reserve housing wildfowl and wading birds. Near the town is a beautiful seashore, sand dunes, nature trails and golf course.

Inland is the lively market town of Forfar, once being the centre of the ancient Kingdom of the Picts but now renowned for the Forfar Bridie, a delicious crispy meat pastry. For those interested in art, history and industry, visit the Meffan Gallery & Museum where you can wander through time in an old cobbled alleyway between two streets, look into a knockmaker's workshop and see linen woven. If you prefer the outdoors, visit Pitmuies Gardens and enjoy beautiful flora, fauna and pretty walks.

Heading back down the coast is Arbroath with its long sandy beaches, stunning cliffs and pretty harbour. Arbroath's most famous product is the Arbroath Smokie or smoked haddock still made there today in a number of family run smoke houses. Explore Arbroath Abbey, take a trip on Kerrs railway, Scotland's oldest miniature railway, or simply wander through the huddled cottages around the pretty harbour district.

South of Arbroath lies Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city and perfect base for touring, entertainment and eating out. The city centre is a shoppers paradise housing department stores and factory outlets. There are plenty of galleries, museums and festivals to be found in and around Dundee including the annual festival of street entertainment. There is no better way to see the city's wildlife than taking a trip along the River Tay where bottle-nose dolphins and seals can be seen, not to mention the famous hump back whale which still remains part of Dundee folklore.

In a beautiful position on the banks of the River Tay, Scotland's longest river, is the bustling historic city of Perth. It offers a range of entertainment, shops, cafes and restaurants as well as championship golf courses. There are also ancient forests and glens, wildlife and a fantastic array of events and festivals.

On the coast in the region of Fife is the resort of St Andrews, the world's home of golf and Scotland's oldest university. The Medieval centre consists of a series of narrow alleys and cobbled streets, with plenty of restaurants and eateries. Explore the castle and the church of St Regulus where you can climb the spiral staircase to experience the view of the town and its surroundings. St Andrew's also boasts two magnificent beaches, the West Sands beach being the venue for the opening sequence for the film Chariots of Fire, as well as the Botanic Gardens, British Golf Museum, Aquarium and Byre theatre.

Located south of St Andrews along the Fife coast in an area known as East Neuk lies a string of historic and pretty fishing villages such as Crail with it's cobbled streets which wander down to the miniature harbour, sheltered by cliffs and pretty fishing cottages and Anstruther popular with day trippers and holiday makers. Enjoy locally caught fish by the harbour, see the puffins, seals and other wildlife on a boat trip to the Isles of May.

Auchterarder, in Perthshire, is famous for having the longest main street in Scotland which runs for over a mile, as well as being home to the five star Gleneagles Hotel and three golf courses. In the village itself there are unique shops, pubs and restaurants and many activities on offer such as mountain biking and fly fishing.

Heading inland is the city of Stirling, Scotland's heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won. Visit Stirling Castle perched high above the city or Stirling's Old Town with its bustling modern city centre offering historic buildings, medieval churches, cobbled streets or walk The Back Walk which is the scenic pathway around the Castle and Old Town. The National Park of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs is only thirty minutes from the centre of Stirling and this makes the city an ideal base to explore the park and all the outdoor activities on offer.

Situated amidst the beautiful Perthshire scenery is the bustling country town of Crieff where lowland landscapes meet highland terrain. Here you can enjoy The Famous Grouse Experience, located at Glenturret Distillery, an interactive visitor centre relating the story of one of Scotland's best known whiskies. On the edge of the town is the Stuart and Waterford Crystal factory shop and visitor centre. West of Crieff is the charming village of Aberfoyle, popular with holidaymakers. The attractive street is well served with shops, cafes and restaurants. Nearby Loch Ard, boasts many activities including water sports, walking trails and bike hire.

In Highland Perthshire along the River Tay is the pretty, lively town of Aberfeldy. As well as home to Dewar's World of Whisky, where you can pop in and enjoy a dram, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor adventures such as white water rafting, abseiling, gorge walking, canyoning and mountain biking, not to mention a host of pubs and restaurants to enjoy.

The village of Crianlarich, located in Glen Strathfillan to the north of the Trossachs hosts a variety of tourist services popular with walkers with a number of steep-sided hills to tackle. Situated near Crianlarich also in the heart of hillwalking country is the small village of Tyndrum, formerly a mining centre for gold and one of the most scenic areas in Scotland.

To the north of region Pitlochry, gateway to the Highlands is a popular town with lovely scenery. The town is a busy stop-off point for people heading into the Highlands and benefits from a lovely setting on the River Tunmmel overlooked by Ben Vrackie, particularly beautiful in autumn with its changing colours. For a small highland town there is an incredible range of restaurants and cafes to discover as well as retail outlets and small shops.

Visit Central Scotland and you will be amazed by it's beauty, history and warm welcome!