The hills of Highland Perthshire are big – Ben Lawers failing by only a couple of small schist boulders to reach the 4000ft level. And from Schiehallion to Atholl, from Rannoch to Ben Vrackie, there are a lot of them. They may lack the crags and glamour of Glen Coe and the Cairngorms: instead they offer grassy picnic places, small schisty knolls where wild flowers grow, solitude, and in places some serious remoteness.
The bigness, but not the solitude, apply to Perthshire's two popular mountains. Ben Lawers has a well-built and busy trail from its visitor centre –more serious mountain lovers may prefer the more interesting Meall nan Tarmachan alongside. Schiehallion too has a well-constructed path and great views of Loch Tummel; again, confident hillwalkers will enjoy those same views from many less frequented hills.
Being at the eastern side of the Highlands, Perthshire has rather more sunshine and a bit less rain. So its valleys can be pleasingly bog-free. Green trackways from Blair Atholl, and made paths around Pitlochry or the Black Wood of Rannoch, offer low-level walking as good as any in the Highlands. If you like your low walks really long, there's the 5-day, 64-mile Cateran Trail out of Blairgowrie. Celebrate the lawless rogues who stole cattle hereabouts along their hill raiding paths, as well as minor roads, around the county.
Then there's Lowland Perthshire, a civilised corner. Whether Perth is a small city or a very large town, it's a place to while away a half day in the Georgian centre or along the banks of the River Tay.