Tayside has myriad places to explore, from market towns and coastal areas to hills and glens. Beaches and harbours provide opportunities for watersports, while the glens are furnished with championship golf courses and country parks brimming with wildlife.

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Tayside Overview

Welcome to Tayside

Tayside is dotted with market towns, ideal for exploring at a relaxed pace. Crieff is a typical example- a traditional market town with a fantastic selection of cafés, shops, and independent businesses.

As well as independent shops and cafés, Tayside is also known for its many Whisky distilleries, including Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, Glenturret Distillery, Strathearn Distillery, and the Blair Athol Distillery & Visitor Centre.

Tayside is filled with areas of flourishing wildlife. The Loch of Kinnordy is a favourite among birdwatchers, providing an ideal habitat for wetland birds and a perfect day out for budding photographers.


A wide range of heritage attractions document Tayside’s history, including Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were crowned, and Blair Castle, home to the Atholl Highlanders.

As well as a royal history, Tayside also has a history of science and literature. In 1901, the RRS Discovery was launched from Dundee as the first vessel to be constructed purely for scientific research. After multiple expeditions and countless contributions to the discovery of marine life, Discovery was brought back to Dundee to its current home in the Discovery Point Visitor Centre.

One of Tayside’s best known literary connections is to JM Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. Born in Kirriemuir in 1860, you can still visit his childhood home to learn more about his life and his connection with the area.

Places to Visit in Tayside

Art lovers will have plenty of choice with Tayside’s wide range of galleries. Home to Scotland’s V&A Museum, the coastal city of Dundee is known for its arts and culture, earning its title as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. The McManus Art Gallery & Museum combines art and history, making it an interesting place to visit for a day out.

Aberfeldy is a beautiful place to explore outdoors, with the Falls of Moness providing some stunning natural views. Experienced walkers can take on the challenge of Ben Lawers, one of Scotland’s highest Munros.

For the adventurous, Tayside has an exciting array of outdoor adventure centres, with everything from kayaking to white water rafting. And for those who prefer more relaxed outdoor activities, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, archery, and golfing.

A must for tea lovers, the Tea Garden in Crieff makes a memorable day out. One of the nine Tea Gardens of Scotland, visitors can taste locally grown craft tea or take a tour to learn more.

The Scottish Craft Beer Centre in Blair Atholl has a fantastic selection of drinks, including craft beers, gins, and ciders. Over 80 of Scotland’s craft beers are available to sample or take home, representing over 60 different breweries in Scotland.

Getting There

Tayside is well connected, with the M90, A9, and the A90, as well as the conveniently located Dundee Airport.

Coaches provide connections to the rest of the UK, while regional bus services provide travel between the smaller villages.

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