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Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme was founded in 1931 to raise money for the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, to help support the Queen’s Nurses, before the creation of the National Health Service. The charitable support has expanded over the years but the love of gardens has remained constant. One part of the charity raising involves people opening…

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The MHOR Festival 2018

The MHOR FESTIVAL takes place this year 25th – 27th MAY 2018. A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, theatre, live music and many more activities for kids and adults alike. Scotland’s most loved wee festival is back for it’s sixth year with a packed line-up of artisan food…

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Perth Festival of the Arts

Perth is set to welcome some big names from the world of music, arts and culture this May for the 47th annual Perth Festival of the Arts. Taking place from the 17th – 26th May at venues across the city centre, this year’s line-up is one of the most diverse in the festival’s long history…

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Year of Young People 2018

In 2018 Scotland puts its young people (with a focus on 8-26 year olds) in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP) is a year-long programme of events, activities and ideas that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to…

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Strathyre Music Festival 2018

Strathyre Music Festival 2018 will be the festival’s 6th year and will be held this year on 25th May – 27th May and is now the largest small community based Music Festival in Scotland. Strathyre Music Festival takes place in the centre of Strathyre and offers a fantastic family friendly event right in the heart…

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V & A Dundee due to open in September 2018

V&A Dundee. Photographed by Ross Fraser McLean Opening on 15 September 2018, V&A Dundee will be the only V&A museum in the world outside London. It will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland: an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. Visitors will experience the remarkable story of…

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Comic Con’s 5th Anniversary at Edinburgh

This year’s Comic Con will be taking place next weekend 14th and 15th April at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. 2018 will not only be Edinburgh Comic Con’s third year at the EICC, but also it’s fifth anniversary. It will feature many top named guests from the world of comic books and science fiction, with…

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail filming locations

The 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The film was the comedy troupe’s first ‘proper’ feature film, consisting of a whole new story centred on the Legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The film was largely filmed on location in Scotland, utilising the…

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First Cuckoo heard this morning in Lochearnhead

It’s the 1st April and the first cuckoo has been heard this morning having arrived back in Lochearnhead for the summer. The cuckoos are generally medium-sized slender birds. The majority are arboreal, with a sizeable minority that are terrestrial. Some species are migratory and feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals,…

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Historic Scotland Fun and Foolery this April

This April, Historic Scotland are encouraging all of the fun and foolery you desire, with a fantastic programme of events that all of the family will love. Have a Wild day Out with their Rangers at Holyrood Park on 14th April, as they join the RSPB to host Edinburgh’s first ‘worm charming competition’- yes you…

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The Saltire

The Saltire is the recognized flag of Scotland. It can be seen flying at many castles and government buildings. The flag is also used to represent Scotland at sporting events. This flag, also known as the St. Andrew’s Cross, is the flag of the patron saint of Scotland (the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath confirms Andrew…

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Easter is nearly here!

The Easter break is nearly here with Good Friday being this week on 30th March. Many of the tourist attractions in the area will be opening their doors after the winter break in readiness for this year’s visitors for the Easter holiday. Easter is a nice time of year with many flowers and plants waking…

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A visit to Wester Pickston Railway

The Scottish Model Engineering Trust owns and runs the Wester Pickston Railway (WPR) which is set in seven acres of woodland in the heart of the Perthshire countryside. There is a ground level track for 71/4″ and 5″ gauge trains, an outdoor 16mm Garden Railway and woodland roads to run steam powered road models. The…

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Munro Bagging in the Trossachs

Munros are mountains over 3,000 feet. They are named after Sir Hugh T Munro, who was the first man to catalogue them all. There are 282 such mountains in Scotland, and attempting to climb them all is a popular challenge for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors to the Trossachs can enjoy a number of great…

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Polar Bear cub has now been seen

The first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years has emerged at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park. Previously, the birth had only been confirmed by high-pitched noises heard from the maternity den. Now the cub’s first venture into the outside world has been caught on cameras…

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A closer look at The Boathouse, Lochearnhead

The Boathouse is one of the earliest holiday homes we listed on Cooper Cottages,  and has proved to be a popular place to stay for families, groups and even couples to spend a relaxing break at the western end of Loch Earn.  Open all year the property sleeps a maximum of 8 with low occupancy…

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Spring into Easter at the National Museum of Rural Life

The National Museum of Rural Life has three days of springtime surprises planned this Easter which it has called #SpringintoEaster. The weekend will include the following attractions: Saturday 31 March Storytelling fun, from a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the museum to Beatrix Potter-inspired tales in the kitchen garden Sunday 1 April Meet the Easter Bunny,…

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The 2018 fishing season is about to start

The brown trout fishing season in Scotland is generally from the 15th of March to 30th September with some variations however in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands the season generally starts on the 1st of April giving the trout a couple more weeks to get in condition after the colder winter up north. On the Tay,…

