Beautiful Rannoch glen, a paradise for walkers and cyclists, with amazing views of Schiehallion and the Glencoe hills in the west. Walk in the ancient Black Wood on the south side of Loch Rannoch with marked trails or cycle on the quiet roads around the loch.
Follow the Clan Trail around Loch Rannoch, which tells of the local clans and the great deeds of courage and horror that took place here. Leaflet in village shop or click CLAN TRAIL.
Loch Rannoch is a spectacular loch over 10 miles in length and is home to pike, brown trout and arctic char. Get a fishing permit at The Country Store.
You can find out lots of interesting information about the area, click Rannoch and Tummel Tourist Association.
The village of Kinloch Rannoch is situated near the east end of Loch Rannoch and has a square with attractive church and other Victorian stone buildings. There is a good small general store with post office, two hotels, a cafe, a gallery and a medical centre
On the third Saturday in August, the Rannoch Highland Gathering is held in the village of Kinloch Rannoch. This is a local highland games with tossing the caber, piping and highland dancing competitions, tug of war, childrens fun races, an amazingly steep hill race, stalls and bbq. Fun for all the family.
There are many other highland games in the other villages and towns in Highland Perthshire.
Rannoch Smokery - Although no longer produced in Rannoch, the produce of this company which originated here is available at the Country Store in the village.
Rannoch Station - Take the train from beautiful and remote Rannoch Station on the West Highland Line and visit Fort William, Mallaig or Glasgow. The train travels through some of the best scenic areas in the world, starting with the bleak and spectacular Rannoch Moor. You buy the tickets on the train as no ticket office at the station. See timetable in Getting About. Recommended : The Fish Market Restaurant or the Cornerstone Restaurant overlook the harbour at Mallaig if you like delicious fish.
The lovely Tea room at Rannoch Station is open from March to end October.
The Jacobite "The World's Greatest Railway Journey" - In summer this steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig and back from end May until October daily (weather permitting). You could catch the early train from Rannoch Station to Fort William but it might be safer to drive to be sure to get there on time. Allow about 1 3/4+ hours to drive to Fort William.
Between Tummel Bridge and Killiecrankie - Forestry Commission's Queen's View Centre - this is possibly the most famous view in Scotland. Visit the exhibition audiovisual display. Tea room open year round.
National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre - beautiful wooded gorge near site of Battle of Killiecrankie 1689.
Clan Donnachaidh Museum - history of the local Robertson clan. Falls of Bruar - wooded walk past waterfall and stone footbridge. House of Bruar.
Village - visit two folk museums, a working water wheel with bakery or hire a mountain bike.
Blair Castle - Dating from 1269, the castle has been the home of the Atholl family for over 700 years. You can walk through 30 fully furnished rooms of infinite variety. Outside the skirl of the pipes can be heard most days during the season. Interesting and attractive grounds and walled garden to walk in.
Plenty of shops and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, 'The Theatre in the Hills', is only 30 minutes from Kinloch Rannoch. For further information, contact the Box Office at 01796 484626. Some really excellent productions. Highly recommended.
Bell's Blair Athol Distillery and the quaint Edradour distillery.
Scottish Plant Collectors Garden - next to the Theatre.
Hydro-Electric Visitor Centre and Fish Ladder - visit Pitlochry dam and watch the salmon pass through the fish pass.
Dunkeld Cathedral - ancient building in picturesque setting of beautiful old town by the river. Some of the small houses here are owned by the National Trust of Scotland. Some interesting small shops and a gallery or two. Well worth a visit.
Clay shooting with high quality instruction, 4 x 4 Driving, etc. at Dunkeld House Hotel - Activity Centre. Several places for having a good lunch.
The Watermill Bookshop & Gallery - "In May 2006 we won the award for Scottish Independent Bookshop of the year. This award was based on stock range, customer service and events programme. Our stock range of books is the largest in the rural Highlands." Good coffee shop. Recommended.
The Birks Cinema an new, independent cinema showing a varied selection of current films including, sometimes, opera direct from great opera houses of the world, and plays from the National Theatre in London.
Castle Menzies (pronounced ‘mingies’) - 16th century castle restored by the Menzies Clan Society. Seat of the clan Menzies for 400 years - Interesting
Scottish Crannog Centre - situated on the shores of Loch Tay, the Crannog Centre's exhibition takes you back 2,500 years to the time of the Crannog dwellers. Travel back in time for a truly fascinating glimpse of Iron Age loch life and ancient crafts. Strongly recommended and children welcomed and encouraged to have fun.
One of Scotland's longest enclosed glens and one of the most beautiful. High hills, lovely river and peaceful walks.
Perthshire has some of the most remarkable trees, woodlands and country gardens in Europe and is stunning at any time of year
Just a short trip from Dunalastair can take you to Europe's oldest tree at Fortingall, the world's highest hedge at Meikleour, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's 'Birnam Wood' ... and it doesn’t stop there.
Many guided walks and events, from badger watching to various festivals, happen throughout the year to help you discover Highland Perthshire. The Big Tree Country website lists these events.
Bells Blair Athol distillery - Visitors Centre in Pitlochry. This is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland.
Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry - currently the smallest distillery in Scotland, offering free tours.
Dewars World of Whisky, Aberfeldy - visit the visitor centre - recommended
There are many beautiful private and public gardens to visit in Perthshire.
there are great day trips to be had:
To the North
Through the mountains, heading into Inverness-shire, there is Newtonmore, Kingussie, and at Carrbridge you will find the Landmark Forest Theme Park - with wild water coaster, giant adventure playground, treetop trail, steam powered sawmill, microworld exhibition, mini cars, remote-controlled trucks, fun maze, shop, restaurant and snack bar. Popular with children.
The Highland Wildlife Park, part of Edinburgh Zoo, is near Aviemore and Grantown on Spey and Boat of Garten with their steam trains and Inverness at the head of Loch Nes should also be visited.
To the south and east
there is Crieff, Rosemount and the famous Gleneagles Hotel. St Andrews, the home of golf, is an hour and a half's drive away to the south east in Fife.