The winter solstice approaches and with it the shortest day so time to enjoy the crisp mornings, playing in the snow and see the light return.  Here’s our recommendations for the best places in Perthshire for seeing Red Squirrels, Amazing Views, Winter Wonderland and Snowdrops.

Red Squirrels

Birnam Riverside Path

Watching the agile antics of the lithe red squirrels as they dance over the ground, up tree trunks, along branches and through the tree canopy is a delight. The Birnam Riverside path is a great place to see them in the winter and you can admire the mighty Birnam Oak, the final survivor of Birnam Wood made famous in Shakespeare's Macbeth, at the same time.

Grade: Easy

Distance: 3 ½ miles / 5.4 km

Time: 1 - 1.5 hours

Transport: Parking in the village. The train station is nearby. Buses nos 23 & 27 from Perth and the Citylink M91 also stops in the village. 

Amazing Views

Birks of Aberfeldy

A spectacular gorge with the stunning Falls of Moness roaring through it, the Birks will delight with views all through the walk. A combination of waterfalls, gorge and big trees make it a great place to visit for everyone. You can stop and say 'hi' to Rabbie Burns as he pauses deep in thought, perhaps composing his famous tune that gave the place it's name.

Grade: Easy - Moderate, there are some steep climbs

Distance: 2.25 m/ 3.5 km

Time: 1 - 2 hours

Transport: Parking at the start of the walk. Bus no 23 from Perth drops you nearby.

Winter Wonderland

Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, Perth

if you're looking for a winter wonderland then Kinnoull Hill is the place for you. With spectacular views across Perth, the Carse of Gowrie and beyond, wooden animals hidden around the site and the iconic 19th Century Kinnoull tower there's lots to see. If you fancy a bit of a challenge there's geocaching and a permanent orienteering trail.

Grade: Easy- Strenuous, some paths are suitable for all abilities

Distance: There's 8 miles/ 14km of routes to explore.

Time: Paths take from 15 mins to 2.5 hours

Transport: Bus no 11 stops at Carsie Way. There are paths that link Perth to Kinnoull Hill.

Snowdrops

Macrosty Park, Crieff

The first flower to appear after the winter, the graceful snowdrop is always a joy to see and where better than the picturesque McCrosty Park.

Grade: Easy some paths are suitable for all abilities

Distance: As little or as much as you want.

Time: As long as you like!

Transport: There is a large car park at the foot of Milnab Street which is off of the A822. Bus no 15 from Perth & 47 from Stirling bring you to town.