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Perthshire Historic Castles
Walk one mile west of Pitlochry and you will come to the sculptured, Pictish, Dunfallandy Stone while the nearby conservation village of Moulin with its 1,400 year old church is an impressive site. 3 miles to the north of Pitlochry you will find the beautiful Pass of Killecrankie, a famous Perthshire view. The woodland areas around Killecrankie form part of the Tummel National Scenic Area, an area designating as being a Site of Scientific Interest. Many Hotel visitors walk the 3 miles to the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, where you can find out more about the Jacobile cause in the Highlands and in particular the famous Battle of Killiecrankie which took place here on 27 July 1689: a bitter highland Jacobean victory fought against lowland Scots & government troops supporting William of Orange.
Another great sightseeing opportunity for those with transport is to travel west along the Road to the Isles the B8019. Make sure you stop at Queen?s View, where the spectacular vista over Loch Tummel towards Glencoe is world famous. Queen's View was named after Robert the Bruce's Queen Isabella, although when Queen Victoria visited the spot 600 years later exerts from her diary revealed "they have named the place after me, though I have never been here before!"
The biggest and most famous castle in Perthshire is Blair Castle, which can be seen from the main A9 road to Inverness. Pony trekking around the Blair Athol estate is very popular with short one hour and two hour treks a speciality. For the more experienced there is the Craig Urrard Summit Trek lasting 3 hours.
Inside the Castle there are a variety of arms, armoury, furniture, porcelain as well as family memorabilia pertaining to the Atholls on display - and outside the gardens are a particular attraction.
Another fascinating Castle in the locality is Castle Menzies at Weem, a 30 minute drive away from the hotel. Run by the Clan Menzies Society, it will give you a different aspect of Highland Castles, both their defence and how they were also homes for the Clan Chiefs.