Guide to Central Scotland

Steeped in history, Central Scotland is a majestic part of the country. Explore its beautiful coastline and national parks.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Central Scotland

With quaint fishing villages, historic cities and spectacular landscapes, explore the majestic land of Central Scotland.

Top 5 beaches

  • Anstruther
  • Crail
  • Elie Earlsferry
  • Leven
  • Pittenweem

Day in Perth

This former capital of Scotland offers an eclectic mix of urban life and historic architecture. Surrounded by the rolling hills of rural Perthshire, this a pretty special place. This is a great first stop on your tour of Central Scotland. Whether you’re exploring Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish kings, or indulging in a little retail therapy in Perth’s cosmopolitan centre, you’re guaranteed to find something you like at this unique city.

Top 5 for shopping

  • Perth
  • Leven
  • Crail
  • St Andrews
  • Stirling

A visit to Aberfeldy and Loch Tay

Home to Perthshire’s highest mountain, Scotland’s longest river and Europe’s oldest living thing – a 2,000-5,000 year old tree, Aberfeldy is an unmissable stop on your visit. Just six miles west of the town, you’ll find the majestic Loch Tay. Framed by mountains and hillside cottages, you’re sure to find a great view. Whisky lovers? Head to Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery. Walkers? Check out The Railway Path (part of the Rob Roy Way ), The Birks of Aberfeldy and Aberfeldy to Acharn. Shoppers? The town centre is packed full of independent shops and restaurants, too. So do stop for some delicious local food.

A day at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

As the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain, Loch Lomond has plenty to offer for an active day out. Whether you’re keen to go swimming, canoeing or water skiing, you’ll find something fun to do on this picturesque loch. Walkers are in luck too, with the majestic Trossachs National Park offering many walks through woodland and open countryside. Try the Loch Lomond Shores walk or the Cashel Forest walk. Finish your adventurous outing with a meal. Check out the Wayfarers Restaurant or The Clachan Inn.

Explore Stirling

Stirling’s old town and pretty streets make for a delightful day out. Start your day here, wandering among the medieval buildings. Stop for breakfast at the Old Town Coffee House. The heart of the ancient town is still very much alive, providing Stirling with its distinctive appearance. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the town’s vibrant centre, exploring independent shops and boutiques, or pop into one of the local art galleries or museums. Stirling is a hub for art and culture, so dive in! For dinner, check out one of the town’s many exciting restaurants.

Angus Glens

The majestic Angus Glens can be found rolling through the Angus countryside and finishing at the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. With breathtaking heather-clad hills, steams and forests, the Angus Glens are the ideal spot for an adventure. It’s well worth packing a picnic and wandering through the spectacular hills. There are many walks to enjoy, including Reekie Linn and Glen Isla, the Forfar Loch circuit and the Loch Lee and waterfalls circuit at Glen Esk.

Top 5 seafood restaurants

  • Anstruther Fish Bar, Anstruther
  • Seaway Fish and Chips, Monifieth
  • Pittenweem Fish and Chip Bar, Pittenweem
  • Famous Bervie Chipper, Brechin
  • Levin Fish Bar, Leven

Day on the coast

No visit to Central Scotland would be complete without a visit to its picturesque coast. Anstruther and Pittenweem are equally beautiful and offer a relaxing day trip. Start your morning with an indulgent visit to The Pittenweem Chocolate Company and Cocoa Tree Café. Wander along the waterside and watch the thriving fishing harbour come to life. Then, head to Anstruther. This charming fishing village offers wildlife boat tours, so you can spot some puffins and seals. For dinner, check out Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant for some delicious local seafood. If you’re visiting in August, be sure to visit Pittenweem Arts Festival!

Top 5 walks

  • The Cateran Trail
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Angus Glens
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

St Andrews

No visit to Central Scotland would be complete without visiting St Andrews, known as the home of golf. The charming and historic town attracts visitors from all over the world and played hosts to the world’s finest golfers during the British Open Championship. But St Andrews isn’t just a place for golf lovers. The medieval centre leads you through narrow alleys and cobbled streets, lined with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. There are also heritage sites to explore and two fantastic beaches including the glorious West Sands, where the opening scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed.

Ten stunning walks in Central Scotland

Central Scotland is a walker’s paradise. Check out these top 10 walks.