Attractions

Things to Do – Attractions and Places to Visit in Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Rannoch

Highland attractions, unique to this part of Scotland include castles, Queens View probably the most photographed view in Scotland, to the Scottish Crannog Centre, a unique recreated lochside dwelling on Loch Tay.

Other highland attractions that are unique to Highland Perthshire are the Hermitage at Dunkeld described as “one of the most elaborate furnished decorative garden buildings in Scotland,” to the Blair Atholl Watermill, the oldest working watermill in Scotland.You will find all the details on all the highland attractions below.

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Bolfracks Ornamental Garden

Bolfracks Garden is an ornamental garden with its origins dating back to the mid 18th century. It is renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants, including a superb collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, acers, old fashioned roses and an array of herbaceous perennials. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the many tranquil spots in the garden. Bolfracks Garden is a member of Scotland's Gardens Scheme. Open from 1st of April through to 31st October each year.

Address:Bolfracks Estate Office, Bolfracks, By Aberfeldy PH15 2EX
Tel:01887 820344
Web: http://www.bolfracks.com
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Birnam Institute & Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Birnam Arts has a year round programme of high quality diverse exhibitions, music, theatre, dance and comedy performances, as well as a wide range of workshop activities for children and adults alike. There is also the popular Café and pretty Beatrix Potter Garden. A permanent Beatrix Potter exhibition commemorating the Potter family's long summer holidays here, from May to the end of the salmon season in October. It was during these holidays that inspired Beatrix's development both as an artist and scientist. It was whilst in Scotland that Beatrix wrote a 'picture letter' which provided the basis for her first book 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'. The tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle' was published in 1905 and is almost certainly based on the Potters' old washer woman at Dalguise, Kitty MacDonald. Open 7 days all year 10am to 4.30pm.

Address:Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS
Tel:01350 727674
Web: https://www.birnamarts.com/visitor-tourist-attractions/beatrix-potter-exhibition-garden/
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The Scottish Crannog Centre

The Scottish Crannog Centre, a 5 star visitor and educational centre, was built as a result of underwater discoveries dating back 2,500 years. You can see some of the discoveries in the exhibition area before walking over water into the Iron Age Crannog. Special regular events include featuring artists, musicians, skilled craft workers and other specialists who, together with the team of Iron Age guides, actively bring the past to life. There is a small gift shop and a small, light and healthy refreshments snack bar. Opening Times - 30th March to 31st October 2018 10am to 5.30pm

Address:Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire PH15 2HY
Tel:01887 830583
Web: http://www.crannog.co.uk/
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The Hermitage at Dunkeld

The Dunkeld Hermitage, was created by John Murray the 3rd Duke of Atholl, in the mid to late 18th century as part of his home. Ossian's Hall was built in 1757-58, to spark excitement as a viewing platform for the dramatic falls of the River Braan. Today it has not lost any of its splendour, the sight of salmon leaping the falls, all add to the visit. Run by the National Trust for Scotland. It is located just off the A9 heading north after the Dunkeld, a £2 per car parking fee helps maintain the grounds. A 1km walk from the car park through some magnificent Douglass Fir trees, some of the tallest trees in Britain. Open all year round.

Address:The Hermitage, By Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross (Entrance from the A9)
Tel:0844 4932192
Web: https://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/The-Hermitage/
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Castle Menzies

Castle Menzies was home to the Menzies Chiefs from 1488 to 1910. The Menzies have been in Highland Perthshire since records began from the middle of the 12th century. The Castle is a sixteenth century Z-shaped building designed not only as a residence but also was required to provide some protection from enemies. You can see the Menzies Claymore (sword) used by the chief at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the final battle in the Scottish Wars of Independence. Open daily April to October each year.

Address:Weem, By Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross PH15 2JD
Tel:01887 820982
Web: https://www.castlemenzies.org
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Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier

The Highland Chocolatier has a dedicated free entry chocolate visitor centre, where you can learn about the wondrous ways of turning cocoa into the most sought after and adored of all confections. Multiple video screens, tell the story of chocolate from how cocoa is grown on a Caribbean cocoa plantation, how it is harvested, fermented, and processed to chocolate sculpting, at a pioneering chocolate production co-operative in Grenada. You can pre-book a tour or take one of the new audio guided chocolate tastings. In the retail area, customers can pick and choose their own selection or, order online. Open 7 days all year.

