The delights of Perthshire were entirely new to me until early this year, Mrs RE and myself spent a night in Dunkeld and had a nosey about the area which piqued my interest to explore further. I've still got, shall we say, rather a lot to see of the area but what I did find is a stunning and unique place, well worth a look, as a photographer, as an alternative to the majesty of Highland Scotland.

Falls of Bruar

Falls of Bruar

Little more than 2 hours from Edinburgh nestled away at the edge of the A9 is the House of Bruar, a gentrified shopping establishment where you can stock up on tartan trews to your hearts content. Hidden away behind it though is a small path that takes you gently uphill following a stunning gorge with crystal clear water (or at least it was every time I've been there).

Falls of Bruar woodland

As you follow the path up you have stunning woodland to your left and the gorge to your right. Eventually you'll come to a small arched bridge crossing the gorge, this is the lower falls, from here the path goes very steeply upwards to the upper falls, which I've never seen as the path, as I said, goes VERY steeply upwards...

Spot the odd one out

For me the wooded areas are where the real magic lies, the wooded areas are stunning, especially in Autumn.

Tree reflections / Early spring

Queen's View

Queen's View

All little down the A9 back towards Edinburgh you can turn off and follow the B road up through the trees towards Queen's View, which as it says, is a viewpoint and a little visitor centre, but it's the view that's what people come here for. Looking up Loch Tummel it's quite the sight.


At the top of the loch is the distinctive shape of 1083m peak Schiehallion. A big zoom lens brings it that little bit closer.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Just outside Dunkeld is, for me at least, the jewel in the crown on Perthshire, The Hermitage, a large heavily wooded area, very popular with walkers and dog walkers where some of the biggest trees in Scotland can be found.

The Black Linn Falls on the River Braan

The River Braan runs though the Hermitage flanked by huge trees, it's an incredible place to see in the Autumn.

River Braan
Ossian’s Hall where you'll find an amazing viewpoint over the Black Linn Falls
Those incredible huge trees
Fungi in the woods

At a little more than a hour North of Edinburgh, next time you're looking for somewhere new to walk the dog take a trip up, you won't regret it. Note though in Winter the sun doesn't rise high enough to break through those huge trees!

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