The pretty highland town of Aberfeldy can be found in central Perthshire, on the River Tay. The town is home to ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy’, a pleasant walk through the woodlands up to the beautiful Falls of Moness, named after a poem written of the area by the national bard, Robert Burns. Take a trip to the impressive heritage exhibition at Dewars World of Whisky, where you can learn about the famous Scottish tipple! Castle Menzies is a beautifully restored 16th Century castle, and the visitor attraction and museum is a worthy day out. There is plenty of outdoor pursuits to try in the landscapes around the town; gorge walking, mountain biking and abseiling proving popular. Why not also visit the tour company, Highland Safari’s, and take a guided land rover safari tour to explore the nearby mountains and countryside.
Perthshire is a natural choice for visitors as geographically it is in the very heart of Scotland. Its popularity is no wonder; with the lush lowland pastures of the south meeting the rugged grandeur of the Highlands, this county is beautifully rich in scenery and magnificent landscapes. The old county of Kinross-shire is now generally considered to be part of this region, and the local council area is now called Perth and Kinross. Kinross sits beside the beautiful Loch Leven, with Lochleven Castle nearby. The central point is the city of Perth, the fair city bustles with life, with the river Tay running through it. The impressive Scone Palace is nearby, which was the crowning place for Scottish Kings. Perthshire is also home to the world famous Gleneagles Hotel and leisure complex. This is also Big Tree Country, with the world's highest hedge at Meikleour, Europe's oldest tree, the widest conifer in Britain, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's Birnam Wood and many more fascinating trees. Why not visit Glenshee and take part in some skiing, or try mountain biking through the many hills and glens. Blair Castle is an impressive site, and with expansive grounds and an adventure playground, will entertain the whole family.
Highlands and Islands
This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found.