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Perthshire

Central Scotland is not a distinct region but rather the sum of disparate parts of other regions, including Perthshire, Stirling, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Fife.


The historically important regions of Perthshire and Stirling straddle the Highland Boundary Fault, the dividing line between the heavily populated Central Lowlands and the wild, remote Highlands. Just across this 'border' are the Trossachs, a beautiful area of mountains and forests eulogized by Sir Walter Scott that stretches west from Callander, and the glens of Perthshire, steeped in the rich broth of Scottish history and seasoned with lochs and mountains.

To the east, bounded by the Firth of Tay to the north and the Firth of Forth to the south, is the Kingdom of Fife, once isolated from the rest of the country. Even since the building of the Forth and Tay bridges, the region has managed to retain its own peculiar flavour. The small peninsula juts out into the North Sea like the head of a little terrier dog. Rather apt, given the proud Fifers' fight to preserve the identity of their own 'Kingdom' when it was threatened by local government reorganization in 1975 and 1995.

As the main access route between the wild, remote Highlands and heavily populated Central Lowlands, Perthshire and Stirling have been at the very heart of the main events which have shaped the Scotland's destiny. Many of the most important battles have been fought here and the region is littered with remnants of the past.

Northeast of Stirling is the town of Perth, whose surrounding glens are dotted with numerous castles. Nearby is Scone Palace, where every Scottish king was crowned – all 42 of them. Numerous castles are scattered around the glens of Perthshire, including Blair Castle, one of the country's top attractions and home to the only legitimate private army in Britain.

The region has other attractions, not least of which is the spectacular and varied landscape, ranging from the rolling hills of Strathearn to the rugged peaks of the Grampian Mountains. There are Munros aplenty for the climbing, and in the far west of the region, on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, is the West Highland Way, Scotland's most popular long-distance hike. There are numerous cycle trails through the forests and glens, and a long-distance cycleway runs from Glasgow, through the Trossachs and along the shores of Loch Tay to Pitlochry . There's also skiing at Glenshee, salmon fishing on the river Tay, watersports on loch Earn and golfing at glorious Gleneagles, all within easy reach of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Activities

  • Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

    Very kids friendly wildlife centre near Comrie with lots of small animals to see. Not a safari park but home to many farm and domestic style animals. 

  • Birks of Aberfeldy

    Lovely and relatively easy walk up the river starting from the middle of the village. Lots of wildlife to explore and easy on kids of any age.

Walks

  • Ben Lawers Nature Reserve

    Nature reserve that starts from the visitor centre and for the fits reaches to the peak of Britain's third highest mountain, Ben Lawers.

  • Beinn Tulaichean

    Beinn Tulaichean is at the southern end of the south ridge of Cruach Ardrain, and is not much more than its south top, the lowest point of the connecting ridge being about 820m

  • Drummond Hill Walk

    Moderate walk up Drummond Hill near Kenmore to Black Rock Viewpoint

Popular Visitor Attractions

  • Cluny House Gardens

    Lovely wild woodland garden near Aberfeldy that features the UK's widest conifer tree with a girth of 11 metres. Usually quiet. worth visiting.

  • Glendoick Gardens

    Voted one of the best 50 gardens in Europe and famous for its collection of azaleas and rhododrendons. The nearby

  • Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

    Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park is a beautiful wooded area on the outskirts of the city. The trip to the top of Kinnoull Hill (783 ft) itself affords an astounding view across Perth, down to the Tay estuary and through Fife to the Lomond hills. To the north, the views stretch from Ben More in the west to Lochnagar in the northeast.
  • Stewart Tower Farm (ice creams!)

    Enjoy a day at the farm and delicious local ice creams from dairy farm turned gelato maker. If you are travelling north on the A9 from Perth you can temporarily silence the bleat of Are we there yet...

  • Black Watch Museum, Perth

    Hilary McNally visits the Black Watch Regimental museum in Perth and finds a permanent tribute to a local regiment with an international reputation.