When it comes to choosing the accommodation for a short break in Scotland, Perthshire has you spoiled for choice. From five-star luxury hotels to treehouses in the hills, rooms with a perfect view to kata tents set amongst bike trails – we really do have it all.
Known the world over as Scotland’s larder, Perth city and its surrounding towns are brimming over with talented chefs, top quality ingredients and homegrown, seasonal produce. We are, quite simply, an award-winning smorgasbord of food and drink.
Now, put these two things together and you will find a pairing as perfect as tomato and basil, strawberries and cream, fish and chips!
One of the many reasons people choose – and return to – Perthshire time and again is the outstanding quality of our Gourmet Accommodation. These are hotels and chefs who have melded top-class hospitality with an exceptional food and drink experience to provide mini-breaks and holidays made for food lovers.
Prepare to have your appetite well and truly whetted!
Ideally located just a few minutes’ walk from the High Street stores and little independents of Perth city centre, and close to bus and rail links for further exploration of the surrounding areas, Parklands is a boutique townhouse hotel offering quality accommodation and two highly regarded restaurants. Perfect for a weekend shopping trip or romantic getaway, this multi award-winning destination also attracts local residents, popping in for lunch or refreshments in the garden overlooking the adjacent park.
Winner of the 2022 Prestige Hotel Award for Scotland’s Best City Hotel, Parklands provides en-suite rooms ranging from single occupancy up to superior doubles and a family room for four; check out their special offers on dinner, bed and breakfast as well as golfing packages and the Perth Dining Experience.
The hotel prides itself on the quality of the food and service in its restaurant complemented by an extensive wine list. The Bistro welcomes its guests to a more informal meal selected from a wide-ranging menu of seasonal dishes, with the option in the summer months to eat al-fresco on the terrace.
Both Parklands restaurants have built their menus around the best local produce harvested from Perthshire’s natural larder and, in addition, the hotel has a private dining room for those wishing to celebrate in style, with personal menu planning and wine selection. Gift vouchers are available.
On a secluded spot by the River Tay, just a few miles north of Perth, you will find this four-star Scottish country house hotel set amid pristine lawns and lush countryside. Follow its glorious tree-lined driveway and discover the perfect destination to relax and unwind, enjoying Ballathie’s renowned hospitality and its fine-dining restaurant boasting two AA Rosettes.
Built in 1880, Ballathie has been extensively refurbished yet retains the grandeur and distinction that once drew the Queen Mother to visit. With 25 unique bedrooms, you can expect some serious comfort – king-sized beds and four-posters, spacious suites, lovingly preserved period features and spectacular views. There is no corporate conformity here, just gently chiming clocks, roaring log fires, and charm in abundance.
Ballathie’s elegant dining room has a prime spot overlooking the river, and head chef Scott Scorer and his team bring in delicious, fresh produce from all over Perthshire and Scotland to create a tempting seasonal menu. Venison from the hills, fruit and veg from the market, prime beef, and the catch of the day all feature on the midday and evening bill of fare. A light soup and sandwich lunch is also available, as is afternoon tea (go on, add that glass of fizz!) and private dining facilities to suit a celebration.
Finish your meal with coffee and a dainty selection of petit fours, fit for royalty.
• Nearest village: Stanley
• Stay: www.ballathiehousehotel.com
• Dine: www.ballathiehousehotel.com
Dating back more than 400 years, Murrayshall Country Estate sits just outside Perth city, home to a luxury boutique Country Estate nestled between towering trees. Extensive grounds for walking and picnicking, a long list of outdoor pursuits at your fingertips, and 27 holes of parkland golf all guarantee a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway – stay, play, and unwind.
The rooms and suites at Murrayshall are light and bright, full of personal touches and decorated to reflect the beauty of the countryside visible through your window. With original features and ample space, you have easy access to all of the hotel’s amenities, including its array of award-winning food and drink at Eòlas and Barossa Bar.
Whether you fancy a classic pub favourite or gourmet cuisine, Murrayshall can oblige. The sophisticated Eòlas menu showcases the very best of Scottish Highland produce, with breakfast, dinner and Sunday lunch offerings, as well as an exquisite five-course tasting menu and wines from all over the world. For an informal meal, Cairns offers fun and friendly casual dining, gastro food with a twist, and the option to dine outside over the summer.
If you’ve worked up a thirst, don’t forget to pop into Barossa during your stay. A relaxed and intimate bar in the heart of the hotel, here you can indulge in a nip of Scottish whisky, an artisan gin, or a refreshing cocktail.
