Loch Tummel from Queen’s View

This afternoon, I visited the scenic site in central Scotland known as Queen’s View. This is located between Pitlochry and the village of Blair Atholl.

Although Queen Victoria visited in 1866 there is an argument that the name relates to Queen Isabella of Mar (1277-1296), the first wife of King Robert the Bruce.

Video clip of Loch Tummel from Queen’s View

The vista features Loch Tummel (lake) and Schiehallion (mountain).  The Loch is 11km long and about 1km wide. In 1950 the Loch was incorporated into a hydro-electric scheme as a consequence of which the water level rose by some 4.5m (about 13 feet). Access is via a minor road leading off the main A9 North-South route.

The site forms part of the Tay Forest Park within which can be found a variety of wildlife including Ospreys, Chaffinches, Wild Geese,  Red Squirrels, Buzzards, Eagles, Red Deer, Pine Marten and Capercaillie (grouse).

Loch Tummel from Queen;s View.

The site is run by the Forestry Commission, a quasi-government entity. Entrance is free and there is a Visitor Centre.

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