Falls of Holm is the ideal location for planning adventures through the heart of Scotland, being 25 miles North East of Perth on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park.
While most of our guests come to walk in the Angus Glens, unrivalled for flora and fauna anywhere in Scotland, here are a few of our suggestions for what to do during your stay at Falls of Holm.
BRAEMAR, BALMORAL and ROYAL DEESIDE
Travel via Glenisla and Glenshee passing the winter ski slopes where you can take a chairlift ride to the summit. Visit Braemar, then on to Balmoral, where you can tour the Queen’s Scottish castle. Return by Banchory and the Cairn O’Mount. The views from this road are really spectacular.
ST. ANDREWS and the FISHING VILLAGES of EAST FIFE
St. Andrews, less than an hour’s drive from Falls of Holm, is the worldwide centre of golf. Visitors travel from all points just to have their photograph taken at the Swilken Bridge, on the Old Course, but we consider the ancient town of St. Andrews itself to be just magical. The fishing parts of Anstruther, Crail and St. Monans are great but our favourite is Elie where the beach is wonderful for children and adults alike and meals by the seafront are first class.
EDRADOUR DISTILLARY, PITLOCHRY and LOCH TAY
Scotland has many distilleries but our smallest at Edradour is not to be missed. On the hill above Pitlochry, the setting and location is fabulous, and the wee dram is just the best! This being the first visit of the day, it leaves plenty time to go to Loch Tay and the Crannog Centre at Kenmore. Perhaps this is a chance to participate in some water sports, such as river rafting, water skiing or a fun doughnut ride. Alternatively, a little further north of Pitlochry is the Queen’s view and the Soldier’s leap. On your return to Falls of Holm, why not visit Dunkeld’s Cathedral, walks and salmon leap at the view point of the Hermitage.
THE FALKIRK WHEEL and STIRLING CASTLE
Many of our guests rate a visit to the Wallace Monument and nearby castle as a great day out, Stirling being an easy 1.5 hour drive. Much more up to date is the Falkirk Wheel on the Forth Canal. This is a spectacular alternative to the traditional lock gates of our canals.
GLAMIS CASTLE, THE SHIP “DISCOVERY” and the VERDANT WORKS
Much closer to home and ideal if the weather is not so good; Glamis Castle is still thought, by most of our guests, to be the best castle visit. We would also suggest a trip round the Discovery on Dundee’s Quayside as time well spent. This was the ship used by Scott on his ill-fated trip to the South Pole. No trip to Dundee, famed for jute works, is complete without experiencing the social history of our city. The Verdant Works gives a fascinating insight into the lives of the mill workers. We can also recommend a visit to the Dundee Science Centre – interesting and fun for all ages!
AND, FOR A RAIL ADVENTURE: return train from DUNKELD – INVERNESS
Increasingly, our guests look for something different. One great idea came from a regular, return visitors who had an early breakfast before catching the train from Dunkeld to Inverness. There can be no better exchange for a car drive on the A9, than to relax, while travelling by train, through some magnificent scenery to Inverness. Arriving about lunch time and allowing a short while to experience our Highland Capital before catching the return train to Dunkeld.
Remember, if you wish to do a bit of shopping or soak up the atmosphere cities such as Edinburgh, Perth or Aberdeen have to offer, they are all less than 2 hours away by car.
These are a few of the ideas of what to do during a stay at Falls of Holm. There is much, much more to discover: take your time getting to know the area.