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Tay Forest Park - Queen's View Visitor Centre - Trail and Viewpoint

B8019, Near Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5NR

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Queen's View

  • Queen's View lies at the heart of Highland Perthshire, and it's the area's most popular visitor attraction. Just one look is enough to tell you why.
  • When Queen Victoria visited in 1866, she assumed that the sweeping view west along Loch Tummel was named after her – but she was wrong. We think the view was really named after Isabella, the first wife of Robert the Bruce, who lived more than 500 years earlier.
  • Today, you too can enjoy views fit for a queen – along with a nice cup of tea at the café. Pick out some gifts at the well-stocked shop and relax before exploring the nearby forests.
  • For more information about Queen's View including parking charges and opening times please click here (opens in new tab).

Trail Information

  • The Queen's Viewpoint trail leads from the Queen's View Visitor Centre to the view point.
  • The distance from the visitor centre to the point is approximately 200m.
  • The path has a tarmac surface.
  • Some paths may be covered by ice or snow during the winter months.
  • There are toilets available at the Queen's View Visitor Centre.

Getting Here

  • By Road
    • Take the B8019 west of Pitlochry. Queen's View is about 7 miles (11 km) from the town. The entrance to the car park is at grid reference NN 864 598. PH16 5NR is the nearest postcode.
  • By Bus
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • You can catch a bus to Queen's View from Pitlochry, which takes about 15 minutes. Check Traveline Scotland for times and fares.
  • By Train
    • The nearest Railway Station is Pitlochry.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: diversity@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.
  • There is a wheelchair available to borrow in the cafe, this can be used for the Queen's View Trail.

Parking

  • Parking
    • The venue does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located at the front of the visitor centre.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 480cm x 610cm (15ft 9in x 20ft).
    • There is a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
  • Paying
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
    • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the car park.
    • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • Drop-off Point(s)
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

Queen's View Visitor Centre

Car Park to the Trail

  • The start of the trail is located to the right of the cafe building (as you face it).
  • There is step free access from the car park to the trail.
  • There is a tarmac path leading from the cafe building to the trail.
  • Follow the path on the left which leads to the trail.

Queen's View Viewpoint Trail

  • The surface of the path is tarmac throughout.
  • The Queen's Viewpoint trail leads from the Queen's View Visitor Centre to the view point.
  • The distance from the visitor centre to the point is approximately 200m.
  • The surface of the path is tarmac.
  • At the bottom of the trail there is a set of steps to the right.
  • There are 15 medium steps with handrails on both sides.
  • The steps can be overcome by following the path to the left.
  • There are slight slopes in places along the path.
  • The path takes a twisting / turning route as it goes up the hillside.
  • Once you reach the top of the trail, there is a paved area which has magnificent views over Loch Tummel.
  • There is a tactile map located at the centre of the viewing area, showing the mountains that you can see from the viewpoint.
  • To return to the visitor centre and car park, follow the trail back down.