Perthshire Journals

Highland Perthshire

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A travel journal to Perthshire by MagdaDH_AlexH

Ben Vrackie Photo, Pitlochry, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Perthshire is a Big County (and a Big Tree Country too). For Perth, and its immediate environs, look in the Perth journal, but it's here that the real glories of that county are revealed: because the best Perthshire is north of Perth, on the way to and in the Highlands.

Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden

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Attraction | "Nice little exhibition"

Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden Photo, Dunkeld, Scotland
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The Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden celebrate the famous children's author and naturalist who used to come to Dunkeld and Birnam for holidays as a child. The exhibition is housed in a modern, purpose built area within Birnam Arts and Conference Centre and features multi-media and hands-on displays relating to the life of Beatrix Potter, life in Victorian times in general as well as Potter characters. Activities for children include dressing up as Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher, watching videos, reading, drawing, colouring, puzzles, rubbing panels, Victorian school room, toys, play-shop and fishing game all feature. There is more to Mrs Potter that meets the eye of th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 24, 2012

Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden
Birnam Arts And Conference Centre, Station Road
Dunkeld, Scotland
01350 727674

Ben Vrackie

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Attraction | "Another viewless peak"

Ben Vrackie Photo, Pitlochry, Scotland
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Ben Vrackie is a well known hill near Pitlochry, popular for a quick ascent and spectacular views in good weather. At 841m it doesn't quite classify as a ''mountain'' and at 2759ft it doesn't make it as a Munro, being instead (in a geeky world of Scottish peak-baggers) a ''Corbett'', a separate hill of between 2500ft and 2999ft in height, with a prominence of at least 500ft all around. The walk is about 6 miles (9km) long and with the ascent of 720m should take normal walkers in normal conditions between 3 and 4 hours.We went up Ben Vrackie a couple of days before setting off on our last year's epic drive around Europe. I have no idea why then, but I think we (or rather, the O...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2012

Ben Vrackie
North of Pitlochry
Perthshire, Scotland

Pass of Killiecrankie

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Attraction | "Jacobite landscapes"

Killiecrankie pass Photo, Perthshire, Scotland
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The Pass of Killiecrankie is a mountain pass on the River Garry in Perthshire between Ben Vrackie and Tenandry Hill. It's a major pass on the way to the Highlands, a scenic area known for the attractiveness of the landscape and a site of the historical battle during the first Jacobite uprising. It was a major Jacobite victory, achieved on 27 July 1689, but it had little impact on the fate of the uprising and in fact the loss of life and the fatal wounding of the Jacobite general, John Graham of Claverhouse (aka Bonnie Dundee) probably contributed to the eventual failure. Now it's chiefly remembered for the legendary Soldier's Leap: a redcoat soldier running away from the Jacobites pursuing him jumpe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2012

Pass of Killiecrankie
Three Miles North of Pitlochry by the A9 Road
Perthshire, Scotland

Kenmore colours Photo, Perthshire, Scotland
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Scotland used to be covered in woodland, but now only small vestiges of that ancient Caledonian Forest remain. Despite that, there are still many spots in Scotland where you can see the glorious foliage of the autumn (or fall, as the Americans would say). There are old hedges, preserved areas of woodland, newly reforested spaces and of course grounds of great country homes, And what could be a better place to see fall foliage than the Scottish county that rightly calls itself the Big Tree Country, Perthshire. The county's wood-encrusted glens and tree covered mountainsides get ablaze in a variety of reds and yellows, ochre and rust, copper and gold, all of course on the backgro...Read More

Dunkeld & Birnam

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Bridge in Dunkeld Photo, Dunkeld, Scotland
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Dunkeld, for most of the year a little sleepy town about 15 miles north of Perth along the A9, is one of my favourite places in central Scotland (although I suspect that technically it's possibly already in the Highlands).Dunkeld lies low on the banks of the Tay. You need to cross a very picturesque, high bridge to get to the main part of the town, and it's worth slowing down on the bridge to have a look at the river and the setting of the town.You can also still take a train (the station is called Dunkeld and Birnam), as Beatrix Potter used to when she came on holiday here with her family (of which, briefly, later).Dunkeld has a rich historical heritage - it was th...Read More

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

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Attraction | "Animal Park in Stunning Highland Scenery"

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre Photo, Perthshire, Scotland
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Auchingarrich is located a couple of miles south of Comrie, seven miles west of Crieff and about half an hour drive from Perth. It's a "wildlife centre" which usually seems to be a code for a farm with a few animals (some wild-ish, some very much domesticated) thrown in. Auchingarrich is more of a country park with animals (mostly wild-ish) thrown in, set in an extensive area of Highland Perthshire countryside.*Getting There*We live about 10 miles south of Perth and when I looked up directions, each of the sources I consulted (AA route planner, Google maps, Garmin Sat-Nav) suggested a different route. I chose the Garmin route which takes off A9 and goes ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 8, 2009

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Comrie
Perthshire, Scotland PH6 2JE
+44 (0)1764 679469