Lochs Tummel & Rannoch


Loch Tummel, Perthshire  (Derek Souter/Shutterstock)

Loch Tummel, Perthshire (Derek Souter/Shutterstock)

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Why Go To Lochs Tummel & Rannoch?

Two National Scenic Areas showing off some of the best of Perthshire. Just some of many things you can do in and around Lochs Tummel and Rannoch that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Take in one of Britain's finest views, the Queen's View at the eastern end of Loch Tummel
  • And another, from the top of Schiehallion
  • Get on the water for some rafting down the river Tummel, including the rapids a the Linn of Tummel

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A great road trip by car or bike. The Queen's View of Loch Tummel, with a delightfully conical mountain called Schiehallion in the background, is one of Britain's finest. The summit of Schiehallion itself offers another. At the western end of Loch Rannoch, a completely different landscape emerges, with Rannoch Station signalling the end of the road and the beginning of wild Rannoch Moor as it stretches for miles to the west ("A wearier looking desert man never saw" - Robert Louis Stevenson).

Queens View, Loch Tummel, Perthshire  (Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock)

Queens View, Loch Tummel, Perthshire (Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock)

The essential journey here is, as we've already hinted rather strongly, the circuit of the two lochs, by car or bike. Less of an endurance challenge, more a test to see if you can you slow down enough to properly soak up the splendour of this place.

Schiehallion, a satisfyingly conical mountain and (geography nerd alert) birthplace of contour lines...


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Getting To Lochs Tummel & Rannoch, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 2 hrs by car from Edinburgh.

Travel times from where you are: See Lochs Tummel & Rannoch on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Lonely Planet's Highlands and Islands or Rough Guides' equivalent.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands.

Tourist board: Highland Perthshire.

Even More Loch Tummel / Loch Rannoch Adventure Inspiration

Rafting over the Linn of Tummel, Perthshire  (Humphrey Butler/Marvellous Maps)

Rafting over the Linn of Tummel, Perthshire (Humphrey Butler/Marvellous Maps)

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