The Queens View
On a clear day, you can see forever… well, nearly. From the viewing platform at this, one of Scotland’s most outstanding beauty spots, you can indeed see Schiehallion’s peak, Rannoch Moor and as far west as the Glen Coe hills on a clear day. Perched up above Loch Tummel, this attraction boasts a very well-stocked book and gift shop, a visitor centre with an audio-visual show, as well as a recently-refurbished tea room serving irresistible home baking.
Located approximately 7 miles from Pitlochry, just off the old A9, the Queen’s View sits in amongst the wooded hills of the Tay Forest Park. There are many clear way-marked walking and cycling trails through nearby Allean Forest, and an abundance of wildlife to be seen – birds, flowers, butterflies and even a red squirrel if you are lucky. A path along the loch-shore affords a different viewpoint altogether, and it is worthwhile taking a cycling trip here – perhaps with a picnic.
There is some speculation as to which Queen the beauty spot has been named after. Some believe it was Queen Victoria who visited in 1866, but apparently it was named after Queen Isabella, the wife of 14th-century King Robert the Bruce, who rested here in the woods on her travels. A little distance along the road is a picnic area. Near this are some 17th & 18th-century ruins which having been unearthed, have been partially re-built and had turf roofs put on, affording visitors an idea of what life might have been like in earlier times. At the eastern end of the 11km long loch is Clunie Dam, one of many, which was built in the early 1950s as part of the Tummel Hydro-Electric Power Scheme.
There is plenty to see and do at and nearby the Queen’s View, and it is only a 10-minute drive from the Pine Trees Hotel.