Nature and geography in Perthshire

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Discover the breathtaking natural landscape of Perthshire, a place of inspiring beauty at any time of the year. See the oldest tree in Europe, take in dramatic autumn colours and witness remarkable wildlife.

Boasting some of the finest scenery in Scotland and home to an incredible array of wildlife, the captivating natural beauty of Perthshire never ceases to enchant visitors.

Delve into the heart of Perthshire’s ‘Big Tree Country’ and explore lush forests and woodlands on tranquil walks – perfect for catching a glimpse of native creatures – and see ancient trees including the Birnam Oak at Dunkeld and the Fortingall Yew, thought to be the oldest living thing in Europe.

Experience the region’s dramatic alpine scenery and take in breathtaking views from the summits of majestic mountains and hills including the Grampians and the imposing peaks of Ben Lawers and Schiehallion.

Blessed with a gentle climate and rich soil, the region enjoys an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens. Stroll around some of the finest formal gardens in Europe and admire dazzling displays of native and exotic flora.

Keen anglers can cast their lines in the swift-flowing currents of the region’s rivers which include the River Tay – the longest in Scotland – while more adventurous visitors can enjoy a range of exhilarating watersports. Race down white water rapids on a raft, leap into natural pools while canyoning or glide across pristine lochs in a kayak. 

Perthshire boasts an exceptional range of waterfalls, many of which are natural salmon leaps. The Buchanty Spout and Linn of Tummel are two such falls where you can watch these amazing fish battle their way up cascading torrents in late autumn. You can even pay a visit to the Birks of Aberfeldy, a renowned beauty spot which inspired Robert Burns to compose the poem of the same name.

Venture into Highland Perthshire and discover hauntingly beautiful glens including the popular skiing destination of Glenshee or Glen Lyon, described by Sir Walter Scott as the ‘longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland’.

Wherever you go in Perthshire's great outdoors, you're never far from stunning scenery and marvellous wildlife.

  • Looking across the River Earn to the white wash church at the village of Comrie
    Looking across the River Earn to the village of Comrie
  • Two cyclists pause to consult their map on the bridge at Killiecrankie
    The Bridge at Killiecrankie
  • View across Loch Tay to Ben Lawers, near Kenmore
    View across Loch Tay to Ben Lawers, near Kenmore
  • Looking down on Bolfracks Garden in springtime, Aberfeldy
    Bolfracks Garden in springtime, Aberfeldy
  • The woodlands of the Blair Atholl estate
    The woodlands of the Blair Atholl estate
Two cyclists ride over the bridge at Killiecrankie in autumn with the River Garry flowing underneath

Glens

Perthshire has a number of glens which run through the hills and are a great place to enjoy fresh air and get some exercise.

Looking across Loch Tay to a snow-capped Ben Lawers

Mountains and hills

Discover the breathtaking mountains and hills of Perthshire and enjoy fantastic walking, cycling and wildlife.

Rafts on the River Tay pass under General Wade's Bridge, Aberfeldy

Rivers and marshes

Visit the rivers and marshes in Perthshire and enjoy a day in the great outdoors walking, fishing or watching for wildlife.

The Falls of Moness at the Birks of Aberfeldy

Waterfalls

Plan a countryside walk to see some of the waterfalls in Perthshire and marvel at the power and force of these natural features.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay at Kenmore

Lochs

Perthshire has a number of lochs, where you can enjoy watersports, go fishing or simply take a walk and look out for wildlife.

An autumnal scene of Lady Mary's Walk beside the River Earn, Crieff

Forests and woodlands

Experience the beauty and tranquility of forests and woodlands in Perthshire. Enjoy relaxing walks and look for local wildlife.

The attractive town of Dunblane by the Allan Water

Towns and villages

Discover more about the city, towns and villages in Perthshire with information on history, attractions and more. Plan a visit to one of the Perthshire towns and villages.

Rare and unusual plants at Branklyn Garden in Perth

Parks and gardens

Explore the beautiful parks and gardens of Perthshire and discover the dazzling array of plants and flowers that flourish in the region's mild climate and rich soil.