Your Journey just into the Highlands of Scotland visiting the Victorian town of Pitlochry and taking the opportunity to sample a dram of our Scotch.
You will travel over the famous Forth Road Bridge and north to Perth where you can visit Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, now the family home of the Earl of Mansfield. In the grounds of Scone Palace there is a replica of the Stone of Destiny and the chapel on Moot Hill where the coronations took place. Explore the collection of antiques including porcelain, ivories and French furniture inside this beautiful palace. Take your time in each room where knowledgeable guides are available to answer any questions you might have about the Palace.
Your journey continues north through the Highland town of Pitlochry, built on Victorian tourism and nestled amongst the mountains of Highland Perthshire, to reach Blair Castle, home of the Clan Murray family, who hold the title of Duke of Atholl. The Castle commands a strategic position on the main route through the Central Scottish Highlands. Lowland Clan Agnew held Blair Castle against the Jacobites who laid siege to the castle during the Jacobite uprising of 1745-1746.
Nearby you will stop for some shopping and refreshments at the House of Bruar, nestling at the side of the famous Bruar Falls, for a variety of shopping opportunities in Scotland’s most prestigious country store. There is an extensive range of Scottish foods for the gourmet and a fabulous ‘country kitchen’ restaurant where you can stop for refreshments or have lunch.
After lunch we then turn south, the journey can head toward several locations depending on your interests;
A short drive to Queens View, generally believed to be named after Queen Victoria who took tea here in 1866, the viewpoint commemorates Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce. The view across Loch Tummel to the Munro, Schiehallion is one of the most famous in Scotland.
If you wish to try our Scotch then travel to Pitlochry, with either The Blair Athol Distillery or Edradour, one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. You will be taken on a tour around the distillery to see the traditional methods of whisky making, where you’ll see the whisky being hand-crafted today as it was in Victorian times. And at the end you will be able to sample a Dram or two to taste the final product.
Or for those with a sweet tooth we can make our way to the “Highland Chocolatier” in Grandtully, Iain Burnett and his team are based at the Scottish Chocolate Centre offering Tastings and their Chocolate Lougne where you can sample a menu of cakes, small savoury snacks and drinks. With the worlds best truffles on offer amongst other offerings Iain Burnett “the Highland Chocolatier” has been recognised as a world-class chocolatier, with a growing collection of national and international awards and is a member of the Academy of Chocolate.
We then return south once more through Pitlochry to the beautiful town of Dunkeld where you can see Dunkeld Cathedral which stands on the north bank of the River Tay. The cathedral was begun in 1260 and completed in 1501. Because of the long construction period, the cathedral shows mixed Gothic and Norman architecture. Although partly in ruins, the cathedral is in regular use today and is open to the public. The small Chapter House Museum offers a collection of relics from monastic and medieval times and local history exhibits. The home stretch is back over the Forth Road Bridge to your accommodation.
Attraction Details (Tickets are Required for Entry):
The itinerary above is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing excursion of your own making. The excursions price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the chauffeurs gratuity.