Auchterarder & South Perthshire

Set beneath the beauty of the Ochil Hills, South Perthshire is a breathtaking area that plays home to a number of small historical villages including Auchterarder – often called the Lang Toun due to its mile and a half long high street, Blackford, Dunning and Glendevon.

Most famous, perhaps, for the world-class Gleneagles Hotel – afternoon tea in their Strathearn Room is a must – the area is also steeped in history, as well as offering plentiful walks and cycle routes for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

Due to covid-19 restrictions many attracttions are operating a little differently to usual.  You'll see that we've linked you straight to the individual attracttions websites - or social media pages - and we would advise you to check opening hours and rules before you travel.  

Tullibardine Chapel

Tullibardine Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir David Murray of Dumbarton, an ancestor of the Dukes of Atholl; the Murray family home at that time was at Tullibardine Castle. It is one of the few Scottish churches that survived the Reformation of 1560 largely unaltered.  It stands two miles north west of Auchterarder and the chapel as you see it today is largely the work of Sir Andrew Murray, presumably the grandson of the original builder.

After the Reformation of 1560, the chapel became a family burial vault for the Murrays who were strong supporters of the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745. In the aftermath of the '45 uprising, Tullibardine Castle was badly damaged. In 1816 the Murray family sold their estates in the area to the Drummonds, later to become Earls of Perth. Tullibardine Chapel has been in state care since 1951.

Although it is regarded as a rare surviving example of a collegiate church, and it almost certainly fulfilled the function of a collegiate church, there is no record of the legal steps being taken that would have formally made it into one.

Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel has been a luxury destination for nearly a century and is known for good reason as the Glorious Playground.Gleneagles Hotel Perthshire

Undoubtedly a stay in this 5-star resort would be considered a real treat for the majority of us; however, even if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a short break or holiday do make sure to spend a few hours enjoying their stunning surroundings.

Three championship courses have established Gleneagles' reputation as a golfer's paradise but the hotel offers so much more than golf. The 850-acre estate epitomises the rugged natural beauty for which Scotland is famed and offers guests a glorious playground of country pursuits and activities.

Fly a Harris Hawk, ride horses, play tennis, go off-roading, train gundogs, shoot game, fish, enjoy Michelin-starred dining, or relax in an award-winning spa – Gleneagles offers a world of unforgettable experiences.

Phoenix Falconry

For a hands-on experience with birds of prey, head to Phoenix Falconry. Located within the stunning Perthshire landscape, the falconry houses approximately 60 hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and buzzards.

The site accesses 324 hectares (800 acres) of wild Scottish forest, allowing you to take part in the different falcon experiences on hand, ranging from basic falconry lessons lasting an hour, to a full-day hunting experience with hunting dogs and a Harris hawk.

Sip on a cup of tea as you explore the luxury reception and information centre. View an educational film, appreciate the original artwork in the Glenlyon gallery, or observe the natural history displays. 

Path of Condie

South of the Perthshire village of Dunning, the single-track country road to Path of Condie weaves up and over the Ochil Hills, a fertile landscape of rolling farmland and fields dotted with pockets of forestry.

This 5km track is popular with walkers and is considered to be a moderately easy route following good forest and valley tracks. You return by minor road which is a wee bit steep in parts and you are advised to keep dogs under close control in the valley where livestock graze.

When you enter the Path of Condie by the old schoolhouse, you are stepping into a piece of history. It is here that the poet Robert Burns is said to have carved his name into one of the windows as he travelled through the Ochil Hills en route to Kinross following a visit to Invermay House in 1787.

Tullibardine Distillery

Tullibardine stands proudly in the village of Blackford – the gateway to the Highlands.  For decades this independent, family-owned distillery has been producing handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky.Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire

The history of Tullibardine as a location for brewing and distilling is one of the oldest in Scotland, dating back to 1488, when a young King James, IV of Scotland, stopped by before his coronation to purchase beer from the local brewery.

Today, the distillery is a family-owned, independent distillery, who believe in doing things the traditional way by handcrafting their highland single malt Scotch whisky. 

Classic Tour:  This 45-minute tour will take you through the whisky process from start to finish. It concludes at the dramming bar with a tasting of two single malts.

Bonded tour:  A 90-minute tour that goes through the process in more depth, with an additional visit to the bonded warehouse where you will have the opportunity to nose selected casks. At the dramming bar you will have a tasting of three single malts including our 20-year-old, and you will receive a Tullibardine gift bag.

See also, Auchterarder on the Visit Scotland website and use as a base for visiting Crieff and Strathearn.