Top 10 Summer Activities in Perthshire
1) Outdoor Explore
Description: With locations spread across Perthshire, Outdoor Explore provide a wide range of activities from kayaking and canoeing to archery and hill-walking – meaning that there is something for everyone to enjoy! Activities are novice friendly but advanced sessions are also available.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 20 miles
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Outdoor Explore offer a wide range of fun, outdoor activities for all the family. All the activities are suitable for novices but there are also advanced sessions on offer for the more experienced. There are different locations right across Perthshire, so wherever you are based you can find an activity close by!
With water based activities such as canoeing and kayaking, to guided hill walks and mountain bike trips, there is an activity that suits everyone who wants to get outdoors and get active! With over 14 years’ experience in the outdoor industry, the team at Outdoor Explore have a number of fantastic packages allowing you to get the most out of your adventure!
The activities take place throughout Perthshire and can be arranged with the Outdoor Explore team. So whether you want to hit the water in Highland Perthshire on Loch Tay or Loch Tummel, or take the bike out in Blairgowrie or Bridge of Cally, the team will arrange everything for you from start to finish!
So while you’re in Perthshire, make the most of the stunning scenery and get yourself outdoors and active – get in touch with the Outdoor Explore team today!
2) Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre
Description: With spectacular views of the dam and Loch Faskally, Pitlochry Dam Visitors Centre is a must-see while in Perthshire. Learn about the history of hydroelectric energy with fantastic exhibitions in the recently upgraded centre, which boasts a fantastic café to get some refreshments in while you discover more about famous visionaries like Tom Johnston!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 27 miles
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On the banks of the River Tummel, Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre provides a fascinating insight into hydroelectric energy and its rich history in Highland Perthshire. The centre was only recently upgraded and boasts some fantastic new features which have helped it become a great day out for all the family!
There are a number of great exhibitions available at the centre which can help to bring the history alive. Learn more about the power generated from our glens, green energy generated here in Scotland and the Hydro Boys and Tunnel Tigers who lived – and sadly in some cases died – building the hydroelectric schemes.
Some of the exhibitions are interactive and contain film and audio to really take you back to the 1950s, when hydroelectricity first arrived in the Highlands and transformed people’s lives forever.
You can also find out more about the ‘fish ladder’ which was an integral part of the design in the 1950s. Thousands flock to the dam to see the salmon swim to their breeding grounds up river and now you can learn about the secrets about that incredible journey.
The new centre boasts a 60-seater café which thanks to its innovative design, appears to hover off the ground and provides spectacular views of the working hydro station, the dam and the River Tummel below. There is free wi-fi and entry to the visitor centre is also free!
So for a fun and informative day out to one of Perthshire’s most stunning engineering feats, head to Pitlochry Dam Visitors Centre and learn more about hydroelectricity, green energy and our area’s famous salmon!
3) Scone Palace Maze
Description: Scone Palace is undoubtedly one of the most famous visitor attractions in Perth with so much to see and do. This summer, head to the palace to try and tackle the Murray Star Maze – and see if you can find your way through it!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 2 miles
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Designed by international maze designer Adrian Fisher, the Murray Star Maze is the ultimate family attraction at Scone Palace! Work together to try and find your way out of the maze – which is covered by 2000 beech trees and over 800 metres of path!
When you reach the centre of the maze, you will find a bronze statue known as the sin in a fountain. This was designed by David William-Ellis and it is the perfect centre piece for the maze. Don’t take the task too lightly though, it really is a challenge to find your way around the maze!
The maze has been planted in a mixture of copper and green beech – this is to resemble the Earl of Mansfield’s family tartan, Ancient Murray of Tullibardine. It is in the shape of a five-pointed star which is the part of the family’s emblem – and was first planted in 1991 and covers an area of 1600 square metres.
The bridge you take over the entrance to the maze is based on a design from the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988 and is made from timber from the Scone Palace estate.
So whether you feel like an expert at navigating your way around a maze, or you want to challenge your family to a team-building exercise, the Murray Star Maze is the ideal attraction at Scone Palace for you! How quickly can you manoeuvre your way to safety?
