attractions in perthshire
Discover the wonders of Highland Perthshire when you visit Locgh Tummel Inn. Travel through delightful towns and villages and choose everything from traditional museums to innovative and interactive visitor attractions and unique and exciting natural attractions. Whether your special interest is castles and historical sites, whisky, genealogy, flora and fauna, speciality shopping or culinary delicacies, you will find places to expand your knowledge, feed your imagination and delight your senses. This variety gives you the wonderful freedom of choosing exactly the holiday or short break experience you are looking for here.
Perthshire is deservedly known as the adventure and activity playground of Scotland, and outdoor activity enthusiasts are simply spoilt for choice – from great golf, fishing and country sports – to superb mixed walking, wonderful unspoilt cycling routes, climbing, watersports and hard knuckle adventure.
Here are just some of the highlights
Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon has much to offer from a reconstructed crannog, to stone circles, ancient villages, the oldest piece of living vegetation in Europe, gardens to the spectacular Glen Lyon.
Dunkeld and Birnam are a great place for a day out or to use as a place to base your holiday. Dunkeld with its ancient cathedral on the banks of the River Tay has much history to offer within its quaint town.
Killiecrankie and Blair Atholl The first shots of the Jacobite rebellions were fired in the gorge of Killiecrankie. Blair Atholl is dominated by Blair Castle the ancient home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and the home of the Atholl Highlanders the only legal private army in Europe today.
Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch Here you will the real Highland wilderness as you travel first pass the much photographed Queen's View to Tummel and on to Rannoch with its Clan Train around Loch Rannoch or its famous Tea Room on the west Highland Railway line in the middle of the bleak Rannoch Moor
Pitlochry is the centre of tourism in Highland Perthshire. The town itself is picturesque in the summer with its stone Victorian buildings that have a particular Perthshire style to them and the fantastic floral display put on by Pitlochry In Bloom. You will find two distilleries, including Edradour – PitlochryTheatre - and a host other attractions to choose from.
castles in perthshire
Guests interested in Scottish history are spoilt for choice. Scone Palace, Stirling Castle, the Wallace Memorial, Glamis Castle and Pictiva - a museum offering a fascinating insight into ancient Pictish culture - are all nearby. In addition, the ancient Scottish cities Edinburgh and Glasgow are 90 minutes away by car or train.
Blair Castle is located in Perthshire near the village of Blair Atholl. Truly one of Scotland’s very finest visitor attractions.
Open daily from 1 April to 30 October 10am - 6pm (last entry 5pm). 32 rooms are open to the public for viewing. You can also walk around the grounds. Telephone +44 1796 481207 for details. Private tours all year round by arrangement.
If you are driving along the main A9 road, the best place to stop and take a panoramic shot of Blair Castle and the surrounding countryside is at layby 50. When heading south you have a better view from the road than when heading north.
This spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society, welcomes visitors. Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands and here Bonnie Prince Charlie rested on his way to Culloden in 1746.
Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between an earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house and contains many features of interest together with a number of family portraits, specimen pieces of furniture and a small clan museum. There is also a walled garden.
Here are our recommended ‘must visits’...
Edradour is a unique, single Highland malt whisky, to be enjoyed in recognition of those small, significant moments that make up the ebb and flow of life.
Edradour is produced in Scotland's smallest distillery - and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.
If you manage to find it, you will be one of the few people lucky enough to experience its charm - golden in the glass, smooth and creamy with a nutty, honeyed finish. Enjoy Life's small victories with Edradour.
Other Local Distilleries
A visit to Dalwhinnie, at 1,073 feet above sea level the highest distillery in the land, is an opportunity to sample the ‘Gentle Spirit’ of the glen.
Here you can see the distillers at work, harnessing the snow fed waters of the Allt an t’ Sluic, fresh from their journey through moorland heather, producing a full-bodied malt with a surprisingly delicate taste. And as you savour your complimentary dram of Dalwhinnie, the Highland representative of the ‘classic malts’ range, you can also enjoy a panorama unchanged since the drovers of old paused to enjoy the view and the local malt.
You’ll find the doors of the distillery in the mountains open to visitors all year round with restricted hours in the snowy depths of the highland winter.
Established in 1798 in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Blair Athol is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. The distillery produces a 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish.
Dewars World of Whisky
Just half an hour's drive from the hotel. A unique exhibition and interactive centre celebrates the courageous entrepreneurial spirit of the Dewar family.
Explore the story behind the top selling whisky in the States for the last fifteen years, brought to life with fascinating displays and a range of games and challenges, including a touch-screen Medal Quest and electronic Blending Challenge, as well as a triple-screen video presentation and web site where visitors can send e-postcards to anywhere in the world. Rich historical archives, from original drawings for the famously creative advertising to a desk at which Robert Burns used to write.
Combine your visit with a tour of Aberfeldy Distillery, originally established in 1986. The distillery produces Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky, one of the key ingredients in blending Dewar's White Label. The Dewar's Brand Store stocks a full range of whiskies from miniatures to limited edition single malts and a selection of memorabilia. Many gifts are exclusively available at Dewar's World of Whisky. Private VIP whisky tastings can also be arranged with the Centre Manager.
Glenturret and the ‘Famous Grouse Experience’
Glenturret is the oldest distillery in Scotland, established in 1775 and still using traditional methods to produce and bottle single malt scotch.
Witness a terrific audio-visual display, a video called 'The water of Life' and walk through the museum portion of the distillery. There is a very good restaurant here, where you can do a quick taste test of some lovely 12 year old Scotch.
The Famous Grouse Experience, near Crieff - an all new interactive visitor centre dedicated to our feathered friend!!
Yes you can, if the spirit is willing, visit all of these delights in a day. Starting at the inn, your first stop is Blair Athol at the southern end of Pitlochry. Then travel south to Crieff, Glenturret and the Famous Grouse Experience.. Take a light lunch there then onwards via the Sma Glen to Dewars at Aberfeldy. Then take a scenic drive via Kinloch Rannoch and Dalnacardoch to Dalwhinnie. Then south to Loch Tummel, interrupted by the Edradour experience, only a shirt drive away.