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Glamis Castle

So much of Scotland's history and heritage are to be found, just a relaxed twenty minute drive from the Red House Hotel, in a day to remember.

Glamis Castle, the birthplace of the late Queen Mother is home to Scotland's biggest Vintage Car Rally in July with the Strathmore Highland Games in June.


Glamis Castle is a living, breathing monument to Scottish heritage, hospitality and enjoyment for all.
 
The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Glamis Castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.
 
As soon as you enter the Queen Mother Gates at Glamis and see the Castle's turrets and towers nestled at the end of the mile-long drive, you can't fail to be impressed by its majesty.
 
Steeped in history, Glamis Castle has evolved over the years to create a stunning architectural treasure that is full of vitality to this day.
 
Once inside, every room has its own story and the evolution of the castle and its legendary tales and secrets are brought to life by your own enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides.
 
Every painting, every piece of furniture, every little detail along the way is a sharp reminder that this is not a museum but an incredible family home that has witnessed everything from Royal births to being the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.
 
The gardens surrounding Glamis Castle are beautiful all year round. Walks have been created to take in a mixture of habitats ranging from park land and policies in the immediate vicinity of the castle to the formal Italian Garden, mixed woodland and Pinetum to the North East. At Glamis you have the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora & fauna.
 
Walks include:
The Italian Garden Walk (approximately 25 minutes)
The Nature Trail Walk (approximately 25 minutes)
The Pinetum Walk (approximately 30 minutes)
The River Dean Walk (approximately 15 minutes)
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Shooting

You can shoot in Scotland 365 days a year.  There are literally tens of thousands of acres of some of Scotland's finest field sport opportunities.  they are only a short distance from the hotel and access is readily available in most cases unlike many of the Highland Estates.

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Scone Palace

So much of Scotland's history and heritage are to be found, just a relaxed twenty minute drive from the Red House Hotel, in a day to remember. 

Scone Palace, near Perth, is the original home of the "Stone of Destiny," where past Kings of Scotland were crowned, also known in England as the "Coronation Stone."
 
Scone was the Capital of of the Pictish Kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church and  the Palace is a major tourist attraction, under the ownership of the Earl of Mansfield.

Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned.
 
Scone breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. It is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield and the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings on the stone of Scone. See where the stone of Scone once stood and ponder on the tantalising mystery of where it might be today.
 
You can wander down the Long Galley where King Charles II strode to his coronation in 1651. During the Jacobite rebellions, the ‘Old Pretender’ spent three weeks at Scone while his son, Bonnie Prince Charlie, visited in 1745.
 
Admire the needlework skills of Mary Queen of Scots bedhangings that she worked on while in prison on Loch Leven. Discover the desk at which Frances' tragic young Queen, Marie Antionette, wrote her letters prior to the days when the guillotine beckoned. You can also see the State Rooms where Queen Victoria was entertained on her way to the Highlands in 1842, and the bedroom in which she slept. If you are a lover of fine things, Scone is a treasury of furniture and paintings, porcelain and other objets d'art.
 
Scone Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and peaceful woodland, perfect for a gentle stroll or even a picnic - all under the watchful eye of the ever curious peacocks. There's a great adventure playground for children, not to mention the unique 'tartan' maze of 2,000 beech trees half green, half copper, designed by the world-famous Adrian Fisher. The maze was planted in the shape of the heraldic Murray Star.
 
There is audio-visual exhibits, a gift shop, food shop, Old Servants Hall Coffee Shop and the Old Kitchen Range.
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Fishing

The hotel is conveniently situated for the world famous River Tay and many of it's tributaries, which is regarded as one of the top salmon rivers.
 
Miss Georgina Ballantyne set the UK record when catching a salmon weighing 64 lbs. in 1922, while the famous Abernethy Pearl, was fished by Coupar Angus man Bill Abernethy, in 1957.
 
We are pleased to pass on our comprehensive information on local rivers and lochs, including detailed maps, where to obtain permits, local Ghillies and the local tackle shop.
 
Scotland boasts thousands of acres of the finest field sports landscape and most are readily available, unlike some of the Highland estates.
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Cycling - Mountain Biking

The Red House Hotel is at the centre of Scotland's most varied countryside, for Mountain Biking, on every type of terrain and style of scenery.
From the rough and tumble of the demanding track at Dunolly in north Perthshire at Aberfeldy, there are the less challenging trails a little south, at Grandtully.
And for those who prefer to pedal on the roads, the area is rich with the most beautiful, rustic landscapes, to please the eye and the camera.
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Football

For sport's fans, there are three Scottish Premier sides to enjoy, from August through until May, Dundee United, Dundee and St. Johnstone in Perth.

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Horse Racing

Throughout the year, there is top class National Hunt racing in the grounds of Scone Palace, where they have raced since 1613, just twenty minutes away.

All the top jockeys, like champion Tony McCoy ride, particularly at the three day Festival in April and Perth Gold Cup Sunday, in June.

Horse Racing