5 hidden gems in Scotland- Highland Perthshire
Highland Perthshire is one of the most attractive parts of Scotland and often is overlooked by tourists. The reality is that if you want to get a feel for way of life in Scotland the Perthshire villages can bring it to life in an authentic way for the travel who is looking for getting beyond the tourist routes. These 5 places are well worth the finding and take time to enjoy a leisurely walk taking in the views and air
Pine Cone Point – The Hermitage, Dunkeld
Ossian’s Hall was built by the Duke of Atholl in 1757 and is a delight at the Hermitage. It is well worth the walk to see and you may be lucky enough to see the salmon leaping up the Braan. However carry on along the path and wind your way up to the beautiful Pine Cone Point. It lays bare the valley and silvery Tay for you to admire. You are higher than you feel the walk merits as the incline is gradual and the walk encased in forest until the end. This is a place where locals have chosen to hold intimate wedding ceremonies and is best savoured alone during an Indian summer evening
Black Rock viewpoint, Kenmore
Kenmore is a beautiful Highland village with its castle, church and beach at the end of Loch Tay. You can magnify this pleasure by taking the walk up to the Black rock viewpoint on Drummond Hill which takes you high enough to see the village, mountains, loch and crannog in one long delightful glance. It makes you imagine what life would have been like in the Iron Age with several functioning crannogs, being home and livelihood to all. It captures the romance and beauty that Scotland’s Highland Perthshire is famous for.
Loch Ordie, above Dunkeld
This really is a gem. It’s 6 miles into the hills from the Cally car park above Dunkeld. If you arrive by foot or bike you will not be disappointed. This beauty remains hidden until the last seconds then, oh what a surprise! Before you is a tranquil scene where you can sit with a freshly brewed coffee and contemplate the serene beauty stretching before you. One of those places where you just cannot help relaxing and forgetting any worries in your life.
Black Spout waterfall, Pitlochry
A lovely forest walk in any weather but definitely a place to go after heavy rain. There is a small car park under a railway bridge on the left just as you leave Pitlochry heading south. The walk through the mature oak forest is a delight as you gradually head up the hill towards the viewpoint that overlooks the Spout itself. There, surrounded by lofty oaks lies the very impressive 60m falls thundering into the gorge below the viewpoint. A place to keep a hold of small hands and admire the power of nature.
This gem is a genuinely unexpected surprise, only a few miles from the center of Pitlochry but has an exotic spiritual feel akin to a Japanese garden. There a lovely walks and picnic areas and a beautiful lake which is beset with waterlilies all summer long. The famous Enchanted Forest event is held here each Autumn and draws thousands of visitors when the lights add an ethereal experience. The light show is great but I think it’s best enjoyed on a quiet Spring day when the promise of summer is a moment away.