Travel just into the Highlands of Scotland visiting the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry and taking the opportunity to sample our 'uisge beatha'.
You will travel over the iconic Forth Road Bridge and north to Perth where you can visit Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, now the cherished family home of the Earl of Mansfield. In the extensive 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 unique collection of antiques including porcelain, ivories and French furniture inside this stunning palace. Take you time in each room where individual knowledgeable guides are available to answer any questions you might have about the Palace.
Continue your journey north through the Highland resort 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 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 also an extensive range of Scottish foods for the gourmet and a fabulous 'country kitchen' restaurant.
After lunch travel a short distance to Queens View, generally believed to be named after Queen Victoria who took tea here in 1866, the viewpoint actually commemorates Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce who ruled Scotland between 1306 and 1329. The stunning view across Loch Tummel to the Munro, Schiehallion is one of the most famous in Scotland. Alternatively, if you wish to try our 'uisge beatha' then travel above Pitlochry to Edradour, the smallest distillery and last of the original farm distilleries in Scotland. You'll be welcomed with a "wee dram" in the Malt Barn where you will hear the history of Edradour and the whisky maker's art. Then you will be taken 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.
Now it is time to 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. Finally travel back over the Forth Road Bridge to your accommodation.
Please note we can include passes to Blair Castle. These will allow your group fast entry. Please ask when you enquire about your Tour.
Duration: 10 hours (starting in Edinburgh).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.