From Perth head south to Kinross and then turn inland to Crieff. From Killin on the shores of Loch Tay visit Aberfeldy and then explore the Tay Forest Park. Stop at Blair Atholl and Pitlochry before reaching Craigvinean Forest and finishing your trip at Dunkeld.
Located on the banks of the River Tay, Perth, once Scotland’s capital city, has a great shopping offering including independent boutiques and markets. Elsewhere you can take in the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture as you visit the museums, galleries, monuments and gardens.
Nestled beside the nature reserve of Loch Leven, Kinross has a welcoming high street and a number of heritage trails to explore. Enjoy the loch and may be visit Loch Leven Castle – formerly a prison for Mary Queen of Scots.
A traditional market town, set in the Perthshire countryside, Crieff has become a major hit with tourists – explore Innerpeffray, Scotland’s oldest lending library, take tipple at The Famous Grouse Experience and visit Caithness Glass Visitor Centre. The town makes a great place for exploring the surrounding area.
At the west end of Loch Tay, the village of Killin is well known for the Falls of Dochart – an impressive collection of tumbling rapids. The village is a great base for exploring the countryside including Breadalbane, Loch Tay and the ruins of Finlarig Castle and the Moirlanich Longhouse.
The market town of Aberfeldy nestles on the banks of the River Tay where you can enjoy the Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, visit the gallery in the Aberfeldy Watermill and then set out on the circular walk of The Birks of Aberfeldy to take in the Falls of Moness.
Tay Forest Park
The Tay Forest covers a huge area and offers visitors the chance to get away from it all and explore the landscape. Call at the Queen’s View Visitor Centre to plan your visit and enjoy the views over Loch Tummel.
Located at the meeting point of the River Garry and River Tilt, Blair Atholl is home to the magnificent Blair Castle where you can tour the rooms and enjoy the gardens and see the only private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders . Take in the spectacular surrounding countryside in the town known as the “Gateway to the Highlands”.
Set on the banks of the River Tummel, Pitlochry offers visitors a warn welcome. Enjoy the distilleries, tearooms and restaurants of this vibrant little town which a great base from which to explore the surrounding area and enjoy activities such as walking, climbing and cycling.
Part of the Tay Forest, Craigvinean Forest is an ideal opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Use the well marked trails for walking and cycling and be sure to head for Pine Cone Point to take in the fantastic views across to Dunkeld and the Tay – don’t forget to look out for the red squirrels!
The jewel of Dunkeld is home to a series of brightly coloured “little houses” dating from the early 1700s, the Ell Shop and the magnificent, partly ruined Dunkeld Cathedral that dominates the skyline – check out the tomb of the “Wolf of Badenoch”.