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Visitors Notes

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You may like to have a look at 'Historic Scotland' - I think the Scottish equivalent of 'English Heritage' for things to do from Kenmore. They administer a lot of properties in Perthshire, Kinross, Angus and Fife and do short 'season tickets' for a few days or a week to gain free admission to their properties ( I think you also get reduced rates on National Trust properties with them too, and they also adminster Edinburgh and Stirling Castles for those who dont mind travelling a bit further). We quite like Huntingtower Castle just outside Perth (on the Crieff road) and the hotel of the same name which is right beside it does cracking food! Also close by the Caithness Glass Visitor centre is worth a wee look too.

Dundee is just about within striking distance too. Formerly the home of the '3J's' (jute, jam and journalism) it's now the City of Discovery, with Scott's ship berthed there permanently. I found a visit to that boat fascinating (it's TINY, they must have been made of stern stuff in those days). We've never felt the need to visit the Verdant Jute Mill (museum), but you get reduced rates if you visit the two.

For kids, Jack used to really like Sensations (an interactive museum), the Mills observatory (on Balgay Hill) and the great Camperdown Country Park (which has a good wee mini-zoo and a brill playground - including a part which is adapted for disabled kids). Broughty Ferry has a nic(ish) beach, and used to be the 'richest square mile in Europe'. Carnoustie, a couple of miles further east has probably the best links golf course in Scotland (and prices to match!)

Driving to Dundee from Kenmore is probably simplest using the A90 - thro the Carse of Gowrie, where I grew up. The carse is esentially a fertile river basin where they grew soft fruit for all the jam. When I was a kid we used to make ourselves extra pocket money in the summer hols by going to 'the berries' - you'd still be able to 'pick your own' almost anywhere in July and August.

There is a garden centre at Glendoick (which is about 6 miles outside Perth) which has the largest selection of azaleas and rhododendrons in Europe. For the best bacon rolls IN THE WORLD, you must visit the Horn Milk Bar, near Perth - postcode: PH2 7SR and tel: 01821 670237. It can be found right at the Inchmichael junction (roundabout), right on the A90, the main Perth to Dundee road. Almost opposite it is a sign to Cairn O’mohr Award Winning Scottish Fruit Wines, which I'd forgotten about before. Incidently, both Inchmichael and Glendoick are villages so tiny that you might not even realise you're in them!

In Fife, the East Neuk is dead good!

Hope some of this info is of use to you.

Helen Gilroy


When in Kenmore be sure to visit Fortingall, a small village in the heart of Perthshire, at the entrance to Glen Lyon, not far from Loch Tay. The yew tree which grows there has been estimated to be at least 3,000 years old and possibly as old as 5,000 years. It is certainly the oldest living organism in Britain and possibly the world. It's girth at one stage was over 56 feet when measured in 1769.

In the last few hundred years, as its fame grew, souvenir hunters began to take large sections of the tree and eventually a wall had to be built round it to protect it. Some of its branches only survive because they are propped up. Recently, tree surgeons took cuttings from the surviving branches. These will be grown by the Forestry Commission at Roslin (near the research lab where Dolly the sheep was cloned) and will then be planted in woods around the country, including the arboretum at Scone Palace. So the Fortingall Yew will live on for perhaps another few thousand years as a clone, even if the original eventually does not survive.

Dave Mac


There are lots of places to go around Kenmore. If one is lazy there are lots of scenic drives. Glen Lyon is one of my favourites. The back road to Killin is very narrow but nice and you can return by the main road with lots of lay-bys overlooking Loch Tay. There are lots of Hotels (e.g Killin Hotel) and restaurants in Killin. Take the B846 to Tummel Bridge turn right on the B8019, stop at the Queens View. Carry on and stop at the lay-by beside The River Garry bridge and view the scenery from the bridge. Turn right on the A9, stop at the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, (thers a walk there if youe energetic) then drive on to the house of House of Bruar (lots of shops and restaurants and a walk to the Falls of Bruar) return via Pitlochry, (more shops).

An outing for a rainy day is Blair Castle the ancient seat of the Duke of Atholl stepped in Scottish history. If you want a long lonely drive turn left a Tummel Bridge and drive past Loch Rannoch to Rannoch Station (nothing else there except the station and walks no food). If you feel adventitious drive up to Aviemore, turn right onto the B970 and follow the signs to the Ski Centre and take the Funicular Railway to top. The centre has a shop, bar and Restaurant and the views from the terrace on a clear day are outstanding. Note you are not allowed out onto the mountain if you take the easy way up.

But if your fit you can walk to the top and beyond. If you are into walking there are lots of easy walks along and around the River and the Loch. There's a good path to the Hermits Cave and the waterfall there is nice. The Birks of Aberfeldy is a circular walk through woods with a nice waterfall. If you are energetic and want a nice view climb Ben Lawers and Schiehallion.

Larry Tomlins


I don't know if you've read "Meetings with Remarkable Trees" or "Remarkable Trees of the World" by Thomas Pakenham, but there are at least 4 entries within close distance of Kenmore - the Fortingall Yew (at 3000 years old the oldest piece of vegetation in \Western Europe); the Douglas Fir at the Hermitage, Dunkeld (the tallest tree in Britain); the Meikleour Beech Hedges and the Murthly conifers.  If you are interested in these things they are all within a 30 mile journey, as are the Birnam Oak (last survivor of McBeth's Birnam Wood) and the Scone Douglas Fir and memorial.  There are lots more around, just check http://www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk/ .

You are also within close proximity to 4 good distilleries : Aberfeldy, Pitlochry (the Blair Athol and Edradour), and Crieff
(Glenturret).

There are numerous scenic drives to do within a half day, as well as many full day ones.  A couple of my favourites short trips are: the run up Glen Lyon from Fortingall to Bridge of Balgie and then over the hill road behind Ben Lawers to the visitor centre above Loch Tay is very beautiful, especially during Autumn; and also over the hill behind Coshieville Hotel to Tummel Bridge with the option of turning right to the Queen's View, Killiecrankie (another option is to go on to Blair Castle) and Pitlochry or left to Kinloch Rannoch (UK's first timeshare?) and around the loch.  Actually come to think of it, it's nicer to left before Loch Kinardochy and head for Loch Rannoch that way to get a lovely view looking down on the countryside beyond Schiehallion. Long important in legend, Schiehallion achieved a unique distinction in the eighteenth century. Thanks to its isolated position and convenient shape it was selected by the Astronomer Royal, Neville Maskelyne, for his experiment of 1774 to measure the density of the planet and thus measure the universal force of gravity promulgated by Newton which underpins the science of astronomy. See http://www.chiadfhear.co.uk/main/walking/walks/Schiehallion.htm

Quite apart from these, there are lovely walks around Kenmore, Taymouth Castle and Acharn for the the Crannog Centre and waterfall. Then, at Aberfeldy, there is the Black Watch monument - raised here in 1739; Wade's Bridge - built in 1739; the world's first all-plastic bridge 1/2 mile downstream - built in the 1970s and demonstrated on 'Tomorrow's World'; and the Birks o' Aberfeldy - a circular walk up and down part of the Moness Burn with 3 waterfalls that are absolutely magical in the winter when frozen, but always beautiful and peaceful - as noted by no less a person than rabbie Burns.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Perthshire - it is just a case of finding the time! There are capercaillie in the forest on Drummond Hill behind Kenmore and they are amazing to see, if you are very lucky you might be able to see these very shy and rare birds crashing about, or even displaying on a 'leck' in spring.

Norrie Pedersen


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