Loch Tummel looking west

Tummel Bridge and Loch Tummel

Popular with anglers and campers, and sporting the Loch Tummel Sailing Club on the south side, the loch is 11 kilometres long.  It has roads running each side from which can be enjoyed beautiful views of the countryside round about, including the famous Queen’s View on the north side of the Loch which offers a splendid view west up the loch to Schiehallion.  

Above the head of the loch is the village of Tummel Bridge where the old bridge crosses the River Tummel. This original bridge (now pedestrian only) was  built by General Wade in 1730.  It has a modern replacement alongside carrying the traffic from Aberfeldy. Notable visitors who have stayed in this area include Mendelssohn and Swinburne.

The northern side of the loch has many duns, forts and cairn circles. At the eastern end, high in Glen Fincastle to the north, sits Fincastle House, a 17th-century seat of a branch of the Stewarts, with links to the 1745 rebellion. At the head of the glen are the standing stones of Clachan Aoraidh in the Allean Forest.

The village of Tummel Bridge has a small permanent population and is home to the large Tummel Valley Holiday Park. 

The village has one of the first power stations for hydro power built in Scotland, around 1930, which is now a listed building.

East of the village on the roadside you will find the popular Inn at Loch Tummel.


Tummel Valley Holiday Park
Tummel Valley Holiday Park

Queens View

One of Highland Perthshire's most popular visitor attractions, this spectacular view over Loch Tummel to Schiehallion and beyond is visited by thousands each year, and when you go there, you will see why.  Queen Victoria visited here and although she thought it was named after her, there is some thought that it was named after Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, some 500 years earlier.

Run by the Forestry Commission, there is a car park.  Unfortunately the cafe is no longer open.  

Queen's View makes an excellent starting point for your visit to Tummel and Rannoch. From here you can drive right up to wild Rannoch Station and around Loch Rannoch with its Clan Trail, passing spectacular views all the way along. Stop for a meal in Kinloch Rannoch or Rannoch Station or, better still, stay a while in one of the many welcoming places to stay and enjoy everything the glen has to offer.  The road comes to an end at Rannoch Station.

The current Local Information leaflet is available in shops and hotels.

Rannoch Hills