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Autumn may be approaching, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit by the fire just yet. There is still plenty of daylight and amazing days out to be had in the adventure playground that is Perthshire. These are our top five suggestions for getting out and about before winter arrives.
The lochs and rivers of Perthshire are famous for white water rafting and paddleboarding. If you are tempted by getting out on the water, but still want to stay dry, then a boat trip by Loch Tay Safaris is just the ticket. Experience the breathtaking scenery and explore the history, heritage and folklore of Perthshire’s largest loch, with an experienced skipper, departing from the pier at Kenmore. Choose an evening sundowner cruise for maximum atmosphere.
Ardchyle House sits just past the other end of Loch Tay and has an amazing location with stunning views of the mountains. The hot tub is ideal for kicking back and relaxing in, regardless of the time of year or weather.
Big tree country can be sensational at this time of year. The forests turn into a riot of rich autumnal colour with golds, browns, reds and rusts bursting forth from every corner. There are numerous forest walks at places like Faskally Woods, The Hermitage and Allean Forest where you can spend hours ambling around taking in the scenery and attempting to capture it on camera. In truth, it is very difficult to get a sense from a photograph just how expansive and involving it can feel but one of the best places to head to try would be the iconic Queen’s View, which also has a fabulous visitor centre.
Not far from here, Comraich House sits on the shores of Loch Rannoch and is a dream destination for outdoors lovers. Great walks and rides abound from the door and the property is dog friendly.
Mountain biking is one of those sports that can actually be more fun in the mud. Perthshire has a huge collection of purpose-built off-road trails as well as quiet roads, but one of the biggest centres is around Dunkeld. There is a thriving local enduro scene here and the mountain bike community puts on lots of races throughout the year, as well as being active in building new trails. The local bike shop rents bikes (as well as ebikes) and local guides are available. There is something here for all levels of expertise, from those competing on the world stage to those just starting out.
Taigh a Ghobha is an easy bike ride from here and is a beautiful traditional cottage. Tranquil and relaxing it’s just the spot for dining outside after a long day on the trails
The hills that overlook Glenfarg are home to the off-road driving centre, one of the most exciting days out you can experience in Perthshire. There are over 400 acres here full of tracks, trails and obstacles, and you can tailor a day out to any level of experience. Instructors are available to coach you round in one of the provided Landrovers and there are also quad bikes and off-road go karts to have fun on. It’s a great venue for a big group day out, a stag party or for a team building exercise.
Glenfarg House is just a few miles away and sleeps up to 29 if using the adjacent cottages. It’s a stunning historic house with opulent décor and all the facilities to entertain a big group, like a full-size snooker table.
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre is a fabulous family friendly day out located just west of Perth. In addition to all the different exotic animals you can see close up, there are fishing ponds, pony rides, mini golf and soft play. It is open year-round, but pre-booking is essential.
If wildlife interests you, then Owl Barn may just be the best place for you to stay. Guests in this relaxing countryside retreat often spot deer and squirrels here, and the property is also dog friendly. Although it feels remote, it’s only a 10-minute walk to the nearest village, where there is a pub and restaurant.