Walks in Perthshire at any time of the year can be spectacular if you find the right spot.
Each season changes the landscape dramatically. Autumn brings crunchy leaves underfoot and a palette of burnt oranges and chestnut browns. In a region so abundant in stunning forests and woodland you can imagine the spectacular colours the season brings. and people flock to the area to witness it. Summer brings an array of colourful flowers and luscious greenery and villages hang colourful bunting and hold fayres. Winter caps the surrounding mountains with a layer of white and the gateway to the Highlands fills with fans of the snow who are heading north into the mountains. When spring arrives the fields, forests, villages and hills shake off their winter coats and step into the sun with blinking eyes. Spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips and bluebells tentatively emerge and grand houses and castles open open their doors ready for visitors.
Perthshire is easily one of my favourite areas of Scotland simply because of its sheer beauty. There are over 2000 square miles of pretty villages, lush green fields, forests, waterfalls, rivers, castles and forts.
Having spent some time in the area over the last few weeks I’ve discovered some fantastic walks and hikes, and what better time of the year to get out and stretch those winter-weary legs. Walks in Perthshire range from a little stroll through a forest canopy of birch, oak and ash trees to a strenuous hike up a Munro for panoramic views of “Big Tree Country” Perthshire is perfect for venturing outdoors and exploring not only Scotland’s awe-inspiring countryside but also areas made famous throughout history by characters, both real and fictional, such as Robert Burns, Macbeth and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The city of Perth itself was once the capital of Scotland and inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen “The Fair Maid of Perth”. Nearby is the village of Scone, the ancient capital of Scotland, where, for centuries, Scottish kings were crowned. You can read more about the history of Perthshire if you click below
“The fairest portion of the Northern Kingdom”
–Sir Walter Scott
Kinnoul Hill Woodland Park (3/4 - 2 1/2 miles
A picturesque walk though this park offers panoramic views over Scotland’s newest city of Perth, across to Ben Ledi in the west and the Carse of Gowrie in the east. A short loop (3/4 mile) takes you through an avenue of beech and pine and is a gentle relaxed walk. For those wanting to push themselves further a more strenuous 2 1/2 mile walk involves some steep slopes but is worth it for the views. In the park you can find a part of the coronation road, which the Scottish Kings used after being crowned at Scone Palace to travel to Falkland Palace in Fife
Moncreiffe Hill Wood (14km of trails)
Nearby is another pretty woods with a fantastic range of trails. You can enter from either the north or south car park (although the north is a lot less strenuous). If you follow the green and white waymarked route you will find the sculpure trail and also come pretty close to two hill forts, one named after the hill which sits at the lower rim of the hill and another named Moredun curled the summit (allow 90 minutes to complete this trail). Look out for Douglas Fir, ash and sycamore trails and higher up you can also find Scots Pine. Walks in Perthshire guarantee some of the countries most fascinating trees, it's not called "big tree country' for nothing.
Some of Scotland's most important historic events have taken place in Perthshire, from the crowning of Scottish Kings to the Battles of Killiecrankie (1689) and Dupplin Moor (1332). The city of Perth itself was once the capital of Scotland and was the inspiration behind Sir Walter Scott's "The fair maid of Perth". Known as the gateway to the Highlands Perthshire is also home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in Britain. It's a fantastic region to explore and base yourself if you want to travel further afield. It's also a region I've spent a lot of time in, I love how green and lush it is in the summer and can't get enough of the colours in the autumn. If you are in Scotland and history fascinates you as much as it does me then here at 10 ways to discover some Scottish history in this stunning region.
Sitting on the banks of the River Tay sits "Scotland's most romantic Cathedral". The site has been holy ground since 730 AD and the cathedral you see today was built over a period of 250 years from 1260 until 1501 resulting in a beautiful mish mash of architectural styles. Dedicated to Saint Colomba, it's said his remains were kept here after leaving Iona, until the reformation. The Cathedral was burnt down in 1689, along with much of Dunkeld itself, during the Battle of Dunkeld, when the government forces supporting William of Orange were attacked by the Jacobite Highlanders who were jubilant after their win at Killiecrankie. There are many famous burials here including "The Wolf of Bedenoch" Alexander Stewart who's tomb can still be seen, Richard de Inverkeithing, chamberlain to King Alexander II of Scotland, and Charles Edward Stuart, grandson of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Not only is this romantic ruin stunning but it's location on the riverbank in the pretty village of Dunkeld makes it a must see. Entrance is free too which is always a bonus.
