5 September, commencing at 8:45am and terminating at 5:30pm (approximately)
£98.00, including entry to attractions – lunch and other refreshments not included.
Leaving Perth, your Guide will first transport you to Birnam and Dunkeld, where you will have the opportunity to view these pretty villages before heading on to our first stop. This tour is exclusive to Perth Festival of Yarn and Highland Tours Perthshire, and gives festival-goers the opportunity to visit one of Scotland’s private estates and castles.
Murthly Castle and Estate, situated in the heart of rural Perthshire, is family owned with the Laird living in residence. Your personal tour in the Castle and Chapel will be with either Laird or Lady Fotheringham and will take approximately 90 minutes. You will learn about the history of the family and the estate, including the story of how Native Americans and Bison came to be found in the Perthshire Highlands. Your tour includes tea/coffee and home-made cake taken with your hosts.
Leaving the estate, your Guide will transport you to the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and to Blair Castle; built in 1279 and owned by the Dukes of Atholl. The castle and it’s grounds have become increasingly popular recently with film-makers, and the series ‘Victoria’ was filmed there. Here you will undertake the tour of the castle, enjoy a short lunch break in the restaurant and finish with a leisurely stroll around the grounds, including the Hercules Garden and Diana’s Grove.
Your Guide will now transport you to follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, with an opportunity to experience one of Scotland’s most impressive panoramas – Queen’s View. Queen’s View, looking over Loch Tummel and the Tay Forest, was actually named after the first wife of Robert the Bruce but was visited by Queen Victoria and Albert in 1866. Enjoy the landscape of Big Tree Country, have a quick browse through the Visitor Centre, and see if you can find the photo opportunity with the Royal Couple before re-boarding your transport for your return journey to Perth.