Visitor Attractions in Perthshire

Abernethy Museum, Abernethy

Abernethy Museum    Abernethy

Abernethy may be off the beaten track now, but kings came and went through and sometimes stayed.

Its history is substantial, and the Museum of Abernethy has displays covering 3,000 years. These include the Bronze Age logboat recovered from the Tay in 2007; Carpow Roman fort, home to Emperor Severus; Abernethy as Pictish capital, then as Christian centre (the Round Tower is nearby); plus farming, fishing, 'the berries', WW11 and more, all on the site of an ancient Culdees monastery.

Scone Palace, near Perth

Scone Palace    near Perth

Visit Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings and the family home of the Earls of Mansfield. The Palace is a unique treasury of furniture, paintings and other objets d'art. As well as beautiful gardens the grounds are home to the Murray Star Maze, the Pinetum, an Adventure Playground, livestock and a pavilion dedicated to the renowned plant hunter, David Douglas, who was born at Scone in 1799. There are also gift and food shops, a coffee shop, an audio visual presentation and a picnic area.

Birnam Arts Centre and Beatrix Potter Exhibition, Birnam near Dunkeld

Birnam Arts Centre and Beatrix Potter Exhibition    Birnam near Dunkeld

Set in the beautiful Birnam Institute building this arts centre provides state of the art facilities for exhibitions, workshops and a fantastic line up of arts performances ranging from comedy shows, films, lectures, plays and hands on events for adults and children. It also has an attractive cafe with the best coffee and cakes for miles around. Beatrix Potter spent many summers in the area which influenced her stories and drawings and the Centre houses a fascinating Beatrix Potter exhibition and garden.

Dewar's World of Whisky, Aberfeldy

Dewar's World of Whisky    Aberfeldy

Discover the spirit of Dewar's as we guide you through the fascinating characters and extraordinary story of a local family who created a global brand. Travel back in time on a journey of discovery which includes film shows, interactive challenges and period recreations, as well as a guided tour of Aberfeldy Distillery. Open 7 days (closed Sunday in winter).

The Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth

The Black Watch Castle and Museum    Perth

The Castle & Museum offers an insight into one of the British Army's, if not the world's, most famous fighting units. The Castle is set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds. It is located in Perth, just outside the city centre, off the North Inch park. The Museum is laid our chronologically through ten rooms within the Castle. These display an amazing variety of artefacts illustrating the history of the Regiment as well as a fine collection of paintings and photography. There's something for everyone at the Castle & Museum!

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry

Pitlochry Festival Theatre    Pitlochry

Set in the very centre of Scotland, Pitlochry Festival Theatre is a unique cultural experience. Since 1951 it has been one of the biggest attractions in the area. Dubbed 'Scotland's Theatre in the Hills', the theatre showcases a wide selection of superb plays from comedies to tragedies. There are also foyer events, concerts, art and craft demonstrations and pre-performance entertainment. There is a winter season programme. The theatre also has a bar, cafe and restaurant and an art gallery with regular exhibitions.

Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry

Blair Athol Distillery    Pitlochry

Established in 1798 in Pitlochry, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. The distillery produces a 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish. Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. In addition to the Single Malts, Blair Athol wins hearts through its contribution to the Bell's Blend, the most popular blended whisky in the U.K. and a leading brand in South Africa and Scandinavia. Excellent tours available, tutored tastings, and a shop to browse.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay

The Scottish Crannog Centre    Kenmore, Loch Tay

Experience life in a iron-age loch dwelling, or crannog. The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of a thatched crannog, built on stilts high over the water. Discover how and why these ancient people built their homes in the water, and experience first-hand how they lived at this excellent 5 Star visitor attraction. A visit to the Centre includes a self-guided exhibition, a guided crannog tour, and 'hands-on' ancient crafts and technology demonstrations. Special events are run regularly and there is a good gift shop.

Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy

Cluny House Gardens    near Aberfeldy

Explore this magical woodland garden and discover some of Perthshire's most fascinating plants and wildlife. The garden was created by Bobby and Betty Masterton. When they arrived in the 1950s there were a few trees - conifers, beeches and oak, but more notably the two magnificent Wellingtonias you can see today. One of them is Britain's widest conifer, with a girth of 11 metres. Although over 150 years old, these natives of North America are still youngsters as the trees can live for a thousand years.

Crieff Visitor Centre, Crieff

Crieff Visitor Centre    Crieff

Crieff Visitor Centre is a popular visitor attraction set in the heart of the beautiful Strathearn countryside on the outskirts of Crieff (A822 Muthill Road). It is easily accessible from all directions and has free parking. Spend a relaxing few hours meandering around our Gift Shop, Plant Centre, Gallery and Antique Area, before visiting the craftsmen at work in the Caithness Glass workshop. Also experience the wonderful homemade food in our spacious family-friendly Restaurant. The walks around Crieff Visitor Centre are suitable for all ages.

Open daily 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Drummond Castle Gardens, Muthill near Crieff

Drummond Castle Gardens    Muthill near Crieff

Regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Europe, Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved.

Scottish Antique and Arts Centre, Abernyte

Scottish Antique and Arts Centre    Abernyte

The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre at Abernyte, situated between Perth and Dundee, offers a shopping experience which inspires and delights, suiting many tastes, budgets and interests. Our unrivalled selection of antiques and collectables from Scotland and further afield compliment perfectly the constantly evolving ranges of gifts and home accessories. We have endless goodies to amuse and satisfy those of a discerning nature. Restaurant and deli serving delicious food.

Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club, Dunkeld

Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club    Dunkeld

The course is one of the most picturesque in Perthshire with each hole affording not only a new and interesting challenge for the golfer, but also ever changing views of the glorious surrounding countryside. You are guaranteed a friendly welcome, warm hospitality and an enjoyable round of golf.

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