We always encourage guests to visit Edinburgh which is Scotland’s capital and a beautiful old city. It’s also small, so easy to walk around on your own or with a guide. The heart of the city is divided between the Old town and the New town, which was built during the Georgian era and what is known as the age of the enlightenment. This was a period in the late 18th Century when Scotland enjoyed a huge role in European culture with many famous literary figures like Sir Walter Scott but also famous architects like Robert Adam and a number of hugely influential philosophers, mathematicians, artists, poets and financiers. Scotland emerged as an intellectual powerhouse and a lot of this was centred in Edinburgh.
The Old Town is where much of the University can be found but guests generally start at the Castle which gives you a wonderful view of the city and a taste of our history. It’s a fun visit and very well done with a lot to see. From here you gently roll down the Royal Mile which links the castle with the Palace of Holyrood (The Queen’s Edinburgh home). You can dart off into hidden chambers to explore the underbelly of the city and learn a lot about ghosts. If you make down to the bottom of the hill you can view the Scottish Parliament and visit Holyrood Palace, which will further educate you about many of our kings & queens. You can also climb the hill in front of you which is called Arthur’s Seat and again provides magnificent views of the city.
Once you cross Princes Street, you enter the New town which is a stunning collection of Georgian streets filled with beautiful town houses (like you will have seen in Bath) and many still have cobbled streets, old street lights and communal gardens. You don’t need a guide; just grab a city map and wander through all these amazing old streets. Edinburgh has amazing pubs and we can suggest some good ones like Kay’s Bar or the Black cat. There are also some hidden shopping gems like Georgian Antiques in Leith (a three story warehouse stuffed with furniture), galleries, cashmere & woollen wear shops and other fun stuff.
Edinburgh has some wonderful art museums including the National Gallery, filled with our most famous painters, the less busy National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street, which is also historically very enlightening as it includes portraits of many famous Scottish figures. The National Museum of Scotland which opened in 2006 houses a collection of antiquities and is a more contemporary building, whereas the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is an old building but very cool inside. The Queen’s former Yacht Britannia is also very interesting to visit and this is harboured down in the old dockland area of Leith which is now fun to explore and has some of the city’s best restaurants like The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart.
What a brilliant stay in such a lovely home. We were so close to all the fun activities we wanted and the kids didn’t complain once, which is always a good sign!
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Auchterarder House is fantastically located in the heart of Scotland and guests can access all these activities with ease. Some are virtually on your doorstep whilst others are all within an hour’s drive. The roads within central Scotland are excellent and some are dual carriage way (just be careful of the speed cameras). Sat Nav works well in most areas and we can provide directions/maps as required.
Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow are also within an hour away and it’s fun to leave the main roads when possible to explore the countryside and get up into the hills. Even these smaller roads are generally well sign posted and you shouldn’t get lost but even if you do, that’s part of the fun! You might come across a little country inn where you can stop for a wee dram and you will definitely come across some amazing views!
Accommodation for 20 people in 10 double ensuite bedrooms including one ground floor bedroom with fully disabled bathroom. Four of the very large bedrooms each have sofa beds for children if needed.
There is additional staff accommodation available in the Front Lodge.
Drawing room, library, dining room, inner hall, reception hall, cinema room, gym, sauna, shoot room, conservatory & billiard room.
Electric gates offer a high level of security to the property, which is surrounded by high trees and shrubbery, so very private.
20 acres of beautifully kept gardens and grounds, including a barbecue area.
A charming lochan (Scottish for small lake) stocked with brown trout. Guests are welcome to try their luck with a fishing rod.
Glasgow and Edinburgh International Airports under 1 hours drive away.