Here we have put a number of local web links to web sites which we hope will help you find out in more depth about different aspects of what is on offer in Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre is very popular with our guests. The 'theatre in the hills' is known for its rolling repertoire of six plays during the main summer season. In addition to this it runs a number of foyer concerts during the summer months and now also operates a Winter Season.
What's On in Highland Perthshire, here you will find details of the many events organised in and around Pitlochry through out the year.
Blair Castle is the ancient home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. It is the home of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. You can stroll through Diane's Grove laid out by the 2nd Duke in 1737 home to some of Scotland's tallest trees. Another beautiful spot to enjoy is Hercules Garden developed by the 2nd Duke in the mid 18th Century with its landscaped ponds and duck houses, which are full of birds in early summer. Other features include statues, urns, a Chinese bridge and a folly, as well as productive fruit trees, vegetable beds and herbaceous borders.
The Enchanted Forest runs each October and into November each year. It attracts huge numbers of visitors to Pitlochry to see the fabulous displays of lights and sounds in Faskally woods. Well worth a visit - though be sure to wrap up !
Pitlochry has two distilleries for those who enjoy whisky tours. Bells Blair Athol Distillery at the eastern edge of the town, within easy walking distance. While Edradour Distillery is in the hills above the town, its claim to fame is that it is the smallest distillery in Scotland. Both are worth a visit to see the differences between small and large scale whisky production.
Pitlochry in Bloom is responsible for the superb floral displays through out Pitlochry each year. It is a very pro-active group with a committee of 14, assisted by many helpers who tend to all the feature beds in Pitlochry on a weekly basis. Pitlochry in Bloom has won over 30 awards including Britain in Bloom.
The Scottish Crannog Centre is another very popular attraction. Crannogs are found only in Scotland and Ireland, the earliest dates some 5,000 years ago. They were built, modified, and re-used in Scotland up until the 17th century AD. Many islands you see on lochs in Scotland are in fact the remains of Crannogs. Here you will see a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology.
The Pass of Killiecrankie is famous for it's connection with the nearby Jacobean battlesite, where the opening shots of the battle were fired. Aside from admiring the flora and fauna of the pass itself, you can walk along the pass and visit Soldier's Leap where a government soldier made a spectacular jump of eighteen feet across the river Garry to escape the persuing Jacobites.
Queens View is probably one of the most photographed spots in Scotland. Named after King Robert the Bruce's Queen in the 13th Century. Visited by Queen Victoria, who presumed it had been named after her, even though she had never been there before. There is a visitor centre with audio visual presentation and tea room.
The House of Bruar 'Scotland’s most prestigious country store' attracts people from all over Britain. Located at the start of the famous Bruar Falls walk, ideal for those who do not enjoy shopping. The Falls were made famous by Robert Burns when he wrote a poem to the Duke of Atholl asking the Duke to covers its banks with trees.
Blair Castle Horse Trials and Country Fair, this four day event at the end of August each year attracts leading equestrian competitors from all over the world. You can see Dressage, Cross Country and precision show jumping close up, without the massed crowds that accompany similar events elsewhere in Europe. The Country Fair, Shopping Village, Food Hall, Stunt Teams all add to the occasion.
Pitlochry is the largest town in Highland Perthshire. The area has much to offer the holiday maker, some of the best highland scenery, lochs and rich glens. There are a number of routes one can drive each bringing a different mix of scenery and things to do and see.
Walking in Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire - there are a number of excellent way marked walks, in Pitlochry and in Highland Perthshire. This link will give you get a taste of what is on offer.