The Central Highlands: Places to Explore


  • Aberfeldy

    The most dramatic thing about Aberfeldy is the high humpbacked bridge into the town, built by William Adam in 1733 and commissioned by General Wade, who marched through Scotland suppressing local resistance... Read more

  • Aberfoyle

    This small tourist town has a somewhat faded air, and several of its souvenir shops have closed their doors. But the surrounding hills (some snowcapped) and the green slopes visible from the town are the... Read more

  • Auchterarder

    Famous for the Gleneagles Hotel and nearby golf courses, Auchterarder also has a flock of tiny antiques shops to amuse Gleneagles's golf widows and widowers.... Read more

  • Balquhidder Glen

    A 20-minute drive from Callander, through the Pass of Leny and beyond Strathyre, is Balquhidder Glen (pronounced bal-kwidd-er), a typical Highland glen that runs westward. The glen has characteristics... Read more

  • Blair Atholl

    Where the Tilt and Garry rivers flow together, this small town sits in the middle of the Grampian Mountains. Here you'll find Blair Castle, one of Scotland's grandest grand houses.... Read more

  • Callander

    A traditional Highland-edge resort, the little town of Callander bustles throughout the year, even during off-peak times, simply because it's a gateway to Highland scenery, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs... Read more

  • Crieff

    A spa and market town in the foothills of the Grampians, Crieff retains the prosperous air of its Victorian heyday. Its central square, where local farmers may once have gathered to trade, is still a lively... Read more

  • Drymen

    Drymen is a respectable and cozy town in the Lowland fields, with stores, tea shops, and pubs catering to the well-to-do Scots who have moved here from Glasgow.... Read more

  • Dunblane

    The small, quiet town of Dunblane, 4 miles from Stirling, has long been an important religious center; it is dominated by its cathedral, which dates mainly from the 13th century. The town also boasts one... Read more

  • Dunkeld

    The ruined cathedral above the town of Dunkeld marks its historic beginnings. The present town grew up around the main square, built by the Atholl family in the wake of the 1689 defeat of the Jacobite... Read more

  • Killin

    Killin's setting near the Breadalbane Mountains at the end of Loch Tay (where the Falls of Dochart rush into the lake) gives the village an almost alpine flavor. You'll find a surprisingly diverse selection... Read more

  • Loch Lomond

    The waters of Scotland's largest loch, which also happens to be one of its most beautiful, create a perfect reflection of the surrounding hills. You can cruise among its small islands or follow the low... Read more

  • Perth

    For many years Perth was Scotland's capital, and central to its history. One king (James I) was killed here, and the Protestant reformer John Knox preached in St. John's Kirk, where his rhetoric moved... Read more

  • Pitlochry

    In the late 19th century Pitlochry was an elegant Victorian spa town, famous for its mild microclimate and beautiful setting. Today it is a busy tourist town, with wall-to-wall gift shops, caf├ęs and B&Bs... Read more

  • Stirling

    Stirling is one of Britain's great historic towns. An impressive proportion of the Old Town walls can be seen from Dumbarton Road, a cobbled street leading to Stirling Castle, built on a steep-sided plug... Read more

  • The Trossachs

    With its harmonious scenery of hill, loch, and wooded slopes, the Trossachs has been a popular touring region since the late 18th century, at the dawn of the age of the Romantic poets. Influenced by the... Read more