Overlooking the long Loch Tummel, the Queen's View Scotland is one of the most famous panoramas in the area of Pitlochry. It has been a popular destination since the Victorian times. Below is my guide to visit the lookout and discover more of the loch.
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Why visit Loch Tummel and its Queen's view Scotland?
Loch Tummel is a stunning, mostly wild, north of Edinburgh.
A lookout over Loch Tummel has been set up with a platform information and a visitor center. Queen Victoria visited in 1866 and thought the view was named for her. However it is thought that the view was originally named after the first wife of Robert the Bruce Isabella of Mar. She fled to this area during the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 13th century.
Here is the reason:
PLANNING TIPS - Loch Tummel Scotland
Getting to the Queen's view Scotland
- Located South of the Cairngorms National Park and East of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
- To reach The Queen's view Scotland Turn from the A9 to B8019 North of Pitlochry
- 20min drive from the center of Pitlochry
- 2h drive from Edinburgh
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Visiting the Queen's view Scotland and Loch Tummel
- B8019 is winding and not that large. Drive slowly as you can cross path with busses
- Café, visitor center and free toilets on site
- Access to the viewing platform requires to walk only 150 meters on a wheelchair accessible path
- It is a perfect place to see the sunset
- Further hiking trails are available around
- Almost everyone get to the lookout and turn around. I recommend you keep going along the loch to reach Loch Rannoch. See my pictures at the end.
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Access to the Queen's View Pitlochry
Access to the Queen's view Scotland is via road B8019 just North of Pitlorchy in the Perthshire. The road is narrow but you can cross other vehicles. Just drive slowly and take your time if you face a bus.
The site is clearly indicate as 'Queen's view' and you will see large parking areas with a visitor center and a café.
On that day in June we had blue Skye and 30°C ! So we enjoyed an ice-cream on the terrasse before going for the view.
There are many trails to enjoy the area called the Tay Forest Park. There are signs with map or you can go to the visitor center and get a free map of the region.
To reach the Queen's view Scotland Platform, it is only a 150m easy walk on a well maintained path.
The Queen's View Scotland over Loch Tummel
The Queen's View Scotland Is a famous location, so be prepared not to be alone.
It is only a very short walk to the Queen's view.
You can find signage and explanations. The platform is secure and well maintained.
And here is the famous Queen's View Scotland over Loch Tummel. You can see all the way to the Schiehallion mountain at the back (1083m):
You can probably now understand why this is one of the most famous lochs in Scotland.
Driving along Loch Tummel Scotland
Most people then just turn around. You can continue driving along Loch Tummel. Most of the time the round is surrounded by trees like everywhere in Scotland, but some time you get nice views of Loch Tummel.
Loch Tummel is an 11km long and 1km wide loch. It is oriented East to West. The Queen's view is located on the North Shore but a road offers also views from the South Shore. The pictures above were taken from the North Shore
If you continue even further you will reach Tummel Bridge, then a small reservoir.
After 10 minutes, you will arrive at the of Loch Rannoch where the road bend to the right. Loch Rannoch is not the most impressive of all the lochs but I was lucky that I arrived at a moment where the clouds and the light were magnificent as you can see in the pictures below.
And continuing further along Loch Rannoch you discover some small beaches with peebles and sand.
Loch Rannoch is a fresh water loch, 14km in lenth and 1km wide. Like Loch Tummel is is oriented East to West.
If you continue on B846 to the end of Loch Rannoch, you will reach Bridge of Gaur and reach the wild Loch Laidon.
But for us it as late and we turned around.
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