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Queen's View courtesy Val Vannet Geograph Britain and Ireland River Tay at Perth courtesy CLT Smith Geograph Britain and Ireland Perth and Kinross is situated in the area covered by the river Tay (largest volume river in Britain) and includes moorland, evergreen forests, and farmland. In the Tay Forest Park is the Queenís View (named after Queen Victoria) looking up Loch Tummel. Rannoch Moor is a desolate wilderness covered with peat bogs. The many lochs in the area provide watersports, while the more than 40 golf courses (Gleneagles is a famous one) offer dry land experiences. Walking trails wind their way over mountains and through woods.

Loch Tay courtesy Hampshire Cam Glen Lyon courtesy Gordon Gibb Geograph Britain and Ireland Ben Lawers looks over Loch Tay from its 3982 feet height. A visitor centre is located on the mountain. Glen Lyon, a remote glen, is north of Loch Tay and is Scotlandís longest cul-de-sac glen.

Fortingall yew tree courtesy Trish Steel Geograph Britain and Ireland The oldest yew tree in Europe, dating to 3000 years ago is found in the churchyard of Fortingall village at the entrance to the glen. 1000-year-old yew trees are found in Megginch Castle gardens, east of Perth. The grounds of the 15th century castle (not open to the public) were used in the film Rob Roy.

Scottish Crannog Centre courtesy Roger Cornfoot Geograph Britain and Ireland The Scottish Crannog Centre is at Kenmore. This is a reconstructed iron age dwelling built out from the shore on stilts. Crafts of the times are demonstrated.

Strathearn with Ben Vorlich summit in distance courtesy Robert Bone Geograph Britain and Ireland Lochleven Castle courtesy Dr Richard Murray Geograph Britain and Ireland Another countryside area, Strathearn, is filled with lochs, forests and hills. The well known Highland rail line runs in this area. In the southern part of this region is Loch Leven, a haven for bird life. On an island in the lake is Lochleven Castle, a late 14th century tower. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1567 but escaped the following year.

Killiecrankie Pass courtesy National Trust for Scotland The pass of Killiecrankie is a spectacular wooded gorge and the site of the Jacobite army defeat of government forces under General Hugh Mackay. The visitor centre has an exhibition on the battle and natural history of the area.

St John's Kirk window courtesy William Starkey Geograph Britain and Ireland Perth Museum and Art Gallery courtesy William Geograph Britain and Ireland Perth is the main town in the region. Itís a market for the agricultural base of the area. Perth has a local museum and art gallery where there are displays on Perth glass and silver collections. Another art gallery, the Fergusson (JD Fergusson was a Scottish colourist), is housed in an 1830 water tower. The Black Watch Regimental museum tells the history of the regiment that had the task of bringing peace to the highlands in the early 18th century. There are stories of battles, paintings, silver, and uniforms. Also to visit in the town are St Johnís Kirk, a 12th century church. The choir is 15th century while the tower was built in 1511. John Knox preached at the church in 1559.

Scone Palace by Barbara Ballard Scone Palace chapel courtesy Tom Richardson Geograph Britain and Ireland Scone Palace since the 9th century was a crowning place of the kings of Scotland (tiny chapel on the grounds) and home of the Stone of Destiny. The first recorded Scottish Parliaments took place at Scone. The 1580 red sandstone palace, the home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield, was remodeled in the early 1800s in the Gothic style. The state rooms contain ivories, Chinese vases, paintings, clocks, furniture (including a set of Louis XV armchairs and a table made for Marie-Antoinette) and porcelain. There are embroideries by Mary Queen of Scots. The Long Gallery is 142 feet long with a Scottish oak floor inset with bog oak.

Blair Castle by Barbara Ballard North of Pitlochry set in a beautiful scenic spot is Blair Castle, Scotlandís most visited historic house. The castle was renovated in the 18th century from an earlier castle. Its gabled and turreted white exterior makes for a popular picture postcard view. Itís the home of the Atholl Highlanders, originally the only private army in Britain, now a ceremonial bodyguard.

Blair Castle plasterwork by Barbara Ballard Blair Castle interior  by Barbara Ballard The interior has plasterwork and marble chimney pieces, a wood panelled entrance hall, and fine carved panelled walls on the Picture Staircase. Thirty-two rooms contain furniture (five 4-poster beds), paintings, armour, china, costumes, Brussels tapestries, and one of the four original copies of the National Covenant of 1638. There are extensive grounds, walks, trails, an 18th century walled garden, and a deer park.

Crieff visitor centre courtesy Kenneth Allen Geograph Britain and Ireland Crieff is a Victorian resort town. The Glenturret Distillery here is open for visitors. Another distillery offering tours is at Pitlochry. Climb through woodland above Crieff for a far reaching viewpoint at Knock Hill.

