Visitor Attractions

Castles, Houses and Gardens

  • Blair Castle & Gardens – Go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Pitlochry PH18 5TL
  • Bolfracks Gardens – between Kenmore and Aberfeldy: an ornamental garden since the mid 18th century, renowned for their collections of rare and unusual plants. Nr Aberfeldy,  PH15 2EX
  • Branklyn Gardens – Two acres of magnificent garden, set on the side of Kinnoull Hill overlooking Perth. Perth PH2 7BB
  • Castle Menzies – The Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years.  Situated in a strategic location, it was involved in much of the turbulent history of the Highlands. Weem, PH15 2JD
  • Cluny House Gardens – a secluded woodland garden, open all year.  Strathtay,  PH15 2JT
  • Drummond Castle Gardens – one of Europe’s and Scotland’s most important and impressive formal gardens. Crieff, PH7 4HN
  • Elcho Castle – Handsome and complete fortified mansion of 16th century date, with three projecting towers. Perth, PH2 8QQ
  • Huntingtower Castle – Once known as The House of Ruthven, Huntingtower Castle comprises two fine and complete tower houses. The hall of the eastern tower has a fine painted ceiling. Perth,  PH1 3JL
  • Lochleven Castle – This late 14th or early 15th century tower was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Loch Leven, KY13 8UF
  • Scone Palace – Built on the site of an ancient abbey, Scone Palace is now the family home of the Earls of Mansfield. Perth, PH2 6BD


  • Atholl Palace Museum – museum telling the story of how the tourist industry has influenced Pitlochry. Pitlochry, PH16 5LY
  • Black Watch Museum – housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle, set in it’s own beautiful gardens grounds. The museum brings this glorious regiment’s past to life. Perth, PH1 5HR
  • Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum – Museum housing a magnificent collection of carved stones dating from the late eighth to the late tenth centuries. Meigle, PH12 8SB

Other attractions

  • Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre – 1 hour away. All year round attraction for all ages, including feeding times and indoor play barns. Comrie, PH6 2JE
  • Fortingall Yew – the oldest living thing in Europe, c.5,000 years old, sits next to Fortingall church and why not allow time to have a drink in the Ewe inn next door, part of the Fortingall Hotel (see restaurants page).
  • Glen Lyon Ash – one of the largest and oldest examples of the Ash in UK, with a girth of 21 feet.  It sits a few feet back from the road on the left hand side when heading up the glen. Location is here, see if you can find it, nice point to aim for on a bike ride, or a stopping point en route to the tea rooms.
  • Scottish Crannog Centre – located in the shallows of Loch Tay, a stroll from Kenmore village, the centre shows what Iron Age life was like with a reconstructed prehistoric loch-dwelling.  Reconstructed on the site of archaeological remains, some of the 2,500 year old artefacts are displayed with DVDs and interpretive boards. Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY
  • Tay Forest Park – Discover legends about demons and dragons, saints and queens. Follow woodland walks that give you spectacular views of the mountains and lochs making this part of Scotland so memorable.