I've copied the following (with his permission) from an excellent post by tomjunior who lives in Alyth. I'm creating a Top Question on the Scotland forum as this area gets less attention than it perhaps deserves. Lots of great info here:
Our area is (even though not well known) almost in the heartlands of Scotland. A great base to explore parts of Perthshire, Angus and Fife with plenty of castles, gardens, scenery, beaches, walks & history
following is a short list of places to see within an hours drive - many more are not on the list
Recommended Places to Visit within 1 hour drive of
Within 10 Mins
BLAIRGOWRIE Here you join the A93 – the road north to skiing at Glen Shee and beyond to Braemar for the famous Highland Games and Balmoral Castle
MEIGLE Home to some of the most important Pictish stones ever carved by the primitive Scots.
Within 15 Mins
KIRRIEMUIR JM Barrie Museum (Author of Peter Pan), Gateway to the Glens Museum.
GLAMIS Magnificent Castle and grounds, childhood home of the late Queen Mother, hosts many festivals and events throughout the year.
Angus Folk Museum, excellent little museum, housed in perfectly preserved 18th century cottages in the heart of the village.
Within 20 Mins
GLENISLA Stunning waterfalls at Reekie Linn, beautiful walking around Backwater reservoir, or part of the Cateran Trail back towards Alyth.
ANGUS GLENS Reached via Kirriemuir, for superb walking for all abilities with beautiful views, river, woodland and open hillside.
Within 25 Mins
FORFAR The county town of Angus, a traditional market town centre, still hosts Farmers Markets every month
DUNDEE The Royal research ship DISCOVERY, as sailed by Captain Scott to the Antarctic is berthed back here in its hometown and is today a very interesting exhibition.
Also – Art Galleries, Theatres, Museums, Concert Hall & Exhibition Centre and plenty of shops.
Within 30 Mins
DUNKELD Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Centre, noted for Osprey watching. Beautiful walks at the Hermitage, Cathedral, Beatrix Potter Museum.
SCONE Scone Palace – the coronation place for all the kings of Scotland.
Perth Racecourse – a full calendar of racing over national hunt fences and hurdles.
Within 40 Mins
Perth Known as the Fair City, frequent winner of Britain in Bloom, due to its many hanging baskets and floral displays, a very enjoyable afternoon shopping and eating Al fresco can be spent in this pedestrian friendly city.
BRECHIN Pictavia at Brechin Castle Centre – artefacts and exhibits illustrating the life of the original inhabitants of Scotland.
CARNOUSTIE Sea side town, famous for its Championship golf links course, 1999 Open reputedly one of the most challenging in the world. The Open will returned here in 2007
ST. ANDREWS The Home of Golf and a mecca for any golfer. Steeped in history and justly famous for its university. Excellent for shopping and dining out.
Within 50 Mins
ARBROATH Just along the coast from Carnoustie. Famous for ‘smokies’ , Arbroath Abbey – where Scotland’s nobles declared their independence from England in 1320.
MONTROSE The House of Dun, designed by William Adam in 1730, beautiful gardens.
Montrose Basin and nature reserve – a wildlife centre of international importance, attracting thousands of migrating and native birds. Excellent viewing facilities.
PITLOCHRY Pitlochry Festival Theatre – a great evening out.
AUCHTERARDER A beautiful town with excellent shopping.
GLENEAGLES The famous hotel & resort with 3 championship golf courses.
Within 1 hour – or slightly longer
BLAIR ATHOLL Blair Castle, 5 star attraction in Highland Perthshire, one of the great houses of Scotland.
HOUSE OF BRUAR Just north of Blair Atholl this shopping centre promotes the best of Scottish products.
FORTH ROAD BRIDGE The famous bridge that takes you from Fife over the river Forth to Edinburgh.
ABERDEEN The Silver City – so named because the colour of the traditional granite used to build many of the houses is a light grey that reflects bright sliver in the sunshine.
STIRLING The heart of William Wallace country, the famous brave heart warrior. Stirling castle & the Wallace monument, Bannockburn battlefield and Visitor centre only a short drive away.
EAST NEUK OF FIFE A string of beautiful small towns and villages with excellent fish restaurants on the coast of Fife, including Crail, Anstruther, Elie
and St. Monans.Edited: 21 January 2012, 22:22