The Allean Forest is part of the Tay Forest Park and is close to the Queen’s View and Loch Tummel just outside Pitlochry. Typically well waymarked Forestry Commission paths lead up the hill through pine, fir and larch woodland. There are two main routes.
Balmoral Castle is close to Braemar in Royal Deeside and around a one hour drive from Pitlochry. The truly enormous Balmoral Estate boasts many munros and massive expanses of stunning ancient Caledonian Pine forest. At the heart of the estate and on the banks of the River Dee is Balmoral Castle itself. Purchased in the 19th Century by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert it soon
A visit to Blair Castle and the wider Atholl Estates is definitely to be recommended. The Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. You can tour over 30 rooms and extensive grounds. It’s quite a place.
The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year and is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on the Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.
Every year on the second bank holiday in May, Blair Castle hosts the Atholl Gathering. This consists of the splendid Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on the Saturday and the Highland Games on the Sunday. The Atholl Highlanders officially open the Highland Games with a ‘March On’, led by the fantastic sound of their pipes and drums.