Visit Auchterarder and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross. The barony of Auchterarder was a crown possession and the castle a royal residence. Today Auchterarder is one of the royal burghs of Scotland.
In 1227 King Alexander II granted the teind of his duties of Auchterarder to the canons of the Inchaffray Abbey, but in 1328 Robert Bruce reserved the liberties of the burgh to the Montifex family, and Sir William Montifex gave it as a dowry to his daughter Marie when she married Sir John Drummond. The Drummond family, earls of Perth, had been associated with Strathearn since early in the 14th century.
The castle, traditionally a royal hunting seat, is just North of the town. Only the donjon keep and the surrounding moat remain. When Edward I invaded Scotland in 1296, he spent a night at the Castle of Auchterarder.
In May 1559 Mary of Lorraine, widow of James V, negotiated the Treaty of Perth from Auchterarder, where she was staying. By its terms John Knox gained the first State recognition of Protestantism in Scotland.
In 1716 after the Battle of Sheriffmuir, the Earl of Mar ordered the town of Auchterarder to be burnt, along with several others in the area, in order to deny shelter to the army of the Duke of Argyll. The populace suffered greatly, and as a result the Jacobite cause lost support.
The main industry of the town, when rebuilt after 1716, was hand-loom weaving, and over 500 weavers were occupied in the making of linen. In 1838 malt barns at Castleton were converted into a weaving factory, and in 1873 power-looms were introduced. The town is now famous for its woollen goods, including tartan.
Auchterarder was famous for one of the chief cases of “Patronage” that led to the Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843.
Nearby towns: Blackford, Crieff, Dollar, Dunblane, Kinross, Perth
Nearby villages: Aberdalgie, Almondbank, Alva, Ashfield, Braco, Brewlands, Bridge of Allan, Buchanty, Craig, Crook of Devon, Dunning, Forgandenny, Forteviot, Gilmerton, Glendevon, Gleneagles, Greenloaning, Keillour, Kinbuck, Lawers, Madderty, Menstrie, Methven, Monzie, Muckhart, Muirton, Muthill, Rannoch, Rumblingbridge, Tillicoultry
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- a Auchterarder bed and breakfast (a Auchterarder B&B or Auchterarder b and b)
- a Auchterarder guesthouse
- a Auchterarder hotel (or motel)
- a Auchterarder self-catering establishment, or
- other Auchterarder accommodation