Local Attractions

Local Walks

The Cateran Trail is a 64 mile circular walk taking in the local scenery from Blairgowrie to the Spittal of Glenshee and across to Glenisla and Alyth.  The Trail is a circular route divided into five stages and can be comfortably walked in five days. The Trail has no official beginning or end and can be joined at any stage.

Kirkmichael Paths Network - the nearby village of Kirkmichael has a network of way-marked paths to suit all abilities.

Reekie Linn Falls in Glenisla is an impressive waterfall, accessed by a short walk along the rim of a deep gorge, through woodland.

Ben Vrackie is indelibly associated with the town of Pitlochry at its foot, and has for long been an extremely popular ascent for those visiting the town. The summit is a great viewpoint and the ascent follows good paths through woodland, open moorland and past picturesque Loch a' Choire.

The 9 Munros above Glenshee, in the Southern Cairngorms, can be linked to form a long high-level hiking circuit. With generally grass covered slopes, this is one of the easier ways to go multi-Munro-bagging.

Distilleries

The Scottish Highlands are famous for their distilleries.  Drop-in and sample a wee dram!

Persie Gin produces three distinct styles of aromatic gin created and distilled at the foot of Glenshee using pure glen water from the local gills.  Each gin uses carefully chosen botanicals to evoke an emotive and comforting scent: sharp citrus for the fruity gin; fresh herbs for the savoury gin; and almonds and vanilla pods for the sweet gin.

Located in Pitlochry, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest legal whisky – making sites in Scotland.  The distillery uses water from the Allt Dour which flows from the slopes of Ben Vrackie. It is this that the distillery claims gives its whiskey the distinctive finish and mellow flavour.  There are a variety of tour options available to accommodate a wide range of audiences, just make sure you arrive at least 1 hour before closing time.

Dewar’s, one of the original pioneering distilleries, tells the story of blended whiskies. You will also find Tommy Dewars office and the world’s earliest drinks motion picture promotion. This offers a fascinating insight in to whisky that other distilleries do not offer. Three miles from the birth place of founder John Dewar, the Aberfeldy Distillery is the only distillery built by the Dewar family, steeped in history and craftsmanship, since 1898. It is open all year round and is well worth a visit, a very special distillery!

Eradour distillery is world renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland and arguably the most unique. Dating back to 1825, Edradour, stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today.

Hidden just outside Pitlochry, this picturesque ‘little Model Village’ of Edradour is steeped in a history of intrigue to inspire the imagination. And, with matchless commitment to retaining authentic small scale production, Edradour uniquely boasts over 25 distinctive expressions of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky with their wonderful characters and flavours.

A visit to Edradour is an unforgettably stimulating experience. See whisky being made first hand amidst sights, sounds, smells and most importantly the exquisite tastes you will always remember.

Castles

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish holiday home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.  Open to the public from Apr - Jul each year, for visitors to enjoy the gardens, grounds, Ballroom, cafe and gift shop.  Audio tours, safari tours and exhibitions within the Ballroom are available when the Castle is open to the public.  When the. Royals are in residence a trip on a Sunday morning will allow a glimpse of the visiting royals attending Church at Crathie Kirk.

Braemar Castle on the way to Balmoral is a compact tower house run by the local community, who have 12 furnished rooms on show, reflecting the use of the castle over the centuries.

Scone Palace, just outside of Perth, was once the crowning place of Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce.  The Palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts and the grounds are renowned throughout the world, making the stately home one of the most popular tourist attractions in both Perth and Scotland.

Blair Castle, just along the A9 from Pitlochry, has been home to the Atholl family for over 700 years.  There is much to see and do at Blair Castle and surrounding grounds including fishing, off road safaris and tractor tours.

Glamis Castle is situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus and was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret.  Visits to the Castle are by guided tour only from 10am until 4.30pm.