Holiday cottages in Perthshire, Scotland

Situated in the very heart of Scotland, Perthshire offers a varying landscape from rich agricultural plains in the east to the rugged mountain terrain of the southern Scottish Highlands. Boasting incredible views from the peaks of the Lawers Range, Perthshire is also home to one of Scotland's best golf courses at Gleneagles, drawing crowds of tourists from all over the globe. There are also numerous other fabulous golf courses in Perthshire - including some challenging links courses.

From rivers and glens to lochs and bens it is a majestic region of Scotland and a wonderful setting for a self catering holiday in Perthshire. With several towns and villages, Perthshire has a wealth of accommodation for the self catering tourist. Cottages are a superb choice for those looking for a base to explore the area. Rent a flat in Perth, Crieff or Pitlochry town centre or unwind in a B&B in Comrie or Dunkeld. For couples seeking the tranquil hush of a forest or glen, pitch a tent by a river or hire a chalet to see deer grazing in the woods. Hostels and bunk houses are suitable for groups on a budget. Guest houses offer the self catering visitor a way to meet other travellers: inns are a lively alternative and a good way to meet the locals. One thing is for certain, guests will receive the warmest of welcomes wherever they choose to stay in Perthshire!

Like much of Scotland, Perthshire can have unpredictable weather. When packing visitors are advised to always carry waterproof clothing as a bright warm day can change suddenly, particularly if you are in the hills. Perthshire is located inland and is therefore rarely affected by high winds, however colder temperatures and occasional blustery conditions are found on higher ground. June through to August is considered the warmest time but May and September can be very sunny months too. In early spring, snow can still be found on the mountains but the lowland areas flourish with beautiful flowering plants.

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Perthshire's towns and villages each offer something unique. Pitlochry is a small but vibrant town with plenty of interesting activities. Take a tour of The Blair Whisky Distillery and marvel over the process from start to finish. Stop in on the gift shop to pick up a souvenir of your day. Visit the ancient seat belonging to the Dukes and Earls of Atholl at Blair Castle or relax with a picnic overlooking Loch Faskally.

Crieff is a popular tourist destination for those travelling within Perthshire. Its Victorian architecture makes it a favourite with visitors. Macrosty Park, which originally opened in 1902, is a picturesque place of natural beauty and has recently been restored. Stroll through the grounds to the old band stand: on a hot day people can be seen paddling in the Turret Burn which flows through the park. Crieff has a rich history steeped in the cattle trade: the town square was once used as a market for Highlanders to sell cattle and it is claimed that the High Street has welcomed the presence of several notable Scottish figures including Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert Burns and Rob Roy Macgregor.

Dunkeld is a small town with a quirky outlook. Take a tour of the antique book shop located within a converted church and browse through the old volumes for sale. An arts and crafts area of the conservation village will appeal to young families. Join in on a class and learn to paint colourful designs on mugs and plates. Wander the ruins of Dunkeld Abbey where services are still held and try your hand at fly fishing in the River Tay. Dunkeld has many small restaurants offering locally sourced produce - be sure to try the venison. Many of the pubs have live music in the evenings.

For some of the best shopping, theatres and nightlife the city of Perth is a must-see when touring Perthshire. The Georgian architecture and River Tay Circular Walk intrigue holidaymakers each year. Scone Palace and the 16th century Elcho Castle are Perth's great historical attractions, yet the city is also considered contemporary in its approach to the arts. St John's Kirk, Perth's oldest building, is a popular space for cultural events and the theatre and concert hall add to the wealth of culture available in Perth.

Getting to Perthshire couldn't be easier: its central location ensures accessible road, rail and public transport routes. Edinburgh Airport is reached by the M9 and Glasgow Airport by the M8. City Link, Stagecoach and other national coach services provide bus links around Perthshire from both airports. Major rail routes are available from the capital and drivers can enjoy the scenic journey by car.

Attractive towns and quaint villages together with interesting cultural attractions and a wealth of outdoor pursuits continue to make Perthshire a perfect place to visit on a self catering holiday in Scotland.