Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Blair Atholl

Blair Castle

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland, magnificent Blair Castle – and its surrounding estates – is the seat of the Duke of Atholl, head of the Murray clan. (The current duke visits every May to rev…
Top Choice Museum in Kenmore

Scottish Crannog Centre

Less than a mile south of Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay is the fascinating Scottish Crannog Centre, perched on stilts above the loch. Crannogs – effectively artificial islands – were a favoured form of defensive …
Top Choice Visitor Centre in Pitlochry

Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

Opened in 2017, this architecturally stunning visitor centre is perched above the dam on the River Tummel, and houses an exhibition that details the history of hydroelectricity in Scotland, alongside the life cycle …
Top Choice Pub Food in Aberfeldy

Inn on the Tay

This convivial pub, with its modern bistro-style dining room, makes a great pit stop on the way west to Loch Tay. The menu is simple – salads, burgers, fish and chips – but top quality, and there's an outdoor deck a…
Top Choice Distillery in Pitlochry

Edradour Distillery

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 building. It’s 2.5 miles east of Pitlochry by car, along the …
Top Choice Theatre in Pitlochry

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Founded in 1951 (in a tent!), this famous and much-loved theatre is the focus of Highland Perthshire's cultural life. The summer season, from May to mid-October, stages a different production each night of the week …
Top Choice Pub Food in Pitlochry

Moulin Hotel

A mile away from town but a world apart, this atmospheric inn has low ceilings, ageing wood and snug booths. It's a wonderfully romantic spot for a home-brewed ale (there's a microbrewery out back) and some Highland…
Top Choice Pub Food in Dunkeld & Birnam

Taybank

Top choice for a sun-kissed pub lunch by the river is the Taybank, a regular meeting place and performance space for folk musicians and a wonderfully welcoming bar serving ales from the local Strathbraan Brewery. Th…
Cafe in Lochs Tummel & Rannoch

Rannoch Station Tea Room

This superb little tearoom sits on the platform at remote Rannoch Station, serving coffee, sandwiches and cake to visiting hikers, mountain bikers and railway excursionists. Next door, in the former waiting room, is…
Gardens in Dunkeld & Birnam

Dunkeld House Grounds

Waymarked walks lead upstream from Dunkeld Cathedral through the gorgeous grounds of Dunkeld House Hotel, formerly a seat of the dukes of Atholl. In the 18th and early 19th centuries the 'planting dukes', as they be…