There is something magical about Perthshire that has visitors returning year after year. Its ancient past is all around from the Ardoch Roman Camp near Auchterarder to the Pictic Stones at Meigle Museum near Blairgowrie. History comes to life in its castles and stately homes. At Scone Palace where Scotland's ancient kings were crowned upon the Stone of Destiny to Blair Castle, home of the Atholl Highlanders, the last private army in Britain.

At Loch Leven on Perthshire's southern border the visitor can tour the castle where Mary Queen of Scots spent almost a year in captivity.

Among the sights and attractions ready to cast a spell on the visitor is the world's highest beech hedge at Meikleour outside Blairgowrie, Scotland's largest enclosed glen - Glen Lyon -and the wooded gorge at Killiecrankie where the Jacobites won a famous victory in 1689.

South of Killiecrankie is the town of Pitlochry through which the river Tummel flows. Visitors can watch salmon leap upstream at Pitlochry Dam's fish ladder. At Aberfeldy there is the stunning waterfalls that inspired Robert Burns to write the poem "The Birks of Aberfeldy" The falls still turn the millstones at the beautifully restored Aberfeldy Water Mill which is an award winning visitor attraction.

A few miles away at loch Tay is the fascinating Scottish Crannog Centre where archaeologists have reconstructed one of the ancient dwellings that ringed the loch's edge around 2,500 years ago.

For those who prefer the "water of life" to the plain variety, Perthshire is home to both the smallest and the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The Edradour, and Glenturret where the welcome is as warming as the dram of whisky at the end of the tour.

Summertime is an especially good time for shopping and souvenir hunting because many of Perthshire's towns and villages host their own fairs and festivals. Highland Gatherings and Games are another rich source of traditional craftwork and produce

If golf is a priority Perthshire can offer a whole range of courses to suit all abilities and pockets. It is the home of the famous Gleneagles golf and hotel complex. The King's Course at Gleneagles for many years hosted the Scottish Invitational Championship and is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world.

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