Birkhill castle is in northeast Fife, thus well situated from there to explore both the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. Only an hour’s drive from the historic and beautiful city of Edinburgh and under an hour from several world class golf courses, including Carnoustie and the Old Course at St Andrews. The area is also home to some of Scotland’s finest beaches, nature and sea-bird habitats.
Visit the city of Dundee’s impressive Victoria and Albert Museum of Scottish design; or climb aboard RRS Discovery to learn about the expedition of this barque-rigged auxiliary steamship, which took Scott and Shackleton to Antarctica in 1901.
Take your pick among a selection of renowned castles. A short drive from Birkhill is Falkland Palace or the neighbouring ruins of Ballinbreich castle, in both of which Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the mid-16th century. Stirling castle, the Wallace Monument, Scone, Glamis and the royal family’s summer home of Balmoral castle are all excellent destinations for day trips away. Carry a chef’s picnic basket from the Birkhill kitchens to experience an alfresco lunch.
Venture back in time to the picturesque fishing villages of Fife’s East Neuk; or look in on a number of ‘Outlander’ filming locations, none of them too far away. Fife is also full of first-rate cafes and eating establishments, including three Michelin star restaurants and several whisky and gin distilleries.
From Birkhill, the Cairngorms National Park, famous for 55 Munros and many hiking and walking trails, is by road only an hour and a half to the north. Then to the west you can drive to the spectacular Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with its wonderful variety of wildlife conservation projects.