Two miles north of Perth lies the majestic Scone Palace – crowning place of Scottish kings and the original home of the Stone of Destiny – standing proud over 100 acres of glorious grounds. Famous for its rich heritage and colourful history, this grand and historic house provides five-star luxury accommodation in its elegant Balvaird Wing.
A standalone apartment within the Palace, the Balvaird Wing is designed to accommodate up to six guests on a self-catering basis. Live like a king (or queen) in the beautifully appointed sitting room, dining kitchen, and three spacious bedrooms. Each bedroom enjoys its own unique style, including canopied beds, open fireplaces, classic furnishings and a touch of tartan. Explore your stately home with a complimentary tour of the Palace, while the housekeeping service keeps your rooms spick and span.
Your kitchen is fully equipped and the Palace can arrange bespoke welcome packs, picnic lunches, and even your own private chef and culinary team to cater for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. In addition, Scone Palace offers its Old Kitchen Restaurant for pre-booked private dining, and the Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop with a rotating seasonal menu built around the herbs and vegetables picked fresh from the Palace kitchen garden.
• Nearest town: Perth City Centre
• Stay: www.scone-palace.co.uk
• Dine: www.scone-palace.co.uk
Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Tay Valley, at the heart of Scotland’s natural larder, The Grandtully Hotel overlooks the roaring rapids of the River Tay, and offers you the chance to escape, indulge and immerse yourself in the wild beauty and exceptional flavours of Highland Perthshire.
Built in 1866, the former grandeur of the hotel has been lovingly restored with passion and an eye for contemporary design by Chris and Andrew Rowley, the brothers behind the award-winning Ballintaggart Dining, Rooms and Cook School.
The hotel has eight individually designed bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, private dining room and outside terrace. Known for its fabulous food centred on the finest Scottish ingredients, the menu is unmistakably Ballintaggart, packed full of local produce to create exciting dishes, with big, seasonal flavours and outstanding ingredients. Everything from morning porridge to bar snacks and cocktails is served with thoughtful charm.
The daily changing menu keeps it simple and allows you to choose what best suits your mood as you get to know the signature dishes. Eat in the bar – The Tully – or slightly more formally in the elegant restaurant or light private dining room enjoying the glass doors which invite the outside in and open out onto the terrace.
Killiecrankie House is a fine-dining restaurant with rooms located in the Cairngorms National Park, serving a tasting menu of innovative Scottish cuisine that celebrates the cultural and gastronomic bounty of the country.
Killiecrankie House has five beautifully furnished bedrooms available to anyone dining with them. All rooms have four-poster beds, freestanding baths, and walk-in showers, and those lucky enough to spend the night will also enjoy a gourmet breakfast the following morning.
A single, set menu is served at dinner from Wednesday to Saturday in the stunning dining room, with one space available each night at the chef’s counter right in the heart of the kitchen.
The sommelier, Matilda, has carefully curated a diverse drinks pairing, including beer, wine, sake and cocktails to match the menu as well as an interesting non-alcoholic pairing of juices, teas and infusions.
vegetarian or pescatarian menus are available, please request at time of booking.
Nearest village: Killiecrankie
Overlooking the open countryside around Pitlochry, Saorsa 1875 was established in 2018 as the UK’s first vegan hotel, designed to showcase fantastic hospitality respectful of animal life and the environment. Drawing vegans, vegetarians and the plant-curious, Saorsa is driven to lead the way with delicious food served in comfortable surroundings, at no expense to the planet.
This attractive Victorian house offers a choice of 11 individually styled rooms, guaranteeing a unique night’s sleep for every guest. Stay in the Honey Bee, ideal for a lone traveller with its outrageously comfy single bed, or celebrate a special occasion for two in the Golden Eagle, nestling amid luxury linens and enjoying the extra space.
The welcoming lounge and restaurant draw you in with a crackling fire and menu completely free of animal products, focusing instead on local, seasonal and foraged produce, all washed down with craft beers, fine wines and cocktails inspired by the region.
The lunch menu is open to both residents and non-residents (who could resist stopping by for a Saorsa burger on anactivated charcoal bun with hand-cut chips?), and no booking is required. Dinner is an innovative three (Mon-Weds) or five (Thurs-Sat) course set menu, the enticing dishes changing daily and entirely organic.
A boutique hotel doing things its own way, Saorsa 1875 aims to spark your curiosity, and invites you in for an experience that is one of a kind.
Pay a visit to Gleneagles and discover its Glorious Playground, an 850-acre country estate home to the renowned five-star Gleneagles hotel, spa and golf resort. Guests can enjoy a host of outdoor pursuits and relaxing spa treatments, visit elegant bars offering fine wines and decadent cocktails, and experience exceptional dining in some of the best restaurants in Scotland.
