Queens View is probably the most photographed view in Scotland.
There is very easy access to the view, which is probably part of
its popularity. A short walk from the car or coach, up a newly
constructed gentle incline, which makes it very easy for wheel
chair users to see the view too.
Local tradition has it, that it was called 'Queen View' after
Queen Isabella, King Robert the Bruce's Queen's who is alledged to
have visited the site in the early 14th century. When Queen
Victoria stopped and took tea at the spot in the mid 19th century,
she wrote in her diary that "they have named this place after me,
although I do not believe I have ever been here before" or words to
that effect. The problem with being such a high profile monarch, I
suspect is that no one dared put her straight on the matter.
Queens View Today.
Queens View today is run by the
Forestry Commission of Scotland, it has a small shop and cafe (run
by as a franchise), along with the public toilets, all these
faciltiies are only open during the main tourist season from April
to the end of October each year. The view itself and the car park
is open all year round. There is a small fee of £2 per vehicle no
matter how many passengers your vehickle has in it, as a small levy
to help with the upkeep and maintanace of this very popular
Queens View is a short drive (approximately 15 mins) from
Pitlochry, as you head out towards Killiecrankie, you take the
turning to Tummel and Rannoch.