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  • Looking over to the stone bridge crossing the Falls of Bruar, near Blair Atholl, Perthshire
    The Falls of Bruar at Blair Atholl, Perthshire
  • The exterior of Perth Museum and Art Gallery in the city of Perth
    Perth Museum and Art Gallery
  • A burns rushes into the Moness Gorge through the Birks of Aberfeldy
    The Birks of Aberfeldy which inspired the poem of the same name by Robert Burns

Head to Perthshire and discover a truly captivating region. From some of the tallest trees in Europe to spellbinding local heritage, you can enjoy many escapades in Perthshire without breaking the bank.

Read on to find out more about the free activities, attractions and places you can visit.

Free attractions

Perth Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in Britain and has a fantastic collection of objects which reflect the history of the area, including Pictish stone sculptures, portraits of famous locals and even the fragments of a meteorite that crashed into Tayside almost 100 years ago.
At the Fergusson Gallery, you can wander around a fine example of the city’s unique architectural history. The building contains three galleries which display superb works by John Duncan Fergusson, the celebrated Scottish colourist.

Learn more about Perthshire’s proud heritage at Dunkeld Cathedral, which tells tales of the town as well as exploring the building’s fascinating connections with the aristocratic Atholl family, an ancient family of Scotland.

Free places to go

In every corner of Perthshire, you’ll be spoiled for choice with sensational views of the landscape. Head to MacRosty Park in Creiff for a pleasant countryside walk with views across to Ben Chonzie, one of the region’s towering munros.

Visit the region’s legendary trees and dense fairytale woodlands at the Kinnoulhill Woodland Park, and admire wooden sculptures scattered all over the hill.

The region is home to a wealth of curious and spellbinding wildlife. At the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve (NNR), you might spot majestic ospreys flying overhead, and at Ben Lawers NNR and you can watch amazing wildlife in an incredibly dramatic setting including red deer, ptarmigan, black grouse and ravens.

Free outdoor activities

Discover some fantastic cycle paths in Perthshire, which will take you all over the region, through forests, glens and past serene lochs. For a little adventure, try out the off-road mountain biking trails at Faskally Forest.

You’ll find scenic landscapes around every corner, so why not spend some time exploring the Perthshire countryside?  Admire the cascading Falls of Bruar near Blair Atholl, which is perfect for a short walk. The route begins at House of Bruar, one of Scotland's finest independent stores.

Enjoy a 12 km stroll along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, which follows scenic paths around the loch’s shore from Kinross to the Loch Leven RSPB Visitor Centre, where you will come across a charming tearoom, bird hides and a nature trail. 

The Birks of Aberfeldy is a circular walk through mature mixed woodland on the western outskirts of Aberfeldy. The route was named after a poem of the same name by Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, in 1787.