Tayside & Perthshire
Often referred to as the ‘Scottish heartland’, Tayside and Perthshire has everything you’d expect from a holiday in Scotland. It has the mountains, woodland, rivers, lochs, and sea that provide an ideal backdrop for wildlife-spotting, outdoor activities and to just simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery. It has centuries of history on display in the castles and ruins that dot the landscape, and its urban centres offer an intoxicating mix of traditional and contemporary culture.
Places to go in Tayside and Perthshire
With the North Sea coast to the east and the Highland Boundary Fault and Grampian Mountains to the northwest, Tayside and Perthshire is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There are wildlife and outdoor activities on land, in water and in the air. You can observe osprey breeding on Loch of the Lowes, watch travelling wild salmon near Pitlochry Dam, or see dolphins playing in the Tay Estuary. The River Tay is ideal for kayaking and whitewater rafting, and in the winter Glenshee is a snowy paradise for skiing and snowboarding. The ‘Scottish heartland’ has witnessed some of the country’s most historic events and many have left their mark on the landscape in the form of castles, churches, stately homes and other historic sites. Loch Leven Castle was where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned, while the Declaration of Arbroath (Scottish independence) was signed in Arbroath Abbey. For maritime history, HM Frigate Unicorn, the oldest British-built ship still afloat, is berthed in Dundee.
Our Top Picks in Tayside and Perthshire
We want you to enjoy the best that Tayside and Perthshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Tank Driving Scotland does what it says on the tin, it’s a place in Scotland you can go and drive tanks. Get behind the controls of a real 18-tonne army tank and make your way around a custom built track. You can do a ‘car crush experience’, but unfortunately you won’t be allowed to fire the tank's weapons. Once you’ve had your fill of the tanks, there are various other military vehicles you can have a go in as well.
Dewar's World of Whisky
Any place with the phrase “world of whisky” in its title is definitely worth a visit. Scotland is world-renowned for its whiskies and Dewar’s is among its most successful exports. Visitors can enjoy a guided distillery tour on which you can see the spirit being produced, and then afterwards get the chance to taste a selection of whiskies.
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