PERTHSHIRE, THE HEART OF SCOTLAND
Things To Do
From majestic munros, rocky rivers and wild forests to pretty villages, historic castles and Scotland’s newest city, Perthshire is the perfect place, no matter what you like to do.
Perthshire is recognised globally for its food and drink, with an abundance of soft fruits, whisky and gin, farm produce, fresh fish, cheeses and hand-made chocolates. Many world-class restaurants have located here and there are numerous festivals to celebrate our bounty.
Whether you’re a nature-lover, photographer, sport-lover, shopper, spa fan or you simply love to unwind with a great book, a glass of wine and a beautiful view, Perthshire has it all.
We’re always happy to share our personal recommendations for places to go and things to do. In the meantime, here are just some of the attractions in our wonderful area.
- The Whitemoss Lodge Barbeque Hut! Contact us to hire our bbq hut as part of your stay.
- Barbeque packs - we can also supply you with locally sourced meats and everything you need for a delicious bbq! For use either in our bbq hut (booking required) or on one of our outdoor bbq/firepits.
- The Kirkstyle Inn, Dunning
- Jon and Fernanda’s Restaurant, Auchterarder
- Delivino’s, Auchterarder
- The Roost, Bridge of Earn
- Gleneagles Hotel bars and restaurants
- Perth Farmers’ Market – on the first Saturday of every month
- Tullibardine Distillery, Blackford
- Glenturret Distillery, Crieff
- Strathearn Distillery, Methven
- Deanston Distillery and Visitor Centre, Doune
- Dewars Distillery, Aberfeldy
Perthshire is famed for its multitude of walks, including several munros (mountains over 3000 feet), corbetts (2500 – 3000 feet) and the picturesque Ochil Hills. Whether you like a forest stroll, a moorland ramble or a mountain hike, there’s so much choice. The Munro Map, Walk Highlands and Forestry and Land Scotland websites are packed with useful information.
We’re practically a stone’s throw (or perhaps a drive and a 5 iron) away from some of the best-loved golf courses in the world:
- The four Gleneagles courses – this legendary venue has been played by the world’s greatest golfers, hosting the Ryder Cup 2014 and Solheim Cup 2019.
- Auchterarder Golf Course – an attractive parkland course with views of the Ochil Hills and Gleneagles.
- Crieff Golf Club – built on gently sloping parkland, these courses provide a fair but challenging experience for all levels of golfer.
- Dunning Golf Club – our local, friendly, scenic golf course in the heart of Dunning village.
- Murrayshall Golf – home to the 18-hole Murrayshall and 10-hole Lynedoch courses, providing an enjoyable challenge for guests and visiting golfers.
- North Inch Golf Course – one of the world’s oldest golfing venues, on the North Inch parkland on the banks of the River Tay, Perth.
- Perth Playhouse Cinema
- Perth Theatre and Concert Hall
- Perthshire Open Studios – a chance to visit Perthshire’s artists at their place of work, and buy one-off pieces
- The Enchanted Forest – pioneering sound and light shows set in Faskally Wood near Pitlochry
- Perth Winter Festival – events from Hallowe’en to Chinese New Year.
- Heart 200 is a new touring route of approximately 200 miles around Perth, Stirling, The Trossachs and Highland Perthshire. It crosses the A9 just south of Gleneagles and is a popular route with day-trippers or anyone passing through this beautiful area.
- Many visitors love to stay with us on their way to explore the iconic North Coast 500 driving route, a gateway to white-sand beaches, sparkling seas, historic sites and some of the twistiest and most beautiful roads you’ll ever see.
Many beautiful and fascinating castles to enjoy in our surrounding areas:
- Stiling Castle - enter the world of Scotland's renaissance Kings and Queens.
- Wallace Monument - stunning views and architecture from this monument on the shoulder of the Abbey Craig hilltop, overlooking Stirling.
- Glamis Castle - known as "Scotland's Most Beautiful Castle" it was the late Queen Mother's childhood home and the inspiration behind Shakespear's Macbeth. Around 45 minutes from Whitemoss but well worth a visit.
