One of Scotland’s most famous hotel, golf and spa resorts, the Gleneagles Hotel has been a luxury destination for decades. Treat yourself to a meal in one of the hotel’s fantastic restaurants (including the double Michelin star restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles), play a round of golf on one of the world famous courses, book a relaxing spa treatment or arrive in the afternoon to enjoy a decadent afternoon tea.
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2. The Library of Innerpeffray
Housed in a charming whitewashed building and founded in 1680, The Library of Innerpeffray is Scotland’s oldest free public lending library and is now a fascinating museum.
Visit the library to learn about its history and see its extensive collection of over 5,000 books, including a handwritten manuscript by Robert Burns and first editions of books written by David Hume and Samuel Johnson. If you have ancestral ties to the area the library is also a font of information, with a borrowing register that dates back centuries. Next port of call is..
3. Drummond Castle Gardens
Stop for a visit at one of Scotland’s finest formal gardens. Drummond Castle Gardens were established in 1490 and the formal gardens were first laid out in the 1630s, with an Italian style parterre added in 1830. Take a relaxing stroll around the gardens and look out for the ancient yew hedges, the beautiful copper beech trees planted by Queen Victoria in 1842 and the intriguing sundial, which was installed in 1630 and designed by John Mylne, Master Mason to Charles I.
4. Comrie Croft
If you fancy getting out amidst Perthshire’s fantastic scenery, pop into Comrie Croft where plenty of walking, cycling and mountain biking adventures await you. Pull on your hiking boots and tackle the waymarked walking routes or hire bikes from Comrie Croft Bikes and get out on the winding trails. Stop off at the tempting Tea Garden to refuel once you get back to base.
If you fancy testing your hiking skills why not turn your sights towards bagging a Munro? Ben Chonzie is nearby and the hike takes 4-5 hours to complete. Make sure you’re well prepared before you head off though – mountain climbing can be dangerous.
5. The Famous Grouse Experience
Stop off at the Famous Grouse Experience and tour the blended Scotch whisky’s spiritual home, Glenturret Distillery. Discover the intricate process used to craft single malt whisky and learn about the skilful blending that goes into making the Famous Grouse so well-loved.
At the end of your tour you’ll be given the chance to try some whisky too. See what scents and flavours you can pick out before heading to the gift shop to pick up Scottish gifts and treats to take home. You can even bottle your own whisky straight from the cask!
6. Crieff Hydro
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa experience, somewhere to enjoy a tasty meal or fun activities with all the family, Crieff Hydro ticks all the boxes. Choose from a range of places to eat, book a spa treatment and unwind in the adults-only Victorian spa or splash around in the children’s pool. Some of the other brilliant activities you can book include the Aloft! tree top adventure course, golf and horse riding.
7. The Scottish Crannog Centre
Step back in time 2,500 years at the Scottish Crannog Centre and discover what life was like in Scotland during the Iron Age. Begin your tour in the museum to learn more and see period artefacts before following your costumed guide into the reconstructed crannog, a prehistoric loch-dwelling standing on stilts over the waters of Loch Tay. Afterwards, you’ll be given a demonstration of the basic Iron Age skills, from spinning yarn to starting a fire without matches. Look out for special events at the centre too!
8. Highland Safaris
Get up close to Scottish wildlife at Highland Safaris. Book a wildlife safari in a powerful 4x4 and see what you can spot. Red deer, golden eagles, mountain hares and grouse are regularly spotted in the mountains, as well as red squirrels and roe deer in the forests. Back at the Red Deer Centre book a red deer encounter to feed, stroke and learn about these beautiful animals. Other activities you can try at the centre include gold and gemstone panning, mountain biking and 4x4 off-road driving. Nearby, visit Castle Menzies for a tour of this fascinating 16th century clan castle.
9. Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery
On the outskirts of charming Aberfeldy you’ll find Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery. Set in a striking building amidst lush greenery, the distillery produces one of the key single malts that go into the famous Dewar’s blended Scotch whisky.
Pop in to learn about the famous Dewar family, the evolution of the Dewar’s brand and take a tour of the distillery to learn about the skilled process that goes into making single malt Scotch whisky. Samples are included in the price of your tour too.
10. Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier
at your last call on this route you can sample mouth-watering gourmet chocolates at Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier and pop into the free Scottish Chocolate Centre exhibition to learn about the history of chocolate and see live chocolate making in action. Try Iain Burnett’s signature chocolates, including the multi-award winning Velvet Truffle, and shop for tempting treats and gifts to take home. You could even treat yourself to a decadent hot chocolate, a slice of luxurious chocolate cake or a tasty savoury in the café.
Nearby, stop off at Pitlochry Dam and stretch your legs on a refreshing walk. Look out for the famous fish ladder which allows wild Atlantic Salmon to scale the dam on their annual migration.
For more information on the Perthshire Tourist Route and details of other routes across Scotland, see the Visit Scotland website at https://roadtrips.visitscotland.com/routes/perthshire-tourist-route.
The Perthshire Tourist Route would provide good family entertainment whilst visiting our area over the Easter break if you are planning a holiday here in one of our self-catering holiday cottages.