4) Nature Nuts
Description: Perthshire is home to some of the most extraordinary wildlife living their lives in some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. With Nature Nuts, you will have your own guided tours to see some fantastic wildlife and spectacular views – with the treat of a dram at the top of a Munro!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 15 miles
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With some of Scotland’s best wildlife and landscapes, Perthshire is the perfect place to get outdoors! With Nature Nuts, you will have your own guided tours giving you their expert knowledge on all of the animals and stunning views you will encounter.
Whether you are looking to bag your first Munro or you want to see the beautiful Eurasian Beaver – with Nature Nuts you will be sure to enjoy the fabulous Perthshire outdoors with an expert guided tour!
The list of wildlife you can come across is vast – with majestic stags, mountain hares, red grouses and golden eagles all known to frequent the area. Nature Nuts’ main speciality however is tours down by the river to see the beavers, otters and kingfishers. Tour guide Bob is an expert on beavers, and has been on television shows Countryfile and Autumnwatch as well as a Channel 4 wildlife programme with Julian Clary!
Other tours visit a variety of sites to see what can be found. Green Woodpeckers are often spotted at one location; a notoriously difficult bird to photograph. Marsh Harriers, Ospreys, Water Rail and a variety of other beautiful creatures are regulars at another site. However, the above tours are not exhaustive, so if there is a specific animal you wish to see, Bob will try his hardest to provide it!
With over 200 tours under their belt to date and over 2000 hours of experience down by the river, Nature Nuts is the obvious choice when it comes to wildlife tours! So this summer, get out and about with Bob at Nature Nuts and see what Perthshire has to offer!
Description: Based in Grandtully by Pitlochry, Freespirits Outdoor Activities offer an incredible range of fun and exciting activities! With kayaking, canyoning, rafting, abseiling and more – there will be something to suit your tastes and get you out and about in Perthshire this summer!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 26 miles
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With a host of fun and exciting outdoor activities for all levels – Freespirits Outdoor Activities can ensure your summer is filled with thrilling adventures! Based in Grandtully in Highland Perthshire, you can do everything from hire a boat for a peaceful sail around Loch Tay, to the more extreme White Water Rafting on the River Tummel. You can abseil from dizzying heights or if you are really brave – go cliff jumping! There’s something to suit all levels from the cautious to the most extreme!
Locations are wide spread across Perthshire depending on your chosen activity, and prices from as little as £40 per person depending on activity! There are family-friendly options too – so if you’re looking for a day out with the kids, there are plenty of activities for them too!
Freespirits also offer fantastic Stag & Hen packages – for the most adventurous of wedding parties! The team offer tailor made packages to suit everyone, and can arrange for transport to and from your accommodation to the activity site. All locations have catering facilities, from a BBQ to a Riverside restaurant, so you can be assured of a good feed after your action-packed day!
The team can also help to arrange charity fundraising events at a wide range of locations, so if you have a cause that you are looking to raise awareness and money for, then Freespirits are there to help you. Fundraising events include Abseiling, Zipslides and White Water Rafting.
So if you are wondering what to do this summer – head to Highland Perthshire and book an outdoor adventure with Freespirits in Grandtully. Bring the family, book with friends or come with work colleagues for team building exercises, whatever your reason you are sure to have an amazing day out at one of the country’s leading and premier outdoor activity providers!
6) The Canyoning Company
Description: In Perthshire, we are lucky enough to have a huge variety of outdoor activities – and the guys at the Canyoning Company provide an excellent adventure for those who love the water and waterfalls! Canyoning or Gorge Walking is a great adventure sport and it’s suitable for those with experience or complete novices! Your canyoning guides will teach you how to move safely and enjoy an unforgettable day leaving you wanting more!
Distance from Perth City Centre: Varies depending on the chosen trip
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The Canyoning Company was co-founded by two guides – George Yates and Ben Case – and offers an unforgettable and unique experience for both experienced gorge walkers and those who have never tried it before. The pair use their experience and passion for the sport to guide you every step of the way, helping you move safely and effectively through the canyon environment.
