Pitlochry Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by davidjo
  • Things to Do
    by davidjo
  • Things to Do
    by davidjo

Pitlochry Things to Do

  • THE FALLS OF BRUAR-----IT IS WORTH THE...

    A mile or so north of Pitlochry you will come to the House of Bruar where there is a huge souvenir shop, and other shops, most of which seem to be over priced. You cam park your car in the huge car park and then follow the signs (Falls of Bruar) that lead you under the railway line, then through the forest by the stream which has clear pools and...

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  • PITLOCHRY WALKS

    Pitlochry is an excellent place to take a stroll as there are over 41 miles of trails to explore. Particularly nice is the walk around Loch Faskally. Look at the website below for some nice hikes.

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  • THE SALMON LADDER & THE DAM

    I have been to Pitlochry on numerous occasions and always head to the salmon ladder which you will find at the side of Pitlochry Dam. The dam was constructed across the River Tummel between 1947 and 1951 as part of a network of dams that would produce electricity for the residents of the Highlands. As a result of the dam being built, the old...

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  • The Atholl Country Life Museum

    This museum gives a vivid reality to Highland country life in the Atholl area using facts, historical photos and stories set in imaginative displays. The Scottish Highlanders are the remnant of the Celtic race, which remained mainly untouched by Roman and Saxon invasion so this museum is about a unique people. Clanship and tartan go beyond the...

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  • Pass of Killiecrankie

    The Pass of Killiecrankie offers a splendid walk beside the River Garry through spectacular oak and mixed deciduous woodland, much admired by Queen Victoria in 1844. The woodland is famous for its autumn colour, with the view along the pass from the Garry Bridge being one of the most photographed in Perthshire. It offers plentiful wildlife. The...

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  • Loch Tay Crannog

    Loch Tay Crannog is an experiment in bringing the past to life. It is a five star visitor attraction and educational centre with a Gold award for best practice in environmental management. Its location Loch Tay is a freshwater loch around 14 miles long, and around 1.5 miles wide in the Highland Perthshire in Scotland.Many Scottish lochs contain...

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  • Blair Castle

    Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, has been awarded five stars as a visitor attraction by the Scottish tourist agency- its highest award. Its history extends over 740 years and was it was last castle in the British Isles to be besieged - in 1746 during the last Jacobite Rebellion.Records begin in 1269 when the Earl of...

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  • Moulin

    Yes, maybe it should be in the “places to stay” or “restaurant” sections, but as I haven’t stayed or eaten there...Unless you count a packet of dry roasted peanuts, of course.What I have done is sit at one of the outside tables to enjoy a pint of their Braveheart beer, and recover from a 3 hour jaunt up (& down) nearby Ben y Vrackie. It has it’s...

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  • Dam and power station

    This dam was built across the River Tummel to create Loch Faskally as a permanent water reservoir. Construction was completed in 1951. You can walk upon it and have a look at its technical construction. What attracts more people here, though, is the salmon ladder that can be seen between April and October. The ladder was constructed to help the...

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  • Loch Faskally

    Loch Faskally is a loch very close to the town centre. You will pass close to it when you walk to or from the dam, and I walked over the lawn to get there and have a closer look. There is also a walk leading around the loch, but I did not have time for that and only did the beginning.Loch Faskally was my very first loch in Scotland, so yes, I was...

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  • Atholl Road

    Atholl Road is Pitlochry's main street. There is not much more to the town centre than this street.It is lined with Victorian buildings made of a grayish material (I read it is granite, but I am not sure), like one long, grey parade. It looks quite pretty, but I must also say that it is very commercial. There are many, many hiking shops, as well as...

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  • Queen's View

    Queen's View is a view point close to Pitlochry. It overlooks Loch Tummel and provides wonderful views of the Loch and the mountain Schiehallion. It really is spectacular, like the Scotland of the postcards, table books and novels - to good to be true. The viewpoint was originally named after Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, who used it as...

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Pitlochry Hotels

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  • Atholl Villa

    The Atholl Villa is located on the eastern side of Atholl Road opposite the Tourist Information...

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  • Pine Trees Hotel

    I've stayed here three times now with my husband ... the first was our honeymoon last year, then we...

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  • Rosemount Hotel

    Hotel was very over priced, room was small and old fashioned looking, the room did not heat up....

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Pitlochry Restaurants

  • loved it!

    We stopped in Pitlochry in June ’11 looking for food (urgently) on our way home from the North. With nowhere in mind, by 8pm on a Saturday night we were ready for anything.Somehow we ended up at the golf club - I think because I took a wrong turning! It is open to non-members for food - thankfully - and we had a great dinner.I really was pleasantly...

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  • If Youve Got 20 Mins To Waste, Ull Luv...

    While the food is good, the service, however, is NOT. I had to wait at the front of the queue for 20 minutes, while the man served people who had come to eat in before me. Even though i was clearly in front of them!!! chips taste nice when fresh.

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  • Avoid at all cost

    Large Cafe / Restaurant with no perticular charm except for a nice fire place. Basically, all the tours that go from Edinburgh to the Highlands stop here.. so this place does not have to look for customers.. the tours don't actually tell you to go here, but they park right next to this place and seeing as you don't have much time, one doesn't tend...

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  • Good Fish n Chips

    This fish n chip shop was very popular. You could either take away or eat in. There was an indoor eating area as well as a nice courtyard outside. I had a plate of chips with peas and a latte.Surprisingly it was a very satisfying meal!

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  • Decent food.

