Sitting between Edinburgh and Aberdeen is Tay Country – the east coast regions of Fife, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus. We round up some reasons to visit this autumn.
The east of Scotland is a glorious spot on the map, encompassing pretty towns and villages, miles of stunning coastline, a buzzing culture and delicious local produce that will tingle your taste buds.
Within easy reach of Edinburgh, Tay Country is waiting for you to visit. Here are just some of the top things to see, do and explore in the area.
One of the most hotly anticipated attraction openings of the year, the V&A Dundee opened its doors to the world on 15 September 2018. Explore incredible feats of innovation, creativity and design through exhibitions and displays in the only V&A museum in the world outside London.
Marvel at the detail and design of the museum itself, learn about a variety of artists and their masterpieces and, on top of this, the sheer scale of the museum up close will leave you in awe.
St Andrew’s Day
Each year, Scots and Scots at heart come together to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with fantastic events alongside age-old tradition and culture.
St Andrew’s Day is on 30 November, when towns and villages the length and breadth of Scotland participate in themed events, featuring Scottish music, dance, food and drink – the common dish for the night is good old haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties. There will often be cèilidhs featuring famous dances, such as the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and Strip the Willow, as well as a variety of festivals.
Held in and around Fife during the month of November, Savour St Andrews boasts a range of foodie events and festivals where you can enjoy a traditional dinner at the Old Course Hotel, take part in food and wine tastings, or explore the variety of delicious produce, including seafood, cheese, fruit, beers and spirits the region has
The Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest takes place from 4 October to 4 November and is an autumn favourite among locals, and those from further afield, that sees the trees and trails of Faskally Woods near Pitlochry come alive with beautiful light illuminations and designs.
Follow a selection of dimly lit trails that will take you through the atmospheric forests of Perthshire, illuminated by different coloured light shows with the theme for 2018 being ‘Of the Wild – Nature by Night’, all of which is accompanied by a stirring musical score.
Tickets are being snapped up quick, so make sure you get yours before it’s too late!
The east of Scotland is home to a plethora of cultural attractions, from museums, galleries and theatres to historic attractions, castles and more.
In Fife, you can find castles, palaces, museums and galleries everywhere you turn. Explore royal connections at Dunfermline Abbey, step back to industrial times at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, or explore some of the region’s beautiful golf courses.
On the coast, there are plenty of seaside treasures, including the towns and villages of Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and St Monans, where you can try delicious fresh seafood.
In Perthshire, explore Scotland’s ancient capital, and newest city, with historic riches dotted across the city and countryside.
Scone Palace is an ancient architectural gem located just a couple miles outside the city, enjoy a show or performance at Perth Concert Hall, or explore The Fergusson Gallery to see stunning works by Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson.
In Dundee & Angus, there are dozens of theatres, galleries and museums to uncover, including Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, Caird Hall and the McManus Art Gallery & Museum.
In the beautiful countryside of Angus, head to Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or explore Kirriemuir, the birthplace and childhood home of Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, to see how his early life inspired his creative side.
Wonderful walks and wildlife
Venture on the Fife Coastal Path and you could be strolling through picturesque towns and villages along the coastline, or exploring stunning beaches like St Andrews, Elie and Earlsferry, Kingsbarns and Crail – all of which are teeming with wildlife and great outdoor activities.
Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’ and with more than 200,000 acres of woodland, there are plenty of forest trails and paths to explore.
Head to Aberfeldy, Pitlochry or Crieff, to name a few, where you can get outdoors and stroll along miles of walkways and trails that will immerse you in the tranquillity of Perthshire.
In Angus, venture into the series of peaceful valleys that provide some of the most majestic landscapes in the north east – the Angus Glens. Made up of Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot and Esk, along with 10 Munros, the glens really are a dramatic setting to explore, offering a range of sights and experiences.
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