Explore Dundee from the beautiful Carse of Gowrie

Inside one of the Silverwood lodges. Pic: Fraser BandInside one of the Silverwood lodges. Pic: Fraser Band
Inside one of the Silverwood lodges. Pic: Fraser Band

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It used to be the berries and country walks that brought visitors to the Carse of Gowrie.The rich fields - where so many of those celebrated rasps and strawberries are grown - and the beautiful views over the Tay are still there of course.But the opening of the V&A gallery and a string of high end wedding venues in the area have given the riverside land between Dundee and Perth a new identity.The area has become a destination for self-catering holidays, offering the attractions of a now buzzing city centre in Dundee with the chance to enjoy a quieter pace of life during the same short break.The Silverwood resort at Inchcoonans, just outside the village of Errol, is one of the destinations that has sprung up to cater for the growing demand for luxury accommodation.Offering up to nineteen luxury lodges, some with spa baths and some large family lodges, Silverwood is just over an hour's drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.The opening of the V&A has seen an upsurge in visitors to Perthshire and Sliverwood is an ideal base for exploring the stunning new gallery and Dundee's other attractions.The excellent Discovery Point does a wonderful jobs of telling the story of Captain Scott's Arctic exploration and the Verdant Works, an award-winning museum in a converted jute mill, offers a fascinating insight into the city's industrial past.In the autumn, Errol is a dream for conker collectors, while the nearby reed beds make the area a haven for some interesting bird life. At the end of a busy day, the lodges offer a cosy, comfortable retreat, with the opportunity to pamper yourself in a spa or roll top bath. An on-site bistro is due to open in early 2019 meaning offering meals without having to cook for yourself or venture out to a restaurant.Silverwood is the creation of energetic husband and wife team Rod and Adelle Sim who spotted a gap in the market when they got married locally.'We had become aware of the lack of self catering provision,' explains Rod.'Silverwood is a truly lovely spot with its own

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