Commonly referred to as the gateway to the Highlands, northern Perthshire is located in the heart of Scotland. For walkers there are plenty of Munros and Corbetts to climb as well as low-level hiking routes, while anglers can enjoy superb river and loch fishing. Discover an area where you can enjoy watersports and fantastic walking, romantic castles and gardens, as well as great music festivals and events.
The charming town of Pitlochry is a busy stop-off point for visitors heading into the Highlands and offers a range of wonderful riverside walks and trails through the woods around Loch Faskally. In Aberfeldy you can walk amongst the Birks of Aberfeldy, a grove of towering oak and beech trees which line the slopes of a gorge through which the Moness Falls tumble down. In autumn, head to Faskally Wood to see it transformed by stunning light and otherworldly sound effects into the Enchanted Forest.
Loch Tummel offers some excellent fishing as well as a great choice of walking and cycling routes. Take in the Queen’s View, located high above its north shore, a magnificent vista which overlooks Loch Tummel, the peak of Schiehallion and Glen Coe on a clear day.
If you’re into birdwatching, you can observe breeding ospreys at the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve close to Dunkeld. Further south, you can visit RSPB Loch Leven where wintering geese can be seen.
Watersports enthusiasts should head to Kenmore, a village that is home to a popular activity centre on Loch Tay. Did you know that one of the country’s top heritage museums, the Scottish Crannog Centre, is located here also?
For a slice of history, head to Blair Atholl to visit the impressive Blair Castle, and if you’re looking for a great shopping experience, visit House of Bruar, one of Scotland’s most prestigious independent stores, located at the foot of the spectacular Bruar Falls.