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.
This tour will be tailored to suit your hotel location and your personal interests / preferences. Refreshment and lunch stops are planned for places of interest or good viewpoints.
Meet up and collection at your Hotel.
The circular tour route takes you to the following;
- The historic villages of Birnam and Dunkeld on the River Tay (Photo stop)
13th century ruined cathedral in idyllic riverside setting, picturesque streets and the Dunkeld Ell, strong links to Beatrix Potter and Macbeth.
- The highland town of Pitlochry (Photo stop)
A busy high street and shopping arcade hide the impressive hydro dam with its unique salmon ladder. Home also to the famous Festival Theatre and Blair Atholl whisky distillery (Bells).
- Blair Castle - the historic seat of the Dukes of Atholl (Castle Tour and refreshment stop)
One of the best examples of a classic 13th century highland Scottish castle. The Castle tour is through 30 rooms, all furnished and full of interesting artefacts and Atholl family collections. Just oozes history!!
- The Garry Bridge (Photo stop)
Spectacular viewpoint over the gorge of the River Garry towards the site of the 1698 Battle of Killiecrankie
- Queen’s View - Loch Tummel (Photo stop)
Elevated view point on the “Road to the Isles’ for breathtaking views down the length of Loch Tummel guarded by the conical mountain, Schiehallion, a ‘Munro’ at 1,083m high (The fairy mountain of Caledonia)
- Kinloch Rannoch (Potential Lunch stop)
From the shores of Dunalastair Water and Loch Rannoch far reaching views to the fringe of the barren and atmospheric Rannoch Moor, the ancient Black Wood and then beyond to the mountains of Glencoe.
- Rannoch Station (Photo stop)
The absolute ‘end of the road’ if you want a vision of wilderness. Only the train goes further!
- Strath Fionan (Photo stop)
A winding single track pass over the heather foothills of Schiehallion with panoramic views of the Breadalbane hills and glens. This is real Outlander country, used as a film set for several outdoor locations including the Craigh na Dun stones.
- The village of Kenmore (Photo stop)
Picturesque highland village on the shores of Loch Tay with stunning views across the loch to Perthshire’s highest mountain, Ben Lawers. Also site of the unique full size replica iron age Crannog.
- Croft Moraig Stone Circle (Photo stop)
One of the best examples of an ancient ring of standing stones dating from around 3,000 BC.
- The highland town of Aberfeldy (Photo stop)
Noted for General Wade’s iconic bridge over the River Tay built in 1733 and its historical links to Scotland's oldest regiment, the Black Watch. On the outskirts is Dewars whisky distillery (Aberfeldy single malt).
- Cluny House Gardens (Photo stop)
Steep hillside garden and arboretum with Britain’s widest giant redwood and one of the best places in Perthshire to see red squirrels. Noted for its range of unusual trees and shrubs from across the world.
- Glen Cochill (Photo stop)
A stunning scenic drive passing the Birks of Aberfeldy (made famous by Rabbie Burn’s poem) 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 lying within the steep sided ‘imposing’ glacial valley forming Scotland’s shortest glen. On a sunny day breathtaking, in rain misty, moody and mysterious.
Return to your 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)