Queen´s View offers a spectacular view, considered one of the most famous in Scotland, a scenic view that more than deserves to be seen. This is the place where Queen Victoria used to come to rest and enjoy the view. It has a viewingpoint where you can see a video presentation of life in the woods Scots in Highland Perthshire "The cradle of Scottish Forestry". The viewingpoint has a tea room, toilets and a shop. There I bought most of the souvenirs that I brought home from Scotland. The parking costs 1 pound, which also gives you entry to the exhibition and the money helps maintain the place. You can buy a map for walking and cycling in the area. It is a place I would recommend visiting if you are doing a tour of the Scottish Highlands. We were heading towards St. Andrews, but turned off the road to visit this place. On the way we stopped to see the curious Scottish cows.
At the end of Perth, facing Dundee, you can see this church, which stands among five houses. According to historical documents, it is one of the oldest in the country. Although it is located in one of Scotland's smaller cities, it was famous in medieval times for the number of donations it received, enabling it to make valuable contributions to various monasteries in the region (such as Lindores, Balmerino, or Inchaffray Cambuskenneth) who saw the church as a useful source of income. At present, it is still very isolated and apparently unused, with all openings covered by wooden panels. But appearances can be deceptive...peepholes will show you that the inside of the church remains intact. There are two clearly divided areas inside: the original church, near the historic cemetery, and where the church stands before us today, dating from the eighteenth century. This is possibly not the most exciting tour, but there's plenty of historical interest, and this is a gem for those who love mysterious and evocative places. The old cemetery (with the ruins of the original church) is sure to have an impact. Look out for the ghosts that are said to haunt it!
The Elcho Castle is another expample of the divide between the Scottish nobility during the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance. The construction is characteristic of Scotland (as there are many similar places) and is made up of a small castle, that belongs to a noble family with some power, as in the case of Wemyss (whose leader was the Count of Elcho, hence the name of the castle).
The castle is located near the city of Perth, by theTay River in the village of Rhynd. It is in perfect condition and completely open to visitors (from April to September). It mainly serves as a museum of the seventeenth century, during the time when it was completed. This castle did not participate in wars, sieges and went for over 200 years without use. It functioned as more of a residential mansion castle, but can be rented for weddings, celebrations as long as you can cover the cost.
Very near Perth, is the village of Scone, an ancient Pictish settlement which in turn resulted in a religious settlement founded by the Augustinians in a small abbey. This settlement is located in the area called Old Scone. During the Middle Ages, it played an important role as the place in which the kings were crowned, on the "Stone of Destiny", stolen by the English King Edward I and taken to London. In fact it is the base of the royal throne of Westminster Abbey where many English kings were crowned. In 1996 the stone was returned to Scotland and is on display in Edinburgh Castle. Next to that place stands Scone Palace, built in 1808 a restoration of a XVI century palace that was there before. The counts of Mansfields who built the palace still own it, and reside there when it is closed to the public, usually most of the year. The best dates to visit are in late spring and summer. The palace houses impressive collections of porcelain rooms, stuffed animals and other family collections. All in a superb condition, the guards are attentive and there are guides for each room. The gardens are also interesting, though in my opinion is the most bland place, overshadowed by the historical locations by the palace and the palace itself. Scone Palace is considered one of the most well-preserved Scottish stately homes (in use). A beautiful place.
The city of Perth is flanked by two parks, the North and South, as you follow the course of the river. Both parks are called the same way: North Inch and South Inch. In the southern traditional festivals are held, such as the Highland Games, while the North is considered a bit more select because there are fields and the golf club. However, entrance to both of them is free, which makes many people wander around and enjoy the large open areas there. The walk along the river is great, it is that locals go, to fish as the river that passes through there is the Tay, one of the biggest and most important and with a large flow. It is also one of the coldest places in the country, which makes walking around in Autumn or Winter an adventure. If there is any place where you can lose yorself in Perth, at its most natural, no doubt it is in these parks.
