A selection of other chosen local area highlights and ‘must visits’ includes:

HydroElectric Dam and Fish Ladder

Each year between April and October an average of 5,400 salmon fight their way upstream from Atlantic feeding grounds to spawn in the upper reaches of the River Tummel. They must by-pass the Hydro-Electric dam at Pitlochry by travelling through the interconnected pools that form the Pitlochry "fish ladder" up and around the dam. Three resting pools provide patches of slack water for a break in the struggle against the current.

The flow from the bottom of the fish ladder attracts the salmon into the first pool and from there they rise in steps through connecting pipes from pool to pool until they have climbed the height of the dam. Witness all at a very special attraction.

The Hermitage

Situated just beside Dunkeld, the Hermitage is a National Trust for Scotland property on land which stretches up the River Braan from just off the A9.

What was believed until recently to be the tallest tree in the UK stands in these woods. Then someone got round to measuring it and it lost its title to a tree in Moniack near Inverness.


Tucked away at the foot of thickly wooded hills, you will discover one of Scotland's gems - the cathedral town of Dunkeld. And that's not all! Resting on the opposite bank of the river Tay is the Victorian village of Birnam.

Together the beautifully restored buildings and rich heritage of these Highland Perthshire sister towns are an inspiration for lovers of history, the arts, music and the outdoors.

Queen's View

The spectacular view - considered one of the most famous in Scotland - is just one of the scenic views to be seen.

There is now an exhibition and audio visual display "The cradle of Scottish Forestry" telling the history of people and forests in Highland Perthshire.

There are the usual facilities such as tea room, toilets and shop (wheelchair access to all facilities) and car park. There is a car park charge (£1 at the time of writing) which includes entry to the exhibition and helps to maintain the site.

A guide map can be purchased from the shop that will inform you of the opportunities for walks, cycling or just to relax.


Owned by the National Trust for Scotland. 3 miles / 5 km north of Pitlochry, on the B8079.

The Pass of Killiecrankie offers a splendid walk beside the River Garry through a densely wooded gorge with abundant wildlife. A visitor centre provides information on Killiecrankie's natural history, as well as the battle fought here in 1689. The woodland is famous for its autumn colour, with the view along the pass from the Garry Bridge being one of the most photographed in Perthshire.

Moulin Brewery

The Moulin Hotel Brewery was established by hotelier, Chris Tomlinson, in the summer of 1995, partly to celebrate the Moulin Hotel's 300th aniversary. A local brewery had formerly been in operation in Moulin until the early 19th century.

Residents and visitors are invited to tour the Brewery from Thursday to Monday inclusive between 12.00 and 3.00 pm and at other times by prior arrangement. The Brewery includes a small retail area, selling bottled beers and branded merchandise.

Crannog Centre

The Crannog Centre is a popular visitors attraction on Loch Tay. It is a complete reconstruction of how the ancient peoples lived and worked many thousands of years ago. Enjoy a shore-based exhibition and visitor centre displaying some of the original house timbers and objects used by the Iron Age loch-dwellers.

Crannogs are a type of ancient loch dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland. They were built in the water as defensive homesteads from 5,000 years ago and people continued to build and occupy them periodically until the 17th Century AD.

Guided tours inside the waterborne Crannog and regular demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies bring the past to life.

Proprietor: Heather Reeves
The Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Call us on 01796 481205
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