Knockendarroch Hotel and Restaurant, Pitlochry It was recently voted one of Britain’s most romantic hotels and “Discovery Of The Year 2016”. We’ll be honest, it’s isn’t budget. But they do offer last-minute discounts and midweek deals, so check out their website for details.
Herges on the Loch, Galashiels Ideally situated for anyone visiting Melrose or Abbotsford. It nestles just off the A68, at the top of Gunknowe Loch in Tweedbank with panoramic views of birdlife on the water. Owners Sandy and Karen offer a warm welcome and take pride in ensuring that everyone’s visit is memorable and enjoyable. Head chef Len Cumming and his team carefully prepare and cook dishes to order using fresh, local ingredients. From homemade soup and haggis parcels to Borders beef and ale pie and battered Peterhead haddock with crispy chips, you’ll be hard-pushed to choose just one delicious dish – so why not have two? And the Italian baked pizzas get rave reviews.
1. Talla Reservoir, Tweedsmuir This two-mile-long reservoir on the head waters of the Talla Water is simply stunning – and excellent for catching brown trout!
1. Scott's View, Bemersyde There really is no escaping Sir Walter Scott in the Borders – and when you get to this spot you simply won’t want to. You take the B6356 road – signposted Dryburgh Abbey – off the B6404 to get to the viewpoint with a sensational panorama. It’s a lot easier and quicker in a car than it was when the horse pulling Sir Walter’s hearse to the Abbey is said to have paused here, just as it did on their daily outings. If that is indeed what happened, the horse had good taste as the River Tweed below loops round what was once the site of the original Melrose Abbey.
Merryhatton Garden Centre, East Fortune Merryhatton Garden Centre is a four star attraction and was named Best Eatery in a Visitor Attraction in the East Lothian Food & Drink Awards. This comes as no surprise given that it uses fresh ingredients from suppliers like Belhaven Smokehouse and Whitecross Quality Butchers. Its Scottish afternoon tea includes delights like smoked salmon and cream cheese wrap, haggis bon bons and a “jammy piece” followed by sweet treats like treacle scone and Scottish cranachan and raspberry sable – delicious! It also has a great shop with everything from home essentials to fantastic gifts.
1. John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar Pioneering conservationist John Muir has inspired people all over the world. His home is now a new, five-star visitor attraction.
1. Tantallon Castle, North Berwick Tantallon is said to be the last of the grand medieval castles and is one of jaw-dropping proportions. Set high on a cliff edge with a massive red sandstone curtain wall, the former home of the Red Douglas dynasty is a popular film location and was used in the film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. Many visitors to the Lothians bypass it in favour of Dirleton Castle and its glorious gardens. But we think Tantallon, with its breath-taking towers, grim pit prison and fabulous views of Bass Rock, should be well and truly on any “must-see” list.
DEEP, still lochs mirror majestic mountains, their craggy peaks piercing endless skies.
IT’S an A-list location with more tourism treasures on offer than most people know.
IT is a land so majestic that it has captured the hearts of queens.
Tayside is absolutely tops. From the heather-covered hills of Perthshire to the silvery Tay flowing past bonnie Dundee, it really has got the lot.