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.

The Byre ref: SQQO

Comrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£0-£657
0 star rating
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The Byre, set on a 1500-acre hill farm, is a converted barn conversion and is a must for nature lovers
  • Sleeps
    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Old Post Office ref: 26178

Fender Bridge, near Blair Atholl, Perthshire & Stirling

£352-£929
4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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St. Fink Farm House ref: SZZA

Rattray, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£1034-£2539
4 star rating
On the site of an ancient burial ground, discover Pictish ruins, castles, cairns and standing stones during your stay at this luxurious farmhouse.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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The Gregorton Coach House ref: SZZC

Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£349-£862
4 star rating
Wonderfully situated to enjoy many outdoor activities, and with a coal-effect fire, Gregorton Coach House is a perfect year-round holiday destination.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Foss House ref: UK5220

Foss, near Tummel Bridge, Perthshire & Stirling

£1539-£2839
4 star rating
This beautiful detached house provides guests with a little luxury in a completely rural location; relax and unwind in the hot tub after a busy day exploring.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    FRI

Hatton Cottages - Osprey Cottage ref: 15885

Dunkeld, near Pitlochry, Perthshire & Stirling

£329-£870
4 star rating
Just 2½ miles from Dunkeld, there is an abundance of history and heritage to explore.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Kingfisher Cottage ref: 23150

Pitlochry, Perthshire & Stirling

£361-£999
3 star rating
With private fishing available from a jetty on the River Tummel, this property offers that relaxing break from it all.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI

Osprey Hideways - Barn Owl Cottage ref: 27941

Stirling, Perthshire & Stirling

£370-£866
4 star rating
Located in a peaceful setting, this property is 4 miles from Stirling and within easy driving distance of Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Brewlands Estate - Claypotts ref: SYH

Glenisla, Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Stirling

£503-£1360
5 star rating
This 18th-century cottage is positioned in a peaceful glen, with fishing available from the garden.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

Highland Heather Lodges - Earn ref: CC524070

Comrie near Crieff, Perthshire & Stirling

£578-£23038
4 star rating
Enjoy the early morning views of the mountains from the comfort of your bed in this luxury timber lodge with private hot tub and Wi-Fi.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Apple Cottage ref: SXXB

Forgandenny, Perthshire & Stirling

£312-£703
4 star rating
This beautifully decorated, romantic holiday cottage enjoys a tranquil location between the River Earn and the Ochil Hills.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Campbell ref: S4421

Rannoch, Pitlochry, , Perthshire & Stirling

£257-£739
3 star rating
Countryside cottage on working farm, with panoramic views over Loch Rannoch, great location for walkes and cylclists.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Braehead Cottage ref: CC523009

St.Fillans, Crieff, Perthshire & Stirling

£391-£934
3 star rating
A traditional stone built property which sits at the east end of Loch Earn with wonderful mountain views
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Highland Heather Lodges - Glen Artney ref: CC524072

Comrie near Crieff, Perthshire & Stirling

£655-£23038
4 star rating
Relax in your very own hot tub or explore the 10 acres of woodland from this timber lodge, just outside the village of Comrie.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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Tullibole Castle Longhouse ref: SMMH

Crook of Devon, Perthshire & Stirling

£304-£619
4 star rating
This unique holiday cottage set in the grounds of Tullibole Castle offers luxurious accommodation in an idyllic location.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI