Top Five Viewpoints to visit with your Family
The magnificent vistas from the top of Perthshire's mountaintops can be magical, a feeling of being on top of the World. They can also be intimidating places, involving long walks, changeable weather and a fairly big commitment to time, knowledge and safety limits.
What Perthshire is also blessed with are many incredible viewpoints which can be visited with less effort, making them ideal for families. Here are Five of our favourites.
Pine Cone Point, Dunkeld
Pine Cone Point is a wonderful piece of architecture, a small shelter that looks like it is shaped from half a pine cone. From it, you can get wonderful views of the Tay valley as it meanders north towards Pitlochry and Ben Vrackie. The walk to it through the wonderful Craigvinean Forest is fantastic with the smell of Scots Pine all around you. You can easily pair it with a trip to the Hermitage and it's Waterfalls.
Kinnoul Hill, Perth
Perched high above the City of Perth you will find Kinnoul Hill. It's a gentle walk up to the top from its ample parking areas, the views you will be rewarded with are fantastic. Look East along the Tay estuary towards the coast, over the City itself and North to the snowcapped peaks of Glenshee.
Drummond Hill, Kenmore
Sat above the quaint lochside village of Kenmore, enjoy breathtaking views of Loch Tay and the Ben Lawers mountain range. There are several signposted walks up Scotland's first managed forest to the top. There is the ruins of a iron age fort along with the Beech and Oak trees to enjoy.
Queens View, Loch Tummel
Certainly one of the most recognisable views in Scotland, it's also one of the most accessible. With car parking, visitor centre and a cafe it's perfect for a family picnic after admiring the views. Looking West along the entire length of Loch Tay and with Schiehallion, the 'Fairy Mountain' easily visible, the view in real life is even better than on the postcards.
Soldiers Leap, Killiecrankie
Killiecrankie was the site a a famous battle won by the Jacobite in 1689. One soldier made his escape by jumping the chasm over the churning River Garry here. The view from the cliffs downstream is fantastic. Sometimes you get lucky and will spot a steam train on the line, adding to the view.