Think of Scotland and you could be taken in any number of directions; from historical monuments and blood-soaked battles to the bright, ever-changing vibrancy of the 21st century arts and music scene. Maybe for you it’s a wee dram of the amber nectar that gets your heart beating, or a gentle stroll around a garden brimming with the best of Mother Nature’s blooms.
Whatever it is that draws you to Scotland and its cities, you can be sure to find it wrapped up in one of Perthshire’s world-class visitor attractions. We’ve listed some of our favourites here for you, but make no mistake – we are only scratching the surface! Click over to Visit Scotland where you will find a whole host more.
Overlooking the magnificent River Tay in Perthshire – on which you can fish some of the world’s most famous fishing beats – Scone Palace is a majestic reminder of Scotland’s royal past and is famed as the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce.
At Scone Palace you will experience a historic tour, a kitchen garden, beautiful grounds, a pinetum – and a star-shaped maze to top it off! You can also choose a regal break away, with a stay in the Palace in one of their stunning self-catering apartments.
A truly unique experience makes this a must-see on any visit to Perthshire. New in January 2017, Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre showcases the rich history of hydro-electricity in the north of Scotland and how it transformed all our lives.
Visitors will meet the visionaries who saw the untapped potential of hydropower in Scotland and the Hydro Boys and Tunnel Tigers who built the schemes.
What makes this attraction even more fascinating is Pitlochry’s famed ‘fish ladder’. Integral to the design for the hydro-electricity scheme in the early 1950s, thousands of people since then have witnessed the salmon swim to their breeding grounds upriver, and learned the secrets of that incredible journey.
Situated within the grounds of Drummond Castle, these incredible gardens have origins dating back to the 1600s. Although the gardens date back to the 17th century, they were transformed, redesigned and terraced in the 19th century. Little wonder then, that they are regarded as one of Europe’s most impressive formal gardens.
With an abundance of beautiful flowers and hedges coupled with the incredible backdrop of Drummond Castle and the surrounding area, it is little wonder the gardens have featured many times on television – most notably in the film Rob Roy and the series Outlander.
The Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a circular path that covers the 13 miles around the loch. Nice and even and all on one level, this beautiful walk is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities, for cyclists, and for wheelchair and motorised scooter users.
You can access the trail from seven different car parks around the loch: Kinross Pier, Kirkgate Park, Burleigh Sands, Loch Leven's Larder, Findatie, the Cashmere Factory and the RSPB Loch Leven car park.
The RSPB also run a visitor centre on their section of the reserve which has a shop, café, observation room, educational facilities, toilets, and marked trails leading to three bird hides. A further three open hides are provided by NatureScot at locations around the loch.
A museum without walls, the Cateran Ecomuseum is an outstanding new cultural destination that brings together a stunning collection of natural heritage and history. Set in the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of Cateran Country – where you will find all of the sites outside – it is situated on the 500-million-year-old Highland Boundary Fault – the great geological feature that divides the Scottish Highlands from the Lowlands.
It was designed by the community who live there to reveal the hidden heritage of this captivating part of Perthshire, and to tell the story of its people, places and landscapes. A must see for outdoor enthusiasts, historians and anyone interested in their fellow man.