Our top ten places to visit in Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire

1. Blair Castle - the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. One of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland, Blair welcomes more visitors than any other. Hosts the Blair Horse Trials annually in August

2. Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder – nearby Pitlochry Dam is home to the famous Salmon Ladder where the fish may be seen in the viewing chamber during their ascent past Pitlochry Dam

3. The Hermitage - a gift to the 2nd Duke of Atholl from his nephew in the 18th century and it is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. There is a mile long walk along the River Braan which runs through ancient woodland to a folly built in 1758 called Ossian’s Hall, which is close to Ossian’s Cave. There is a waterfall, gorge and little bridge, all of which superbly reflects the late 18th century taste for the picturesque

4. Queens View - One of the outstanding beauty spots in all of Scotland is the Queen’s View where a panorama of lake and mountain scenery stretches westwards as far as the Glen Coe hills, on clear days

5. House of Bruar - Situated in rural Perthshire ten miles north of Pitlochry, The House of Bruar boasts some of Scotland’s finest produce, clothing and rural artwork. You’ll find items ranging from traditional Scottish tweed to cashmere jumpers and food hampers

6. A distillery visit – must include Dewars World of Whisky near Aberfeldy with its sensational interactive exhibition, and Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery. A little further afield are superb visitor centres at The Famous Grouse Experience, and at Dalwhinnie Distilery

7. Fortingall and the Fortingall Yew – Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’ and its easy to see why. Just a short trip can take you to The Fortingall Yew, Europe's oldest tree, the world's highest hedge, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's 'Birnam Wood' ... and it doesn’t stop there

8. Scone Palace, and a day at Perth Races - Scone Palace in Perthshire was for centuries the crowning place of the Scottish kings, and since 1808, home to the Earls of Mansfield. And set within the grounds of historic Scone Palace, Perth racecourse skirts the banks of the River Tay and weaves its way past trees that have stood for centuries, since the time when Perth Racecourse was the playground of the Kings of Scotland!

9. Black Watch Museum - The Black Watch Regimental Museum is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle. The Castle is set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds, which are home to a number of monuments and tributes to Black Watch men. It is ideally situated close to the centre of Perth

10. The Scottish Crannog Centre - The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch dwelling, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,600 year old site of 'Oakbank Crannog', one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay, Scotland