The Grand Tour of Perthshire
‘ Definitely a packed full day on the move across Perthshire but always something of interest to see. ’
This tour takes you through some of the finest scenery in Perthshire, known as Big Tree Country, ranging from lowland glens, to heather moors and soaring mountain peaks and skirts the shores of four quite different lochs.
As well as calling at some interesting places and castles we also aim to try and see some of Scotland's often elusive wildlife and livestock breeds and can usually spot deer, grouse, red squirrel, buzzards and highland cattle along the route. A great day out regardless of the unpredictable Scottish weather.
Main tour landmarks
Please note the order of visits may vary depending on collection point.
Collection at Hotel.
- The historic villages of Birnam and Dunkeld on the River Tay (Photo stop)
12th century ruined cathedral in idyllic riverside setting, numerous heritage trees and the Dunkeld Ell
- The resort town of Pitlochry (Photo stop)
Impressive hydro dam with its unique salmon ladder, famous Festival Theatre, whisky distilleries
- Blair Castle - the historic seat of the Dukes of Atholl (Castle Tour and grounds entry)
Visit 30 rooms in one of the best examples of a highland Perthshire castle. Morning coffee is normally taken here in the stunning parklands of the Atholl Estate.
- The Garry Bridge (Photo stop)
Spectacular viewpoint over the River Garry towards the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie
- Queen’s View - Loch Tummel (Photo stop)
Famous stop off point on the “Road to the Isles’ with breathtaking views down Loch Tummel to the conical peak of Schiehallion at 1,083m high (The fairy mountain of Caledonia)
Pass through the village with views over Dunalastair and Loch Rannoch, the atmospheric Rannoch Moor and beyond to the Grampian mountains
- Strath Fionan (Photo stop)
A single track winding pass over the heather foothills of Schiehallion with panoramic views of the Breadalbane hills and glens
- The village of Kenmore (Lunch stop & photo stop)
Picturesque highland village nestling on the shores of Loch Tay with stunning views across the loch to Perthshire’s highest Munro - Ben Lawers at 1,214m high
- Loch Tay - Crannog Centre (Alternative guided visit instead of Dewars Whisky Distillery tour)
Experience the lifestyle of early iron age man in this full size reconstructed crannog - a wooden thatch structure built on timbers sunk into the loch
- The highland village of Aberfeldy (Photo stop)
View General Wade’s bridge over the River Tay built in 1733 and the Black Watch Monument
- Cluny House Gardens (Photo stop)
Hillside garden and arboretum with Britain’s widest giant redwood and one of the best places in Perthshire to see red squirrels
- Dewars World of Whisky (Alternative guided visit instead of Crannog Centre)
Guided tour of Dewar’s, Aberfeldy whisky distillery built in 1898. Visit includes a wee dram.
- Glen Cochill (Photo stop)
A pleasant drive past the Birks of Aberfeldy and then climbing through forests and over grouse moors to Amulree the disputed geographical centre of Scotland.
- The Sma Glen (Photo stop)
A scenic road passing Ossian’s grave in the steep sided ‘imposing’ glacial valley forming Scotland’s smallest glen
Please note - Afternoon tea stop location dependant on route direction and guided visit selection.
Return to Hotel
The price for this tour is £185 per person.
This price includes:
- Collection and return to your hotel
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco picnic lunch (see menu)
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Tour timings are flexible to suit your day though normally within the window;
Pick up 8.45am
Approx tour mileage is 140 miles (225km)