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Perthshire is a little known gem in the Central Highlands. Native forests, containing some of the tallest trees in Britain, countless lochs, ribbons of rivers and impressive mountains make up this beautiful area in the centre of Scotland.
Rich in history from the Iron Age to Mary Queen of Scots and beyond this is a fascinating area set against an incredible backdrop. You’ll have plenty of opportunity for self-guided explorations as well as making the most of your time with guided activities with a fully qualified local expert. From the wild bluebells in the spring, the lush green of summer, the breath-taking autumn colours and the snow-capped mountains in winter it is the perfect place for a short break any time of the year.
This Highland Perthshire trip is part of our exciting collection of self-drive itineraries. You can enjoy this trip as a short break, or choose to extend your holiday by adding on one or more of our other itineraries in this range. Suitable for families, couples and groups of friends, the exciting and varied activities on these trips will be tailored to your interests and preferences, making them accessible to all ages and levels of experience. With the option to upgrade accommodation and add on extra days and activities, you are sure to find your perfect adventure.
As this trip is self-drive it starts from anywhere. You can bring your own car or hire ahead of time. Please get in touch for recommendations. The below self-drive itinerary starts in Aberfeldy.
As you journey into Perthshire today you’ll be greeted by tall trees and taller mountains. On the way to your accommodation, you may want to visit Scone Palace, the ancient seat of the Scottish Parliament and the crowning place of kings including Robert the Bruce. Spend time wandering around the Palace and Gardens (don’t get lost in the maze!), before continuing north for a short walk at the Hermitage. Marvel at the impressive canopy of Douglas firs – some of the tallest in Britain – as you make your way to a waterfall where it is possible to spot leaping salmon. Arrive at your accommodation in time to settle in before dinner.
Meet your expert hiking guide this morning to chat about options for the day. There are countless hikes in the area and we’ll choose the best one for your trip based on your experience and preference. One option is local favourite, Schiehallion – The Fairy Hill. Standing tall over the tranquil waters of Loch Rannoch this is a great hill for those who would love to “bag a munro” (climb a mountain over 3,000ft/914.4m) but don’t have that much experience hill walking. There are also plenty of low level walks that also offer incredible views. (B)
Whether you choose to ride the quiet meandering back roads or prefer to head into the forest to explore the woodland trails, admiring the scenery from the seat of a bicycle is quite simply one of the best ways to experience the majesty of Perthshire. Your guide will ensure you’ll make the most of this adventure as the route will be specifically tailored to your interests and ability. Keep an eye out for local wildlife and experience the landscape which has served as the inspiration for countless artists and writers, including Sir Walter Scott. (B)
This morning you’ll head into the hills for a private Land Rover safari with a local ranger. We’re in search of wildlife, but the magnificent views make this trip wonderfully special right from the start. Look out for stags with their impressive antlers, grouse, ptarmigan, wild mountain hare and eagles soaring through wide-open skies. This afternoon depart for home or extend your trip by adding one or more of the additional activities on offer. You may also want to link this trip with one of our other Self-Drive Collection itineraries for a longer adventure. (B)
Visit the Scottish Crannog Centre, a living museum and replica of an Iron-Age loch dwelling. Immerse yourself in village life where you can try your hand at traditional crafts. This afternoon there is free time to explore. Take a walk through majestic Glen Lyon and seek out the Fortingall Yew which is around 5000 years old and one of the oldest living things in Europe.
Located on a working farm and using produce direct from the fields and gardens you’ll work with the chef to create delicious meals in a true farm to fork experience.
Experience the magic of Perthshire from the water. Under the instruction of a paddling guide, explore the lochs of Perthshire by canoe or paddleboard. Afterwards, treat yourself to an afternoon tea at a 5* castle – with additional options for spa treatments. Or, you might prefer a bit of time to wander around Pitlochry, renowned as a top tourist attraction during Victorian times, and still is!
The rivers around Perthshire are some of the best for fly fishing. Head out with a local ghillie who will take you to the best local spots from which to cast. All equipment is included.
An award-winning light and music show set in beautiful native woodland the world-renowned Enchanted Forest is an incredible experience. Available in October only tickets for the Enchanted Forest can be added on to any day on the trip depending on availability.
You will be based Perthshire at one of our excellent, hand-picked accommodation partners.
The accommodation on this trip is classic standard and will generally be in a small hotel or guest house. However, if you would like to upgrade the accommodation on this trip to deluxe or 5* luxury please get in touch.
Throughout the trip, you can enjoy fresh local produce prepared locally and with regards to the season.
Breakfasts are included at your accommodation each morning. Packed lunches are not included but can usually be ordered from your accommodation the night before or from a local cafe/deli. We will be more than happy to make local restaurant suggestions.
At Your Own Pace
On this adventure you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Scotland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle low level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready!
On the other days of the trip you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.