The rooms at Gleneagles are inspired by the mountains and meadows, rivers and lakes of the Perthshire countryside. From the grandest luxury suite to spacious family accommodation and private self-catering lodges, Gleneagles caters for a getaway with the girls, a cosy couple’s retreat, or an action-packed break with the kids.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you will discover a wide range of options onsite, from tempting bar snacks and brasserie classics to simple family fare and exquisite fine dining. Indulge in a full cooked breakfast at the Strathearn, a light lunch of freshly prepared salads and sandwiches in the Garden Café, a mouthwatering afternoon tea in the stunning Glendevon room, or a sumptuous dinner at Andrew Fairlie’s two Michelin-starred restaurant.
Against a stunning Perthshire backdrop just a few minutes from Gleneagles, Wyndham Duchally Country Estate is the ideal base to explore this beautiful part of the world. Easily accessible from Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands, the estate offers comfortable accommodation and an award-winning restaurant as well as a leisure centre with indoor heated swimming pool, gym and spa; a whirlpool hot tub, sauna and steam room; and a games room perfect for keeping younger guests entertained.
Highly appointed hotel accommodation is located in the elegant country house dating from 1838, now completely refurbished and restored to its full splendour. Finished in warm tones and traditional décor, its deluxe and classic en-suite rooms provide garden or mountain views, allowing you to relax and unwind.
Alternatively, make yourself at home in one of the fully-equipped two and three-bedroom self-catering lodges in the estate grounds, each one providing a panoramic vista across the surrounding countryside.
The onsite facilities at Wyndham Duchally Country Estate include Monteaths restaurant, where you can dine in style from a menu packed with locally sourced ingredients, organic, traceable and freedom origin wherever possible. Monteaths serves breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea or, for something stronger, pop into the cosy wood-pannelled Whisky Bar, stocked with more than 50 different varieties of Scotch whisky alongside a fine selection of beers, wine, teas and coffee.
Tucked away in ‘Scotland’s Secret Glen’ you are sure of a warm welcome at this characterful 18th century country inn, freshly refurbished with roaring fires and beamed ceilings throughout. Full of old world charm, this independent, family-run hotel allows you to step back in time where you find yourself in excellent company – guestbooks preserved since the 1930s reveal famous names such as Neil Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy!
Ten individually-styled en-suite bedrooms make luxurious retreats with handpicked furniture and original features, not forgetting all modern comforts including flat-screen televisions, espresso machines and natural luxury toiletries. Get ready for a blissful night’s sleep on an orthopaedic mattress beneath hypoallergenic duvets and pillows, and wake up to a hearty Scottish breakfast.
After a day exploring the beauty of the area, the evening menu served in Fullilove’s candlelit dining room, or in the cosy snug, features an array of classic and contemporary dishes created using only fresh produce from the finest artisan suppliers, all cooked from scratch.
Share a double-baked cheese soufflé, haggis bon-bons, or peat and heather smoked salmon on melba toast. Options such as succulent poached chicken, tender beef, and aromatic lamb shank can be followed by a grand finale of passionfruit panna cotta, or perhaps a double chocolate cookie dough pot with salted caramel sauce.
Don’t miss out – table numbers are limited so book ahead, and please advise of any dietary requirements in advance.
One of the most sought-after private retreats in the country, Kinross House on the banks of Loch Leven is a perfectly secluded country house estate available for exclusive-use holidays, corporate events, family gatherings, special occasions and private events.
The sensitively restored 17th century Scottish Palladian mansion offers accommodation for up to 28 guests in its individually designed rooms, complete with period furniture and fabulous en-suite bathrooms. Further luxury accommodation is available in the Coach House, with its award-winning spa and state-of-the-art facilities, and all guests can enjoy the estate’s array of country pursuits including fishing, archery and falconry, the two adjacent golf courses, and those stunning views over the loch.
Relax over afternoon tea in the Garden Room before drinks in the Gentlemen’s drawing room. The formal dining room seats up to 28, the Coach House provides a fabulous double-height baronial dining hall for up to 60, or choose the Kitchen Dining Room for an intimate meal. Your master chef will captivate you with an exceptional fine-dining experience, using the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Marquee events can be held in the spectacular formal gardens.
For the full five-star experience, the estate can be reserved for a minimum two-night stay, or treat yourself to a day spa package (gift vouchers available).
Built in 1840, this traditional family-run country house hotel stands proud in 25 acres of wood and parkland, creating a relaxing haven in which to appreciate some of Perthshire’s best hospitality. Kinloch House Hotel prides itself on giving you a warm welcome, ensuring you still feel at home amidst its elegant oak-panelled hallway, portrait gallery and tasteful décor.
