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Highland Perthshire is situated in the middle of Scotland and easily accessed from the bigger cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Rich in breath-taking sceneries and fun activities, Highland Perthshire offers you fairy-tale castles, wild safaris and a view fit for a queen. Enjoy the Scottish countryside at its finest with our list of the best things to do in Highland Perthshire.
From clay pigeon shooting to adrenaline-inducing canoeing, this area of Scotland is your go-to for exciting outdoor activities. Whether you want to go white water rafting, quad biking, tubing or paintballing, it is wise to book your chosen activity in advance, as the area tends to get very busy. Gather your group of friends, and experience your very own Highland games.
With its wealth of nature, Highland Perthshire is a paradise for wildlife fans and birdwatchers. You get a chance to spot deer, pine marten, otter and beaver. Bird species include the golden eagle, black grouse, raven, peregrine and osprey. One particular osprey named Lady raised 50 chicks at the Loch of the Lowes during 24 years. The area is also one of the best places to observe the native red squirrels, as they live in the woods that fill the glens and line the rivers and lochs.
Frequently counted among the best independent bookshops in the world, The Aberfeldy bookshop, gallery and cafe are perfect for a calm afternoon visit. Housed in a former oatmeal mill, the charming bookshop has everything from fiction to Scottish history and local interest. There is also an art gallery, with exhibitions displaying some of the best local talents as well as well-known artists. Be sure to also check out some of the delicious vegan and vegetarian options the cafe has to offer!
A local treasure in Aberfeldy, the restored art-deco Birks Cinema is one of the gems in the area. Set in the heart of the town, this independent single-screen cinema is a real joy for the locals. Showing a mix of the latest movies and some arthouse titles, the Birks will have something that catches your eye. In its cafe, the venue hosts a number of community-led activities throughout the week. If you get a chance, head down on a Thursday evening for one of their Celtic acoustic music sessions.
Set against a beautiful backdrop, Dunkeld Cathedral stands out as one of the historic hotspots in Highland Perthshire. With its origins dating back just over a 1000 years, the cathedral has a rich history. Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy the mix of Gothic and Norman stonework and appreciate the long time it took to build this place (nearly 250 years). The cathedral is a popular venue for weddings and houses some impressive artwork, with some of the paintings dating back to the 1500s.
The Birnam Arts & Beatrix Potter Exhibition is a perfect day out for the family. With its multi-purpose arts venue and monthly exhibitions, the arts centre is full of interesting finds from the area. One of the main attractions is the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden. Although born in London, the famed children’s book author had an affinity for the area since her childhood. Chronicling her work and life in the area, the exhibit makes for a delightful afternoon for any fans of Peter Rabbit – both adults and children alike.
Additional reporting by Nicholas Grantham