Perth and Kinross in the centre of Scotland, is a stunning landscape of glens, green forests, rushing rivers, waterfalls, mountains and valleys, and it is therefore not surprising that so many people come here for the incredible outdoor activites on offer. There is pretty much something for everyone whether you are a thrill-seeker or wildlife lover (or both of course); why not try hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, golf, wildlife tours, 4-wheel driving, fishing, canyoning, biking, horseback tours and lots more! Everything is on your doorstep here, it is just a question of getting out and exploring.
Perth, on the banks of the River Tay, was once the capital of Scotland and the place where many Kings were crowned (including MacBeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II) on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace. Visitors can explore this wonderful castle today; wander down the Long Gallery where Charles II walked to his Coronation, see the desk where Marie Antoinette wrote her letters and walk through the State rooms where Queen Victoria stayed on her visit to the Highlands. Aside from the Castle, Perth also has many other attractions such a museums, art galleries, stunning gardens and many great places to eat and drink.
The town of Kinross lies directly north of Edinburgh and is a beautiful place to stay if you are exploring this area. Kinross has idyllic views over Loch Leven and from here you can take a boat ride (warmer months only so check on this) over the loch to Lochlevan Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 before escaping by boat. Exciting stuff. The loch is also home to over 20,000 pink footed geese in the Autumn which makes for a stunning spectacle if you come at this time of year. On the shore of the loch you will find Kirkgate Park where there are cafes and play areas for children.
If you have any energy after white water rafting, hiking the lochs and counting the geese, there are many wonderful historical castles in the area - Drummond Castle and Blair Castle - both of which are worth a day trip. The landscape and scenery in this part of the world is absolutely breathtaking, so get planning your family holiday to this wonderful place.
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