Pitlochry is a wonderful holiday town in Highland Perthshire situated just off the main A9 road that runs from Perth to Inverness. It is a favourite with tourists and the main street is always busy with visitors. Pitlochry has some very popular hotels, things to do and places to see with something to suit everyone.
Pitlochry Photo by Ross Murray (used under CC license via Flickr)
Pitlochry Fish ladder and dam
The dam on Loch Faskally at the edge of Pitlochry is a wonderfully scenic spot and it’s a only a short walk from the centre of Pitlochry to reach it. Cross the dam, have a look at the turbine room, go into the fish ladder viewing gallery and see if you can spot a salmon then walk downstream and over the suspension footbridge and back to town.
Pitlochry festival theatre
Pitlochry festival theatre is well known for it’s calendar of shows and events over the summer, but the theatre is open all year with a variety of performance and visual arts events and exhibitions.
Find out what’s on at www.pitlochry.org.uk
Climb Ben Vrackie and have a drink at the Moulin Inn just outside Pitlochry
From the village of moulin sitting just above Pitlochry, it is a good hike up to the top of Ben Vrackie, one of the hills that dominates this part of Perthshire. Not as high as some of the munros just to the north, but it’ll still take a good few hours. Good paths all the way up and some signposts, but take a map and all the bad weather gear you normally would for hillwalking in Scotland. When you return to Moulin, the delightful Moulin in awaits with it’s all-day food, microbrewery and cozy atmosphere
Soldiers leap and the Pass of Killiekrankie
A national Trust for Scotland property, Killiekrankie visitor centre sits below the giant viaduct that is the current A9 in a secluded pass just to the north of Pitlochry. A famous battle took place here in 1689 as part of the Jacobite uprising. The soldiers leap is a spot where it is said that an escaping government soldier jumped the gorge and escaped to safety. Many who have visited since have suggested they too could jump it but not many have tried. There are a number of lovely riverside walks around here.
Queens view near Pitlochry
West of Pitlochry lies the Queen’s View, a tranquil spot with views over Loch Rannoch and Tummel, probably named after a visit by Queen Victoria. Good to visit when the bus trips aren’t rolling in.
Pitlochry Golf Course
Pitlochry has a fine 18 hole golf course set amongst lush woodland
Pitlochry Restaurants and cafes
The centre of Pitlochry is bustling with many cafe’s, restaurants and bars to keep you busy if the weather is less than kind outside.
Pitlochry is a very popular tourist destination and as such has many delightful shops in which to while away the hours.