    The layout inside was open and spacious. Not a snug cosy pub. However the food was OK. I had the Haggis, neeps, mince and tatties - 7.20 pound.Other selections were... Gammon Steak and pineapple - 7.20 pound.Sausage and mash - 6.90 pound.Sticky date pudding - 2.50 pound.Hot waffle - 2.00 pound.

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  • Another nice restaurant

    This restaurant had a nice atmosphere. Log fire and quiet location. One side was for smoking the other non smoking. For lunch I had a BLT and wedges - 4.95 pound. It was a satisfying meal.For dinner I had a seafood basket - 7.95 pound. A selection of fish and scampi with potatoes and peas. My only complaint was that they advertised ' vegetables '...

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Pitlochry Nightlife

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    by JohnniOmani Written May 7, 2006

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    The Moulin Pub is a classic Scottish pub that has an amazing atmosphere. It is over 320 years old. This classic pub is one of my favorite pubs in the world because it offers an excellent way to meet the locals and have a good chat. It has low ceilings and fireplaces making it a truely special place. I love the Moulin and cant wait to go back!

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Pitlochry Transportation

  • the A9

    As you'll have seen (maybe) from my homepage, Pitlochry is on the A9. That's the only direct road between central Scotland and Inverness (in fact it goes way up north beyond Inverness, but that's irrelevant for the purpose of this little tale).If you are travelling from Edinburgh, the road is motorway (or as near as) all the way to Perth. That's...

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  • the train

    The town is on the railway line from Perth to Inverness, so it is served by trains north out of Edinburgh and Glasgow - and (obviously) by trains south out of Inverness.The station is right in the town centre, so very convenient. If you're willing to change trains in Perth, that will increase your choice of services.Those trains can all be pretty...

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  • Not so far away now

    The easiest way to get to Pitlochry is by train [or bus]. The East Coast railway from Kings Cross in London takes 8 hours to Inverness instead of the previous long 12+ hours. I took the 12 noon train which was comfortable and had a buffet to buy snacks and drinks. It is always preferable , if possible, to book a seat in advance as the trains can be...

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Pitlochry Shopping

  • Unusual jewellery

    Heathergems is a nice shop located at the southern end of the town centre. They make really unusual jewellery out of heather! The heather is put into bundles and then dried and pressed, until it develops different colours and forms a "gem". It is hard to believe, but you can watch a video about the process and also watch people making jewellery...

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  • 2nd HAND BOOKS

    While waiting for my train bound for Edinburgh i found a second hand bookshop on the station platform itself. The money taken is donated to charity and there was a huge selection of books, all catalogued and in their respective section. I headed for the travel section where to my surprise i picked upo 4 guide books at very cheap prices (£1 each)

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  • shopper's paradise

    A few miles north of town on the A9 is the House of Bruar. It’s a shopping mall in the middle of nowhere. But, it’s an enterprising venture and popular.Sometimes I stop for food/coffee/toilet there, but most times I pass on by. It’s always busy, and the food is good.There’s nothing I’d ever want to buy in the shops, except maybe in the food hall.I...

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Pitlochry Off The Beaten Path

  • Black Castle ruins

    The ruins of Black Castle lie in the middle of a cow paddock. Can't find much info on it other than it was once the home of the Royal Stuart Clan.

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  • Moulin Walk

    Traipsing through fields had it's rewards. Tell that to my poor shoes. They never looked the same again. Anyway I even came across the ruins of an old castle, smack bang in the middle of a cow paddock.

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  • Meet the locals!

    I stumbled...literally...across this classic highland cow. One of my quests was to get just this type of shot!Pitlochry in the background.

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Pitlochry Sports & Outdoors

  • Ben Lawers

    So, another hill in the Pitlochry area. Well, 2 hills actually - see below.Ben Lawers is on the north side of LochTay, and is a popular climb. It’s maintained by the National Trust for Scotland, and it provides a car park. The summit is 1,214 meters (3,987 ft) so one of the higher peaks in Scotland. On the way, you can climb Beinn Ghlas - 1103m....

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  • Schiehallion

    For the hillwalking fraternity, Schiehallion is accessible and has the reputation of being easy to climb (in summer). It’s less than 20 miles from Pitlochry along the scenic (but scary) Loch Tummel road. You head for the Braes of Foss car park - maintained by the John Muir Trust. The website I looked at (not the Trust’s one) claimed a public toilet...

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  • Ben y Vrackie

    I've classified this under "hiking" as opposed to "climbing", but I suppose it's both. A 5 mile hike to get to the summit (and back) and the peak is about 2,700 ft. I'm not sure how much you actually climb from the car park, but you could start in the town centre to add some elevation and an extra 2 miles. You can take a longer route to return,...

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Pitlochry Favorites

  • Walking Around Pt. 2

    Another nice thing about Pitlochry is that also running parallel to the trainstation (but on the opposite side to Atholl Rd.), with a short walk you will find Loch Faskally and the River Tummel. Walking around this area is very nice, especially after it has been raining and the clouds are low and hanging over the mountains.Also in this area you...

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  • Walking Around Pt. 1

    Ok, so I was only in Pitlochry for a day, so I am making a couple of 'general' tips - as my memories are only 'in general'.What I do strongly remember is that Pitlochry is a beautiful town set amongst some mountains (including Ben Vrackie) in the middle of Scotland. The main road, Atholl Rd., runs parallel to the train station and is filled with...

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  • Gem of Perthshire

    I think the thing that stood out for me was the lovely countrside around the town. There was always somewhere new to explore. From the delightful scenic walk I took to Dunfallandy to the more challenging ones up into the forrests. All my photos show the true colour and atmosphere of the countryside. I haven't touched them up in any way. I visited...

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