Explorers Garden

This gem of a garden is based around plants brought to Scotland by 18th- and 19th-century Scottish botanists and explorers such as David Douglas (after whom the Douglas fir is named), and celebrates 300 years of collecting and the 'plant hunters' who tracked down these exotic species.

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1. Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

0.14 MILES

Opened in 2017, this architecturally stunning visitor centre is perched above the dam on the River Tummel, and houses an exhibition that details the…

2. Wild Space

0.39 MILES

This combined art gallery, interpretation centre and bookshop is run by environmental charity the John Muir Trust. It stages exhibitions of contemporary…

3. Blair Athol Distillery

0.63 MILES

Tours here focus on whisky making and the blending of this well-known dram. More detailed private tours give you greater insights and superior tastings.

4. Edradour Distillery

1.37 MILES

This is proudly Scotland’s smallest and most picturesque distillery and one of the best to visit: you can see the whole process, easily explained, in one…

5. Killiecrankie Visitor Centre

3.35 MILES

Located near the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie, this visitor centre has great interactive displays on the Jacobite rebellion and local flora and…

6. Pass of Killiecrankie

3.35 MILES

The beautiful, rugged Pass of Killiecrankie, 3.5 miles north of Pitlochry, where the River Garry tumbles through a narrow gorge, was the site of the 1689…

7. Queen’s View Visitor Centre


The Queen's View at the eastern end of Loch Tummel is a magnificent viewpoint with a vista along the loch to the conical peak of Schiehallion (1083m)…

8. Atholl Country Life Museum

6.19 MILES

This eccentric collection housed in the old village school celebrates local life through the ages, with exhibits ranging from a letter from a Canadian…