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Gencoe and Glen Etive from Rannoch Moor
 
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The Achray House is an ideal base for touring Perthshire and the Southern Highlands of Scotland.

Local places of interest include the Innerpeffray Library, the first free public lending library in Scotland founded over 300 years ago. Drummond Castle Gardens, which claim to be one of the finest formal gardens in Europe is also nearby, as is the Stuart Crystal factory.  Whisky lovers should not miss the Famous Grouse Experience, housed in Scotland’s oldest distillery, where you can learn the secrets of making malt whisky.

For a day’s drive, head for Fort William via the brooding Glencoe. Infamous for its massacre - and more recently featured in countless films such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Braveheart and Skyfall- Glencoe has often been rated one of the fifth best drives in the world.  Stop in Fort William to admire Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Great Britain – before heading to the west coast sea port of Oban for a lunch of freshly landed seafood. The route back to the Achray House follows the shore of Loch Etive before heading inland through the glens and mountains of the Southern Highlands.  (170 miles / 275 kilometres).

Shorter touring routes include Breadalbane and Atholl (140 miles / 225 kilometres), which features much of the most beautiful scenery in Perthshire, including Loch Tay, Glen Lyon and The Queens View over Loch Tummel. It is particularly scenic in autumn. There are a range of visitor attractions in towns on the way, including the salmon ladder at Pitlochry, and the 5,000 year old yew tree in Fortingall, reputed to be the oldest in Europe. Fortingall itself is claimed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate.

Other good touring routes for a day include the Trossachs (96 miles / 155 kilometres), and East Perthshire (86 miles / 140 kilometres).

Your hosts Alan and Jane will be happy to discuss itineraries to suit your interests.

 




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