Known across the world as Scotland’s playground, Perthshire is a labyrinth of breathtaking walks, ambitious cycle trails, roaring rivers and still, peaceful lochs. Used by many, and loved by all, the vast landscapes of our beautiful region are a perfect fit for both the white-water adrenalin junkies out there and the Sunday stroller looking to dust off Saturday night’s dram.
The first purpose-built, permanent bungee jump platform from a bridge in the UK, The Highland Fling Bungee Jump is an exhilarating, bucket-list essential for lovers of adventure everywhere.
The jump itself is a once-in-a-lifetime free-fall experience of 40 metres towards the River Garry. An airborne flight of a few seconds at over 50 mph before a special Bungee jump cord springs you back to normal, upright, life.
Perched above a dramatic gorge surrounded by ancient trees it is here that you will form a connection with the breathtaking landscape of Highland Perthshire in a completely unique way. This safe and unforgettable experience uses the latest technology and safety equipment, and is led by experienced, qualified Bungee Jump Masters.
One of the most iconic walks in Perthshire, Kinnoull Hill offers stunning views over the River Tay and the city below. The walk is an excellent circuit when started from Perth city centre and is suitable for walkers of all levels of ability.
A clearly marked path takes you through beautiful woodlands to a dramatic clifftop escarpment where you will find the iconic cylindrical tower. Built as a folly in the 18th century by the Ninth Earl of Kinnoull, the tower was designed to resemble castles on the Rhine he had admired during his Grand Tour of Germany.
Just a short distance further, you will find a large, old stone table and beyond that, the true summit of the hill can be visited. The prospect is superb, looking up the beautiful Tay valley with the river winding through a fertile landscape of woods and hills, backed by the mountains of the Highlands.
One of Scotland’s Great Trails and named one of the 10 best long-distance walks with overnight stays in Britain - the Cateran Trail is a fully waymarked, 64-mile / 103 km route through Perthshire and the Angus glens in the heart of Scotland.
The Trail is a circular route divided into five stages and can be comfortably walked in five days. It has no official beginning or end and can be joined at any stage.
It follows old drove roads and ancient tracks across a varied terrain of farmland, forests and moors. Some of these routes follow the same ones used by the Caterans – fearsome cattle thieves who raided Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla from the Middle Ages to the 17th century and for whom the Trail is named.
Located just outside Crieff, this stunning 17-mile cycle route links the beauty and splendour of the Sma’Glen – featured in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire – to the tranquillity of Loch Tay.
Taking you across hillsides and glens, down rivers and roads, we’re willing to bet that this will be one of the most scenic landscapes you will ever have cycled over.
Once at your destination you will find one of Scotland’s oldest known dwelling places; around 2000BCE, the loch was home to Iron Age settlers who set up artificial islands on the loch. These are known as crannogs, and they were homes and shelters for the people who built them, remaining in use until the Middle Ages. You can visit a reconstructed crannog at the Scottish Crannog Centre in Kenmore and imagine what life would have been like for these early settlers.
If you’ve never tried it before, canyoning is a thrilling way to get out on Perthshire’s rivers. A mixture of jumping, swimming, walking and even abseiling, you descend through steep gorges with the flow of water. You will jump into water below, scramble and swim in amazing natural beauty and fall in love with the water all over again.
At Keltneyburn Canyon in Aberfeldy the activity can be tailored for all levels from family groups looking for a fun day out to a full-on adventure worthy of seasoned thrill-seekers. There is a reason why Keltneyburn canyon is so popular with jumps from 5 to 25 feet, natural lazy rivers, waterfalls and more.
Perthshire has several experienced outdoor adventure companies and guides who offer canyoning trips. The information above was adapted from the SPLASH website.
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