Stirling is at the centre of the nation's national heritage, and it was here that William Wallace and Robert the Bruce won independence for Scotland. The city and its castle have had a very rich and turbulent past, being the residence of many Scottish Kings and the scene of numerous sieges and famous battles, including the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and Bannockburn in 1314.

The castle is perched on a rocky crag, elevated above the surrounding countryside and is one of Scotland's grandest. Stirling itself nestles in lowland rolling hills and has a lovely `Old Town' with striking architecture and cobbled streets which wind upwards to the castle. The Old Town Jail is now a fascinating attraction depicting the horrors of life in a 19th century jail, also of interest is the medieval Church of the Holy Rude, where James VI was crowned and John Knox preached.

Stirling is an ideal base from which to explore nearby Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The surrounding countryside is lush and fertile with peaceful slopes, rolling countryside and a scattering of town and villages such as the former spa town of Allan Water, with riverside walks and olde worlde charm and Doune with its imposing 14th century castle and award-winning nature reserve.

Perthshire is most definitely the Adventure Capital of Scotland. Here you'll find world class fishing, high level mountain trekking and lower level waymarked forest trails, great on road and off road cycling and superb golf courses. Or maybe try your hand at canyoning, microlight flights or cliff jumping!

Discover a rich diversity of landscapes and habitats that support a range of plants, animals and birds; exceptional woodlands, mighty rivers and high mountains all make this an area a haven for naturists. The River Tay runs through Perthshire to the sea and has internationally important populations of salmon and otters. Many of Perthshire lochs attract breeding pairs of osprey and Loch Leven National Nature Reserve is a magnet for wildfowl. Up in the hills red deer can be heard roaring during the autumn rut.

The small provincial city of Perth is situated on the banks of Tay and has an influential history stretching back over 8,000 years; close by Scone Palace is where many Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny. There are many places of interest such as the pretty town of Pitlochry on the river Tummel overlooked by Ben Vrackie; here there are wonderful riverside and woodland walks, also the beautiful Loch Tay near Aberfeldy and Glen Lyon which stretches some 34 miles and has some of Perthshire's finest scenery.

Plum Tree Cottage ref: S13

St Fillans, Loch Earn, Perthshire & Stirling

£324-£727

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This unique property stands in a secluded location, yet within easy reach of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
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Juniper Cottage ref: 23593

Dunblane, near Stirling, Perthshire & Stirling

£318-£684

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In a peaceful, rural setting, this property is only 2 miles from historic Dunblane, with shops, restaurants and a cathedral.
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Cluny ref: UK5223

Aberfeldy, near Pitlochry, Perthshire & Stirling

£384-£634

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Set on a hillside overlooking the Strathtay Valley and with Aberfeldy within easy walking distance this lodge is the perfect base for exploring ’the whitewater capital’ of the UK.
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Oak Lodge ref: 28827

St Fillans, near Crieff, Perthshire & Stirling

£533-£1399

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4 star rating
This single-storey property is in a perfect location to explore the Trossachs National Park.
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    3
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Brewlands Estate - Claypotts ref: SYH

Glenisla, Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£499-£1377

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This 18th-century cottage is positioned in a peaceful glen, with fishing available from the garden.
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    3
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The Gregorton Coach House ref: SZZC

Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£343-£903

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Wonderfully situated to enjoy many outdoor activities, and with a coal-effect fire, Gregorton Coach House is a perfect year-round holiday destination.
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Gardener’s Cottage ref: SSAR

Crieff, Perthshire & Stirling

£0-£739

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Come stay at this grand location situated within Monzie Castle Estate, guests can enjoy learning about the estates history and roam the acres of land.
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    2
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The Old Coach House ref: CC524079

Pitlochry, Perthshire & Stirling

£499-£23038

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3 star rating
Located above the pretty town of Pitlochry, this holiday property boasts stunning views of the Perthshire countryside.
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    2
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Cairns ref: SZZB

New Alyth, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£612-£1284

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Golf, walking and riding can be enjoyed from this holiday apartment, set in 2 acres of grounds with a pond.
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    2
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Osprey Hideaways - Peregrine Cottage ref: 27938

Stirling, Perthshire & Stirling

£364-£862

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This property is surrounded by magnificent and peaceful rural scenery, overlooking a private 120-acre loch.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Anchorage ref: UMH

Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, Perthshire & Stirling

£739-£1712

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4 star rating
On the banks of Loch Tay, this property has its own 150 yards of loch frontage, where free fishing is available.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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The Old Post Office ref: 26178

Fender Bridge, near Blair Atholl, Perthshire & Stirling

£352-£874

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    3
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The Bothy ref: CC524009

Crook of Devon, Kinross, Perthshire & Stirling

£268-£584

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A charming steading situated in Kinross and set in stunning surroundings with views over the Cleish Hills.
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    6
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    2
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Lilac Cottage ref: 24908

Crieff, Perthshire & Stirling

£288-£663

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This traditional cottage is just a minutes walk from Crieff town centre and ideally located for exploring the area.
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    4
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4 Rosemount Cottages ref: UK5149

Rosemount, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£417-£1032

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A delightful property just 2 miles from one of the largest towns in Perthshire, Blairgowrie, which is the gateway to Glenshee which caters for year-round sports including skiing, golfing and paragliding!
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    2
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    2
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