Area guide

Perthshire is known as the 'big county' not just because of its physical area but because of the diversity of towns and countryside.

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Welcome to our Perthshire area guide, in which we'll cover various highlights of this stunning county as well as more practical details, such as transport links, property prices, schooling and more.

It extends from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Loch Tay and Ben Lui in the west, and Glenfarg in the south.

The scenery is a delightful mix of rolling hills, rugged mountains, rich farmland, lochs and rivers. The pace of life is gentler and yet both Edinburgh and Glasgow are within reasonable driving distance.

The Strutt & Parker Edinburgh office covers the whole of Perthshire, selling a broad range of properties throughout the country: cottages, castles, country mansions, farmhouses, equestrian properties and small holdings.

Things to do in Perthshire

The majestic hills and mountains, many of which scale heights of over 3,000 ft, are the perfect destination for Munro-bagging (attempting to scale all the peaks of the Munros). You can even take to the slopes at Glenshee, an area serviced by the UK’s largest ski lift system; 40km of piste extends over 3 valleys and 4 mountains to give an enjoyable variety of skiing and snowboarding for all standards of snow sport enthusiasts. Highland Perthshire has an amazing choice of off-road cycle trails ranging from easy flat riverside paths to more challenging treks into the hills.

The region is world-renowned as a country sports destination. The mix of mountain, moorland and river makes it a mecca for all sporting aficionados, particularly when matched to the top-quality facilities available for both rod and gun.

Perthshire is a golfer’s paradise. Tee off at Gleneagles, the world famous golf course, which was host to the 2014 Ryder Cup. Set within 850 acres of beautiful countryside, the 5* Gleneagles Hotel is home to 3 championship courses. The Blairgowrie Golf Club offers the chance to play on two of the finest championship courses (Lansdowne and Rosemount). Seek out some of the region’s lesser-known gems such as St Fillans on Loch Earn or Killin which has been described as one of the most breathtaking in Scotland. Comrie and Muthill are also fantastic choices for those seeking a gentle round of golf over 9 holes.

For those after a more exhilarating time, head to Grantully to canoe slalom down the rapids. Perth has a state-of-the-art curling ice rink open to all, from beginners all the way up to experienced curlers. It’s also possible to take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent countryside in a two-seater microlight.

Why we love Perthshire

A variety of traditional events take place throughout the region during the summer months, including 14 Highland Games. At the Atholl Gathering, you can watch Highland dancing, bagpipers, and the tossing o’ the caber, a traditional Scottish sport, all set against the stunning backdrop of Blair Castle.

The Queen’s View is very popular with visitors, with a magnificent vista taking in Loch Tummel, the peak of Schiehallion and Glen Coe on a clear day.

One of the highlights of the year is in autumn when the Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood is transformed into a light and music show, with the trees illuminated in beautiful, bright colours. T-in-the-Park is the biggest music festival in Scotland, now held at Strathallan Castle.

When eating out in Perthshire, you are spoilt for choice with the range of inns and restaurants on offer. A perfect place to break the journey on the A9 is the House of Bruar which has developed a reputation for quality, with the food hall and restaurant, art gallery, and country clothing range showcasing the best that Scotland has to offer. Kinloch House Hotel is a luxurious, family run establishment on the outskirts of Blairgowrie where dining is a truly memorable experience. If you want to indulge yourself, head to Andrew Fairlies’s restaurant at Gleneagles.

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Properties for sale in Perthshire

Key villages & towns in Perthshire

Schools in the area

There are an abundance of well-reputed independent schools throughout Perthshire.

These include Glenalmond College (Methven), Craigclowan (Perth), Strathallan (Forgandenny), Kilgraston (Bridge of Earn), Ardvreck and Morrison’s Academy (Crieff).

Alongside these are many good state schools, including Dunning Primary, Dunkeld Primary, Arngask Primary (Glenfarg), Crieff High School, and Breadalbane Academy (Aberfeldy).

For a more comprehensive list of schools in Perthshire, we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

Perthshire has a number of mainline train stations including Perth, Gleneagles, Dunkeld & Birnam, and Pitlochry. Scotrail operates a sleeper service to and from London Euston, calling at various local stations, including Perth.

By train

The A9, Scotland’s longest trunk road (273 miles), runs from Dunblane right through Perthshire up to Inverness and onto Thurso. Historically, it was called ‘the spine of Scotland’ and extensive improvements are currently taking place on this route, with planned dualling due for completion in 2025.

Perthshire is one of Scotland’s many great whisky producing regions with a number of fine distilleries from the country’s smallest distillery, Edradour, to Glenturret, the oldest. Acknowledged as Scotland's national drink, whisky has been produced here for longer than anyone can remember; the Gaelic 'uisge beatha’ literally meant water of life!