Abade Self Catering Holidays in Perthshire and beyond

Experience Scotland

Experience Scotland

Scotland is well known across the world for its warm welcome, amazing landscapes, unique culture, rich heritage, myths and legends.

At Abade, we have accommodation to suit every need and all our properties are perfectly located to discover for yourself the Spirit of Scotland experience in Perthshire. With accommodation sleeping between 2-8 people…all you have to do is decide who’s coming with you!

No day is long enough is perhaps a well worn phrase, but it does say it all!  Experience Scotland’s culture at a Highland Games or a local ceilidh.  Scottish Country Dancing is an increasingly popular pastime (combining physical exercise, a wee bit of brain power, and it is social). You can join in or watch the summer dance sessions at Pitlochry.  There are Highland Games throughout the season where you can see caber tossing, hear the pipe bands and see competitive traditional dancing.

Outdoor pursuits abound, from bungee jumping at Killiecrankie, to world-class golf courses at Gleneagles, and everything in between. Not keen on the championship courses?  Then try out one of the wonderful 9-hole golf courses throughout Perthshire. With a nice Club House serving food, what a great way to enjoy holiday golf amidst the spectacular Perthshire scenery! There are numerous opportunities for walking and cycling and hill walking and mountaineering, or are you one of the growing numbers of geocaching fans?  There are some great local guide books to help you select your day out.  Get right into the hills and take a highland safari to see amazing views and spot some of Scotland’s wildlife at close quarters. And in winter there is skiing at Glenshee.  

Visit our gardens.  Did you know some of the most famous plant hunters in the world came from Scotland?  Archibald Menzies and Robert Douglas who gave his name to the Douglas fir is best known perhaps, but you can see others represented at the Scottish Plant Hunters Garden at Pitlochry. Many stunning gardens are open to the public in season, as well as NTC Branklyn Garden in Perth, Drummond Castle Gardens near Crieff and a host of others.  Enjoy early season snowdrops, later daffodils and bluebells, but particularly in the spring and early summer to catch stunning collections of rhododendrons and azaleas.  Perthshire is Big Tree Country so a visit to the Dunkeld area is a must to see amongst others, the Birnam Oak.  Slip over to Fortingall to see the famous yew tree, said to be 2000 years old.

Castles, crannogs and archaeological interests?  Perthshire will not disappoint.  Blair Castle, Scone Palace, Castle Menzies, Huntingtower and Elcho, and of course you can pop out of Perthshire to visit Stirling, Edinburgh, Glamis Castles and Falkland Palace.  The reconstructed Iron Age fort on Loch Tay is a gem.  See the Roman Fort remains at Ardoch and the many standing stones and circles such as Croft Moraig at Kenmore.  Visit the Museum and Art Gallery in Perth for further research.

The City of Perth boasts a world-class concert hall at the Horescross. With a wide range of offering, many of the leading musicians in the world have entertained audiences. A further boost to the cultural life of the city will come with the restoration of the original B-listed Edwardian theatre and additions are underway now.  Perthshire’s Theatre in the Hills at Pitlochry is a perfect way to spend and afternoon or evening, running a full season of excellent plays together with a winter programme.

Dinner before the theatre?  The theatre has its own very good restaurant and there are number options in Pitlochry as there are throughout Perthshire.  From the Michelin starred Andrew Fairlie restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel to the many cafes and Farm Shops – try Gloagburn Farm Shop near Perth or the Blackwatch Museum Café. Perthshire offers quality food to please all tastes and budgets….and you will want to sample our delicious strawberries and raspberries in season.

Perthshire is easy to get to by car, bus or train and it is a great centre from which to experience Scotland.  Come for a weekend, or come for longer. Come to an Abade holiday home….  you will be made very welcome.

Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

Distances from Perth

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