Blair Castle to Queen’s Well
Blair Atholl, Loch Faskally, Hermitage, Dunkeld Cathedral, Perth Bridge, Glamis Castle
Blair Castle is the seat of the Earls of Atholl. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 13th century, but many additions have been made over the centuries. The castle is open to the public and houses many fascinating treasures.
Map Coordinates: 56.764653, -3.847405
If you don’t have time to walk up Glen Tilt or you’re passing through and looking for somewhere interesting to eat, visit the Blair Atholl Watermill & tearoom and walk to the footbridge over the beautiful River Garry.
Near Pitlochry is Loch Faskally, created by the effects of a hydroelectric scheme in the region. From a special Salmon Observation Chamber at the dam, visitors can watch the leaping salmon climb the 900 foot ladder on their journey up river to their spawning grounds.
Salmon Observation Chamber
Car Park Map Coordinates: 56.698825, -3.737923
Located in Pitlochry, the observation chamber is a wonderful way to watch Salmon moving upstream to spawn. Your best bet for any Salmon viewing is in October and November. From the mini car park, walk up towards the power station, the chamber is located to the left. You can also walk up onto the dam from here.
Car Park Map Coordinates: 56.560790, -3.608084
The Hermitage, near Dunkeld, poises above a roaring waterfall. The folly, built in 1758, was a retreat for the 3rd Duke of Atholl; under the arched dome, the thundering of the waterfall increases greatly.
Dunkeld is one of Scotland’s earliest religious settlements; the ‘Keledi’ – servants of God – had a fort here in the 6th century. Dunkeld Cathedral was largely built in the 15th century, although it was destroyed in the reformation. A series of renovations, the most recent in 1908, have brought the cathedral to its present condition.
Car Park Map Coordinates: 56.398412, -3.426785
The broad River Tay flows through the city of Perth; by its side are the North and South Inches – land given to the city by a rich merchant in the 14th century. Also known as Smeaton’s bridge, named after John Smeaton, the engineer who oversaw the creation of the bridge.
Glamis Castle, seat of the Earls of Strathmore. This splendid Scottish Baronial castle was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and here Princess Margaret was born. Stories of a mysterious secret room remain just rumour.
After your visit to Glamis Castle, we’re going to go off the beaten path to visit a special place called The Queen’s Well.
Car Park Map Coordinates: 56.911325, -2.910173
Queen’s Well location Map Coordinates: 56.933249, -2.954816
Park at the car park and follow the signs for the Queens Well. Roughly a four mile round trip. The well is easily accessed and the going easy, following ancient drove roads. Follow the Water of Mark and you can’t go far wrong. The glen is known as Glen Mark and it is a great place to see Red Deer, especially in October during the rut.
‘Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, and his Royal Highness Prince Albert, visited this well and drank of its refreshing waters, on the 20th September, 1861, the year of Her Majesty’s great sorrow.’
Castle Map Coordinates: 56.911483, -2.917702
If you’ve taken the time to explore the Queen’s Well, take an extra 5 minutes and have a look at Invermark Castle, which was built around 1526 to provide protection from cattle raiders. Its purpose was to strategically police the routes through the glens. From the car park, follow the road to the left and take another left at the fork to reach Invermark Castle.