Coupar Angus - nr. Blairgowrie, Perthshire

On their second visit to Scotland, Victoria and Albert arrived by
boat at Dundee on their way to Blair Atholl.
They stayed for three weeks and from all accounts it seems to have been a very happy visit.
Queen Victoria was an enthusiastic traveller and records in some detail her
recollections of the journey.

*“The country from here to Coupar Angus is very well cultivated, and you see
hills in the distance. The harvest is only now being got in, but is very good;
and everything much greener than in England.

Nothing could be quieter than our journey, and the scenery is so beautiful!
It is very different from England; all the houses built of stone; the people so
different - sandy hair, high cheek bones; children with long shaggy hair and bare
legs and feet; little boys in kilts.
Near Dunkeld and also as you get more into the Highlands, there are prettier faces.
Those jackets that the girls wear are so pretty; all the men and women as well
as the children look very healthy.

Coupar Angus is a small place - a village - fourteen miles from Dundee.
There you enter Perthshire. We crossed the river Isla which made me think of my
poor little dog ‘Isla’. For about five or six miles we went along a very pretty but
rough cross-road with the Grampians in the distance. We saw Birnam Wood
and Sir W Stewart’s place in that fine valley on the opposite side of the river.
All along such splendid scenery, and Albert enjoyed it so much - rejoicing in
the beauties of nature, the sight of mountains, and the pure air.

Service Type
The Red House Hotel

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*Extract from Perthshire Diary.