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Walk through towering Douglas firs to the folly of Ossian’s Hall and come face-to-face with the thunderous Black Linn Falls and wander along the banks of the River Braan. You might even see salmon leaping up the falls in autumn. This stretch of magical Perthshire forest was originally designed as a pleasure ground in the 18th century for the Dukes of Atholl; today it feels wild and natural and stimulates all your senses while being an easy circular walk of about 2 hours. Heading north on the A9 from Dunkeld, the Hermitage car park is signposted to the left. Opening times: 24/7  

The Hermitage, Dunkeld

The Queen’s View is one of the most photographed places in Perthshire. The view takes in Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866. The Queen’s View Visitor Centre lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel and is surrounded by part of the Tay Forest Park. As well as a stunning viewpoint overlooking the loch and beyond to the iconic Schiehallion, the area offers a range of woodland walks suitable for all abilities and always open. Opening times: Please check website as the centre is being refurbished.

Queen’s View

This is a golden opportunity to see a selection of incredible artworks in a truly beautiful setting. The full trail takes you round the city and along both sides of the River Tay. If you want to do a shorter walk in tranquil gardens, the Art Trail takes you past the Riverside Park Heather Garden on the left bank across from Tay Street and takes in the lovely Norie Miller Park and Rodney Gardens. The walk is suitable for wheelchair users.

River Tay Public Art Trail

The RSPB Visitor Centre has great views of the loch, and there are viewing hides to visit and woodland trails to follow. There are good facilities here too, including baby changing places, a shop and cafe. Ospreys nest by the loch to fish during the summer, while up to 20,000 pink-footed geese fly in from Iceland come autumn. See our website for updates on seasonal visitors.

RSPB Loch Leven

Brimming with wildlife and history, from one of Mary Queen of Scot’s prisons, to thousands of wildfowl, it is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year. There is a Loch Leven Heritage Trail along a well-made, level path suitable for all-terrain buggies. The circuit goes right round the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve along the loch side and through varied woods and marshland. There are several opportunities for café stops along the 13-mile route. The walk starts at the jetty and passes a viewing area with seats overlooking Loch Leven Castle out on Castle Island. Boat trips run in the summer from Kinross Pier.

Loch Leven Walks

A wonderful introduction to the different landscapes of Scotland, the path meanders through a variety of terrains including open hillside, moorland, ancient native woodlands, hazel coppice, and riverbanks. The path has been designed with a variety of surfaces to be as sensitive as possible to the wild terrain it passes through, but sadly it is not wheelchair-friendly. It curves and contours, rises and falls with the shape of the land offering a means of accessing quiet corners and magical places that would otherwise remain hidden away and forgotten. Along the well-marked and circular route you will find poems and sculptures all created by local artists. There is only parking for a few cars so start early and it will take 2-3 hours. The path is always open and free. A book of poems and images from the path is available at the Corbenic Shop in Dunkeld, and donations to the Corbenic Camphill Community are gratefully received via their JustGiving page:

Corbenic Poetry Path

Based on our working hill farm, with stunning views over Highland Perthshire we offer relaxed dining and an award-winning deli packed full of Scottish produce and international favourites. Start the day with our amazing breakfasts, or enjoy a coffee while watching the birds and farm life from the windows, stop in the deli for all your picnic essentials or enjoy an ice cream and a walk through the gardens. You can book farm tours and Scottish cheese tastings through our website.

Errichel Farm

Glenturret is Scotland’s oldest working whisky distillery and has been crafting single malt whisky since 1763. There are tours of the distillery focusing on the process and the history of the people who made the whisky over the decades, plus dram tasting, a shop selling whisky and local crafts and a sunny café. In addition there is our luxurious Michelin-starred Lalique restaurant overlooking the tumbling waters of the River Turret.

The Glenturret Distillery

Karelia House has grown from a small idea into an exciting destination – a destination for anyone who wants only the best. We have a fantastic selection of fabrics, yarns and so very much more! This crafters’ paradise is situated in a very beautiful rural location where the rivers Lyon and Tay meet, some 4 miles west of Aberfeldy. You cannot fail to enjoy your journey through the beautiful Perthshire scenery and the area offers many wonderful activities and retail experiences! If you want the best results, use the best ingredients – this applies to cooking, knitting, patchwork, painting or anything you do and that is the philosophy followed by everyone at Karelia House. Relax in front of a cosy wood-burning stove and enjoy a coffee and home-bake. Our fabulous showroom is bursting with the colour and texture of our yarn and fabric. You can also have a demonstration with our Brother sewing and embroidery machines – these state-of-the-art sewing machines show what amazing creations are possible.

Karelia House Yarn and Fabric