Queens View Visitor Centre, By Pitlochry
A short drive from Pitlochry is Queens View, one of the most photographed views in Scotland, considered by many as Scotland's finest view. The £2 car park charge is a means of raising money for the maintenance and pay for improvements to the site, such as the new disabled access path, maintaining the grass and gardens.
Queens View on You Tube - the colours, the light, the temperature changes all year round from summer to freezing loch and snow in winter. (20secs)
Queens View Cafe - a brand new state of the art cafe was launched in the summer of 2014, it opens all year round winter (10am to 4pm) and summer (9.30am to 5pm). You will see from the menu that the prices are reasonable and the ambience is excellent!
View the Queens View Cafe Menu On Line (January 2015).
Down Load the Queens View Cafe Menu (January 2015).
Queen's View is located in the Tay Forest Park, where the landscape changes with the seasons, making a place to visit at any time of year rewarding, a photographers dream!
The viewpoint which is accessed via a footpath from the car park, offers a magnificent vista over the loch with Schiehallion in the background.
Queen Victoria made a famous entry in her diaries in 1866 presuming that the Queen's View had been named after her but it was originally named after Queen Isabel, wife of Robert the Bruce in the 14th century.
The Queens View Visitor Centre a tearoom and a shop are open all year round winter (10am to 4pm) and summer (9.30am to 5pm). The tearoom offers a wonderful selection of cakes and tray bakes, and does light lunches. The Shop and Visitor Centre has an audio visual display about the Tay Forest Park, and offers a range of popular items from wildlife books, to post cards and many other items well-liked by the tourists. There are also toilets.
Forest walks nearby, in the Allean Forest just west of Queen's View, where there are walks and off-road cycle tracks with views over Loch Tummel, you can see an 18th century farmstead (or Clachan) and a ring fort.
Queens View is open all year, the visitor centre and cafe are open 30th March to 31st October, the car park and view are open all year. Car parking charges apply to help maintain the site; all vehicles pay £2, which is an excellent deal.