Rugged mountains, barren moorland, deep lochs and amber-coloured rivers create a majestic landscape dotted with Roman encampments, Iron Age settlements and grand castles. The heart of Scotland, there are more things to do here than you can possibly count and some of the best places to stay in Perthshire certainly rival those in the cities or nearer the bright lights.
This region is easily accessible from both Glasgow and Edinburgh yet seems a million miles from the frantic pace of city life.
The Whisky Trail winds from the conservation villages in the south towards the Cairngorm National Park in the north. Golf courses, fishing, shooting, walking and cycling opportunities abound.
Our favourites amongst the best places to stay in Perthshire are either conveniently sited in the centre of a pretty town or hold a secluded spot deep in the beautiful countryside. Some reflect a new contemporary style while others are traditionally reassuring.
Pitlochry is a great stopping off point, especially if you're on your way further north. It is a charming Victorian spa town which becomes a tourist magnet in the warmer months. Activity wise it offers the usual pursuits, but in addition boasts the Pitlochry Festival Theatre which has earned international acclaim for its high quality productions.
If you need a hotel with great food, then Perthshire has some great places to stay.
Country house enthusiasts will not be disappointed in Perthshire either. A room for the night at Ballathie House overlooking the River Tay or The Fortingall Hotel at the entrance to Glen Lyon should satisfy most traditionalists. Kinloch House near Blairgowrie would also fit the bill.
This Elizabethan country house is surrounded by a well established wooded garden with a short walk leading to a golf course. Hearty scottish breakfasts are offered up including porridge with a dash of whiskey. The airy rooms, whiskey bar, fireplaces and great views all lead to a relaxing stay.
A charming restaurant with rooms in the heart of Perthshire. Contemporary rooms have simple clean design with gentle hues. The striking dining room, traditional in style, features a fireplace and exposed beams. An ideal base to enjoy country pursuits and excellent cuisine.
Charming small restaurant-with-rooms in the centre of Crieff. Elegant bedrooms with large windows, feature wallpaper and spacious living areas. Excellent bistro styled french cuisine. A wonderful base to explore the local area.
A chic bed and breakfast in the heart of Pitlochry, with Farrow & Ball interiors and a lovely garden. Stylish contemporary bedrooms. Beautifully converted living areas with glass walls. Hearty breakfasts set guests up for a day outdoors. An excellent base for exploring the local area.
Long-established country hotel in splendid surroundings. Elegant rooms feature traditional patterned wallpaper and some have free standing baths. Grand reception rooms with fireplaces are ideal for unwinding in after a day outdoors. Award winning Scottish cuisine. A lovely rural escape.
Charming small hotel in the heart of Perthshire. Elegant rooms, some with four poster beds, antique furniture and traditional artworks. Wonderful Scottish cuisine served in a cosy dining room. A charming country house well positioned to access this beautiful corner of Scotland.
By Blairgowrie, Perthshire
A stunning stately home set in the heart of glorious Perthshire. Large traditional rooms feature sash windows, chintz fabrics and some have free standing baths. Living rooms are suitably grand yet still remain cosy. Exemplary cuisine made from the finest local produce. An ideal country escape.
A union of rustic warmth and funky sophistication, in the heart of Rob Roy country. Modern rooms with crisp design, modern art and lovely contemporary bathrooms. An award-winning restaurant plus an abundance of outdoor pursuits make this the ideal country escape. Utter heaven!
Lovely country house in beautiful Perthshire. Traditional cosy rooms with large sash windows and oh-so comfortable beds. A sitting room with a roaring fire to sink into, with a whisky, after a day outdoors. Stunning cuisine with the emphasis on local produce. The perfect country escape.
by Pitlochry, Perthshire
A quaint and charming Highland hotel, wonderfully unassuming and Scottish through and through. Snug sitting rooms, traditional rooms and fantastic restaurant complete with tartan chairs! Set in stunning landscapes, with direct access to the Pass of Killiecrankie. A characterful country escape!
Luxury grand dame resort hotel in the heart of stunning Perthshire countryside. With three championship golf courses, top notch spa and more activities than you can imagine, this is the perfect resort for all the family.