Tay Forest Park - Queen's View Visitor Centre - Information Centre and Shop

Access Guide

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The nearest Railway Station is Pitlochry.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.

  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.

  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.

  • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.

  • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).

  • The door(s) is/are double width.

  • The width of the door opening is 160cm.

  • The ramp/slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.

  • The gradient of the ramp is very easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides going up.

  • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The step(s) is/are located immediately beyond the entrance.

  • There is/are 2 step(s).

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.

  • The height of the step(s) is/are 8cm.

  • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.

  • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).

  • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.

  • Handrails are easy to grip.

  • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.

  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

  • The Wildlife Watch is located to the left after you reach the top of the ramp.

  • There is a tactile map of Tay Forest Park. The height of the map is 90cm.

  • There are a number of interactive activities located around the edge of the Wildlife Watch.

  • There are also a number of video screens playing information films and videos of the local wildlife.

  • The shop is located to the right at the top of the ramp.

  • The height of the service counter is high, there is a lowered section available.

  • There is not a hearing loop available at the counter.

  • There is step free access to some of the shop.

  • There is a steep slope leading to some of the gift items. If required a member of staff can provide assistance with getting items from this area.

  • The surface of the floor in the shop is wooden.

  • The lighting levels in the shop are good.

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) for public use.

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located within the cafe and toilets building.

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located within the cafe and toilets building.