Address:Highland Chocolatier, Grandtully, By Pitlochry PH9 0PL
Tel:01887 840775
Web: https://www.highlandchocolatier.com/
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Live @ McKays Bar

McKays Hotel and Restaurant, has been providing hospitality for over a hundred years, offering a traditional Scottish good value pub food. The pub entertainment caters for the whole family. Live Music, Events and Themed Nights in Pitlochry. You can also watch live sports or listen to live musicians or join in their themed nights, which run throughout the year. Open all year, food served from 9am onwards

Address:138 Atholl Road Pitlochry Highland Perthshire PH16 5AG
Tel:01796 473 888
Web: http://www.mckayshotel.co.uk/
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Highland Safaris

Highland Safaris judged the 'Best Visitor Experience' in Scotland for its Land Rover Safaris, Red Deer Centre, nature trail, biking track and Perthshire's only Gold and Gem Panning Centre. The Safari Experience explores the magnificent views and untouched wilderness in 250,000 acres of Highland Perthshire Estates. Off-Road Driving on the UK's highest course with their experienced instructor. The café offers simply prepared local produce, the shop is also well worth a visit in its own right. Open 7 days all year.

Address:Dull, By Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross PH15 2JQ
Tel:01887 820071
Web: https://www.highlandsafaris.net/
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The Atholl Palace Hotel Museum

The Atholl Palace Hotel Museum is all about hotel life some 140 years ago. The 15 minute film 'The Story of The Atholl Palace' is excellent. It tells the story of the hotel and how it was built in the grand Scottish Baronial Victorian style with turrets and cantillations. You hear about the strict temperance principles of the 1870s, the benefits of healthy clean air and the stories of the people who built, worked at and stayed at the hotel. Open every day, all year, from 10am to 5pm. Ask at the reception desk for directions.

Address:Perth Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5LX
Tel:01796 472400
Web: http://www.athollpalace.com
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Blair Atholl Watermill

Blair Atholl Watermill is one of Scotland's oldest working water mills dating back to 1590's, one of just eleven working watermills still operational in Scotland. You can watch it, free of charge, (provided there is enough water to turn the water wheel) as oatmeal and flours are stoneground for sale and for use in its own tea room, for its bread, buns and cakes. The Watermill’s tearoom has an excellent reputation for its lite meals, teas and coffees. Open 30th March to 31st October from 9.30am to 4.45pm (last servuing 4.30pm)

Address:Ford Road, Blair Atholl, Perth & Kinross PH18 5SH
Tel:01796 481321
Web: http://www.blairathollwatermill.co.uk/
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Blair Castle and gardens

Originates from the 13th century, Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, a history of over 700 years, it is one of the most accessible Scottish castles, family friendly and with plenty to see and do. Home of the Atholl Highlanders - Europe's only private army, harking back to the days when every Highland Chief had his own army. You can visit Hercules Garden and Sculpture Trail, Diana's Grove, Old Blair Kirk and the grave of the 17th C Jacobite Commander Bonnie Dundee. The woodland adventure playground is a great hit with children. Open 1st April to 31st October 9.30am to 5.30pm

Address:Blair Atholl Pitlochry PH18 5TL
Tel:01796 481207
Web: http://www.blair-castle.co.uk/
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Queens View

Queens View is probably the most photographed view in Scotland, with very easy access along a short specially constructed path, allowing the view to be accessed by wheel chair users too. The small shop which offers a good selection of inexpensive Scottish gifts. The Café offers excellent teas, coffees, cakes and lite meals. The £2 per vehicle parking fee, helps cover the costs for upkeep and maintenance of this very popular site. Queens View is a short drive (approximately 15 mins) from Pitlochry. Open all year.

Address:Queens View, By Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross PH16 5NR
Tel:01796 474188