Top 10 Things to do in Winter in Perthshire

When it’s time to trade your cosy blankets for winter adventures, look no further than Perthshire, a frosty wonderland waiting to be explored. From leisurely crisp strolls to heart-pounding escapades, this picture-perfect region transforms into a magical snow globe during the colder months, so let's dive in and discover Perthshire’s top 10 winter wonders.


Winter Walks in the Region: Discover Perthshire’s Natural Charm
Strap on your boots and explore one of Perthshire’s many trails. The perfect escape to shed the festive cobwebs and feel the brisk winter air on your cheeks.

Notable trails include the Birks of Aberfeldy, a Scottish marvel of towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and winding paths. During winter there’s the added allure of serenity and peacefulness.

Witness nature’s grandeur unfold at The Hermitage. Snow-draped Douglas Firs stand sentinel, a frozen veil adorns the pretty stone bridge, and the Black Linn Falls cascade in icy splendour - breathtaking!

Winter walks on the Cateran Trail reveal a panorama of snow-draped rolling hills and ancient woodlands, where the hushed beauty of nature is echoed all around. Expect incredible vistas and charming villages en route.


Outdoor Winter Activities in Perthshire: Off-roading and Red Deers
Discover the region’s natural wonders off the beaten track on our mountain and mini-safaris. Climb aboard your off-road vehicle guided by our kilted Safari Ranger for a thrilling journey to the snow-covered high tops. As you traverse the wintery landscapes armed with cameras and binoculars, keep your eyes peeled for the majestic Red Deer, the elusive Mountain Hare, and the soaring Golden Eagle.

Our mini land rovers may be small, but the thrills are mighty. The scaled replicas of our iconic off-road vehicles are great fun for kids big and small. Navigate our specially crafted winter track and feel the frosty wind in your hair.

For a more immersive wildlife encounter, join us for a Red Deer Experience. Get up close and personal with these majestic beauties and their snow-dusted antlers in their natural habitat. Our knowledgeable guides share fascinating tidbits about the region's wildlife and our conservation efforts. It's like a winter wildlife fairy tale!


Action Glen and Crieff Hydro: Winter Adventures for every Whim
If you like your winter with an extra dose of adrenaline, Action Glen is your playground. Zip-lining through snow-dusted trees, trying your hand at archery with a snow-kissed backdrop, or conquering off-road terrains – it's a winter adventure seeker's dream. The chill in the air only adds to the excitement, making each activity more invigorating than the last.

Crieff Hydro is not just a resort; it's a winter wonderland waiting to be discovered. The beautiful sprawling grounds are perfect for a crisp stroll, and maybe an impromptu snowball fight. If you're feeling adventurous, try quad biking or horse riding, where the snowy trails add an extra layer of fun to your winter escapades. Extend your stay with a night (or two) at one of the many accommodations available within the resort. Make the most of winter!


Days Out in Perthshire: Relax and Reset
Winter is not just about thrills; it's also about finding moments of tranquility. Treat yourself to a spa day at Crieff Hydro. Imagine starting your day with a dip in the pool while outside the snowflakes are falling, followed by an indulgent treatment that melts away the winter chill. It's a different kind of seasonal magic – one that leaves you refreshed and full of renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Perthshire is steeped in heritage and culture, and wandering through the historic town of Dunkeld, especially when dusted with snow feels like a journey through time. Nestled on the banks of the River Tay, explore the town’s charming streets, marvel at Dunkeld Cathedral, and enjoy a warm cup of comfort in a cosy cafe.

Pitlochry, with its quaint streets and welcoming atmosphere, is a winter gem waiting to be discovered. The town centre is a hub of local independent shops, cafes and restaurants, perfect for a little retail therapy, a cup of warmth or a satisfying, hearty meal.

Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre overlooking the River Tummel is a superb hang-out for all the family. Play with interactive exhibits, unravel the secrets of hydroelectricity and enjoy amazing views - it’s the perfect blend of learning and laughter. The Pitlochry Festival Theatre, adorned with winter lights, often hosts performances worth checking out.


Sporting Attractions in Perthshire: Glide through the Winter Chill
No winter experience is complete without a bit of ice skating, and the Dewars Centre in Perth is the place to do it. Whether you're pirouetting like a pro or doing the classic penguin waddle, gliding across the ice in this Olympic-sized rink is pure joy. It’s a seasonal activity that brings out the playful child in everyone!

Scotland has no shortage of mountains, and Glenshee in Perthshire is the perfect playground for skiers and snowboarders. With the UK’s largest lift system and runs extending over three valleys and four mountains, it's ideal for enthusiasts of all levels. Nothing quite beats the exhilaration of navigating the pristine slopes against the stunning backdrop of the Highlands.

In essence, wintertime in Perthshire is a treasure chest of fun and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. From playful walks through snow-draped trails to heart-pounding adventures, the region invites you to embrace the magic of winter. So, grab your mittens, throw on a scarf, and discover its many winter wonders!

Find out more about all our outdoor activities at Highland Safaris.

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