Pitlochry is located just 70 miles north of Edinburgh and is an excellent place to spend a night or two whilst journeying up to the Highlands of Scotland. From Pitlochry it is just less than 90 miles to Inverness by way of the A9 which takes you past one of our favourite locations, Aviemore, which is located within the Cairngorm National Park. An alternate route is longer by around 30 miles but it takes you through the breathtaking mountain scenery of Glencoe onto Fort William, Fort Augustus and then along Long Ness to Inverness.
Pitlochry is a pretty town popular with visitors because of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Pitlochry Salmon Ladder & Dam but it also attracts huge numbers of walkers drawn by the surrounding Perthshire hills which offer over 40 miles of marked trails. There is also Pitlochry Golf Course which is an 18 hole, par 69, 570 yard inland course with stunning views of the Tummel Valley and Ben Y Vrackie mountain whose summit reaches 841m The course is open to members, groups and visitors so is perfect for golfers experiencing some of the other top Scottish courses.
As well as these attractions there are many others but we have a few that we think visitors to the area should definitely add to their lists.
Highland Fling Bungee
The Highland Fling Bungee is probably the most thrilling bungee jump in the UK with a 40 metre drop from a bespoke platform in the Pass of Killiecrankie above the River Garry. This one is not for the faint-hearted but if you are an adrenalin junkie that’s itching to jump amidst some of the best scenery in Europe it is for you. For more info visit their website at www.bungeejumpscotland.co.uk.
Blair Castle & Hercules Gardens
Blair Castle is reputed to be one of the most popular historic houses in Scotland and is the home of the only private army in Europe called the Atholl Highlanders. The gardens landscaped back in the 18th century cover a large area and even includes a huge 9 acre walled garden, a deer park, a woodland grove and a folly. If you make a visit you should allow plenty of time as the gardens alone are worth spending a few hours exploring. Information provided inside the castle is interesting without being boring.
Blair Athol Distillery
Blair Athol was founded in the 18th century but did not become licensed until 1825. Arthur Bell purchased Blair Athol and Dufftown distilleries in 1933 and rebuilt the former in 1949. The distillery does not have a lot of storage so them malt is generally only delivered twice each day. From Easter to the end of September the distillery is open 7 days per week for tours.
The town of Pitlochry itself has bags of character with plenty of shops and you can quite easily lose a few hours wondering from one end of the high street to the other. You can enjoy a great night out at one of the great restaurants in Pitlochry with some of the most highly rated including Logierait Inn, Fern Cottage Restaurant or Pasha not to be confused with one of the famous Pasha nightclubs. Pitlochry doesn’t have a nightclub or a casino just yet but if you crave a hand of blackjack why not relax in the comfort of your hotel or B&B and sign in to PartyPoker UK. There is an excellent choice of accommodation available in Pitlochry but we have a couple of favourites that we recommend to our guests.
Knockendarroch House Hotel
If you prefer a hotel Knockendarroch is a 4 star rated, privately owned hotel located less than a five minute walk to the centre of town. The rooms are large and combine Victorian period features with a modern style and elegant décor and furnishings. Some of the rooms offer views of Ben Vrackie Mountain and the Tummel Valley. Knockendarroch House Hotel is currently rated by TripAdvisor as the No.1 hotel in Pitlochry. For more information visit their website at www.knockendarroch.co.uk.
Craigatin House & Courtyard
Craigatin House is a 4 star luxury boutique style bed and breakfast nestled in wooded grounds but still only a short distance to the town centre. The rooms offer all of the features and facilities you would expect from a top hotel and the service provided by Martin, Andrea and their staff is second to none. You can enjoy a top quality breakfast in the recently added dining room with its floor to ceiling glass giving an exquisite outlook onto the grounds. Craigatin House has once again just received a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2012 for being one of the best B&Bs in the UK and Europe. Their website can be found at www.craigatinhouse.co.uk.
We are sure you will enjoy everywhere you visit in Scotland but Pitlochry is a little gem in the beautiful Perthshire landscape that you are sure to fall in love with.