Few places rival the beauty of Perthshire, with its rolling hills, rich wildlife and endless acres to explore. But there are many more things to do in Perthshire than admire the stunning landscape, as it is a thriving area filled with history, culture and fun! We’ve managed to narrow it down to our top 10 “must do” activities in Perthshire, including two of the best campsites in the area to park your motorhome at. So get reading, get booking and let the holiday begin!
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#1 Walks in Perthshire
Given the immense beauty of Perthshire, it is only natural that walking throughout it can be one of the best things to do. One of our favourite walks begins in the centre of Pitlochry, where you then walk east and pass the Blair Athol Distillery and go through Black Spout Wood. This is a beautiful wood, full of birds and red squirrels, and will transport you straight into a fairytale. You’ll pass a gorgeous waterfall, which has a viewing platform to gaze out from. It is best to do this route after heavy rain, as it makes the waterfall even more impressive. From here, you follow the Edradour Burn stream which brings you to the Edradour whisky distillery, and further back into Pitlochry. In total, the walk is about 5 km in total and takes about two hours. That is if you don’t stop for some whisky! Not your ideal pick of the walks in Perthshire? Check out more of the walks, beginning and ending in various places across Perthshire.
#2 River Tay Public Art Trail
The River Tay has been a vital part of Perth since the formation of the city, connecting Perth to people and places near and far. The river has become even more prominent to visitors due to the construction of the River Tay Public Art Trail, a walking trail along 22 different sculptures. It takes you from the North Inch to the South Inch and then down to the High Street, and aims to reflect the history and heritage of the city and the river. This trail will allow you to combine a lovely and tranquil walk with a good dose of culture.
#3 Visit a distillery
Of all the things to do in Perthshire, the best ones often involve drinking. This is unsurprising, considering how renowned Scotland is for delicious spirits. Thus, we feel a tour of a traditional Scottish distillery is a great activity for your visit to Perthshire. Although Edradour is one of the smallest and most picturesque distilleries in Scotland, it is also one of the most visited. Through a guided tour, you’ll learn more about the history of Edradour as well as the whisky making process.
You’ll be welcomed with two drams of the liquid gold, and have the opportunity to buy over 25 expressions of Edradour Single malt whiskey, as well as other single malts from distinctive distilleries, in the distillery shop. Check out the Edradour Distillery website for more information. There are numerous other distilleries in the area to explore as well, such as Tullibardine. An independent, family-owned distillery nestled into the beautiful Scottish countryside. Tullibardine offers numerous tours, from the classic tour to a whisky and chocolate tour to a bonded tour. For more information regarding the varied tours, take a quick read of the Tullibardine Distillery website.
When you think of Scotland, your first thought isn’t skiing. But Scotland is actually home to five ski resorts offering the best outdoor skiing and snowboarding in the UK. One of the closest slopes to Perth is the Glenshee Ski Centre, located in Braemar. It has an impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs, offering a diversity of natural terrain to suit all standards of snowboarders and skiers. It is serviced by Britain’s largest lift system, with the runs extending over 3 valleys and 4 mountains. There are classes available, both private and group, as well as race training and package deals. There are restaurants there as well, so you’ll be able to fuel up for a good session of winter sports.
#5 Camping and Caravanning
Perthshire is absolutely beautiful, and the only proper way to experience this beauty is through camping right in the middle of it! However, not all people or places are fans of wild camping, so we’ve come up with our favourite campsites of the area instead! At Blairgowrie Holiday Park, you’ll be camping in beautifully landscaped, terraced gardens on the Northern outskirts of town. The park has a tranquil nature, with plenty of sunshine to relax in, and sheltered from the wind by hills and woodlands. It is only a short walk to the town centre, where you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the bars, shops and restaurants on offer. It is the ideal spot from which to explore the surrounding area, with numerous trails surrounding. Furthermore, the staff on site are known for their friendly nature, and are always ready to advise you on the best routes to take!
