Loch Tummel

Address Loch Tummel, Perthshire PH15, Scotland, UK
Telephone: +44(1796)472215 Fax: +44(1796)474046

The area around the River Tummel and Loch Tummel is known as Strathtummel and is one of the most beautiful parts of Perthshires Big Tree Country, with ever changing colours throughout the seasons and a great choice of walks, cycle routes and places to relax. Set high above Loch Tummel is the Queens View – one of the most famous viewpoints in Scotland. The panorama west to the peak of Schiehallion and Rannoch Moor is breathtaking and the viewpoint can be accessed throughout the year, thanks to a nearby Forestry Commission car park and well maintained footpath. Visitors can also enjoy the facilities at the Queens View Visitor Centre, which is a focal point for the Tay Forest Park and has an excellent audio-visual film, tearoom, forest shop and toilets. Many people assume that the Queens View is named after Queen Victoria who visited in 1866 as part of her travels in the Highlands. However the vantage point takes its name from the 14th century Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, who used the nearby wood as a resting place.

Loch Tummel is a very well known Scottish loch, not least because of the famous World War 1 song that included the lines: By Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go, by heather tracks wi heaven in their wiles`The loch and other places mentioned in the song lay on the traditional main route north to the west coast of Scotland, known famously as the Road to the Isles. However major road construction in the 19th century has (thankfully) bypassed it leaving the area unspoiled and unchanged.

The River Tummel flows out of Loch Rannoch before passing through Loch Tummel and then onwards towards Pitlochry, The force of this river, and others in the area, is harnessed to generate electricity from hydro-power. The Tummel Bridge power station was constructed in 1930 and is a striking testament to the bold architectural lines of that era.

On the hillside just west of the Queens View there are a number of Forestry Commission waymarked walking and cycling routes through Allean Forest. The trails afford magnificent views of Loch Tummel and surrounding countryside, with plenty of historical and wildlife interest along the way. To get closer to the loch, a leisurely cycle along the quiet, scenic south shore road is worthwhile. The unclassified road can be joined just north of Pitlochry (on the west side of the River Tummel) and meanders west near to the water for most of the route. For cyclists, a return by the same route is suggested as a more pleasant option – the north shore road is attractive but also narrow, twisting and generally much busier, with a high number of touring coaches.

Walks and facilities in the Tay Forest Park are fully described in an excellent leaflet – `A Guide to Tay Forest Park` – available for sale at Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre.

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