Welcome to Perth and Kinross Scotland
An outstanding feature of Kinross is Loch Leven. It's
a popular place for trout fishing. Leven Castle stands
on an island in the loch.
Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1567, but made a dramatic escape
by boat. During summer months, boat trips are available to visit the island.
RSPB Vane Farm Nature Reserve is on the shore. It's home to ducks, as
well as pink-footed and greylag geese during the winter.
The Ochil Hills lie west of Kinross.
There are lovely walks along their foothills at Crook of Devon and Rumbling
Bridge. At the Ochil Hills Woodland Park there is a children's play area
and picnic sites.
The Ochil Hills encompass a range of hills, offering a reasonable challenge
to walkers with the highest being around 2,363 feet.
Auchterarder lies to the north west.
The Tourist Information Centre is in the High Street, which is over a
mile long. It's the longest main street in Scotland, earning Auchterarder
the name 'The Lang Toun' locally.
The famous Gleneagles Golf Courses are nearby.
Perth is an ideal centre for exploring the region, with
excellent shops, galleries, museum and theatre. Local attractions include
Scone Palace, the ancient crowing place of the kings of Scotland (pronounced
'Scoon Palace'). The 15th century Huntingtower Castle lies to the west
of Perth, while garden lovers should make a point of visiting Branklyn
Garden to see the Himalayan blue poppies.
Crieff is situated in the River Earn Valley, which
is also known as Strathearn. Crieff has been a popular holiday resort
since the advent of the railways. You can walk up Knock hill from where
you will see expansive views around the town and valley. Crieff's Visitor
Centre displays the history of the town. Glenturret Distillery is nearby
and you can enjoy the 'Famous Grouse Experience' here. Drummond Castle
Gardens lie to the south at Muthill. This is an elegant garden with many
interesting features. To the west is Loch Earn. The pretty village of
St Fillans lies at its eastern end, while the western end (in Stirling
Region) has Lochearnhead and a water sports centre. Ben Vorlich is on
the south side of the loch. It makes for a steep climb but rewards with
spectacular views from the summit.
Dunkeld is a delightful Cathedral town on the banks of
the River Tay. Its part-ruined Cathedral dates from the 9th century while
the restored, 14th century choir has become the parish church. Lovely
walks surround Dunkeld. The Thomas Telford Bridge crosses
the river and takes you to the Victorian village of Birnam. Beatrix Potter
spent holidays here and was inspired by the area. The Birnam Institute
houses the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden.
Loch Lowes lies between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie. This
is a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve with breeding ospreys, otters, red
squirrels, birds and geese.
In east Perthshire the Strathmore district is famous for the superb quality
of its soft fruit.
Blairgowrie is to be found here and is often referred
to as the Raspberry capital of the world. To the east, Megle Museum houses
a large collection of Celtic Christian sculpted stones, these having been
excavated from the local church yard. A few miles south of Blairgowrie,
adjacent to the A93 road, is Meikleour Beech Hedge - officially the tallest
in the world. It's over 100 feet high and is believed to have been planted
Aberfeldy Distillery was opened in 1898 by the Dewar
family. You can tour the distillery and enjoy a walk along their nature
trail if it takes your fancy. The Birks of Aberfeldy
is a delightful walk near the town, complete with cascading waterfalls.
The Bridge crossing the River was designed by William Adam and built by
General George Wade in 1733-35. It was an important link in the network
of roads he created to carry troops into the highlands. Nearby is the
Black Watch Monument commemorating the formation of the
regiment. This took place in Aberfeldy in 1739. Across the Wade Bridge
is 16th century Castle Menzies.
Ben Lawers is highest mountain in Perthshire and lies
to the south west. Many Alpine flowers grow here. There's a nature trail
and visitor centre at the foot of Ben Lawers. There's a reconstructed
crannog at Loch Tay's Scottish Crannog Centre. The crannog is built on
the loch and demonstrates early Iron Age life in the area.
The highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry has been a
popular holiday resort since the mid 1800s. It's well known for its Hydro
Electric Visitor Centre and the famous Salmon Ladder. The salmon can be
seen here from a viewing chamber as they make their ascent past Pitlochry
Dam. Pitlochry Festival Theatre is noted for its productions of comedy
and drama. South of the town, you can tour the Blair Atholl Distillery
which is one of the oldest in Scotland.
Killiecrankie lies to the north. It's a spectacular wooded
gorge with a visitor centre which tells the story of the famous battle
of the Pass of Killiecrankie. This battle took place in 1689. Blair Castle
is nearby. Each August, it plays host to International Horse Trials. Just
north of Blair Athol are the woodland waterfalls at Falls of Bruar.
The 'Road to the Isles' is to be found in the west, running
through spectacular, unspoiled countryside. This iconic route leads to
Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch. The Queen's View lies at the eastern end,
high above Loch Tummel. It's the place that Queen Victoria famously stopped
to admire the view westward along the loch with the Schiehallion in the
At 3,547 feet, Schiehallion is one of Scotland's most popular
Munros. Another of General Wade's historic bridges lies at the
western end of Loch Rannoch, while the pretty village Kinloch
Rannoch lies at the eastern end. It enjoys fine views down the
loch, with the mountains of Glencoe in the far distance.
Accommodation around Perth and Kinross