Eighteen bedrooms include three luxury suites, all individually decorated with fine furnishings and fabrics. Well-equipped with mod-cons, the rooms bestow wonderful views of the lush countryside which lies on your doorstep, just awaiting exploration.
In the heart of some of Scotland’s richest agricultural land, and close to the famous berry-laden Carse of Gowrie, the hotel’s award-winning chef Steve McCallum and his team are spoilt for choice when selecting the freshest of local ingredients for your table. Local produce, game, beef and fish, as well as fruit, veg and herbs direct from the garden, all feature on the Kinloch House menu. Dishes change daily, inspired by the season, and as much as possible is prepared in-house including freshly baked bread and cakes, patés, sausages and jams.
Whether you choose a simple lunch or afternoon tea, an early supper or late dinner, at Kinloch House you can rest assured of attentive service and superb Scottish food.
This boutique hotel and restaurant, at the heart of the conservation village of Meikleour, is a short drive north of Perth and blends traditional Scottish hospitality with just a soupçon of French flair. Surrounded by fields, forests, lochs and rivers, the Meikleour Arms attracts both holidaymakers and locals seeking great quality food and drink.
Stay in the hotel itself to savour its individually decorated rooms with deep mattresses, crisp linen and marble bathrooms, followed by a hearty breakfast in the morning. Alternatively, unpack your bags in one of the fully-equipped serviced cottages by the River Tay or in the village, bright and contemporary with quirky original features, these are well suited to groups, families and guests with pets.
The award-winning Meikleour Arms restaurant is justifiably proud of its AA Rosette and also of its Franco-Scottish heritage, serving up superb country food incorporating produce from the estate and the neighbouring lands. The in-house butcher is an expert in venison and game, dry-curing their own charcuterie and maturing Aberdeenshire beef for 28 days in the dedicated butchery.
Local and sustainable venison, game, trout, vegetables and fruit, edible flowers, mushrooms and herbs all contribute to an ever-changing selection of dishes where provenance means everything, and food miles are kept minimal. With a robust field-to-fork philosophy shining through the Meikleour Arms menu, the seasonal offering is complemented by daily specials and, of course, a generous sprinkling of Gallic zest.
Eat in the bar, the dining room or, weather permitting, in the garden. Reservations are recommended and well-behaved dogs are welcome. They also offer some excellent salmon fishing on their stretch of the River Tay and welcome beginners or more seasoned anglers.
Nestled on the banks of Loch Earn, in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Achray House Hotel is a restaurant with rooms just an hour’s drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth. An excellent base to explore the Southern Highlands and Scotland’s West Coast, Achray House is also a top food-lovers’ destination serving classic French dishes made with the finest ingredients, and offers a choice of nine bedrooms and a self-catering lodge for you to extend your visit.
Built in the late 1800s, Achray House has been extended and modernised whilst retaining its original features and the essence of a country manor house. Book an en-suite room with a view (binoculars are provided to watch the majestic flight of ospreys over the loch) or coorie in to the private one-bedroom cottage situated close by.
The Achray House Hotel restaurant has a simple recipe for success – exceptional food in a relaxed setting, where you are encouraged to take the time to enjoy your meal. The warm and personal service, fresh Perthshire produce, and an à la carte menu prepared with thought and skill all combine to showcase French cuisine at its best. You might start with a shallot tarte tatin, then the wild mushroom and confit chicken pithivier, and perhaps finish with a soufflé du jour or hazelnut and black cherry Paris Brest.
The restaurant is open every evening through the summer to non-residents, and booking is recommended. All diets can be catered for with advance notice. Bon appétit!
Barley Bree is a family-run, multi-award-winning restaurant with rooms nestled in the heart of the beautiful conservation village of Muthill, just outside Crieff. This 16th-century coaching inn provides an ideal stopping place for an overnight stay or a longer break, and its resident chef serves up imaginative French food prepared daily with the finest locally sourced Scottish ingredients – surely a match made ‘au paradis’.
Stay in any of six inviting en-suite bedrooms (some are bijou, in keeping with this historic building) and enjoy a full Scottish breakfast in the morning. After a day out, relax in the cosy cocktail bar, with an open fire for the colder months, or sit out to make the most of the Scottish sunshine.
For a delicious dinner, Barley Bree’s sample menu features such irresistible dishes as a hand-dived scallop ceviche, slow-cooked ox cheek or Gressingham duck breast, with an espresso parfait, pistachio olive oil cake, or cheeses, biscuits and chutney to complete your meal. The eclectic wine list offers drinks to match; you might also be tempted to visit the residents’ lounge bar for a sneaky after-dinner malt.
Children are very welcome at Barley Bree, with their own short menu, high chair and changing facilities, and a family room available to book.