The two counties of Perthshire and Angus straddle the Highland Boundary Fault, which separates the Highlands from the Lowlands, while Kinross, once Scotland’s second smallest county, is wholly Lowland in character. So there is a wide variety of scenery within this area, from mountains, glens and lochs, to quiet, intensely cultivated fields and picturesque villages.
Perthshire is a wholly inland county, a place of agriculture, high hills and Highland lochs. It is the county of Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, and of possibly the loneliest railway station in Britain, Rannoch, deep within the bleak expanse of Rannoch Moor. It is also the county of the Gleneagles Hotel, one of Britain’s most luxurious, and of rich farmland surrounding Perth itself. Blairgowrie is the centre of Scotland’s fruit growing industry -and once supplied the Dundee jam makers.
The A9 from Perth heads north towards the Drumochter Pass, which reaches its highest point of 1505 feet at the Perthshire/Inverness-shire border, overlooked by four Munros. On the way, it passes deeply wooded glens and skirts such historic towns and villages as Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. Infact, Perthshire likes to call itself the Big Tree Country, as it has some of the most remarkable woodlands anywhere in Europe.
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