It originally grew up from trading mainly on whisky and cattle. For many centuries it was famous for its Drovers Tryst. Approximate population 8,000 (2009).
Later in the century it became one of Scotland's most notable holiday resorts, taking advantage of its sheltered, sunny location on the south-facing slope of The Knock. The railway arrived in 1856, Morrisons Academy was founded in 1859 and The Hydro formally known as the Hydropathic Establishment opened its doors in 1868.
Local crafts include the manufacture of pottery and glassware and there are recreational facilities in the Macrosty Park. The town's Highland Gathering has been held annually since 1870.
Visitors to the town are within twenty miles of real wilderness country, yet just over an hours drive from the bustling, vibrant heart of Glasgow and the sedate elegance of Edinburgh. When your senses need a rest from the scenery we have an abundance of major visitor attractions on the doorstep!
You will find a warm welcome awaits you.
Check out Where to stay - find a place locally, whether your accommodation preference is bed and breakfast, B and B, B & B, guest house, self catering, holiday cottages, bunkhouse, holiday caravans and more.
Where to eat - places to choose from a variety of cuisines; Indian, Chinese, traditional Scottish, bistro, coffee house, or the traditional fish and chips.
What to see and do - there are many visitors activities and places to visit; distilleries, gardens, gallery, golf, river, walks, watermill, waterfalls, woods, old churches and monuments, and more.
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