TOP 20 ATTRACTIONS IN PERTHSHIRE
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Aberfeldy Water Mill
Tom Roger, a miller from Cupar in Fife, restored the mill in 1987. The present mill, built in 1825, harnesses water from the Birks of Aberfeldy. The mill lades runs five hundred yards from the Birks, underneath the town, to emerge at the mill. The water tumbles over its powerful fifteen feet diameter overshot water wheel. This powers two pairs of 54 inch diameter French Burr stones, each weighing 1.5 tons, as well as the ancillary milling equipment. Visitors will see stone ground oatmeal being made in traditional Scottish manner. There is an interesting film showing the place of the miller in Scottish history.
Price: Adult £1.80 Child 85p
Hours: Easter - Mid October Weekdays 10:00 - 17:00, Sundays 12:00 - 17:00
Details: 01887 820 803
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
This award-winning centre is set in 100 acres of beautiful Perthshire Hills, featuring the Highland Cattle Centre where you can see these majestic beasts and stroke them and feed them. Other animals to see include wallabies, raccoons, otters, chipmunks, hedgehogs, deer, porcupines and Scotland's largest collection of waterfowl, ornamental and game birds, plus the reptile corner. So there is no shortage of things to see. There are hatchings every day from Easter to October.
Details: 01764 679 469
Crieff Visitor Centre
The Crieff Visitor Centre is the home to Perthshire Paperweight - the world leader in the traditional art of millefiori glass paperweights. This art can be traced back to Roman times and means "a thousand flowers". In addition to paperweights, Perthshire also produces lampwork designs. Lampwork is a process of assembling and shaping small components of coloured glass into complex patterns. Perthshire paperweights are sold around the world and can be seen in several Palaces and museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago.
Details: 01764 654 014
Drummond Castle Gardens
First laid out in the early 17th Century and re-designed and terraced in the early 19th Century. The gardens you see today were replanted during the 1950s, preserving features such as the ancient yew hedges and the copper beech trees planted by Queen Victoria to commemorate her visit in 1842.
Price: Adult £3.00 Child £1.50
Hours: Easter weekend & 1st May - 30th Oct 14:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Details: 01764 681 257
This is the smallest distillery in Scotland with the smallest workforce of only half a dozen people. The distillery was established over 170 years ago and uses the smallest size of spirit stills that the law allows and produced about twelve casks a week. Edradour produces in a year what bigger distilleries produce in a couple of days, but they insist that it is quality, not quantity that makes the perfect whisky.
Price: free admission
Hours: Mar - Oct Mon - Sat 9:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Details: 01796 473 524
On the River Tay
Bridge of Earn
A handsome and complete 16th Century fortified mansion with three projecting towers. The original wrought iron grilles to protect the windows are still in place and there are remains of the entrance courtyard.
Price: Adult £1.50 Child 75p
Hours: Summer only
Details: 01738 639 998
The Glenturret Distillery
In this award winning visitor centre you can enjoy a guided tour through Scotland's oldest distillery, followed by The Water of Life Audio-Visual Presentation and The Spirit of the Glen Exhibition. The Smugglers Restaurant, Pagoda Room and Kiln Room offer excellent Scottish fare in a unique setting, with the restaurant terrace overlooking the Turret Burn. The Glenturret shop sells the complete range of The Glenturret whiskies and liqueurs and quality gifts. There is also the whisky tasting bar where you can prop yourself on a stool and sample the full range of fine drinks.
Hours: Feb - Dec Mon - Sat 9:30 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Details: 01764 656 565
The splendid painted ceilings are especially noteworthy in this castle, once owned by the Ruthven family. It was the scene of a famous leap between two towers by a daughter of the house who was nearly caught in her lover's room.
Price: Adult £1.80 Child 75p
Hours: Open all year
Details: 01738 627 231
In 1689 the first shots of the Jacobite cause shattered the peace of this beautiful gorge. The Highlanders were victorious but their leader 'Bonnie Dundee' died early in the battle. Perched on a shelf of the glen, the Visitor Centre features 'hands-on' natural history exhibits as well as models and maps of the battle.