In Stanley, which is north of Perth, Scotland, is where you'll find the remains of the last great cotton mill across in the United Kingdom. Today the factory is a museum that demonstrates its operation and runs by Historic Scotland, and some residential apartments. I found this museum visit amazing, because really we are transported to these huge red brick factories in the industrial revolution era. In the United Kingdom things like this are classics from the past (and recreated by many series and movies). Throughout the duration of the visit is recreated noise the machines used to do all day, which makes assessing what the workers / as were there. After several fires, wars and other penumbres the factory closed its doors for good in 1989. The street closure left more than 400 employees (most of the town of Stanley and many of the very Perth) and certified the complete disappearance of this type of traditional factories. There are impressive fireplaces, colossal structures and outdated machinery that have been left for the visitor so that he or she can experience a bittersweet taste of traditional lifestyle fantastic murdered by science and progress, which is not always an advantage. Personally, I was very impressed this corner.
On one end of Loch Tay (Tay Lake), we find the idyllic village of Kenmore the foot of the mountains. The castle cannot be missed. The is one of the most famous hotels in the area with the same name as the town and it´s a vacation spot for people from all corners of Scotland. Between the lake and the majestic mountains, it´s the perfect place for losing yourself.
The city of Perth is called "The Gates of the Highlands" because it is the largest city that is located between the Lowlands and the Highland. As soon as you set foot outside of Perth (northbound), you can say that you are at the famous Highlands. With the exception of the larger cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the city of Perth represents the average Scottish city, with about 50,000 residents. While some visitors may think that is small, but ever since medieval times, Perth has been called "royal burgh" and should be be known as a city. It is the capital of the district of Perthshire (although it was founded much earlier in time of the Picts, the oldest tribe settled in Scotland).
It is located on the banks of the River Tay, one of the major rivers of the country. During the summer, this area becomes very colorful and filled with flowers. It provides beautiful views, lots of greenery, stunning parks (where people to to practice golf, despite the fact that it is not a golf field) and pretty nice people. The historic center is around the old town hall and church of San Juan (St. John's Kirk), two of the most emblematic buildings of the city.
It may be one of the least visited cities in the country, (I'm not sure why) although the summer courses offered by Perth College are among the best in quality and price. Fortunately for me, I lived there for a little while, and I can say it is a particularly welcoming city and will surely surprise many who visit. It has a great balance of party atmosphere and tranquility. For those who enjoy an excellent shopping center, for me it is a special place and I often go shopping, have a drink, eat or just to stroll through its streets.
As we approach Pitlochry from Perth, on the A9, there's one of the largest select and refined shop in the whole of Scotland, The House of Bruar. Everything Scottish (clothes, salmon, fruits, whiskey), is found in this store. Just one problem, prices are relative to quality, and quality in these galleries is more than good. The presentation is fantastic, all very neat and clean. It's more of the same with the restaurant and bars, quality and price, but I've always seen them filled with visitors. To those who seek select products this is your place. However, you're only looking (for security for our pockets), if you come through here (for example on the way to Inverness) worth stopping and contemplating all that The House of Bruar has to offer ... in the end we caved and bought something, it is almost inevitable!
The major attraction of this part of Perthshire is the Acharn waterfall. It's popular for the striking views, not just of the waterfall itself, but also of the village and the mountain of Ben lawers. It's not the highest or biggest waterfall, but thanks to the construction of an artificial bridge, you can find yourself almost in the middle of two falls, where there's so much spray it's almost impossible to take photographs. Due to the dampness in the area, hikers should move carefully across the rocks and moss. It's a lovely, quiet site, where you'll feel completely separate from civilization. The perfect place to enjoy the fresh air.
These green mountainous landscapes have a very special appeal. the green of the mountains, the picturesque dark stone villages and, of course, the aged whisky made with the water of the River Tay born here in the Highlands.