FORTER CASTLE

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LOCATION

The Perthshire/Angus areas boast many varied activities for active people. Most popular activities include horseback riding, to facilitate viewing much of the magnificent wildlife. Alternatively, this can also be accomplished by mountain-bike, or on foot. The mountains offer both skiing and snowboarding during winter months, while summer months offer alternative mountain-biking and hiking.

For those with a passion for water, rivers, lochs, and beaches offer numerous aquatic activities. For the purest of thrill-seekers, activities from paragliding to bungy jumping can also be found within the area. Of course, Scotland being the home of golf, we have reserved its very own section.

GETTING HERE

Not only is Forter easily accessible from Scotland's major airports, you will also enjoy the central location, permitting you easy access to a large number of points of interest.

BY AIR

The airports nearest the castle would be: Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. These are served by a variety of carriers, including British Airways, British Midland, Easyjet, and Ryanair from most regional airports. Please be aware that some airlines provide limited service to these airports during slower seasons and weekends. From these airports you may complete the remainder of your journey by:

HELICOPTER TRANSFERS

Can be arranged with two weeks' prior notice, for travel either to or from the airport. The landing strip is at the top of the Glen, only 4 miles from the castle and provides phenomenal views of the Highlands and Forter Castle itself.

THINGS TO DO

HORSE RIDING

Scotland's countryside offers acres of open land, unspoiled tracks and long sandy beaches. There is no better feeling in the world than mounting up and heading off into Scotland's wide open spaces. There are dozens of centres through Scotland offering trail riding, trekking holidays and speciality rides. Disabled riders are catered for at many of the centres.

FISHING

The Perthshire/Angus area boasts some excellent river and loch fishing. Please keep in mind fishing in Scotland requires a licence. For more specific information on rules and regulations, please contact the respective permit licensees.

SHOOTING AND HUNTING

Forter is lucky enough to be near a number of estates able to organise season blood sports, including pheasant hunting, deer hunting, rough hunting, wildfowl hunting and stalking.

The laws and traditions surrounding hunting are complex. Most animals which are shot or hunted need a time of year when they are left alone, in order to keep numbers up. A system of seasons has evolved, whereby certain animals cannot be hunted or shot at certain times of the year. For obvious reasons, this can vary from species to species and from place to place. Please contact the local estates for details as to when the seasons begin.

GOLF

The home of golf. Once banned by royalty as a source of evil, the love of the game proved too tempting, resulting in the relaxation of the ban. Scotland is definitely the ‘mecca’ for golf enthusiasts. Choose from any one of the famous greens in the locality.

WILDLIFE

Scotland’s woodlands are filled with wildlife waiting to be discovered. From untamed wildlife to country-sides traveled for centuries, discover what Scots have so passionately defended.

WALKING

In Scotland you are welcome to walk anywhere, even where areas of land are fenced off (this is to keep the sheep in and the deer out). Please respect the countryside by closing gates behind you; take care when smoking outdoors - a thoughtlessly discarded cigarette can cause devastating and long term damage. During the lambing seasons or when lochs are (or appear to be) frozen, please keep dogs under control or on a lead. Please also keep clear of shooting parties.

WHISKY

What trip to Scotland would be complete without at least one visit to one of the many local distilleries? With so much interest in the local past-time, most distilleries are very well prepared to accommodate visitors. Simple tours are the minimum, with many distilleries offering restaurants, shops, and even museums.

THE HIGHLAND GAMES

Scotland's Highland Games are renowned the world over as a unique event, combining skills, culture, music and real Scottish hospitality. While the games still contain a very competitive element, the spectacle of Highland dancing and pipe bands, combined with the tradition and excitement of the occasion, make the games a real highlight for any visitor lucky enough to be in Scotland at the right time.

ENTERTAINMENT AT THE CASTLE

INSIDE

The castle has an extensive library of books for all ages. There is a television which plays DVDs only, and there are around fifty classic old movies for those cosy evenings. There is a great selection of board games and a collection of one hundred classic music CDs to cater for all tastes.

OUTSIDE

There are four top-of-the range mountain bikes to take along the country lanes, although it has to be stated very clearly that in Scotland it is illegal to take bikes off-road. There is also a croquet set for those summer days and various ball games for fun in the grounds.