Drummond Castle gardens by Barbara Ballard Near Crieff, the gardens of Drummond Castle, considered Scotlandís most important formal gardens, were laid out in the 17th century in the Italian parterre style with a sundial in the middle. A beech-lined drive through woods (used in the film Rob Roy) leads to the castle, not open to the public.

Cluny House poppies courtesy Sylvia Duckworth Geograph Britain and Ireland Other gardens in this area of Scotland are Branklyn, near Perth, with its blue poppies and Bolfracks, with its rhododendrons and azaleas. Cluny House garden is near Aberfeldy. Hides and viewing facilities are provided. North-east of Perth on the A93 is the Meikleour Hedge.

Dunkeld Cathedral by Barbara Ballard Castle Menzies courtesy Astrid Horn Geograph Britain and Ireland At Dunkeld beside the river are the roofless remains of a 15th century cathedral nave. Near Dunkeld at Loch of the Lowers is an osprey nesting site. Another stop is the town of Aberfeldy where a watermill is found. Near the village is Castle Menzies. The 16th century Z plan castle, restored from an empty ruin, is home to the Menzies Clan Society.

Perthshire (Perth and Kinross) Visitor Information Centres

The Square
Aberfeldy, PH15 2DD
Tel. 0 1887 820 276
Open: April-end June: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun, 10am-2pm; Jul-end Aug: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6.30pm, Sun, 10am-4pm; Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun, 10am-2pm; Nov-March: no hours given

26 Wellmeadow
Blairgowrie, PH10 6AS
Tel. 0 1250 876 825
Open: April-end June: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm; Sun, 10am-2pm; Jul-end Aug: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm, Sun, 10.30am-3.30pm; Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm, Sun, 10am-2pm; Dec-March: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Centre
Main St, Callander
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May and Oct: daily 10am-5pm; June-Sep: daily 10am-6pm; Nov-March: Sat and Sun 10am-5pm

Town Hall, High St
Crieff, PH7 3HU
Tel. 0 1764 652 578
Open: April-end June and Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun, 10am-2pm; Jul-Aug: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm, Sun, 10am-4pm; Oct-March: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

The Cross, Dunkeld, PH8 0AN
Tel. 0 1350 727 688
Open: April-end June and Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm, Sun from 11am-4pm; Jul-Aug: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm, Sun, 10am-5pm; Nov-March: Fri-Tue 10am-4pm

Killin (Breadalbane Folklore Centre)
Falls Of Dochart
Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8XE
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct: daily, 10am-5pm; Jul-Aug: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Kinross Service Area, Junction 6, M90, KY13 7NQ
Tel. 0 1577 863 680
Open: April-June: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm; Jul-Aug: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm, Sun, 11am-4pm; Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun, 11am-4pm

Lower City Mills, West Mill St
Perth, PH1 5QP
Tel. 0 1738 450 600
Open: April-June and Sep-Oct: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun, 10am-5pm; Jul-Aug: 11am-5pm

22 Atholl Rd
Pitlochry, PH16 5BX
Tel. 0 1796 472 215 / 472 751
Open: early April: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm; mid-late April: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9.30am-4.30pm; May, June, mid Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun, 9.30am-6pm; Nov-March: limited hours

Rob Roy and the Trossachs Visitor Centre
10 Ancaster Sq
Callander, FK17 8ED
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May and Oct: daily 10am-5pm; June-Sep: daily 10am-6pm; Nov-March: Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm

Perth and Kinross Attractions

For full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Aberfeldy Water Mill
Aberfeldy, on the A826/A827
Tel. 0 1887 820 803

Ardblair Circle
On the B947

Ben Lawers Mountain, Glen Lyon
On minor road off the A827
About 5 miles (8km) northeast of Killin, north of Loch Tay
Tel. 0 1567 820 397

Black Watch Regimental Museum
Balhousie Castle, Perth
Tel. 0131 310 8530

Blair Castle
Blair, Atholl, seven miles (11.3km) north of Pitlochry
Off the A9
Tel. 0 1796 481 207
Web: Blair Castle and Gardens

Bolfracks Garden
On the A827, 2 miles (3km) west of Aberfeldy
Tel. 0 1887 820 207

Branklyn Garden
116 Dundee Rd, Perth
Tel. 0 1738 625 535

Burleigh Castle
Off the M90, A91 at Burleigh by Kinross

Castle Menzies
Weem, 1.5 miles (2.4km) west of Aberfeldy, off the B846
Tel. 0 1887 820 982