Drummond Castle gardens in Perthshire doubled as The Palace of Versailles in Season 2 of Outlander and the steps were used in the promo photos and trailer. Film crew visited the site several times over the course of 2015 and the stunning French Renaissance gardens can be seen a lots of scenes including when Jamie first sees Black Jack Randall again.
Walking in Scotland at any time of the year can be spectacular if you find the right spot.
Autumn brings crunchy leaves underfoot and a palette of oranges and brown. Summer brings an array of colourful flowers and luscious greenery. Winter caps the surrounding mountains with a layer of white.
Each season changes the landscape dramatically and now spring has arrived the fields, forests, villages and hills are shaking off their winter coats and stepping into the sun with blinking eyes. Spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips and bluebells are tentatively emerging and grand houses and castles are opening their doors.
Read more at https://www.scotsmagazine.com/articles/famous-footsteps-perthshire/
Loch Leven’s Larder, with it’s stunning panoramic views of Loch Leven, is a family run farm in Kinross-shire, in the east of Scotland. With a restaurant serving top Scottish produce, which is also sold in the delicatessen, a retail shop and a nature trail it’s a popular stop off for lunch or a day out.
Gaining popularity year after year they have won several awards, including National winner at the Scottish Thistle awards, and they are well deserved. This is a family favourite of ours and when I was given the chance to spend the day with the chefs, learning the art of bread making while learning more about how they use Scottish produce I jumped at the chance.
We have been going to Faskally every summer for the past few years and while we took our tent the first few times my aunt now has a caravan there that she lets the family use so now we no longer have to chase after flying pillow cases and argue over tent pegs, thank god. It has made a big difference, now we can go up and stay for a couple of nights if we have nothing else on, it’s a perfect little retreat in the quieter months, very peaceful and relaxing. In the summer it gets a lot livelier and busier, although because it’s spaced out and not cramped at all like some campsites it still doesn’t feel busy.
It is situated two minutes from Pitlochry, in Perthshire, not far from the famous Queen’s View. If you carry on along the road it takes you also to Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch.
To be honest, this is a place I had passed umpteen times on the way up the A9 but never went in thinking it would just be another tourist stop, but on the way up to Dornoch a couple of months ago my mum dragged me in for a coffee and i couldn’t have been more wrong. Located ten miles north of Pitlochry in Scotland and standing proudly at the foot of the Bruar Falls, House of Bruar it turns out, is the perfect stop off if you are travelling up north. It stands out from miles away due to its beautiful white washed turret, and the grounds around the building are spotless and very well kept.
Not only is it a thriving independent retailer selling country tweed and Scottish country clothes, it also has the biggest collection of Cashmere anywhere in Britain, as well as a world renowned food hall, an award winning butcher, a large country kitchen style restaurant and it’s very own art gallery.
Founded in 1995 by Mark Birkbeck, who came north from Yorkshire because of his love of fishing in the Highlands, the visitor numbers have risen steadily over the years, welcoming more than 1 million last year alone. There is also now a very successful online site selling all over the world, earning it the nickname “The Harrods of the Highlands”.
The food hall is fantastic, chock full of quality Scottish food and drink, all locally produced, and fresh, and delicious!
When I knew I wanted to write about Whisky in Scotland, I thought what better way than by taking a tour of where it is made, and what better distillery to visit than where the number one whisky in Scotland is made – Famous Grouse. Whisky is definitely Scotland’s national drink, Scotch Whisky to be precise. In order to be called Scotch Whisky it has to be wholly distilled and matured for at least three years in Scotland, and every bottle made at Glenturret is true Scotch Whisky. Not only is it number one in Scotland, it is now sold in over 100 countries worldwide.
Situated in the hills and glens of Highland Scotland, The Glenturret Distillery is Scotland’s oldest working distillery , and still uses traditional methods and traditional equipment to give their whisky it’s distinctive taste. In fact it has been proven that whisky has been made on this site as far back as 1717, nearly 300 years!
The Highland Chocolatier sits on the banks of the River Tay, in a beautiful little village called Grandtully. Run by award-winning chocolatier Iain Burnett and his family this little hidden gem opened in 2006, and is now a 4 star attraction. It’s easy to see why.
Iain uses single origin cocoa from the island of Sao Tome in the South Atlantic, adding no preservatives or artificial additives, and adding only a carefully selected range of basic ingredients including fresh Scottish cream from a single herd of cows to produce a delicious, velvety smooth truffle. Having trained under master chocolatiers of the Belgium, Swiss and French schools he has perfected his technique over 3 years, made over 120 adjustments and now produces velvet truffles, fresh cream truffles and pralines which have won awards many times over.