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A visit to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park re- opens for the 2018 season on 17th March 2018 and will be open 10am to 5:30pm daily with last admissions are 4:30pm. Blair Drummond Safari Park is one of Scotland’s top attractions and offers an incredible family day out. You can buy discounted tickets online from the 1st…

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Free days out in Scotland

You’ll pay nothing to visit many of Scotland’s top attractions. Plenty of them are free to enter, and there’s an array of free events and experiences to enjoy too. Explore castles, museums, art galleries and more, all for free, on a day out that won’t leave you out of pocket. Here are just a few ideas…

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Edinburgh’s 2018 International Science Festival

The 2018 Edinburgh’s International Science Festival this year will run from 31 March – 15 April and promises to be an experience like no other. Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the world around them. They are best…

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The origins of Valentine’s Day

Every February 14th, gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England. The Legend of St Valentine The history…

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The Winter Words Festival

The Winter Words Festival takes place 2nd – 18th February this year and is the perfect way to enjoy the last days of winter (and celebrate the first signs of Spring) amidst the spectacular landscape of Highland Perthshire, in the company of some of the finest writers and minds in the UK. The Winter Words…

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Winter and Early Spring visits to Comrie

“We love visiting Comrie all year round although my personal favourite is October as I often find the weather can be very good and the colours in the hills are stunning . For a small town it has so much to offer which can be unusual for rural communities these days. I love being able…

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16 Picturesque village walks

Walkhighlands features over 1,800 walks in all corners of Scotland, as well as more than 3,000 places to stay. Here is their quick pick of 16 of Scotland’s most beautiful villages which they published in an article some time ago. 1. The first village on their list is Killin and Loch Tay The popular village…

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The Winter Season at No. 10 

“In the depths of the cold dark winter months No 10 has proved to be quite the hit with large family gatherings and informal get togethers. This modern open plan house has lent itself well to those wishing to add some sparkle to their winter partying. Over Xmas and Hogmanay the house was full to…

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Turner in January at the Scottish National Gallery

Welcome in the New Year with Turner in January at the Scottish National Gallery until 31st January 2018. This annual display of watercolours by Joseph Mallord William Turner signals the start of 2018 at the Scottish National Gallery. For over a century the Gallery has followed the stipulations set out by the art collector Henry Vaughan – that…

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First Polar Bear cub in 25 years born in Scotland

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) can announce that its resident female polar bear Victoria has given birth at the Highland Wildlife Park. It is the first time a polar bear cub has been born in the UK for 25 years. Describing the birth as an “outstanding achievement which will have interest across the…

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Quirky Winter Activities To Try In Scotland

In Scotland’s colder months, you could follow nature’s example and go into hibernation… but then you would miss out on all the wonderfully quirky winter activities that you can try in Scotland! For those with a sense of adventure, there are some amazing things to do in winter in the great outdoors, some of which…

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Hogmanay Celebrations

Scotland is famous for it’s Hogmanay celebrations and these will be taking place all over the country on New Year’s Eve. One event taking part not far from our self-catering holiday cottages locations will be the famous Comrie Flambeaux. Whilst the origins of this ancient custom are lost in the mists of time, the tradition…

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Merry Christmas

Cooper Cottages would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our guests who have stayed, or are planning to stay, in our self-catering holiday cottages, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Health and Prosperous New Year.

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Christmas at Loch Lomond Shores

This year, have a happy Christmas at Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch. Here’s how the organisers are preparing for Christmas: • Weekend markets, every weekend • Christmas Market, until 24 Dec (including real Christmas trees from 1 Dec) • Funfair rides from Thomsons Funfairs, from 19 Nov • Santa’s Magical Grotto,  until 24 Dec • Drive…

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Sail with Santa on Loch Katrine

Loch Katrine is the setting for seasonal sailings accompanied by Santa during December. Santa and his helpers will spend time with each child and give them a wrapped up present. Adults will not be left out as they can warm up with glass of mulled wine onboard the iconic steamship. Everyone will have fun, as…

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A Candelit Festive Soiree at Balquhidder

‘Tis the season to be jolly and Balquhidder kicks off the “social festive period” with a candlelit Christmassy gathering for us all to catch up with friends, family and neighbours and get in the spirit! Yes! A very warm welcome is in store for anyone who would like to come along to Balquhidder village hall on the evening of Sat…

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Perth Santa Run 2017

Come along and join in the fun on 9th December as part of the Perth Santa Run – a 5km fun run taking runners through the streets of Perth City Centre, crossing the River Tay and finishing on the North Inch. The event will take place between 12 noon and 2pm. All runners will receive…

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Perth Christmas Lights Switch On weekend

Perth City Centre will be bustling with activity throughout the whole weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November 2017 when the Christmas lights will be officially switched on. There will be something for everyone with street entertainers, reindeer, fun fair rides, ice rink, music and entertainment. The Christmas Parade will start from Thrimblerow at 5.30pm…

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Who was St Andrew?

