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The Black Woods of Rannoch (Private)

    Tour Operator: McIntosh Tours     10 hours     Travel method: Jeep / 4x4     Region: Perth

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This tour takes in some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland.

First stop will be the famous Queen’s View at Loch Tummel. This stunning scene takes in the loch itself, the iconic mountain of Schiehallion and on a clear day the mountains of Glencoe can be seen in the distance.
There is a misconception that the view was named after Queen Victoria when she visited in 1866 but in fact it is said to have been named after Queen Isabella of Scotland – wife of Robert the Bruce – 550 years earlier. There are also the ruins of an ancient Pictish fort (the Picts were a race of people who inhabited Scotland before and during the Roman occupation) which existed in the iron age about 100 years BC. There are several forest walks, a café and information centre.

From here we will head on the ‘Road to the Isles” towards Loch Rannoch. The loch itself is 15km (9 miles) long and reaches a depth of 134m (443ft). As we wind our way up the North side of the loch the scenery becomes more and more rugged and remote until eventually we will reach the oasis of ‘civilisation’ which is Rannoch Station. It is here that the world famous West Highland Line begins its traverse of the barren – and often bleak - Rannoch Moor. This truly is a lonely place. It was opened in 1894. The rails had to be floated on thousands of tons of tree roots and brushwood to prevent the heavy trains sinking into the peat bogs.

We will retrace our steps back to Gaur Bridge where there is an old barracks which was constructed in 1746 to garrison English troops to oversee the local Clans (particularly the Robertsons) following the Jacobite uprising of 1744. From here we will head down the South side of Loch Rannoch until we reach the ‘Black Woods of Rannoch’. This area of native forest is a magical place that has been here since the ice sheet retreated at the end of the ice age. It has a remarkable ‘other world’ feel with trees thought to be around 400 years old. It supports a wide variety of birds and mammals including the elusive capercaillie, pine martins and red squirrels. There are a variety of walks, from leisurely to strenuous which allow you to experience this unique area to its full.

From here we will continue our journey past the base of the mighty Schiehallion (1083m 3,553ft) which due to its isolation and symmetrical shape was used in 1774 in an experiment to measure the density of the earth. We will break to take in the views of the southern Cairngorms at an old lime kiln before heading into the Tay valley and the town of Aberfeldy 

We can spend some time in this charming – if somewhat busy –market town to allow for a bit of retail therapy, if that is something you would enjoy and perhaps a well-earned refreshment.   

We will head back towards Perth via a steep climb which takes us up to around 400m (1300ft) and affords wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. From here it’s all downhill following the tumbling River Braan into the pretty riverside town of Dunkeld with its picturesque bridge and ancient cathedral. 

All too soon it will be time to return to your starting point with some fantastic memories and hopefully, pictures to match.

During the trip, we will stop at a variety of viewpoints and areas of interest, so you can stretch your legs and truly appreciate the beauty of the area and the quality of our Scottish fresh air. 

Lunch and refreshment are available at various places depending on your requirements.

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What is included

• Exclusive use of luxury Land Rover Discovery
• Services of knowledgeable local guide
• Still or sparkling Scottish water
• Pick up and drop off from your accommodation
• Leisurely itinerary
• Guided walks if desired

Important information

• Each tour has opportunities to get out and explore so bring suitable walking shoes – full on boots are not necessary.
• It is Scotland so bring a waterproof jacket
• Camera and binoculars are useful
• There are opportunities for some retail therapy so cards/cash could be useful.


Not included:
• Admission charges to visited attractions
• Cost of lunch – we will book lunch if requested.
(We can also supply a local produce picnic at cost)

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