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Perthshire's Hidden Gems

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited November 2017 in Scotland's cities and towns
Perthsire is a beautiful area of Scotland with many stories to tell, which of these hidden gems have you been to, and is there any more that you can think of?

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery

Built in 1898, it is the only Dewar’s distillery in the world.  Why not take a tour of this combination of classic Scottish tradition and modern technology.  Have a dram and a wander around the gift shop after your tour, or even pour your own unique blend of whisky!



The Black Watch Castle

This castle and museum tells the story of the elite Scottish military regiment dating back almost three centuries.  Enjoy the museums displays and explore the castle before having a bite to eat in the café.  A great family day out.



The Bothy

A traditional Scottish restaurant that serves hearty food you’ll remember from growing up and a classy bistro all in one. All of the Bothy’s produce is Scottish which gives a really nice patriotic feel to the place.   Who’s feeling peckish?!



Concorde Music

Founded in 1967, it is one of Scotland’s oldest vinyl record stores.  Vinyls, CDs and everything you can think of music wise, Concorde Music will have it!  Covering all genres and eras Concorde Music is a hit for any music fan.



Meikleour Beech Hedge

This is no ordinary hedge!  It’s the longest hedge in Britain and the tallest hedge of its kind in the world.  Thought to have been planted by men who fought in the Jacobite Rebellion, the Meiklour Beech Hedge is one of Perthshire’s more unusual beauties.



Fortingall Yew Tree

This tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in Europe at approximately somewhere between 3,000 and 9,000 years old.  It is located within the Fortingall Churchyard.  After a visit to the tree, you could take a walk along the beautiful main street of Fortingall.

Why not have a look at this video demonstrating how beautiful Perthshire is on YouTube?

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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I have seen the Fortingall Ewe Tree - it's awesome! I love Perthshire, it's not far from Edinburgh and has great things to see and do. Lots of walking too!!  :)
  • Stefano_1988Stefano_1988 Member ✭✭
    I visited Perthshire last June, I spent two days in Perth (I went to Black Watch Castle, simply amazing!) and then I moved to Pitlochry, a fascinating victorian town located in the heart of the region. It's the perfect place where to stay and then discovering the surroundings by car or public transport as well (as I did).

    Three personal recommendations are Huntingtower Castle, Black Spout Wood in Pitlochry and the Falls of Bruar.

    I fell in love with Perthshire and I look forward to visiting it soon!
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Ossian's Hall at The Hermitage, Dunkeld

    This sheltered structure is hidden away amongst the tall Douglas Fir trees and the roar of water from the River Braan.

    First built in 1757, it was revamped in 1783 and named Ossian's Hall. It was decorated with artworks and mirrors in which you could view the cascading Black Linn waterfall from all angles.

    It was all but destroyed in 1869 and left to decay. In 1943 it was gifted to National Trust for Scotland and restored to its former glory. For me, this is an idyllic hidey-hole to enjoy the drama of the waterfall without getting too wet. 

  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    edited November 2017
    @VisitScotlandLiam @VisitScotlandJulie @VisitScotlandMuriel @Stefano_1988

    I recently visited Perthshire too! I was going to start a new thread but then found this in the search.

    It was two separate day trips to The Hermitage, the Rumbling Bridge and Killiecrankie. The first time was the beginning of October but autumn wasn't quite at its peak so we returned at the end of October. It's a two hour drive for us from Ayrshire.

    I was overwhelmed by the beauty of The Hermitage and Killiecrankie. The Hermitage is totally breaktaking. I felt like I'd found the Eleven Realm Rivendell from Lord of the Rings! It was busy though, so we had to hang around for a while to capture our photos. Not that I was complaining!

    The Garry Bridge area at Killiecrankie was stunning in its autumnal colours too. So many walks around here. There was a signpost under the bridge listing the following walks:
    • Killiecrankie visitor centre (25 mins)
    • Soldier’s Leap (5-10 mins from the visitor centre)
    • Coronation Bridge (40 mins each way)
    • Falls viewpoint (20 mins each way)
    We even seen people dropping and swinging off the Garry Bridge with Highland Fling Bungee, omg!

    We never had time to explore more of the area though. My husband and I captured some beautiful autumn photos and I made a wee video.

    Photos and story on my blog

    Perthshire - the video (including the jump from the bridge!)

    Some photos from my blog:

    The Hermitage 


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  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @DMWScotland Looks like an amazing trip! Some cracking pics there! :D
    Lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist for The Bright SkiesSpotify, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube.
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    There are some great walks as @DMWScotland has pointed out in Perthshire. There are also some fantastic waterfalls and places to see salmon leaping: Black Linn falls (Hermitage), Bucanty falls, Birks of Feldy, Falls of Bruar. 
    You can also visit the salmon ladder at the hydro dam in Pitlochry. The new visitor centre is free to enter, has a cafe and is an interactive display. 
    One of my favourite places is Stanley Mills. Built in the 1780's it is a textiles mill on the banks of the river Tay. Most of the buildings have been converted into apartments but the remaining part is brilliantly restored to tell the history of the mill. There are also walks in this area too. The Fortingall Yew is rather special too. No-one knows it's real age but it is expected to be around 2000 to 5000 years old!  
    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    edited November 2017
    @FullStopNextChapter would love to see the Fortingall Yew! Do you think it might have time travelling powers? ;) 
    I blog about places I've explored in Scotland on Love Exploring Scotland  <3
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