Running small group sizes to keep it nice and personal, they will travel to meet you at your chosen location before taking you through the basics and onto the canyon. There are lots to choose from – extreme or family-suited, including the Bruar and Acharn canyons in Highland Perthshire.
Almost everything you need is provided by your guides – including a wetsuit, harness, helmet, buoyancy aid, shoes and even snacks! All you need to take is a towel, swimwear and your big smile!
You can combine multiple canyons into one day as long as you have arranged this in advance with the Canyoning Company. The team also provide stag & hen packages, as well as corporate team building days too.
The Canyoning Company also provide a full training course for those who have enjoyed their experience so much that they wish to venture out into the gorges alone. The course is set over three days and teaches all you need to know to safely canyon yourself or to even become a canyoning guide!
So, if you’re looking for an outdoor activity that combines fun and excitement alongside beautiful scenery and some of the country’s best waterfalls – you need to get in touch with the Canyoning Company, it will be a memorable day out for all!
7) Scottish Assault Courses
Description: With an assault course, paintball and the brand new Airsoft game – Scottish Assault Courses in Errol have all the ingredients for a fantastic day out! Get in shape by tackling the assault course, or shoot some ammo at your mates in paintball or Airsoft, one thing is for sure you will have an absolute blast!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 14 miles
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Based at Errol Airfield, Scottish Assault Courses over three activities that are sure to get your blood pumping! With some activities suitable for kids and young adults, it can be a day out for the family or a laugh with your mates. Corporate packages are available too!
The assault course is suitable for anyone over the age of eight and stretches is over one-mile long. The obstacles that feature on the course include tunnels, 7ft walls, monkey bars and of course – water!
If you’re a complete novice and have never done anything like it before, Scottish Assault Courses instructors will be on-hand to help you get around the course. The assault course is perfect for fitness groups, hen/stag parties, kids’ parties, team building days or simply just for fun!
As well as the assault course, you can get your adrenaline rush through one of their Paintball packages. Ideal for those who love a bit of adventure, the paintballing game zones are set in the woodlands meaning you need to tread quietly and carefully in amongst the trees to get your opponents. You can arrange for full packages or you can opt for the arrive and play deal – where you can pay for additional pellets as and when you need them.
There is also the brand new Airsoft game which is similar to paintball but uses small plastic ball bearing pellets instead of paint. It doesn’t burst or leave a mark but does make a noticeable thud when it hits and it does nip!
Airsoft weapons are almost identical to guns and were designed for the army to train with. You can fire pellets up to 20 shots per second and what’s more, there is no charge if you require extra ammo! So it is a more authentic game, and is cheaper than paintball! If you know someone who loves games like Call of Duty, this is about as close to the real thing there is short of joining the forces!
For a spectacular day out with friends, colleagues or for a stag or hen do – Scottish Assault Courses is the perfect place to head this summer. With high adrenaline or blood pumping physical exercise on offer, you will leave with amazing memories and want to come back again and again!
8) Loch Tay Safaris
Description: Be one of the first to experience one of Perthshire’s most unique boat trips, bringing the heritage and history of Loch Tay to life! An inspirational journey for all ages – the custom-built boat takes you to almost inaccessible parts of the loch, with your guide taking you through local history, heritage and folklore!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 37 miles
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Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II are three infamous Scottish Kings that were crowned at Scone Palace. You can see where they were crowned, and gaze upon where the Stone of Destiny once stood. Take a wander down the Long Galley, where King Charles II strode to his coronation in 1661!
You will join a list of famous historical figures who visited the Palace. During the Jacobite rebellions, the ‘Old Pretender’ spent three weeks at Scone and his son, Bonnie Prince Charlie, visited in 1745 too. Slightly more recently, Queen Victoria stopped over at the Palace on her way to the Scottish Highlands in 1842. You can browse the state rooms where she stayed, and stand in the very bedroom that Victoria slept.
The Palace is a treasury of furniture and if you like the finer things you will love the displays of furniture, paintings, porcelain and other objets d’art! You can view some of the amazing needlework of Mary Queen of Scots, with a display of the bed hangings she worked on while imprisoned at Loch Leven Castle.
