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05/02/2017

Suggested Day Trips

Suggested Day Trips

There are numerous easy local drives to small towns and villages, each of which has its own quaint character and charm and there are many gentle walks in all of them to get the very best from your experience. We have outlined these in 3 distinct routes just to whet your appetite but of course can help you design bespoke tours to best suit your needs.

Route 1 – Pitlochry-Killiecrankie, Blair Atholl and Bruar

N.B. To achieve all of these suggestions would take at least 2 days

From Riverwood it’s a short hop to Pitlochry, a delightful and bustling Victorian-built Spa town. Visit the Bell’s Blair Athol distillery, waterfall walk at Black Spout Wood, heading up to quaint and picturesque Edradour Distillery, further on to the pretty little hamlet of Moulin and the super views from Pitlochry Golf Club and then back down to the centre of Pitlochry heading over the river to the Dam and Fish Ladder before completing the tour at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, which each summer has 7 productions of the very highest quality, and there are many other seasonal performances throughout the year.

From there it’s north veering off to the Queen’s View on Loch Tummel and made famous by Queen Victoria, and then back towards Killiecrankie visiting the Soldier’s Leap and Visitor Centre. North again towards Blair Atholl with its wonderful Blair Castle and garden grounds. There’s also an old working mill across the railway line.

Heading north once more you reach Bruar with its magnificent falls as well as 5 star shopping experience.

This route can be tied together with Route 2 via Tummel Bridge if desired.

Route 2 Cluny-Dull-Fortingall-Kenmore-Killin-Aberfeldy

N.B. To achieve all of these suggestions would take at least 2 days

Head along the north of the River Tay as far as the delightfully unique Himalayan gardens at Cluny Gardens where you are likely to be greeted by red squirrels and can view the giant Sequoia trees before heading further west along to Castle Menzies, on to the quaintly-named hamlet of Dull for a really special appreciation of Highland wildlife and scenery and unique 4×4 experience, look no further than Highland Safaris. From there it’s onto Fortingall to see the oldest living thing in Europe – the Fortingall Yew. From there it’s on to Kenmore and if desired all the way along Loch Tay to Killin. Another option is to head along Glen Lyon, one of the most picturesque glens in all of Scotland. Heading back into Kenmore make sure and visit the Scottish Crannog Centre to appreciate how we used to live 2500 years ago.

It’s back now towards Aberfeldy with Bolfracks Gardens on your right. In Aberfeldy head up the Birks, a waterfall made famous in poetry by Rabbie Burns and then it’s well worth  visiting the Watermill Bookshop and Gallery. The Birks Cinema has been restored to its original Deco glory. Finally you may go and sample a wee dram at Dewar’s Distillery before heading for home.

Route 3 – Balnaguard-The Hermitage-Birnam-Dunkeld-Loch of the Lowes

N.B. This can loop around to Aberfeldy or Pitlochry

A delightful back road through the sleepy hamlet of Balnaguard joins up with the A9 at The Hermitage, a fine woodland and waterfall walk. Nearby you can park the car in Birnam, walk alongside the River Tay past the Birnam Oak and over the bridge into Dunkeld with its riverside cathedral. It is one of best preserved historic towns in Scotland. Be sure to visit Jeffreys Interiors before you collect your car and head on to the Wildlife Reserve at Loch of the Lowes where you can see Ospreys live in their nests.