A short distance away from Pitlochry is Loch Tummel. It is here that you can find one of the most photographed spots in Scotland. While there are arguments over which Queen the view was named for, Queen Victoria or Queen Isabella of Scotland, everyone agrees that the view is stunning.
The Forestry Commission runs the visitor centre. Here, you can sit back and relax while watching an introductory video all about the area. It showcases the wildlife and the local flora and fauna. There are guide books and maps on sale in the shop.
Just across from the visitor centre is a lovely gift shop and tea room. You can get light lunches here as well as some divine cakes.
The viewpoint is next to Allean Forest. There is around 2km of paths and bridges winding through the forest, so make sure you wear walking shoes on your trip here because you don't want to miss out on the wildlife. You will also be able to see an 8th-century ring fort and an 18th-century farmhouse on your wanders through the woods.
When Queen Victoria visited the site in 1866, she believed that the spot was named in her honour and so the story spread. However, locals and proud Scots will tell you that the place was named long before Queen Victoria's visit. It was called Queen's View for 500 years before Queen Victoria visited So that would be in reference to Robert the Bruce's first wife, Queen Isabella of Scotland.
The cafe and visitor centre open every day, from 10 am to 4 pm. There is a car park on-site. It costs £2 for a parking ticket which is also valid in the Braes of Foss and Dalerb car parks. This means you can take a little tour of the area to get the most out of your £2!
The visitor centre is easy to find as it is signposted from the A9.