Road Trip | Exploring Autumnal Perthshire


Perthshire in central Scotland is a glorious region filled with things to do and explore. Whilst we recommend you visit anytime of the year, it is in autumn that the region comes alive with rich autumnal colours on the trees, with mountain and hillsides coming alive with warm tones and is a fantastic time to travel!

Take in the awe-inspiring landscapes; from expansive lush woodlands, to serene glens, to vast moors and gushing waterfalls. Lochs and mountains. You will find many hidden gems and jaw-dropping locations, read on to find out some of our favourite locations, that we know will be your favourites too- favourite places to immerse yourself in the seasonal display and enjoy autumn in Scotland

THE HERMITAGE- DUNKELD

The Hermitage is a stretch of Perthshire woodlands in the Tay Forest Park that boast towering Douglas Fir trees, which looks spectacular during autumn with a range of rich browns, oranges and yellows, look out for red squirrels as you stroll through the forest as you follow you will be alongside the River Braan which leads to the roaring Black Linn waterfalls and 18th century folly- Ossian’s Hall, be sure to head inside the building to the balcony which will face you right onto the powerful falls. Salmon season is also during August and you may catch sight as the fish leap out of the water making their way upstream

Info: Open daily. Free entry. £2 for car park or free if National trust for Scotland member

Address: Old Military Rd, Dunkeld PH8 0JR, follow brown tourist route signs from the A9

Route: 22 minutes’ drive / 12.4 miles north on A9 from The Hermitage to Pitlochry

PITLOCHRY

Pitlochry is a picturesque Victorian town on the shores of Loch Tummel. This is always a good place to stop for a bit to eat. The high street is bustling with cafés, restaurants and shops. We love Hettie’s Tearooms where there is an extensive menu from breakfast to lunch including seasonal coffee’s such as hazelnut and cinnamon lattes and a wide choice of cakes and treats

Info: Open from 10.30am

Address: Hettie’s Tearooms 93-95 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AB

Route: 13 minutes’ drive / 7.3 miles on A9 from Pitlochry to Blair Castle

BLAIR CASTLE

Located in the village of Blair Atholl you will find the grand Blair Castle and Gardens. You can visit this 13th century white castle or spot it on your travels as it stands proudly from the forest of trees surrounding it

Info: Castle open end of March to end of October each year. House and gardens admission £13 adults, £8.30 children

Address: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, PH18 5TL

Route: 7 minutes’ drive / 3.3 miles on B8079 from Blair Castle to House of Bruar

HOUSE OF BRUAR

Attracting more than 1 million visitors each year, the House of Bruar is a thriving independent retailer selling country tweed and Scottish country clothes, as well as a fantastic food hall and an award winning butcher.

Info: Be sure to check out the spectacular Bruar Falls which are located nearby

Address: Pitagowan, Blair Atholl, PH18 5TW

Route: 13 minutes’ drive / 8.3 miles on A9 and B8079 from House of Bruar to Killiecrankie

KILLIECRANKIE

The densely forested, wooded gorge at the Pass of Killiecrankie is best viewed from the Garry Bridge. This is also a legendary Jacobite site, and this is marked at the Soldiers Leap where an escaping Redcoat is said to have leapt 18ft over the river. You took can take a leap of faith as there is a bungy jump off the Garry bridge! The landscape utterly jaw dropping, this area comes alive in autumn with the thick abundance of colourful trees set against the inky black water of the Garry river. Look out for red squirrels, leaping salmon and birdlife!

Info: Pop into the visitor centre which is open end of March to 24th December each year and is free admission. Here there is also another bridge to walk across

Address: Visitor centre, Killiecrankie, Pitlochry, PH16 5LG

Route: 10 minutes’ drive / 3.9 miles on B8019 from Killiecrankie to Queen’s View