Not far outside Braemar is Braemar Castle. Built as a grand hunting lodge on the banks of the River Dee in 1628 by the Earl of Mar, the castle has been the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Farquarson since the 1800’s. Now run and
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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
The award winning Enchanted Forest is a spectacular sound and light show staged every October in Faskally Woods near Pitlochry. Each year the theme of the event changes and each year the show exceeds expectation.
The Enchanted Forest is community run and the show now draws around 50,000 visitors to Pitlochry each October. Tickets sell out fast!
Legends of Grandtully is a cafe half way between Pitochry and Aberfeldy and it is the home of Iain Burnett, ‘The Highland Cholcolatier’. If you like chocolate this the cafe for you. Iain Burnett is an award winning artisan chocolatier who has been hand making cholcolates in Perthshire for many years. If you are lucky
The Birks of Aberfeldy is the faerie glen of Highland Perthshire. A magical spot full of waterfalls and an incredible number of species of mosses, ferns, lichens and trees. So many species in fact, that it is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Birks was made famous in the 1780’s by Robert Burns who
Schiehallion is one of Scotland’s most famous munros. Its iconic conical shape and its role in the invention of contour lines are what it is most famous for. Whilst no venture into the Scottish hills should be underestimated, this is a straightforward walk on a good path. The return trip from the Braes of Foss car park is about 10km and should take about 4-5 hours.
Highland Safaris is located in Dull, down past Aberfeldy towards Glen Lyon. This place is fantastic and encompasses all sorts of fun, from feeding the red deer herd in the new Red Deer Centre, to gem panning, to drop-at-the-top cycle rides and private mountain safaris by landrover.
Loch Garten is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, just an hour or so up the road from Pitlochry. For decades, the RSPB have run an excellent Osprey Centre set up to give visitors and excellent view of an occupied osprey nest. As you can see in the above photo, the dead tree on