If you love the great outdoors, scenic walks and tranquil relaxation, you will love Pitlochry. The magnificent Scottish Highlands offer a welcome retreat from everyday hustle and bustle and yet Edinburgh and Glasgow are less than two hours away. There are mountains and lochs to explore nearby with the Cairngorm Massif, Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch all well worth exploring. If you are coming to play golf, you will be spoilt for choice with first class courses in Pitlochry and nearby at Blairgowrie.
Fans of Scotch Whisky will find a number of distilleries where you can sample a wee dram in Pitlochry alone. Other sites to see in Pitlochry itself include a salmon ladder where you can often see majestic fish leaping for all they are worth. The stunning vistas of Queen’s View and historic Blair Castle are within easy reach of the hotel whilst Drummond Gardens are reputedly amongst Europe’s finest formal gardens and well worth seeking out. You’ll never be short of something to see or do when you visit Pitlochry.
Drummond Castle Gardens
Described as being amongst Scotland’s finest, the Drummond Gardens are carefully designed and painstakingly preserved. Set to the castle backdrop you’ll find landscaped spaces influenced by Italian design, combined with wild woodland and smooth-surfaced lakes. Unusual statues, fountains and water features add to the appeal of this garden, which has been around since the 17th
century. It’s a colourful and ever-changing attraction, open throughout the summer and autumn months. Visit their website
Scone Palace and Gardens
Throughout the year, the Scone Palace Gardens are constantly changing and evolving. Snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas create a rainbow of colour through the seasons, and make the perfect surrounding for the red and green ivy-clad palace that has been a crowning place and seat of parliament through the ages. Tours of the opulent palace provide a rich and interesting insight into its history, whilst the grounds and gardens include a maze, a gift shop and a food shop that sells a selection of Scottish produce. There are also organised activities for children, as well as resident animals including cows, ponies, peacocks and a donkey. Visit their website
A perfect white building, including turrets topped with black, Blair Castle is a wonderful attraction in the pretty Perthshire Highlands. It’s a private home, but is open to the public for organised tours. Surrounding the castle, the grounds include the peaceful wooded Diana’s Grove and the colourful Hercules Garden. The grounds contain a sculpture trail, and there is an outdoor adventure playground. Other on-site features are a lovely restaurant, and a gift shop stocked with traditional Scottish crafts, foods and souvenirs. Visit their website
Cluny House Gardens
At Cluny House you’ll find exquisite woodland gardens carpeted with colourful British wildflowers, and home to impressive towering trees. The Cluny Sequoiadendrons are some of the oldest trees in Scotland, and are an awe-inspiring and overwhelming sight. Paths wind around the gardens, taking you to the most beautiful spots and places where you’ll see an abundance of wildlife. Red squirrels have made their homes in the garden, and you can buy some plants to take home after your visit. Visit their website
The Pitlochry Festival Theatre is the place to go for high quality productions including drama, comedy and music performances. More than 100,000 visitors attend shows each year, and there’s a different show every night of the week. Visiting the theatre’s website you can see what’s on during your visit to the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel. Visit their website