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Welcome to Perthshire, Taylor – it's been waiting for you

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Taylor Swift |GabboT via Flickr | Creative Commons

 

This week the internet was rife with rumours that pop sensation Taylor Swift was eyeing up a beautiful 16th century Scottish castle, the Tower of Lethendy situated just south of Blairgowrie in the picturesque Highland Perthshire. Sadly, the hopes of Scottish Taylor Swift fans were dashed when the singer revealed via her Twitter account that she has no plans to buy the fabulous Perthshire abode.

While ‘Swifites’ come to terms with the fact that we will not see Taylor down the local high street anytime soon, we thought we‘d let the singer songwriter know about some of the great things she’ll be missing out on in the wonderful region of Perthshire.

Amazing animals

Deer
Red deer at Auchingarrich Wildlife Park. Photo by david reid via Flickr | Creative Commons

If Taylor’s Instagram account is anything to go by, she sure does love her furry feline friends Meredith and Olivia. With this in mind we’re sure she would love the exotic and native species including porcupines, barn owls, lemurs and otters found at the Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre located just outside of Comrie, seven miles west of Crieff.

The FEI European Eventing Championships 2015

A show jumper at an equestrian event at Blair Castle in Perthshire Showjumping at Blair Castle

In the video for Blank Space, Taylor stands on a horse in gravity-defying fashion so she’s bound to appreciate world-class skills of horsemanship. The FEI European Eventing Championships takes place against the backdrop of beautiful Blair Castle in September, where spectators will be treated to displays of dressage, cross country and show jumping.

Music galore

Performers at Perthshire Amber: The Dougie MacLean Festival Perthshire Amber: The Dougie MacLean Festival

Perthshire is certainly alive with the sound of music with several large annual music festivals and many music venues throughout the region to suit all interests. Taylor could watch celebrity DJ beau Calvin Harris wow the crowds at T in the Park, or take it back to the 80’s at the Rewind Festival. Whether it’s getting back to her country roots at the Southern Fried Festival or uncovering a real taste of the local arts scene at the Perthshire Amber Festival, the star is bound to find something to enjoy.

Wine, dine and relax

Looking over to Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire Gleneagles Hotel

As the highest-paid couple in the music business, the 5-star resort of Gleneagles is an ideal place for the stars to relax in-between touring – perfect for when they need to ‘shake it off’. The hotel boasts Scotland’s only two Michelin-star restaurant, as well as luxurious spa facilities and a championship golf course.

Getting hands on Perthshire’s flavours

Blairgowrie Farmers' Market Blairgowrie farmers’ market

If you follow Taylor on Instagram, you’ll know that when she’s not on tour, her kitchen is one of her favourite hangouts. We think she’s really going to love preparing the delicious local produce! Perthshire boasts a number of pick your own farms, where you can choose your own delicious Scottish berries to take home, and also has wonderfully regular farmers’ markets and well-stocked farm shops.

Outdoor adventures to leave her breathless

River bugging on the Linn of Tummel River bugging on the Linn of Tummel

We know that Taylor doesn’t shy away from a physical challenge – just watch the video for Bad Blood. If she’s after a few thrills, Perthshire’s got just the ticket. The region is pretty much just one adventure playground where she could try a huge range of activities, such as gorge walking, canyoning, white water rafting, bungee jumping, to name but a few.

Out in the woods

The Enchanted Forest in Faskally Woods, near Pitlochry, Pertshire The Enchanted Forest

Perthshire is often referred to as the ’Big Tree Country’ and rightly so. With Europe’s oldest tree and highest hedge nestled within the regions borders, there are plenty places to explore and things to see. Taylor is sure to be ‘enchanted’ by the numerous scenic woodland walks found in Perthshire such as the Dunkeld Hermitage with its large Douglas fir trees and Ossian’s Hall overlooking the spectacular Black Linn waterfall. And come October the trees of Faskally wood near Pitlochry are lit up in a mesmerising display of nature, sound and light at The Enchanted Forest event.

So Taylor, are you sure you can’t be tempted to reconsider?!

If you’re keen to experiences Perthshire’s many delights, then why not book into some castle accommodation and find out more about things to see and do in this the beautiful region?

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