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Places to visit in Perthshire

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The Distilleries

The Castles

The Museums

The Gardens and Walks


General Information

The Distilleries

We make no apologies for placing Distilleries at the head of the list.  Whisky is Scotland's largest national export and visits to distilleries are amongst the most popular of places to see and enjoy.

Aberfeldy Distillery is a working distillery that houses one of Scotland's best whisky heritage visitor centres. Situated on the edge of the Highland town of Aberfeldy. Learn about making this Single Malt whisky and the art of blending, as well as the Dewar family, who started it all in the 19th century.

Edradour Distillery  Occupying a lovely position above the town of Pitlochry, the distillery, Est 1825, is renowned for being the smallest and most pictureque distillery in Scotland. The distillery started life named Glenforres, changing to Edradour circa 1835.

Blair Athol Distillery  Established in 1798, Bell's Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, producing the signature malt of the best selling Scotch in the UK. Find it just off the main street running through Pitlochry.

Deanston Distillery  A former Cotton Mill dating back to 1785... now Deanston distillery produces a Single malt Scotch whisky. On the banks of the River Teith, eight miles from the historic town of Stirling. It is the largest distillery owned by Scotch whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd, who also own Bunnahabhain Distillery on the Isle of Islay and Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull.

Tullibardine Distillery  An independent distillery since 2003, this is a traditional Highland working distillery where they don't use modern methods to produce what is known as a "drop of gold from the Perthshire Highlands". The water used at Tullibardine Distillery is sourced from the surrounding Ochil Hills, which is renowned for crystal purity.

The Famous Grouse Distillery  Scotland's Oldest Distillery. Home of The Glenturret single malt, Scotland's oldest distillery and spiritual home of Scotland's best selling whisky. The Famous Grouse Experience is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland, telling the story of Scotland's best selling Scotch. Based at Glenturret Distillery just outside Crieff, Matthew Gloag first created his "Grouse" whisky brand in the 1896.

Strathearn Distillery is Scotland's newest micro-distillery and probably also the smallest commercial distillery. It  offers many different experiences, maybe a simple tour of the farm based distillery, or a day spent distilling, an afternoon making and drinking gin, right up to the ultimate experience of becoming a member of the Strathearn Distiller's Club.

Dalwhinnie  Distillery  The highest distillery in Scotland.  Located only a few miles outside the "Big County's" boundaries, the Dalwhinnie 15 year old single malt scotch whisky is a gentle spirit, and a tour of the distillery has an original end with a taste of Single malt whisky paired with specially selected handmade chocolate.

The Castles

Castle Menzies  Situated near the highland town of Aberfeldy a fine example of a 16th century fortified tower house.

Blair Castle Home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders.

Scone Palace 19th century restoration of 16th century and earlier buildings. The crowning place of the Kings of Scotland and once home of the Stone of Destiny now housed in Edinburgh Castle.

Balvaird Castle - Castle ruins used in the filming of Macbeth.

Loch Leven Castle - Castle ruins where Mary, Queen of Scotswas imprisoned in 1567.

Elcho Castle is a handsome and complete 16th century fortified mansion with three projecting towers on the banks of the River Tay.

Huntingtower Castle  has two fine and complete towers, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and joined by a range in the 17th century.

within easy reach of Perthshire, visit are the following castles:

Stirling Castle

Glamis Castle

Falkland Palace

Edinburgh Castle

The Museums

Perth Museum and Art Gallery Excellent display of Scottish glass and silver as well as paintings by Scottish colourists.

Fergusson Gallery Converted former waterworks (1832) containing the most extensive collection of J.D.Fergusson's paintings.

The Black Watch Regimental Museum  Housed in Balhousie Castle, Perth.

Stanley Mills A high-tech interactive visitor experience at the spectacular 18-century water mill complex.

Comrie Earthquake House - Built in 1874 to house one of the earliest seismometers in the world - still has a modern working instrument.