Another campsite in Perthshire and member of the Wood Leisure family, Corriefodly Holiday Park is situated next to the River Ardle. Corriefodly attracts outdoors fans, as whether it is a leisurely stroll or intense cycle or spot of fishing that you’re after, the surrounding area will certainly have it. There are numerous facilities to keep the young ones happy, including an indoor soft play area! But Corriefodly Holiday Park isn’t only welcoming to kids, but to your furry friends as well. Bring your dog along on your trip, and let them enjoy the spacious terrain of Corriefodly Holiday Park as well. Didn’t find a campsite in Perthshire that you like? Check out a comprehensive list of Wood Leisure Holiday Parks.
#6 Highland Safaris
Safari isn’t exactly the first word that comes to your mind when you consider Perthshire or Scotland, so you’ll be surprised to learn that your stay in Perth can be complemented by going on a safari. A highland safari takes you through the most beautiful views Scotland has to offer, with the chance to spot rare wildlife. The experience is interactive, learning more about deer and other wildlife as well as giving the young ones a chance to try out a tractor. There are varying types of the safari, from an off road vehicle to biking to helicopters, and varying destinations including mountains and lochs. To find out more, you can check out the Highland Safaris website.
#7 Mooch around a museum
And boy, do you have a lot of options! It is always great to visit a museum or two during your trip, whether it is to soak up some culture, get out of the rain or learn something you didn’t know. You could head over to Perth Museum and Art Gallery, which was founded in 1784 and is one of the oldest museums in the world. It has a collection of over 500,000 objects, and this collection is recognized as having National Significance to Scotland. On a far smaller scale, you’ll find Fergusson Gallery, which was built in a former water tower. It depicts the story of one of the great Scottish pioneers of modern art, J.D. Fergusson, and his wife, a pioneer of modern dance, Margaret Morris. The gallery celebrates their lives and talent through artwork, sketchbooks, costume, correspondence and photographs. There are numerous other museums worth a browse, and you can check out a more detailed list of Perthshire museums.
#8 Browse through some history
Perthshire has a wide variety of historic attractions, including castles, monuments and buildings. At the Scottish Crannog Centre, you’ll get the chance to see a replica of an iron age loch dwelling. It was constructed by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology in the stunning setting of Highland Perthshire on Loch Tay. It is an authentic copy of the defensive homesteads built almost 2,500 years ago, and during the tour you’ll not only learn more about this time, but get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with ancient craft. Another long standing feature is Dunkeld Cathedral, which was first erected on the north bank of the River Tay in the sixth or early seventh century. It was the first base for Celtic monks in Alba, and shows both Gothic and Norman influence. There are numerous more historically significant sites to see in Perthshire, and you can check out a list of them here.
#9 Golf at Gleneagles
The three championship golf courses at Gleneagles are considered to be among the best golf courses in the world and have been named the No. 1 Golf Resort in Britain and Ireland by Golf World magazine. It boasts 54 holes of championship golf, and is open to all levels of ability and welcoming visitors 365 days of the year. It has a licensed bar and restaurant to celebrate your score at, and the option of taking lessons. Take an afternoon of your trip to visit the greens and clear your mind, the perfect active relaxation for your holiday in Perthshire.
#10 Catch a Show
Scotland’s theatre scene is engaging and filled with both new and old pieces. One of the most famous theatres in Scotland is located right here in Perthshire, and has a different show every night of the week - with two on matinée days! Known as the ‘Theatre in the Hills’, Pitlochry Festival Theatre has an international reputation for the high quality and scale for its productions. It draws in over 120,000 visitors annually, and you could be one of them! For tickets and show information, check out the Pitlochry Festival Theatre website.
From walks in Perthshire to a theatre show, there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’ll be travelling alone, with a partner, friends or the entire family, Perthshire is the destination for you. Got more Perthshire tips? We would love to hear it! Until then, find a motorhome with Goboony to take you to this glorious place through a simple search on our site. Goboony is the motorhome and campervan sharing platform, giving private owners the opportunity to rent out their vehicles to fellow passionate campers!