Things to do in Perthshire

Perthshire, known as the ‘Big County’ due to its vast size and varied landscapes, sits at the heart of Scotland, encompassing lush forests, glens, and the River Tay—the longest river in Scotland. This region boasts a rich history that dates back thousands of years, with ancient standing stones, historic battle sites, and grand castles dotting its countryside. Perthshire seamlessly blends its historical heritage with natural beauty, offering a unique glimpse into Scotland’s past and present.

The area is renowned for its picturesque towns and villages such as Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, and Dunkeld. Each town has its own character and charm, providing visitors with a taste of Scottish culture and hospitality. From the tranquil beauty of Loch Tay to the rugged splendor of Schiehallion Mountain, Perthshire offers an unparalleled variety of landscapes to explore. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures or exploring historic sites, Perthshire promises an unforgettable experience.

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  • Blair Castle: Discover over 700 years of Scottish history at Blair Castle. Nestled in the scenic Highlands near Pitlochry, this historic castle offers visitors a chance to explore its extensive gardens, grounds, and beautifully preserved rooms filled with art and armor.
  • The Hermitage: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of nature at The Hermitage. Located near Dunkeld, this National Trust for Scotland site features towering Douglas firs and a breathtaking waterfall. It’s an ideal spot for peaceful walks amidst enchanting woodland scenery.
  • Scone Palace: Step into the crowning place of Scottish kings at Scone Palace. Rich in history and surrounded by beautiful gardens and parklands near Perth city center; it’s one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.
  • Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery: Whisky enthusiasts can delve into the world of Scotch whisky production at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery. Enjoy guided tours that reveal the distillation process followed by tastings of their finely crafted single malts.
  • Pitlochry Festival Theatre: Known as ‘Scotland’s Theatre in the Hills’, this venue offers a diverse program ranging from plays to musical performances in a picturesque setting overlooking the Tummel Valley.
  • Loch Tay: Explore Loch Tay by boat or kayak to appreciate its serene beauty from a different perspective. The loch is surrounded by mountains offering hiking opportunities along with historical sites like ancient crannogs.
  • Highland Safaris: Embark on an adventure through Perthshire’s wilderness with Highland Safaris. Choose from Land Rover safaris, mountain biking or gold panning experiences amidst stunning highland scenery.
  • Birks of Aberfeldy: Walk through Robert Burns’ inspiration for his poem “The Birks o’ Aberfeldie”. This beautiful woodland walk features waterfalls cascading among birch trees—a peaceful retreat into nature’s embrace.
  • Drummond Castle Gardens: Visit one of Europe’s most impressive formal gardens at Drummond Castle Gardens. The meticulously maintained terraces offer stunning views over Perthshire’s landscape—perfect for garden lovers.
  • Schiehallion Mountain: Hike up Schiehallion Mountain for panoramic views across Perthshire and beyond. Known as ‘The Fairy Hill of the Caledonians’, this mountain provides rewarding trails for experienced hikers seeking adventure.
  • Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve: Get close to nature at Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve where you can observe ospreys nesting during spring and summer months along with other wildlife throughout the year in their natural habitat.