What to see and do in the Pitlochry area
Pitlochry, Perthshire, Central Scotland, Information
Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Pitlochry
Just to the North
Pitlochry, a Victorian town dating back to the 1860s; Scottish crafts; specialist shops for sporting, camping, hiking etc clothes and equipment, woollens and cashmere, antiques, food and drink. A few miles to the North of the town off the A9, there is The House of Bruar, a good quality retail complex where you may buy all things Scottish under one roof.
The Pitlochry Festival Theatre on the banks of the River Tummel and is internationally renowned for its fine repertoire of drama and comedy.
The Pitlochry Salmon ladder: a specially constructed ladder necessary to allow Salmon to reach the man-made Loch Faskally while by-passing the Pitlochry Dam. The salmon don't actually jump up the ladder but swim through interconnecting pipes. There is an observation chamber so you can watch the salmon underwater through a large plate glass window.
Eradour Distillery Established 1825. the smallest distillery in Scotland, produciing Edradour 10-year-old single malt whiskey. FREE guided tours include a taste of the whisky.
Blair Atholl Distillery Founded in 1798, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Tours include tutored tasting of the Blair Athol single malt whisky.
Blair Atholl Castle magnificent seat of the Dukes of Atholl: 32 rooms of historic treasures. Beautiful grounds including a walled garden, restaurant, gift shop.
Blair Atholl Village. Traditional stone built village where you can see Atholl County Collection, a folk museum showing Highland life in the past centuries and a working water mill. The Atholl Ranger service offers guided walks in and around the local environment.
One mile west of Pitlochry stands the sculptured, Pictish, Dunfallandy Stone which you can visit at any time of the year.
Travelling further afield; but within a day's visit is Cairngorm National Park and Loch Ness.
Just to the South
The cathedral town of Dunkeld and on the opposite bank of the River Tay is the Victorian village of Birnam, two beautifully restored historic towns.
East and West
The Forest of Clunie is accessible by foot or mountain bike with networks of tracks through picturesque wild hills and lochs where good sport can be enjoyed. And to the west is the Tay Forest Park and Loch Tay with the stunning Glen Lyon just beyond. There are challenging munros to climb such as Ben Lawers.
Activity, adventure, Sports and Field Sports
Field Sports: Fishing, shooting and stalking is available locally and Doug can organise these activities and the services of ghillies and stalkers as required. Fishing is mostly fly fishing for salmon and trout on the rivers Tay, Tummel, Garry and Tilt. There is also hill loch fishing in the hill lochs of the Forest of Clunie for wild brown trout and pike. Shooting packages can be organised from full driven days to smaller walked up informal days; please let Doug know you requirements. Stalking in the area is of two equally challenging but different varieties; hill stalking for red deer and woodland stalking for roe and fallow deer. Mixed weeks of shooting and fishing can be arranged and tailored to individual party requirements.
Adventure: Watersports on nearby Loch Tay and the River Tay include white-water rafting, kayaking, open or Canadian canoeing, Other sports include abseiling and climbing, microflight flying lessons, 4x4 off-road driving.
Local sports include Salmon and Trout fishing on the Tay Tummel and Gary, game shooting and stalking locally.
Ski-ing: The ski slopes of Glenshee and Aviemore are within easy motoring distance (check the snow conditions in the morning at breakfast and decide which one to go to).
Golf : good local choice including Rosemount, Taymouth, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld
The landscape of rivers, lochs and hills, forests and woods of Perthshire can be explored by foot, by cycle, by pony, by horse, by car.
Here are some of the places you can go:
Riverside Trails such as The Hermitage where you will find the tallest tree in Britain (belonging to the National Trust for Scotland).
Killiecrankie (a Reserve managed by the Royal Society for the protection of Birds) The story of the famous battle in this tree-lined gorge, now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland, is told in Visitor Centre here.
Waterfalls: Linn of Tummel. Falls of Bruar, Birks of Aberfeldy and Den of Alyth.
Hill hikes include: Allean Forest, Rannoch Forest (the remnants of Scotland's ancient wildwood), Drummond Hill.
Forest Tracks: Faskally Forest, Weem Wood, Craigvinean.
Cycling tracks: forest cycle routes Allean, Craigvinean, Drummond Hill and Blair Atholl.
Horse-riding tracks: bridle paths in Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park. Pony trekking on the Blair Atholl estate.