There is so much to do at the Palace that you will most likely need to come back again to do it all! Fantastic audio-visual exhibits, gift shops, food shops and coffee shops all within the grounds of the visitor attraction. The Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and peaceful woodlands that are ideal for a picnic or a stroll in the sun. You will see the Scone Palace peacocks roaming the grounds freely too!
There’s the fantastic adventure playground for kids, and the Murray Star Maze – a unique ‘tartan’ maze of 2,000 beech trees half green, half copper, designed by the world-famous Adrian Fisher. The maze was planted in the shape of the heraldic Murray Star. Can you find your way out?
With events on all year round, you will always find something on at the Palace to tickle your fancy. From drive-in theatres to falconry, and classic car events to the Scottish Game Fair – it’s a hotbed of activity and always and exciting place to be! Make sure that you visit Scone Palace this summer!
9) Action Glen @ Crieff Hydro
Description: Action Glen at Crieff Hydro is one of Scotland’s premier family adventure centres! With activities for adults and kids, there really is something for everyone. The Action Glen kids’ zone has exciting activities for the little ones to enjoy, with adult outdoor activities too so that everybody can get involved!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 17 miles
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When you’re in Perthshire this summer, make sure Action Glen at Crieff Hydro is on your to-do list! With activities for adults and for kids, it is the perfect location for families to enjoy themselves in the outdoors with a host of things to do!
With zip wires and a treetop rope course for the adventurous, to quad bikes and segways to those who love to be on the move, there really is something for everyone. There is even a 9-hole golf course and crazy golf for those who love to swing their clubs!
Based on a 900 acre estate, the team at Action Glen are all highly qualified and trained. Action Glen is a member of the British Off-road Driving Association, so when it comes to quad biking and other off-road activities, you know you are in capable hands.
The Action Glen Kids’ Zone provide a fantastic range of child friendly activities, meaning while you are off enjoying the more adult activities your children are in great hands having an incredible time. With activities ranging from mini-quads to treasure hunts, they will have an unforgettable experience!
There are also Stag & Hen packages available, so you can get ready for the wedding in style and have a party!
So when it comes to summer activities, Action Glen really does have it all – make sure you come along and enjoy the wide variety of brilliant outdoor fun to be had!
10) Comrie Croft
Description: With a wide-range of activities available – Comrie Croft has everything you need for your outdoor adventure! Whether you are into biking or hiking, or you just want to have a relaxing walk in the countryside, there is something to suit everyone’s taste!.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 21 miles
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Scotland’s award-winning green destination, Comrie Croft, has activities to wet everybody’s appetite! Whether you are into mountain biking or hiking, or you just enjoy camping or being in the outdoors, there is everything you could ever need for your outdoor adventure!
Hire bikes or bring your own, and tackle some of the incredible trails! Be challenged by the 16km free hand-crafted blue, red and black single trails, or enjoy the free mountain bike skills park and pump track! You could get very muddy, so make the most of the facilities available afterwards and use the bike wash and showers!
The Free Range Rider package includes a stay in the Farmhouse Hostel as well as two full days riding and a host of additional benefits including a DIY breakfast, packed lunch and a cooked dinner. Your group will also receive a free crate of beer to unwind after a day’s riding!
If biking is not your thing, there are lots of great walking routes in the area to enjoy. Walk the Comrie Croft trails where you will find stunning views of Strathearn as you walk through woodland into a regenerating birch forest. There are also many Munros within the area, including Ben Chonzie right on the Croft’s doorstep!
When it comes to staying at Comrie Croft, there are many fantastic options. Enjoy traditional camping, or try ‘glamping’ in one of our Nordic Katas! If you’d prefer to stay indoors, there are a number of rooms available in our hostels!
So for the ultimate outdoor experience this summer, get to Comrie Croft and make the most of the beautiful scenery and fun activities that Perthshire has to offer!
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Now you know where our favourite top 10 summer activities in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the activities in Perth mentioned above.