Pitlochry is a special place for me, having been there numerous times during my childhood and when I lived in Scotland a couple of year ago. Although special to me for nostalgic reasons, it is also an excellent place to visit in its own right. If you do decide to go to Pitlochry it is worth going for a long weekend, or if you are exploring the wider area it might be worth using it as a base for a week.
Pitlochry is in the heart of Scotland, just before you reach the Highlands. It is in North Perthsire, approximately a 1hr 40min drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can also reach it by train from Edinburgh.
Part of what makes Pitlochry such a good place to visit is what it is nearby:
- The Cairngorms are just to the North
- Perth is only 45 mins away
- Blair Atholl is 15 mins away with attractions including a castle, working mill and the excellent House of Bruar
- The lovely town of Aberfeldy is 25 mins away
- Loch Tummel is just to the West with some excellent views and walks
Pitlochry isn’t a huge town but it has enough to keep anyone entertained and well-fed for a while. The high street has numerous shops and restaurants as well as more mundane (but essential) facilities such as good car parking, a post office and a petrol station.
Shopping highlights on my last trip there (early 2016) included:
- MacDonalds Butchers – where we got some excellent homemade sausages
- Drinkmonger – where I got a nice special bottle of whisky I’m still working my way through
For eating there are some excellent choices and the ones we can recommend from across all our trips there are:
- Victoria’s – had an excellent dinner here served by a waiter from Transylvania (!)
- The Auld Smiddy Inn – fantastic gastro-pub food
- Morton’s Coffee Lounge – had some excellent lunches here
As for accomodation, the one place I can recommend is where we stayed on our last overnight trip – Craigatin House B&B. It is easily one of the best B&Bs I’ve every stayed in, with excellent rooms and fantastic breakfasts. The owners and staff were also very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended
What to Do
As noted above there are lots of places near Pitlochry to do things but there are also plenty of places you can walk to in and very near the Town. My favourites are
- Black Spout Wood and Waterfall – we had a lovely walk round here in the autumn and the waterfall was amazing.
- Blair Athol Distillery – the home of Bells Whisky. We had a great guided tour round here with an excellent guide. Worth checking out the single malt of Blair Athol whilst you are here.
Also recommended are:
- Pitlochry Festival Theatre
- Edradour Distillery
- Faskally Wood
- Pitlochry Dam