- Scone Palace - at just over 20 minutes from here this world famous crowning place of the King of Scots always has plenty of things going on there in addition to the beutiful castle and grounds.
- Loch Leven Castle - the infamous tower where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on the solitude of the island in the middle of Loch Leven.
- Huntingtower Castle – Mary Queen of Scots spent part of her honeymoon in this compact but fascinating castle.
- Blair Castle - stunning Baronial castle with beautiful grounds to explore as well as Land Rover Safaris which can be reserved in advance.
- Edinburgh Castle - last but not least, one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe and is accessible from Whitemoss in around an hour by car.
We are fortunate to have so many fascinating museums in our area to suit all interests, here are just a few:
- Innerpeffray Library – Scotland’s first public lending library and now a fascinating visitor experience
- Crannog Centre - experience life as an ancient Loch Dweller on Loch Tay. (Combine with a trip to the Highland Chocolatier nearby!)
- Perth Museum - one of the oldest museums in the UK housing a wide variety of ever-changing exhibits.
- Black Watch Castle and Museum - immerse yourself in three centuries of military history, just down the road in Perth.
- Stanley Mills Visitor Centre - newly refurbished on the banks of the River Tay show life as it was 100 years ago.
- Dundee V&A - Dundee's home of the world's leading museum of art and design.
- Ardoch Camp - archaeological site of the largest Roman Station in Britain situated just a few miles from Whitemoss.
Perthshire is the perfect base from which to embark upon organised and guided tours, either in the area or further afield, and a wide variety of special interests are catered for.
If you love gardens then Perthshire has a magnificent variety to visit.
There is Drummond Castle which is known as one of the most impressive formal gardens in Europe; the delightful aray of Himalayan plants at Cluny House or the woodland gardens and stunning waterfalls at the Hermitage near Dunkeld, don't miss the the cathedral or the Beatrix Potter Centre on the same tour.
There are also numerous wildlife centres – the award winning Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre with it's impressive array of over 50 species of animals, or view the exotic animals and much more at Blair Drummond Safari Park, just outside Stirling. Enjoy bird-watching at the Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld and the nature reserve run by RSPB at Loch Leven Nature Reserve.
You can also enjoy a tour with Highland Safaris in Aberfeldy that will take you off road and up close to local wildlife.
A fishing holiday in Scotland is the ideal relaxing activity for novice and seasoned fishermen alike and with some of the finest trout lochs and salmon beats not far from Whitemoss Lodge.
In the Ochil hills on the nearby Gleneagles Estate, the Frandy Fishery focuses on fly fishing for quality rainbow, brown and blue trout in their upland reservoir set amid stunning scenery. The reservoir is stocked on a weekly basis and includes a policy that ensures that there are more fish being introduced than are fished out throughout the season.
Orchill Loch provides a picturesque and tranquil environment for a perfect Scottish fishing experience. Not uncommon to catch fish in the 3lb – 8lb range the loch is stocked twice weekly with hard fighting rainbow trout and family groups are welcome. The loch is considered to be one of the best small waters in central Scotland and attracts many fishermen from far and wide.
Closest to us is Dunning, our wee gem of a village just 3 miles away, which has been called "one of the most beautiful inland villages in Scotland", and is home of the historic St Serf's Chuch and the Dupplin Cross, not to mention a shop with all the essentials and two pubs serving delicious food. We also have the small town of Auchterarder just 4 miles away where you can find everything you need, including great restaurants to suit every taste, delicious takeaways and all shops and amenities.
Slightly further afield but only 15 minutes away is Perth, a beautiful and historic city on the banks of the River Tay. Perth offers everything you expect from a city including fantastic events and live music, dozens of independant shops, award winning restaurants and great street markets.
The medieval university town of Stirling is just 25 minutes from Whitemoss. The ancient heart of this city, which clings to a craggy rocky slope, is the part that attracts visitors aplenty.
A scenic 45 minute drive takes you up the coast to Dundee. A lively city where you can shop, eat and enjoy the waterfront.
Finally, our privileged position in central Scotland means that we are just one hour from Edinburgh and 50 minutes to Glasgow - experience everything these vibrant cities have to offer and then retreat to the country afterwards!