Rings of Breadalbane Calling My Name!


Hi Everyone!

Well what a start to summer its been! We' been rushed off of our feet welcoming visitors to glorious Highland Perthshire. If you check into the blog regularly you' know that we' expanded into Crieff and Aberfeldy recently and I' very glad to say that this is proving to be a popular choice.  

I' like to think its our super-duper blogs that are pulling you all in but I feel I may have to step aside and give credit to the wonderful businesses that have made it their duty to ensure our visitors have a marvellous time. When your coutryside is as inviting as ours its easy to attract tourists from all over the world - but to keep them coming back you really do have to give them something that little bit special. Well, as a day tripper into the area (more and more regularly it has to be said!) I can promise you that everyone is geared up to do just that!

Just recently I thought I should try out the award-winning ‘hop on, hop off’ Ring of Breadalbane Explorer bus and find out what all the fuss was about! It kicked off for the summer season on June 1st and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday until 19th October. I also have it on good authority that during July and August it will extend its timetable to include Saturdays.

The bus runs through the stunning highland scenery of Breadalbane, into all the wee towns and villages, all the while stopping off at some of the best visitor attractions along the route.  Its runs both clockwise and anti-clockwise four-times daily and connects Crieff, Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead, Killin, Kenmore, Acharn and Aberfeldy on its circular route. And you know this, I loved it! 

What a fantastic day out - I was visiting properties in Crieff and rather than drive over to Aberfeldy I thought I would try out the bus, jump off and jump back on again when I was done to come back and pick up the car. It really is super and for those of you travelling with more than a book, it has enough room for buggies and well behaved dogs. In fact, there appeared to be some sort of bike trailer and when I checked it out online I discovered that it was indeed equipped for 8 bikes - perfect considering you pass some of the best cycle routes and walks in the whole of Perthshire! 

It would take me way too long to list all the great things to see and do in this area but I' going to let you in on my favourites! There are others on our holiday activitiy pages so do make sure you pop over and have a look (just a wee aside, no-one pays to be on these pages - they are simply our own recommendations to help you plan a great visit to Perthshire.)

Click on these links to find out more. 

As well as all my smashing ideas, the Rings of Breadalbane offers walking, cycling, golfing and angling circular routes to you help plan and navigate.   There you go - who thought it could be as easy as booking a week, catching the bus and having a Scottish holiday packed full of things to do! 

And very quickly - if you are visiting in July you must stop into the Art Exhibition by Elizabeth Blackadder at the Watermill Gallery on Mill Street in Aberfeldy.  This is an exhibition featuring original illustrations and signed prints of Burns Poems. Called a Brush With Burns, its a real treat for lovers of the Bard. 

I do hope you enjoy your stay in Highland Perthshire - if you' discovered any great days out, fabulous restaurants or great wee shops that you think others would enjoy please do drop us a line and let us know. 

Happy Holidays, Bea x

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