Almond Villa Recommends Scone Palace for a Great Day Out

Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone – also known as the Stone of Destiny. Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland.Scone Day Out

Today, Scone Palace, just outside Perth  is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a 5 star visitor attraction to visitors from around the world. There is so much to see and enjoy at Scone Palace, the history, the art and antiques, the superb landscape and architecture, fun for the children, shopping and exploring that one visit is never enough.

Scone Palace is also a first class unique venue and is extremely popular for corporate hospitality, concerts, conferences, family celebrations and of course, weddings. This website gives you a taste of the Scone Palace experience but there is no substitute for the real thing. Come and see for yourself!

Fri, Mar 29th Easter Weekend Fri, Mar 29th Galloway Antiques Fair Sat, Mar 30th Easter Weekend Sat, Mar 30th Galloway Antiques Fair Sun, Mar 31st Easter Weekend Sun, Mar 31st Galloway Antiques Fair Mon, Apr 1st Palace Opening for 2013 Season Sat, May 18th The Pink Ribbonwalk Sun, May 26th Jacobite Clans Alive! Fri, Jun 7th Pot Fest – International Ceramics Festival Sat, Jun 8th Pot Fest – International Ceramics Festival

Balhousie Castle Development and Exhibitions

As Friends of the Black Watch, we at Almond Villa Guest House, were delighted when we heard the Balhousie Castle and Museum was having a make over. A development is currently underway to build an extension to the existing castle. The new building with improved entrance will allow for the efficient manning of the ticket desk and shop. There will be an Increase display space; a large area for special exhibitions; educational interpretation and reunions; improved storage for archives and artefacts; improved shop and reception area; accessible visitor facilities, including a tea room and toilets for visitors; improved parking and a designated learning space.Castleimage.web.2011

Better facilities all round will provide a much improved visitor experience together with an opportunity to generate income to help sustain the business of the Museum. The improvements will meet modern standards of accessibility for people with disabilities.

The new development will be ready in time for the Black Watch Regimental Reunion in June 22nd and we wait with anticipation for our annual trip to the garden party.

We also feel honoured to have had an incite into the work going on at the castle. Stephen Umpleby of Artefacts Conservation Services has been staying at the Almond Villa Guest House and has given us tales of the type of display items he has been cataloguing and preparing for the final exhibition. To display objects for exhibition often requires special made-to-measure mounts to be fabricated which not only help to display the objects but also help to protect the objects from damage while on display. Most objects present unique mounting and display problems due largely to their diversity, materials and construction. More information on Stephen’s work can be found at


The Last Of The Avocados

Finally!!! The Almond Villa Guest House has reached a major milestone, the last avocado suite has been removed from the en-suite and replaced with a beautiful clean cascada suite with chrome finishings.

We have replaced the lime green and avocado tiles with warmer and more tasteful colours in the wet walls.  The wet walls are much more practical and easier to keep clean than the tiles, not to mention they are also make the en-suite much warmer than it was before :)

The Southern Fried Festival today announce the dates for the Sixth (6th) Festival to take place in Perth. It will be over the weekend of Fri 19 – Sun 21 July.Fried festival

They are currently working hard putting together another great line-up for you and will let you know as soon as we have some news to share.

In the meantime, get those dates in your diary, spread the word, and we’ll see you in July!

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Destination Management Organisation Highland Perthshire Ltd, based in Pitlochry, is to undertake a major new £50k marketing campaign in the New Year which will showcase the area to key regions and demographics in the UK.

Highland Perthshire Ltd, which covers the areas around Aberfeldy & Loch Tay; Rannoch & Tummel; Blair Atholl; Pitlochry and Dunkeld & Birnam, has around 250 industry members, representing accommodation, activity providers, visitor centres and other tourism businesses. Its online network, which includes and the websites of four of the area’s local tourism associations, provides an extensive overview of the superb choice available to visitors, including sections on walking and cycling, nature and wildlife, history and heritage, adventure activities, events, accommodation, shopping, and food and drink. The DMO successfully applied to the VisitScotland Year of Natural Scotland Growth Fund to carry out a campaign which includes brochure development and distribution, online and print advertising, social media, public relations, competitions and special offers.

Said Peter Guthrie, Highland Perthshire Ltd’s Development Manager: “We are delighted to receive this vital funding which will enable us to implement a professional marketing campaign, building on the extensive research we carried out in 2011.”

Almond Villa - Certificate of Excellance Winner

Almond Villa – Certificate of Excellence Winner


Almond Villa Guest House – Winner of Trip Advisors

Congratulations to Almond Villa Guest House in Dunkeld Road, Perth, who received the Certificate of Excellence Winner for small B&Bs and Guest Houses.

Shauna and Lesley, co-owners, were delighted to received the award and were so pleased that their efforts and hard work of running the B&B had started to be recognised.

              A Very Merry Christmas

Shauna and Lesley from Almond Villa Guest House would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a warm & prosperous New Year!!

                “Lang mey yer lum reek”



Ryder Cup 2014 coming to Perthshire!!!

Whilst I’m not 100% sure this photo of Alex Salmond did the haggis pie eating image of Scotland any good (present company excepted, off course) his visit to the Ryder Cup 2012 in Medinah Country Club,Medinah, Illinois certainly got the message across that Perthshire, Scotland, was the next host of the prestigious Ryder Cup.   As a small B&B we are so surprised to have received as many enquiries for the event as we have, already there must be tens of thousands of Americans planning the trip to hopefully see their revenge for the Ryder Cup being snatched from their open hands.

Perth would be an ideal place for any group/family to based themselves during the event.   It is after all, Auchterarder is only 14 minutes along the A9 and the city centre has an abundance of great restaurants.


Day out at Chatsworth House

Almond Villa had a fantastic day out at Chatsworth House as part of their Christmas treat :). The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas with each room and tree decorated in a different theme. This is the photo of their post tag tree.

The house had been turned into a winter wonderland with each room lavishily, decorated in a nursery or fairytale theme to keep kids (and me entered). From Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to Peter Pan and Puss in Boots.

The guides were suitably dressed as Widow Twanky, Captain Hook, the Fairy Godmother (she had a special box of dressing up clothes which we took turns to be the fairy godmother and buttons) or the wicked witch.

All Hallows’ Eve


Do you think our carefully carved pumpkin is scary enough to keep all the ghouls and goblins away from our doors on All Hallows’ Eve?

The holiday of Halloween has its roots in the Britain but the word itself (Halloween is short for All Hallows’ Eve, the night before All Saints’ Day on November 1), originated in Scotland. On this evening all evil spirits should stay away especially from houses with lanterns brightly light up.

Well our lantern kept away the evil ghouls but unfortunately not all the little the guisers, who came around. Still it was good to distribute the mountains of sweeties we had bought for the occasion! Our lantern also turned a few heads during our breakfast serving.