It’s safe to say after what seems like 100 years stuck at home, we Instagram enthusiasts are all keen to get out for some fresh air, explore and get some new content for our social media. Luckily, Highland Perthshire is one of the most idyllic and beautiful places in the world and we have many picturesque locations to visit that’s not only safely distanced from others but also gives us a great opportunity to get new content for Instagram.
Here is a list of Heartland FM’s recommended locations for getting that perfect shot for the gram.
If you’ve spent lockdown binging The Crown, you might want to get a taste of royal life for yourself and become the Queen or King that you are. Overlooking Loch Tummel, The Queens View is said to be named for Queen Victoria who visited the area in 1866. Queen Victoria notoriously had a deep love for Scotland and spent many happy days here, leading to the purchase of land and building the now renowned royal castle at Balmoral.
Many speculate the spot was named Queens View as tribute to Queen Isabella, wife of King Robert the Bruce. Regardless of who it was named for, there is no denying this is steeped in royal history and is the perfect spot to snap some pictures and really live your royal fantasy. Snap away, your highness.
Praying Hands/Fionn’s Rock:
For the ambitious amongst you, the Praying Hands or Fionn’s Rock in Glen Lyon is well worth the trek. Known as a favourite spot of Sir Walter Scott, this natural rock formation is situated amongst beautiful munros and greenery. For those wanting to get away from it all or shout from a mountain high about your new lockdown love, this is the place.
Be sure to pack water and a picnic as the walk to the Praying Hands is not for the faint hearted but when you do get there…the views are so, so worth it!
Pro tip: Get your camera ready for ‘golden hour’ as the sunsets for that perfect shot or take a date along and impress with a verse of Sir Walter Scott’s poetry.
“This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,
From wandering on a foreign strand!”
Waterfall? The Birks of Aberfeldy:
TLC told us ‘Don’t go chasin waterfalls’ but we disagree. Highland Perthshire is jam packed with beautiful waterfalls perfect for getting a good photo.
It’s hard to pick out a favourite but an honourable mention goes to the Birks of Aberfeldy. This dreamy location even captured the heart of Robert Burns who penned ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy’ in 1787, paying tribute to the crystal stream, flowery braes and wild flowers. The Birks of Aberfeldy also has the added bonus of being situated amongst quiet woodland areas so several photoshoot locations can be found.
“To the birks of Aberfeldy. Now simmer blinks on flowery braes, And o’er the chrystal streamlets plays: Come let us spend the lightsome days – In the birks of Aberfeldy.” – Robert Burns, The Birks of Aberfeldy, 1787
If you want to capture the picture-perfect image of Scotland – go to Glen Clova. There are mountains, rivers and streams, flowers, and just all-round idyllic surroundings.
This is the perfect location for a Sunday saunter and has hillwalking routes to suit any skill level.
Glen Clova is one of the five Angus glens and as well as some amazing photo op’s would provide a relaxing day out to get away from the hustle and bustle.
The Black Castle
If you like things on the spooky side, we have you covered.
Built in 1326 by the Earl of Atholl, Moulin Castle is in a boggy moor area just outside of Pitlochry. It’s thought to have been a crannog once upon a time but now all that remains are the ruins of the outer shell.
Legend says that when the plague (the one in the 1500’s, not the current one) hit the area, the disease was spread through the area thanks to a messenger and fearful of spread, the castle was set alight and has remained untouched ever since.
Go live your Game of Thrones fantasy and let us know if you snap any ghosts!
And you can find more incredible scenes from Highland Perthshire in this, and each, edition of IRIS our community magazine on: https://www.heartland.scot/iris-magazine/iris-june-2021/