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  • Ben Lawers, a Munro towering above Loch Tay.
    Ben Lawers
  • The city of Perth and the River Tay at dusk
    The City of Perth and the River Tay at dusk
  • Giant tree at Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy
    Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy
  • An autumnal scene of Lady Mary's Walk beside the River Earn, Crieff
    Lady Mary's Walk beside the River Earn, Crieff
  • Exhilarating white water rafting on the River Tay at the Grandtully Rapids, Perthshire
    Exhilarating white water rafting on the River Tay at the Grandtully Rapids, Perthshire

Whether you’re looking to relax in beautiful surroundings, experience a great city escape or simply want the best of both worlds, Perthshire can offer all this and more. As one of Europe’s finest adventure playgrounds, keen walkers and cyclists will find a great network of trails, while anglers and golfers will be spoiled for choice. There are also plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities available all year-round to keep thrill-seeking visitors entertained.

The city of Perth

Picturesquely situated between two sprawling public parks and the western banks of the magnificent River Tay, Perth is compact and easily accessible on foot.

Spend a revitalising break in Scotland’s newest city and explore everything it has to offer.
From great shopping, ranging from chic boutiques to High Street stores, to delicious food and drink and a fascinating array of attractions, visitors will find something to suit all tastes and budgets. Discover historic gems like Scone Palace and indulge in horticultural delights at Branklyn Garden, and don’t miss an exhilarating programme of events, including horse racing at Perth Racecourse.

With a wealth of walks and trails to suit all ages and abilities, whether it’s a stroll in the park or an energetic hike up Kinnoull Hill, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace the natural environment. Golfers will also find much to enjoy with the three championship courses at Gleneagles and many other great courses located just a short distance from the city.

Highland Perthshire

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.

Loch Tay and the River Tay

The areas surrounding Loch Tay and the River Tay combine excellent fishing with great golfing and outstanding walking trails.

This land of rivers and lochs, large and small, attracts keen anglers from all over the world to fish. Did you know that the record for the largest salmon caught by rod in Scotland was a 64lb specimen fished from the River Tay?

In addition to the tremendous variety of great fishing opportunities, the area also boasts excellent water-based activities that can be enjoyed on Loch Tay including sailing, canoeing and white-water rafting with boat hire also available.

Golfers are well-served with a wide range of fine courses, while hillwalkers can follow plenty of outstanding walks and climb several Munros including the towering peaks of Schiehallion and Ben Lawers which overlook the tranquil Loch Tay.

Why not explore the beautiful remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest? Tay Forest Park provides a variety of trails which are perfect for more leisurely walks, cycling and horse riding.

Lowland Perthshire

Whether you’re a keen walker or prefer leisurely strolls, Lowland Perthshire is a wonderful holiday destination. Home to some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, southern Perthshire straddles both the glens, lochs and mountains of the north and the gently rolling farmlands of the south, and boasts a number of superb golf courses.

If you find yourself near Crieff, the area’s main town, head to the picturesque heather-clad Glen Lednock and admire the dramatic waterfalls along the way. If you’re lucky, you might even see the shy and elusive Scottish wildcat alongside other wildlife.