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Places to visit in Perthshire

There are so many places to visit and activities to do in Perthshire! Here are just a few ideas, however it is only the tip of the iceberg. In the cottage is plenty more information catering for all age groups and interests. Perthshire has a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities and you will be spoilt for choice whilst on a self-catering Perthshire holiday.

Perthshire Visitor Centre

The Macbeth Experience, restaurant and shops.

Castle Menzies

- Near Aberfeldy. Fine example of a 16th century fortified tower house.

Fowlis Wester

- St Bean's Church 13thC. 8thC Pictish carved stones in this pretty village east of Crieff.

Blair Castle

- Turreted baronial castle dating from 1269. Home to the Duke of Atholl and the Atholl Highlanders. A great day out!

The Bruar Falls

- 3 miles to the west of Blair Atholl River Bruar cascades down through rocky chasms and over great slabs of granite. Visited by Robert Burns. Lovely walk and you can visit House of Bruar too!

The Pass of Killiecrankie

and the Soldier's Leap - Splended wooded gorge with the famous Soldier's Leap - a 54ft jump made by one of Mackay's soldiers to escape from the Highlanders.

Comrie Earthquake House

- Built in 1874 to house one of the earliest seismometers in the world - fascinating.

Scottish Tartan Museum

- Over 1300 tartans. Look up your name and discover which tartan you could wear.

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

Lovely wildlife centre set in 100 acres of beautiful Perthshire hills, south west of Crieff. Great for small children too.

Abernethy Round Tower

- Slender tapering tower, 74ft high, which dates from the 9th century.

Crieff Visitor Centre

Craft centre well known for its paperweights and pottery.

Innerpeffray Library

The oldest public library in Scotland, founded in 1690.

Drummond Castle Gardens

One of the finest formal gardens in Europe. Created in the early 17th century and used in the filming of Rob Roy.

Glenturret Distillery

Scotland's oldest distillery, near Crieff. Makers of The Glenturret single malt. Great Grouse experience and excellent visitors' centre.

Macrosty Park

- Crieff's park. A great day's enjoyment for all the family which was fully refurbished and re-designed in 2012.

Stuart Crystal

Crystal and china emporium. Factory shop so bargains to be had!

The Hermitage

- Mixed conifer and lovely deciduous woodlands with a folly built in 1758, near Dunkeld.


- National Trust Houses & Shop Twenty Houses in Dunkeld dating from 1689.

Balvaird Castle

- Castle ruins used in the filming of Macbeth.


- The Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay Travel back in time 2,500 years to see how Crannog dwellers lived around the loch.


- Folk Museum A museum depicting life in the village from bygone days - limited opening hours.

Killin - Ben Lawers

Perthshire's highest mountain (3984ft) with views from the Atlantic to the North Sea.

Kinross - RSPB Vane Farm

On the southern banks of Loch Leven discover the many variety of migratory birds.

Loch Leven Castle

- Castle ruins where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 - taking the small boat to the island adds to the experience.

Loch of the Lowes

- Nature Reserve where ospreys can be seen from a hide.


- North Inch "The playground of Perth" - recreation area.

Moncrieffe Hill Wood

- Two miles south of Perth. 333 acre wood with magnificent views and plenty of wildlife.

Perth Leisure Pool

Fun and excitement for everyone - two giant flumes, wild water channel, whirlpools, waterfalls etc.

Fergusson Gallery, Perth

Converted former waterworks (1832) containing the most extensive collection of the Scottish colourist JD Fergusson's paintings.

The Black Watch Regimental Museum

Housed in Balhousie Castle, Perth.

Aberfeldy Water Mill

- Mill Street, Aberfeldy. A working water mill built in 1825 - you can buy their superb flour and oatmeal here too.

Cluny House Gardens

- Cluny House, Aberfeldy. Woodland garden with many specimen trees, shrubs and rhododendrons.

Caithness Glass

- Tel : 01738-637373 Watch skilled glassmakers turn molten glass into handcrafted paperweights.

Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

- Woodland walks and views across Perth to the Tay and beyond.

Quarrymill Woodland Park

- Outdoor activities north of Perth.

Norie Miller Riverside Walk

- Walk along the banks of the Tay through landscaped gardens.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

- Gallery includes Scottish colourists and the museum is fascinating.

Rodney Gardens

- Pleasant formal garden in the grounds of the Rodney Pavilion and close to the Norie Miller Riverside Walk.

Perth Theatre

- Perth's Repertory Theatre with restaurant and bar.

Bell's Heather Garden

- Garden devoted to Scotland's ubiquitous shrub.

Branklyn Garden

- Wonderful two acres of garden owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

The Fair Maid's House

- Home of the Catharine Glover, the Fair Maid of Perth.

Perth Race Course

- Tel: +44(0)1738 551597 at Scone Palace Park.

Blair Athol Distillery

- Tel : 01796-472234 Founded in 1798 distilling the malt whisky that goes into Bell's scotch whisky.

Edradour Distillery

- Tel : 01796-472095 Scotland's smallest distillery and the last one to produce a handcrafted malt.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

- Drama, concerts and foyer events.

Scone Palace

- 19th century restoration of 16th century and earlier buildings - the home of the Stone of Destiny, now housed in Edinburgh Castle. A great Perthshire tourist attraction.

Perthshire is full of magical places and probably the most exciting way to discover them is just to set off in the car and explore! Glasgow and Edinburgh are both under an hour away from our holiday cottages. Whatever your interests, you will find plenty to do in Perthshire.

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