Perthshire Day Tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow
Perthshire is the gateway to the Highlands. It has castles, distilleries, gardens, lochs, mountains, standing stones and stunning scenery. Spend your Perthshire day exploring some of the many attractions that can be found.
This tour can start from either Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Book a driver guide to pick you up in their vehicle, or book a step-on guide to join you in your vehicle to conduct the tour.
There are many different options of places to visit in Perthshire but undoubtedly high on the list is Scone Palace – historically the crowning place of Scottish kings, and where the Stone of Destiny was kept until it seized by the King of England, Edward 1, in the late 13th century and taken to Westminster Abbey.
The Stone was returned to Edinburgh Castle in 1996 where it can currently be seen together with the Scottish Crown Jewels. However in 2024 it is going to move even closer to Scone as the centrepiece of a new museum at Perth City Hall.
Scone Palace is also home to the Earl of Mansfield and well worth a visit. Children – and adults can also have fun – finding their way through a special maze which comprises 2000 beech trees, half copper and half green, planted in a way to create a unique tartan effect.
After Scone you will travel north crossing the Highland Fault line and stop off at the picturesque village of Dunkeld. It features beautifully preserved houses dating back to the 18th century and restored under the Scottish National Trust’s “little houses” scheme. Partly ruined Dunkeld Cathedral is located in a pretty woodland setting with some of the tallest trees in Scotland nearby. Indeed, Perthshire is also known as Big Tree county with millions of trees planted in the past by the dominant landowners, the Dukes of Atholl. The cathedral overlooks the mighty River Tay – the longest river in Scotland and a haven for salmon fishing enthusiasts.
Heading further north you can also visit another bonny highland town, Pitlochry, where you can walk to across the top of a mighty dam and try and spot salmon making their way up a specially built fish ladder. Nearby is the narrow valley where the historic Battle of Killicrankie took place in 1689 and a bit further on is the home of the Duke of Atholl, Blair Castle which is well worth a visit. Queen Victoria was so impressed by her stay there that she gave the Duke permission to have his own private army – the Atholl Highlanders.
If there is time you may visit the Queen’s View which overlooks Loch Tummell and the breath-taking mountain of Schiehallion in the distance.
Book a Guide for this Tour
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STGA guides are all self-employed, with tour rates set by individual guides.
These guide rates are for guidance only and represent typical rates charged for different types of tour.
Contact our guides to get an exact cost for your tour.
Full Day in English (Step-On Guide)
£275 – £325
Full Day in Another Language (Step-On Guide)
£315 – £365
Driver Guide Full Day
£540 – £650