The rural heartland of Scotland, Perth and Kinross offers a glorious landscape of glens, forests, mountains and lakes. The area is split by the Highland Boundary Fault into a more mountainous northern part and a flatter southern part. A former capital of Scotland, the city of Perth enjoys a stunning setting on the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river, and has long been known as the Fair City. Balhousie Castle is home to the Black Watch Museum and tells the story of Scotland’s elite military regiment. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park in Perth is a hiking hotspot, with amazing views across the city. Kings and Queens of Scotland were once crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace just to the north of Perth and this remains a major attraction for visitors. To the south are the foothills of the Ochils and the attractive town of Kinross, set on the shores of Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 before her escape by boat. Loch Leven is popular for outdoors activities and is the site of an important nature reserve. Other attractions in Perth and Kinross include Gleneagles which is world-renowned for its golf courses. There are also lots of whisky distilleries to discover including Edradour, Blair Athol, Aberfeldy, Glenturret, Tullibardine and Deanston.