Gardens and Parks, Distilleries, Visitor Centres and Tours

Gardens & Parks: – Not surprisingly, Perthshire has a magnificent variety of gardens to visit. There is Drummond Castle with its formal Italian garden; the woodland and Himalayan delights at Cluny or the woodland gardens at the Hermitage near Dunkeld and visit the cathedral or the Beatrix Potter Centre on the same tour.

Distilleries: – No visit to this part of Scotland would be complete without an excursion to one (or more?) of the many distilleries in the area. CLC Duchally Country Estate is located at the start of the “Whisky Trail” which runs up through the Highlands to Speyside and passes some of the most recognised names in the wonderful world of Scotch whisky.

The new Tullibardine distillery in Blackford is definitely worth a visit and in the immediate area there are the Famous Grouse and Aberfeldy Distilleries, both with wonderful visitor centres and an opportunity to “tak a wee dram”. The Edradour at Pitlochry is the smallest and one of the oldest distilleries in the country. When you get back, why not try some of the other well-known brands in the hotel bar!

Visitor Centres: – There are far too many visitor centres to list them all here, but you can choose from a wide variety including – heather jewellery, crystal, potteries, glassware, knitwear, horn-carving, jute production and power, to name just a few.  The newly refurbished Stanley Mills, on the banks of the River Tay, presents life in the mill as it was a hundred years ago.

There are numerous wildlife centres – the award winning wildlife attraction set in the hills at Auchingarrich, the deer park at Glengoulandie, bird-watching at the Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld and the nature reserve run by RSPB at Vane Farm. You can also take a trip with Highland Adventure Safaris in Aberfeldy that will take you off road in search of wildlife.

Tours: – Perthshire is the perfect base from which to embark upon organised and guided tours, either in the area or further afield, and a wide variety of special interests are catered for.

The natural history and Scottish history tours are particularly popular, however, art and crafts, antiques, architecture, food and drink are also well featured on a number of interesting excursions.