There’s no need to hop a flight to Tenerife or a train down south over the Easter holidays. Instead, stay local and soak up the delights of Perthshire, recently ranked as one of the UK’s coolest counties by The Sunday Times.
Perthshire received top billing in The Sunday Times’ Style magazine this week as the newspaper listed the UK’s most fashionable rural retreats.
The Highlands county scored high for its celebrity connections: Crieff-born Ewan McGregor; Alan Cumming, born in Aberfeldy and brought up near Carnoustie, Angus; and J K Rowling, who owns Killiechassie country estate on the banks of the River Tay. Also mentioned was the fact that Taylor Swift was reportedly eyeing up the Tower of Lethendy near Meikleour.
Star spotting aside, Perthshire has more than its fair share of sweet spots for tourists, and locals, ensuring that it’s not just a cool but a clever place to be. May we recommend:
The Famous Grouse Experience. Located at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, this is Scotland’s oldest working distillery and centuries ahead of the hand crafted movement trend (whisky ingredients are still hand mashed.) It’s also the winner of several tourism awards and fast becoming a must-see for visitors. More at www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com
Perth Concert Hall. State of the art and with some of the finest acoustics in Europe, this is a venue that pushes the envelope with its programming. Upcoming shows included Lulu, Bryan Ferry, Gregory Porter and Voicemale, a collaboration between 71 primary school boys’ choirs, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Christopher Bell. www.horsecross.co.uk
Scone Palace. This historic landmark, which re-opens on Friday 25th March, has it all: history (the crowning place of the King of Scots), stately home grandeur (eat your heart out, Taylor) and a 50th anniversary to celebrate. The first visitor through the gates receives a free season ticket and a bottle of champagne. Don’t miss the Easter Pirate Fun Day, plus ticket offers all season. www.scone-palace.co.uk
Crieff Hydro. Gold star to the hotel for not just being a perfect getaway, but for putting its weight behind the Perthshire Big Tree Country Initiative, a scheme to preserve and promote Perthshire’s countryside. The resort is collecting donations and plans to add information points about the tree species on its sprawling 900-acre estate. www.crieffhydro.com
For more tourist tips visit www.uncoveredscotland.com