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and Saint Andrew’s Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew which is celebrated on 30 November each year. Saint Andrew was an agile and hardy Galilean fisherman whose name means Strong and who also had good social skills. He brought the first foreigners to meet Jesus…

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Autumn Gold in Perthshire

There’s now more time to explore some of Scotland’s best loved historic visitor attractions in this, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. From the Broch of Gurness in Orkney to Cardoness Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, over 36 attractions are extending their summer opening arrangements to the end of October 2017. Why not…

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Woodland Light Experience 2017: Reflections

As this year’s Enchanted Forest experience draws to a close another light and sound show begins it’s programme of events.This year’s Woodland Light Experience show Reflections returns from 25th October and runs until 12th November. Enjoy an Autumnal walk in the woods and experience 14 acres of Scottish woodland as never before…… A finalist in the Scottish Outdoor &…

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Autumn is here in central Scotland

As the colours begin to change and longer nights start to set in, see how Scotland comes to life with stunning daytime experiences and spectacular night-time events.Take a wander to be transported into your very own fairy tale with the crunch and crackle of leaves under your feet. Watch as the sunlight burns through the…

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New Website

This month sees the launch of our freshly redesigned website. The easy functionality of the new website allows visitors to look, book and pay on online. Search availability on all of our self catering holiday accommodation from the home page.  You will find a detailed description and itinerary for each property along with photographs so…

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October TayFest

October Tayfest is Perthshire’s family festival showcasing the best of family fun & nature rolled into one! From Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd October 2017 your family and friends can enjoy an array of family friendly events and embrace nature’s playground at its very best. October TayFest allows you to try things you wouldn’t normally do, so make sure…

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Ways with Wood

Ways with Wood takes place at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm. We take wood for granted here in ‘Big Tree Country’ but it is and was a precious commodity which our Iron Age ancestors exploited.  Join the Scottish Crannog Centre for wood-turning and…

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Bannockburn House tours

An extremely rare opportunity to see inside Bannockburn House, Prince Charlie’s residence in 1746, will be offered very soon. Never before open to the public on such a scale tours will take place on Saturday 30 September 2017 to Sunday 1 October 2017 Bannockburn House was built in the late 17th Century, and for the History Live weekend,…

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A Day Out With Thomas

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway will be giving children (and adults) the opportunity to have a Day out with Thomas on 9th and 10th September.   Engines with friendly faces, children’s entertainment, competitions, face painting, fairground attractions –  a popular event with young fans of the Railway Stories by Rev W Awdry and his son…

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Horsepower

A celebration of our relationship and reliance on horses hosted at the Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures and takes place on Saturday 9th September. HorsePower is an imaginative and exciting event that celebrates our relationship and reliance on the horse. There is no better place to host this celebration than The Helix Park, home…

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The Black Watch Summer Festival

Celebrate the summer season with The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s annual summer festival on Sunday 27th August between 10am and 4.00 pm. Enjoy a jam packed blend of kids’ gallery tours, trench tales, re-enactors, face painting, soldier’s stories, family crafts, marching drills, dressing up and cookie decorating. The day also brings a delicious BBQ…

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The Celts are coming!

The Summer event not to be missed is The Celts are Coming! The Crannog Centre’s first living history extravaganza on 5th and 6th August will be held at the Forestry Commission picnic site at Dalerb, Kenmore and at the Scottish Crannog Centre. Brimming with fascinating and unique activities for all ages and featuring artisans showcasing…

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History Live 2017

History Live is a three day festival celebrating and showcasing Scotland’s rich and diverse history and cultural heritage in the heartland of Scotland’s historic past and takes place on Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October. The opening concert celebrates all that is extraordinary within Scotland’s rich heritage, with music through the ages, connected by…

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Bloody Scotland

An innovative festival drawing on Scotland’s love of the literary macabre and celebrating crime writing will take place this year between 8th to 10th September. Now in it’s 6th year, the festival brings together leading Scottish and international writers as well as showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers. Some of the names appearing at…

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Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Festival

The Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst is in it’s 16th year and each year celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-driving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. The festival this year runs from 7th to 14th October and features a total of 33 walks. For 2017 the Tryst programme…

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Explore Glen Finglas

Sitting in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Glen Finglas Estate is a vast expanse of hills,woodland,water and open heathland and an integral part of the Great Trossachs Forest.Immortalised by poetry and paintings, the dramatic landscape of Glen Finglas is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife and it’s scattered…

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Edinburgh International Festival and Summer festivals

It’s nearly Edinburgh Festival season, and it’s time to start planning your summer of excitement. And with the city celebrating the 70th anniversary of its world-famous festivals, you can guarantee it’s going to be a year to remember.Over the summer, the Edinburgh festivals bring a wave of colour and soaring excitement to the city. Eight…

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