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Blair Castle Perthshire Scotland

Welcome to Perthshire, a land of stunning natural beauty and rich heritage, perfect for cinematic storytelling. Perthshire offers a treasure trove of breathtaking and diverse film locations.

Lying across the very heart of Scotland, Perthshire is often referred to as the "big county" due to its substantial area, rich landscapes, and historical significance. This captivating region offers an unparalleled variety of film locations across urban centres like Perth, rolling lowlands and rugged highlands, each revealing layers of natural beauty and historical depth.

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The Lay of the Land

The City of Perth

Perth, known as the “Gateway to the Highlands,” is a vibrant city that is just 20 minutes from Dundee Airport and under an hour from Edinburgh Airport. It blends historical charm with contemporary architecture. Its central location makes it an excellent production base for the rest of the county.

Highland Perthshire: Majestic Mountains and Deep Glens

The northern and western reaches of Perthshire transition into the highlands, characterised by soaring mountains like Schiehallion and Ben Lawers. These peaks not only provide stunning vistas but also attract hikers and climbers. The area is known for its dramatic landscapes, including the deep valleys or "glens" such as Glen Lyon, often described as the longest, loneliest, and loveliest glen in Scotland.

Lowland Perthshire: Gentle Hills and Fertile Plains

In contrast, the southern and eastern parts of the county are more low-lying, with fertile plains like the Strathmore Valley and the Carse of Gowrie. These areas are essential for agriculture, producing some of Scotland's finest crops. The landscape here is softer, with gently rolling hills such as the Ochil Hills, which provide a picturesque backdrop for the quaint villages and towns that dot the region.

Rivers and Waterways

Perthshire's geography is profoundly shaped by its waterways, with the mighty River Tay being the most prominent. Flowing from its source in the highlands to the North Sea, the Tay is Scotland’s longest river, stretching around 120 miles. It carves through the county, creating lush riverbanks and supporting a diverse ecosystem. Throughout history, the Tay has played a critical role in transportation, trade, and providing hydroelectric power. Other significant rivers include the Earn, Tummel, and Garry, each contributing to Perthshire’s intricate network of waterways.

Lochs and Lakes

Scattered throughout the region are numerous lochs that add to Perthshire's enchanting scenery. Loch Tay, nestled among the hills, is one of the largest and most beautiful. Its serene waters are perfect for boating and fishing, and the surrounding area is rich with archaeological sites, such as the ancient crannogs—artificial islands used from prehistoric times. Loch Earn, perched in the western part of Perthshire, is another gem, known for its stunning beauty and recreational opportunities, including sailing and water sports. Loch Rannoch, set against the dramatic backdrop of Rannoch Moor, offers a more tranquil and remote experience, ideal for those seeking solitude amid nature.

Forests and Woodlands

Perthshire is often dubbed "Big Tree Country" due to its extensive woodlands and ancient forests. The county is home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the UK. The Hermitage near Dunkeld features towering Douglas firs along a scenic woodland trail by the River Braan. Tay Forest Park, encompassing several forested areas, showcases dense woodlands and panoramic viewpoints. These forests are not only a haven for wildlife but also provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.

Historic and Cultural Landscapes

Perthshire's landscapes are steeped in history and culture, reflecting a rich heritage that spans centuries. The picturesque town of Dunkeld, with its historic cathedral, stands as a reminder of Perthshire’s ecclesiastical importance. Nearby, the village of Aberfeldy is home to the Birks of Aberfeldy, a beautiful wooded gorge immortalised by the poet Robert Burns.

Perthshire is a treasure trove of historical structures. Blair Castle, with its striking white facade and sprawling gardens, is one of Scotland's most visited and well-preserved castles. Dating back to the 13th century, it offers a glimpse into the storied past of the Dukes of Atholl. Scone Palace, near Perth, is another iconic landmark—once the crowning place of Scottish kings, it holds immense historical significance and is surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds.

Towns and Villages

Perthshire hosts a variety of charming towns and villages, each with its unique character and appeal. 

Pitlochry, is well-known for its picturesque setting and serves as a gateway to the Highlands. The town offers an array of locations including the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Blair Atholl Distillery, and the scenic dam and fish ladder that allows salmon to navigate upstream.

Crieff is famous for its whisky and ceramics and it’s close to the rolling hills of the Strathearn Valley. Crieff Hydro Resort is an historic, luxury hotel that is a centre for many activities from horse riding to golf.

Natural Reserves and Wildlife

Perthshire is a sanctuary for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. The county encompasses several nature reserves and parks protecting diverse habitats and species. Loch of the Lowes Reserve, near Dunkeld, is renowned for its population of breeding ospreys, offering a chance to observe these magnificent birds in their natural environment. The reserve also supports a variety of other wildlife, including red squirrels, otters, and a plethora of bird species.

Geology and Natural Formations

The geological tapestry of Perthshire is fascinating, featuring ancient rock formations dating back hundreds of millions of years. The Highland Boundary Fault, a major geological fault line, runs through the county, distinctly separating the Highlands from the Lowlands. This fault line is observable at several sites, including the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls of the Falls of Bruar and the rugged terrain around Killiecrankie.

The area does experience occasional earthquakes, all monitored by the unique Earthquake House.

Perthshire, with its rich and varied geography, offers a slice of Scotland’s diverse natural beauty and historical legacy. From the majestic highlands to the gentle lowlands, and from serene lochs to ancient forests, the region is a microcosm of Scotland's most captivating landscapes. Each area within Perthshire provides a distinct experience, reflecting the harmony between natural beauty and cultural richness.

Whether you're exploring the rolling hills of the Strathmore Valley, traversing the rugged trails of the Trossachs, or enjoying the peaceful waters of Loch Tay, Perthshire’s geographical diversity ensures that there is always something new to discover. Its rivers and lochs offer recreation and reflection, its woodlands and wildlife reserves provide a sanctuary for creatures both big and small, and its historical landmarks weave tales of Scotland's storied past.

Perthshire is more than just a destination; it’s a journey through time and nature, offering an immersive experience that captivates the soul and inspires the adventurer within. Whether your interests lie in outdoor pursuits, historical exploration, or simply soaking in the serene landscapes, Perthshire promises  unforgettable film locations in the very heart of Scotland.