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Coach or Driver Guide tour.
Group size: 1 – 53, depending on vehicle used.
Tickets required if visiting Falkland Palace, Culross Palace, Doune Castle.
Scone Palace: Limited access.
Dunkeld Cathedral: Not accessible to wheelchairs.
Blair Castle: Access available to ground floor and several other rooms. Learn more.
Perthshire Day Tour
Almost all tours that incorporate a trip to Inverness will pass through Perthshire, the gateway to the Highlands. Outdoor activities, castles, distilleries, gardens, standing stones and stunning scenery – Perthshire has all of this and more ! If time permits, you may wish to spend a whole day exploring some of the many attractions that can be found in Perthshire.
Perthshire is known as “Big Tree Country” as it is birthplace to many of the great plant hunters of the late 1700s and early 1800s such as Archibald Menzies and David Douglas (of Douglas Fir fame). David Douglas worked at Scone Palace, near Perth, before setting out on his plant hunting travels. 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.
Following the A9 road and River Tay northwards, you will come to the village of Dunkeld. Dunkeld was home to fierce fighting during one of the Jacobite rebellions in the late 1600s. Today, many of the buildings have been restored under the National Trust’s “little houses” scheme and you can wander around the town, along the river and around the Cathedral. Dunkeld is in the province of Atholl, home to the Dukes of Atholl.
The Dukes of Atholl, whose base in Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, about 25 minutes north of Dunkeld, became major foresters of Scotland. It is alleged that at one point they used a cannon to spread tree seeds across a hillside ! 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. There is a working watermill in Blair Atholl which also has a café for light bites, soups and sandwiches. If walking or mountain biking is your thing, there are plenty of routes across the Atholl Estate.
From Blair Atholl, you can head across the hill to Loch Tummel and The Queen’s View – visited by Queen Victoria in the 1800s when she visited Blair Castle. From here, follow the road to Pitlochry 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.
Your final stop for the day is in the Victorian era town of Pitlochry. You can 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 before heading for home.
How to Book a Guide for This Tour
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Optional Venue Visits
Guide Rates for This Tour
Average rates charged by our guides for this tour are available below. The exact rate will be confirmed with you before payment. Learn more about STGA guiding rates.
|Guide Service||Average Rates|
|English Full Day||£185 – £230|
|Language Full Day||£235 – £280|
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