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Stirlingshire and Perthshire are home to some of Scotlands best Parkland courses, such as Gleneagles with its three Championship golf courses, including the PGA Centenary - venue of the Ryder Cup in 2014.

There are many other well renowed courses including Glenbervie, Crief, Murrayshall, Rosemount and Lansdowne to name but a few.

Stirlingshire
Nestling in lowland greenery of rolling hills and farmland, the former town of Stirling was named as Scotland’s newest city as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations in 2002. Stirling, whose name signifies ‘place of strife’, sits on the narrow waistband of Scotland’s central belt. 
 
Always a meeting place of peoples, modern Stirling bustles with over half of Scotland’s population living within an hour’s drive of the city centre. Stirling really is an ideal base for the visiting golfer looking to play some of Scotland's best Parkland courses, or exploring the nearby Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Eating out in Stirling

 

Out & About in Stirling
A cosmopolitan university city renowned for its history, heritage, restaurants, bars and shopping.
Treat yourself or take home a souvenir from one of the modern shopping centres. Simply browse in the many country stores found in other towns and villages. Stirling’s swimming pool, 'Rainbow Slides', has a 25m pool, as well as multi-coloured water slides.


Stirling Castle

Wallace Monument

 

History & Heritage
Stirling Castle - fortress, royal palace, garrison and once residence of the Scottish Kings sits perched on its rocky craig, trailing behind it the exquisite architecture and cobbled streets of Stirling’s Old Town.

The castle's history is turbulent, its architecture outstanding. The restoration of the Great Hall took nearly 10 years. Originally built during the reign of James IV, the exterior has been returned to its original golden yellow colour, by the traditional method of harling.
 
The historic theme continues with the Wallace Monument, Scotland’s commemoration of its great hero, popularised by the film Braveheart. The Monument stands proudly on the Abbey Craig, overlooking the site of Sir William’s greatest victory, at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, in 1297.

Battle of Bannockburn (1314) is celebrated at the Heritage Centre, just two miles south of Stirling. The centre recounts the story of this famous battle and life of King Robert, of whom a striking equestrian statue sits close of the centre.

Stirling Old Town Jail - Lose your name and become a number as you experience the chill of life behind bars in Stirling’s 19th century prison.


Perthshire
The former capital of Scotland occupies the central highland area of Scotland. Known for its verdant hills and glens, and leafy tree-lined salmon rivers. Perth is generally recognised as one of the richest and most diverse areas of Scotland in terms of wildlife, flora and woodland. 

Dunkeld Perthshire  

Shopping
In Perth’s pedestrianised High Street and St John's Shopping Centre, you will find all the major brands you would expect and a few you may not. In the surrounding streets, you will find a wide variety of independent specialist retailers, and the renowned Perth markets. The markets offer a fantastic choice of local and international produce, from the Farmers Market to continental foods to gardening to street art. 

Andrew Fairlie

 

Eating Out
Perths range of hotels, and eating out places offer the highest in standards, such as Andrews Fairlies two Michelin stars restaurant at Gleneagles. Freshly prepared meals from the best local ingredients is the predominant theme in the Perth food scene. You can choose from fine dining, cordon bleu cooking to old world parlour tearooms, snug and friendly pubs to bustling bistros.


Out & About in Perth  

Going Out
Perth leisure pool is one of the best in Scotland, and is right next door to Dewar’s Centre where you can curl, skate or bowl. Nightlife in Perth is exciting yet relaxed. You will find a theatre, concert hall, cinema, nightclubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and of course good old Scottish Ceilidhs. There are usually concerts taking place in Perth on a regular basis, including blues, folk, jazz and classical music performances.


 

Tourist Attractions
Perth has so much to offer its visitors, for example Scone Palace, the ancestral home of the Earls of Mansfield, and the crowning place of Scottish Kings. Elcho Castle - A fortified 16th-century mansion. Perth Museum & Art Gallery with its varied collection including material of a national and indeed international significance. The Fergusson Gallery, dedicated to the work of the Scottish painter John Duncan Fergusson.


Blair Castle

 

History & Heritage
Many Scottish Kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace and Robert the Bruce, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox and Bonnie Prince Charlie were just four of the famous figures who left their mark. Perth’s heritage features fine buildings, often utilised as venues for cultural activity. St John’s Kirk, in the heart of Perth city, is one of the finest and oldest churches in Scotland and is often the setting for special musical events.

The towns of Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl are a big attraction for visitors from all over the world. Dunkeld is located just off the A9, the main tourist route through Perthshire. A small picturesque, delightful and interesting town which is the ideal base for golfing, walking, fishing, and many other sporting activities. 

Situated only 30 minutes north of Edinburgh and 20 minutes from Perth, is the small quiet town of Kinross. A small town offering two very popular hotels (The Green Hotel & The Windlestrae Hotel) with their own 18-hole golf courses. Any golfers wishing to play the courses of St Andrews, needent worry as the Home of Golf is just 28 miles (46km) away.

Blairgowrie on the banks of the River Ericht is Perthshire's second largest town, famous for its two golf courses, soft fruit farms and angling. It is the gateway to Glenshee and close to the village of Meikleour, which boasts a Beech Hedge, planted in 1746 and officially recognised as the tallest hedge in the world.

Driving Times
Edinburgh airport - 30 minutes | Glasgow International airport - 1 hour
Prestwick airport - 1 hour 20 minutes | Inverness airport - 2 hours


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