Perthshire is the gateway to the Highlands. It has outdoor activities, castles, distilleries, gardens, standing stones and stunning scenery. Spend your Perthshire day exploring some of the many attractions that can be found.
Use the route map to get to Scone Palace. Your Perthshire day tour has begun.
The Palace is also home to the Earl of Mansfield and was historically the crowning place of Scottish kings, and where the Stone of Destiny was kept until taken away to England in the late 1200s. There is a special maze which comprises 2000 beech trees, half copper and half green, planted in a way to create a unique tartan effect.
Follow the A9 road and River Tay northwards, arrive at village of Dunkeld
This pretty village has had many of the buildings have restored under the National Trust’s “little houses” scheme. Wander around the town, along the river and around Dunkeld Cathedral.
Depart Dunkeld and head north on the A9 to Blair Castle
Home to the Dukes of Atholl who became major foresters of Scotland. You can visit the castle and gardens, and find out about its history which spans from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to a visit by Queen Victoria. Blair Castle is also home to The Atholl Highlanders, the last private army in Europe with the Atholl Gathering in May every year.
Depart Blair Atholl and head across the hill to Loch Tummel and The Queen’s View
Visited by Queen Victoria in the 1800s when she visited Blair Castle.
Depart Queens View via the Garry Bridge over the River Garry. This is another great spot for photos in any season and also has some walks starting from the car park next to the bridge.
Return to A9 and drive south to Pitlochry
Pitlochry is a pretty Victorian era town of Pitlochry. Visit the dam & fish ladder to understand how hydro electric power works and how salmon get back to their spawning grounds, or browse the shops and cafes.
Head home after your perthshire day out