Clay Donnachaidh Museum
Beyond the Falls of Bruar at Blair Atholl, on the A9

Cluny House Garden
Cluny House, Aberfeldy, PH15 2JT
Tel. 0 1887 820 795
Web: Cluny House Garden

Off the A924 at Moulin
1.5 miles (2.4km) north of Pitlochry
Tel. 0 1350 728 641 (Ranger Office) or 0 1796 473 233 (Killiecrankie Visitor Centre)

Dirnanean Estate Garden
Enochdhu, Blairgowrie, PH10 7PD
Tel. 0 1250 881 400

Drummond Castle Gardens
On the A85 at Muthill, near Crief
Tel. 0 1764 681 257
Web: Drummond Castle Gardens

Dunfallandy Stone
Off the A924, signed off Bridge Rd, 1 mile (1.6km) south of Pitlochry

Dunkeld Cathedral
Dunkeld, on the A923

Elcho Castle
Bridge of Earn, Rhynd
On banks of river Tay
Tel. 0 1738 639 998

Fowlis Wester Sculptured Stone
Fowlis Wester village church, on the A85
6 miles (10km) northeast of Crieff

Hermitage, The
Off the A9, 2 miles (3km) west of Dunkeld
Tel. 0 1350 728 641

Hermitage Tunnel
Acharn, on a minor road off the A827

Huntingtower Castle
2 miles (3km) west of Perth, on the A85
Tel. 0 1738 627 231

Innerpeffray Chapel
Off B8062 four miles (6km) south of Crieff and before Auchterarder

JD Ferguson Gallery
Marshall Place, Perth
Tel. 0 1738 783 425

Keathbank Mill
Blairgowrie, on A93/A926
Tel. 0 1250 872 025

Kenmore Follies
Kenmore, on the A827

On B8079, off the A9, by Killiecrankie
Tel. 0 1796 473 233

Kinnoull Hill Tower
Bridgend, Perth
On the A90 by exit 11 from the M90

Linn of Tummel
On the B8019, 2.5 miles (4km) northwest of Pitlochry
Tel. 0 1796 473 233

Loch Earn
On A85 out of Crieff, Perth and Kinross, to the west by St. Fillans

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve
Off the A923 near Dunkeld
Tel. 0 1350 727 337

Loch Tay
On the A827 and unclassified road on the south

Lochleven Castle
On an island in Loch Leven, accessible by boat from Kinross
Off the M90

Lower City Mills
West Mill St, Perth
Tel. 0 1738 627 958

Megginch Castle Gardens
Eight miles (13km) east of Perth, on the A90
Tel. 0 1821 642 222

Meikleour Hedge
On the A984/A93 near Meikleour and south of Rattray
For photos and more information see our article Meikleour Hedge

Muthill Old Church and Tower
Muthill, 3 miles (5km) south of Crieff (A85)

Perth Museum and Art Gallery
78 George St, Perth
Tel. 0 1738 632 488

Scone Abbey
2 miles north of Perth by Scone Palace

Scone Palace
On east bank of river Tay
Two miles (3 km) north of Perth on A93
Tel. 0 1738 552 300
Web: Scone Palace

Scottish Crannog Centre
Kenmore, Loch Tay, six miles west of Aberfeldy
Tel. 0 1887 830583
Web: Scottish Crannog Centre

St Beanís Church
Off A85 on minor road at Fowlis Wester; east of Crieff

St Johnís Kirk
St John's Square, Perth, on M90/A9
Tel. 0 1738 621818
Web: St John's Kirk

St Maryís Church
Two miles (3km) northeast of Aberfeldy
Signposted off A827, behind some farm buildings

St Matthews Church
Tay St, Perth
Tel. 0 1738 636 757
Web: St Matthews Church

Stanley Mills
Stanley, seven miles north of Perth, off the A9
Tel. 0 1738 828 268

Tay Forest Park, Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch and Rannoch Moor
On the B8019, B846 and unclassified road

Tullibardine Chapel
Near Crief, off the A823, two miles north-west of Auchterarder

Photos by Barbara Ballard and courtesy:
Pass of Killiecrankie: National Trust for Scotland
Loch Tay: Hampshire Cam
Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Queenís View: Val Vannet
River Tay at Perth: C L T Smith
Glen Lyon: Gordon Gibb
Scottish Crannog Centre: Roger Cornfoot
Fortingall yew tree: Trish Steel
Strathearn with summit of Ben Vorlich in distance: Robert Bone
Lochleven Castle: Dr Richard Murray
St Johnís Kirk window: William Starkey
Perth Museum and Art Gallery: William
Scone Palace chapel: Tom Richardson
Crieff visitor centre: Kenneth Allen
Cluny House poppies: Sylvia Duckworth
Castle Menzies: Astrid Horn

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