This Wednesday I’d like to take a look at specific place in a country I’ve always wanted to go to: Loch Tummel in Perthshire, Scotland. Located in central Scotland, Loch Tummel has incredible views and breathtaking scenery. Scotland has always been on my must-travel-to list ever since I was little, and the Loch is an ideal place to see while there!
When people think of Scotland, they may conjure images of yummy haggis, men in kilts, and maybe even Nessie, the “Loch Ness monster.” While these things may be notable aspects of the country, they’re certainly not the only things Scotland has and should be known for (although I’m admittedly quite a fan of men in kilts). Scotland has an extremely rich and interesting history and quite a unique culture. I would love the chance to be able to explore them while enjoying the gorgeous scenery, which Scotland has plenty of. What makes Loch Tummel special in particular is how it brings together these things.
“Loch” is the Scottish Gaelic word for lake. Loch Tummel sits between a northern and southern bank, creating a “long view” facing east and west six miles in length. At the east end of the loch is Fincastle House, which has historic connections to the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 (involving Charles III and local clans) and offers great views of the surrounding area. Yay historic stuff!
The loch is located in Perthshire’s “Big Tree Country.” During the fall, the surrounding landscape turns bright with the changing colors of the leaves. Loch Tummel was a favorite of Queen Victoria who visited in 1866. Her viewpoint, located on the north shore, has since been named Queen’s View and is one of the more famous attractions around the loch. Other attractions include numerous walking and cycling trails and paths, Tay Forest Park (which features a tearoom, shop, and educational film), and scenic roads to drive along.
Scotland has so many great things to see and experience if you’re traveling through, and Loch Tummel is just one of them. It definitely tops my list of places to visit while there, though, because of the stunning scenery, peacefulness, and intriguing history of the surrounding area.