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Set to the magnificent backdrop of the Ben Vrackie Mountain, the town of Pitlochry is a popular hub for walkers.

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Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ben Vrackie Mountain, the town of Pitlochry is a popular hub for walkers in this peaceful region of the Perthshire Highlands.

Expect charming Victorian architecture and fascinating visitor attractions within easy reach, as well as some of Scotland’s most challenging and stimulating hiking trails.

Pitlochry holidays should be spent enjoying the great outdoors, whether you enjoy walking through the hills or spending a lazy afternoon fishing by the lake. Cyclists will find wonderful places to explore, and if you’d like to get away from dry land then you’ll have no trouble hiring a boat and making your way out onto the water.

The town is known for more than just its setting. In fact, many people visit just for the local distilleries. Take a tour, and learn about Scotland’s whisky production industry with a few samples to try along the way.

Alternatively, make your way to the Pitlochry Power Station where you can view salmon making their way upstream. The on-site visitor centre includes an underwater viewing station, increasing your chances of spotting some of the 5,000 salmon that pass through the Salmon Ladder each year.

Visit historic houses and grand castles such as Balhousie, Menzies and Elcho, along with public gardens containing a myriad of interesting plants and colourful flowers.

Plan your visit around the time of the famous Pitlochry Festival, and you can watch a different performance every night of the week. The slogan ‘Stay Six Days, See Six Plays’ explains exactly what to expect. Holidaymakers can buy tickets to see a comedy one night, an orchestral performance the next, and a classic drama to finish a long weekend break.

Visit in October and you won’t want to miss the chance to head into the beautiful Faskally Wood. The light and sound show, ‘The Enchanted Forest’ is one of the town’s most famous events. Throughout the summer months, a local band also parades down the high street every Monday evening, marking the start and end of a night of entertainment with traditional song and dance.

It’s no wonder that so many people choose to stay in Pitlochry for a true taste of Scottish hospitality, and for the history and culture that Scotland is known for. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the country, and one visit simply won’t be enough.

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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.

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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.

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Blair Castle

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.

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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.

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Pitlochry Theatre

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.

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