Innerpeffray Library The oldest public lending library in Scotland, founded in 1690.

Scottish Tartan Museum  Over 1300 tartans. Look up your name and discover which tartan you are eligible to wear.

Loch Tay, Kenmore The Scottish Crannog Centre  Travel back in time 2,500 years to see how crannog dwellers lived.

Abernethy Round Tower - Slender tapering tower, 74ft high, dates from the 9th century.

Fowlis Wester - St Bean's Church 13thC. 8thC Pictish carved stones.

 The Gardens and Walks

Early season snowdrops, followed by daffodils and bluebells, azaeleas and rhododendrons right through to the spectacular colours of autumn in Big Tree Country.  Each season brings something to enjoy.  Check out the gardens open before you come on holiday.

Branklyn Garden - Wonderfull two acres of garden in the country.

Cluny House Gardens - Cluny House, Aberfeldy. Woodland garden with many specimen trees, shrubs and rhododendrons

Rodney Gardens - Pleasant formal garden in the grounds of the Rodney Pavilion and close to the Norie Miller Riverside Walk.

Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park - Woodland walks and views across Perth to the Tay and beyond.
Norie Miller Riverside Walk - Walk along the banks of the Tay through landscaped gardens.

Drummond Castle Gardens -  One of the finest formal gardens in Europe. Created in the early 17th century.

KillinBen Lawers Perthshire's highest mountain (3984ft) with views from the Atlantic to the North Sea.

The Hermitage at Dunkeld - Mixed conifer and deciduous woodlands with folly built in 1758. Lovely walks - near Dunkeld

Macrosty Park - Crieff's Oasis. For all the family.

The Bruar Falls - 3 miles to the west of Blair Atholl River Bruar cascades down through rocky chasms and over great gleaming slabs of granite (visited by Robert Burns).

The Pass of Killiecrankie and the Soldier's Leap - Splended wooded gorge with the famous Soldier's Leap - a 54ft jump made by one of Mackay's soldiers to escape from the Highlanders

Moncrieffe Hill Wood - Two miles south of Perth. 333 acre wood with magnificent views and plenty of wildlife wildlife.


There is an excellent selection of independent shops in Perthshire towns, from crafts to clothes, all there for you to explore and enjoy.

House of Bruar  Our Harrods of the North, Whether you're looking for the elegant country look or just a great family day out, House of Bruar has something for you. If you ever get past the food hall! ... 

Perthshire Visitor Centre -  Incorporating the Macbeth Experience, restaurant and shops.

General Information

With a multitude of places to visit and things to do and see in Scotland, before you make your decision, you should know about the discount tickets available as well as the information you can obtain before you leave home. It's well worth checking out the online magazine SmallCityBigPersonality for news of events and great places to enjoy locally produces food in Perth and Perthshire.

Scottish Explorer Ticket - Holders get unlimited entry to over 60 of Scotland's top heritage visitor attractions including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles. You can purchase a 3-day, 7-day or 14-day pass, or a family ticket. Telephone booking 0131 668 8664.

Scotland's Garden Scheme - Each year some 350 Scottish gardens, most of them privately owned, open their gates to the public under the banner of Scotland's Gardens Scheme. Founded in 1931, it is an independent charity and the money raised from garden visitors supports two main beneficiaries - the Queen's Nursing Institute (Scotland) and the Gardens Fund of NTS. Information form Scotland's Gardens Scheme, 22 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB Tel: 0131 229 1870

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) - Consider membership which will give you access to some of Scotland's greatest country houses and fortified castles, along with many of the nation's finest gardens, the battle sites of Bannockburn and Culloden with this excellent interpretative centres, and conservation sites such as Ben Lawers, Ben Lomond, Cairngorms and Glencoe. Contact -131 243 9555 for details, or write to NTS, Wemyss House, 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4ET

Other useful websites

VisitScotland Perthshire

City of Perth

Highland Perthshire

Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

Distances from Perth

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