I recently took some friends from out of town around Perthshire for the day. I know the route I took like the back of my hand, but a really useful information site for Scotland is Undiscovered Scotland. They have a great search facility, by region and by Historic Scotland sites etc all accompanied with photos so you can get a taster of where you want to go.
The route I took was the following………..
Everywhere we went was FREE
Departed Edinburgh at 0930hrs from the West End, up the M90 to the A9 with the first stop being at Pitlochry and the Edradour Distillery. You can get a free tour here which includes a wee dram and it really is the cutest one around. My friends really enjoyed it.
We passed the Moulin Inn Hotel on the way back through Pitlochry and headed to Blairgowrie to see the 2 highland cows that are in the field there. They are just the cutest animals – but don’t get too close those horns are big !
Next stop was up the A9 a bit to the Falls of Bruar at Bruar. There is a big tourist stop here with places to eat, toilets and shops. We had armed ourselves with sandwiches in Edinburgh so sat down in the sun and had our lunch here and it really was nothing short of perfect. We just stayed down by the lower falls, but you can walk to the upper falls as well.
We headed back down via Killicrankie and the Linn of Tummel (lovely view from the bridge) and along to Queen’s View which is one of my favourite places in Scotland, despite it being so touristy. I have seen it in all seasons, but it was looking particularly beautiful.
We timed it perfectly as there were only a few tourists admiring the view (just after lunch) so perhaps the tour buses were eating.
We then drove through the gorgeous Glen Lyon which is another of my favourite places with small windy roads and views galore.
We stopped at the Bridge of Balgie post office / shop / cafe for some delicious cream scones and took in the peacefulness of the Glen.
We then drove down towards Killin via the Ben Lawyers Visitors Centre where you start the climb up the famous munro.
The roads here are very narrow, winding and single lane with passing places, so you have to drive carefully.
We stopped at the Falls of Dochart and had a drink before heading down to Callendar via Loch Lubnaig.
Our dinner stop was here where we had fish and chips from the Mhor shop (extremely fresh and delicious)
Headed towards Stirling with a brief stop off at Doune Castle which is perhaps more famous now for being the place where Monty Python and Holy Grail was filmed.
Some more photos of the day trip can be found in my picasa album HERE
We didn’t spend long in each place, but enough time to soak it up, take some pictures etc. We got back to Edinburgh about 9.30pm, so 12 hours in total and it was still light !
You could spend a lot more time at each place if you had more than one day, but we were trying to cram in as much as possible before they left town.
Any further questions, please ask !!
Suitable for disabled ? On the whole yes, even the Falls of Bruar. They have a wheelchair accessible path, but it is a little steep so muscles would be needed. Falls of Dochart are at ground viewing level, Glen Lyon’s views are from the car and Queen’s View has a path and disabled parking. Again, if you want to know specifics, please email and ask