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.