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Top Choice Castle in Stirling

Stirling Castle

Hold Stirling and you control Scotland. This maxim has ensured that a fortress of some kind has existed here since prehistoric times. You cannot help drawing parallels with Edinburgh Castle, but many find Stirling's…
Top Choice Palace in Perth

Scone Palace

'So thanks to all at once and to each one, whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.' This line from Macbeth indicates the importance of Scone (pronounced 'skoon') as the coronation place of Scottish monarchs. The …
Top Choice Library in Crieff

Innerpeffray Library

Scotland’s oldest lending library (founded in 1680) houses a huge collection of rare, interesting and ancient books, some of them 500 years old. If you have any interest in books you could easily spend half a day he…
Top Choice Scottish in Kinross & Loch Leven

Loch Leven's Larder

Three miles east of Kinross, off the A911, this family-run farm shop and restaurant overlooking Loch Leven is the ideal place to enjoy fresh local food, much of it from the family's own farm, whether it's a breakfas…
Top Choice Landmark in Central Scotland

Falkirk Wheel

Completed in 2002, the Falkirk Wheel is a modern engineering marvel, a rotating boat lift that raises vessels 115ft from the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. Boat trips depart from the lower basin (eight …
Top Choice Scottish in St Andrews

Peat Inn

This superb Michelin-starred restaurant, backed by a commodious suite of bedrooms, makes an ideal gourmet break. The chef makes a great effort to source premium-quality Scottish produce and presents it in innovative…
Top Choice Monument in Central Scotland

Kelpies

The Kelpies, the stunning equine statues gracing the eastern entrance to the Forth & Clyde Canal, are named after mythical Scottish water-horses. The two 30m-tall horse's heads are fashioned out of stainless ste…
Top Choice Deli in Upper Strathearn

Hansen's Kitchen

The foodie epicentre of Upper Strathearn, Hansen's is a hugely popular delicatessen and cafe (there's barely a dozen seats crammed into the interior) serving superb coffee, cheese and charcuterie platters, and lunch…
Top Choice French in Crieff

Yann’s at Glenearn House

On the main road heading east out of town, Crieff's most popular restaurant is run by the eponymous Savoyard who believes in keeping the menu straighforward and traditional, serving French comfort-food classics such…
Top Choice Indian in Perth

Tabla

Tabla is one of the best Indian restaurants in the whole of central Scotland, its bustling, modern dining room catering to a loyal clientele of locals tucking into authentic dishes such as andhra wada (lentil pattie…