Places to visit

Alyth is ideally located for exploring so much of Scotland.

Dunottar Castle

Dunottar Castle

Gardens

Cluny House Garden is a woodland garden specialising in Himalayan plants, started in 1950 by Bobby & Betty Masterton. It has an important collection of Asiatic primulas including candelabras and a large collection of Trilliums, Arisaemas, Lilliums, Erythroniums and specimen trees including the widest girthed Sequoiadendron in the UK. The garden is also very important for a population of Red Squirrels. Cluny is cultivated organically with no pesticides or insecticides. Branklyn Garden, made by John and Dorothy Renton between 1922 and 1968 and managed by The National Trust for Scotland, holds the National Collections of Lilies, Rhododendron and Meconopsis (Himalyan poppies). Drummond Castle Gardens is an old castle with a fine nineteenth century garden including a multiplex sundial, carved by Charles I’s master mason, which survives from the 1630s.

Castles

Within a short distance from Alyth you can visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, Scone Palace, once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years and Dunottar Castle, one of our favourites, a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting which at one time was the home of the Earls Marischal.

Perth

Once the capital of Scotland, Perth has a rich history. Scone Palace was once the coronation place of Scottish Kings; today you can visit the first Scottish Parliament where the King would meet with his advisors and officials, see a replica of the Stone of Destiny, tour Scone Palace – home to the Earls of Mansfield, and enjoy the wonderful arboretum. Perth town centre has many fine local independent shops and excellent restaurants as well as a concert hall and museum. Walk along the Inches and enjoy the views of the River Tay.

Dundee

Once home to shipbuilders, jute mills and jam producers, Dundee is a vibrant city on the north bank of the River Tay. It will become home to the new Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, which will make the most of its stunning riverside setting. Explore the Discovery – the ship that took Captain Scott to Antarctica, the Science Centre and the Contemporary Arts centre.