Hours: Open all year, visitor centre - 1st Apr - 31st Oct 10:00 - 17:30
Details: 01796 473 233
On an island in Loch Leven
Get ferry from Kinross
This 14th Century tower was used to imprison Mary Queen of Scots before her dramatic escape in May 1568. During the first War of Independence it was held by the English, stormed by Wallace and visited by Bruce.
Price: Adult £2.80 Child £1.00
Hours: Summer only
Details: 0388 040483
The MacBeth Experience
Witchcraft, tyranny, murder
hardly the stuff of heroes but all key elements in Macbeth's story. Well, in the story told by William Shakespeare. Others would have you believe Macbeth was a generous and liberal Scottish King overseeing a nation that wanted for little. But is the story true? Here you will see the fascinating multi-media production will tell you about the real Macbeth, a man elected king almost 1,000 years ago, who ruled Scotland when her lands stretched as far south as Lancashire. Watch history come to life, and watch out for the witches
Price: Adult £2.00 Child £1.00
Hours: Easter - Sep 9:00 - 20:00; Oct - Mar 9:00 - 19:00
Details: 01738 787 696
Perth Leisure Pool
Ideally situated in the heart of the city. Enjoy the excitement of four fabulous pools. Relax in the luxurious surroundings of the modern Health Suite or workout in the fully equipped Fitness Studio. Toddlers will be totally amazed by the interactive water wonderland, and with extra attractions including the Boomerang Playpark, the Outdoor Lagoon and a large picnic area there is something for everyone.
Hours: Open daily
Details: 01738 492 410
The Perth Mart Visitor Centre
The Perth Mart Visitor Centre is located adjacent to the Perth Auction Market, which is steeped in local Scottish history. The original market, situated in the centre of Perth was founded by the late 1850s and developed through the century into probably the most famous cattle market in the world. Today the market, which is situated on a new site at the edge of Perth, still hosts the principle sales of Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn. It also stages the largest collective sale of Pedigree Beef Cattle in Europe. The centre really is a wonderful day out for the whole family. Enjoy the Highland Farm-Life Show as you are guided through the history of agricultural life in Scotland. Not only is the show pleasurable to watch, but it is informative too.
Hours: 7 days a week
Details: 01738 474 170
The Earl and Countess of Mansfield welcome you to their family home, which is full of flowers, plants and pets, and treasures collected over the last 400 years. Many of David Douglas's introductions now grace the site of Scone's royal city, with its connections with Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. Scone Palace is where Kenneth MacAlpin, the first king of a united Scotland, brought the Stone of Destiny and founded an important abbey where every Scottish king was ceremonially invested on the stone. Edward I stole the stone in 1296 and it was not returned until 1997 and is now in Edinburgh Castle.
Hours: Good Friday - late October 9:30 - 17:15
Details: 01738 552 300
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Crannogs are a type of ancient loch dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland. They were built out in the water as defensive homesteads, secure from potential invaders. People began living in these island homes as early as 5,000 years ago, and continued to do so up until the early 17th Century. Here in the wooded heartland of Scotland, the prehistoric crannogs were originally timber-built roundhouses supported on piles driven into the lochbed. Today, they appear as tree-covered islands or remain hidden as submerged stony mounds. Visit the Crannog Centre's shore based exhibition to learn more about the crannog people and their way of life. Video will allow you to witness the ancient art of crannog building, then you can step outside for the experience of a lifetime
Hours: April - October
Details: 01887 830 583
Stuart Crystal Factory Shop & Falconry Centre
Enjoy the art of crystal making with the audio-visual display that will tell you about the history of crystal and the different steps involved in making crystal ornaments. There is a stunning display of various crystal gifts on display. Outside the shop is an amazing falconry display where you can watch in amazement as you see trained owls and falcons fly and swoop in beautiful demonstrations. You also get to meet and hold the birds of prey with the help of experienced instructors who will happily answer any questions you may have on these marvelous animals.
Price: free falconry display
Hours: Oct - May Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00; June - Sep 10:00 - 18:00 daily Falconry display April - October 7 days a week, three times a day
Details: 01764 654 004
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