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Pitlochry is a small town in Perthshire. Guests that visit here are completely charmed by its scenery. Many visitors return here every year to enjoy the wide range of activities that are on offer. This guide looks at the top things to do in Pitlochry and the surrounding area, including hotels in Pitlochry.
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Your Complete Guide to Pitlochry
This vibrant little place in the heart of Scotland is on many tourist’s lists to visit. This quaint Victorian town has lots to offer its guests; fine food, rich whisky, traditional Scottish with real hospitality and breath-taking scenery, there is lots to see and do in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Things to do in Pitlochry
There is a reason why Pitlochry is such as tourist trap – there is so much to do here! Many know the town for its Festival Theatre, others love to visit its salmon ladder, and some come to tackle its surrounding mountains- Vrackie and Schiehallion.
My Voyage Scotland lists its top things to do in Pitlochry below.
If you are visiting Scotland during your next fishing holiday, stop off for the day at the River Tummel. This well-known fishing destination in Scotland attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Why? The River Tummel is a natural beauty and a tributary of the River Tay system. It is well known for having Scottish Salmon during springtime and the early summer months.
Whether you are a novice or have enjoyed the sport for many years you are welcome at River Tummel to try and catch the fish of the day!
Named after Queen Victoria who visited the now tourist attraction in 1866, The Queen’s View offers spectacular views of the town’s scenery.
After working up an appetite climbing up to the Queens view, grab a bite to eat at the visitor centre – where you can brush up on your knowledge of Perthshire and its surrounding areas.
Falls of Bruar
15 minutes outside of Pitlochry, past Blair Atholl is a cracking wee woodland walk up to a wee stunning bridge and waterfall. It doesn’t get better than this on a sunny day with clear views of Schiehallion in the background.
There are two bridges. The first only takes 10-15 minutes to walk to from the car with the second being an extra 20 minutes there and back down.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Scotland’s “theatre in the hills” is the creative hub within the town. With regular performances held at this venue, visit their website to see what’s on during your visit.
Art lovers will enjoy visiting here as the theatre also holds the Festival Gallery which displays the work of leading Scottish artists. There are over 200 artworks on display here throughout the year.
Ben Vrackie towers over Pitlochry to the north. Often overlooked (it misses the Munro mark by 100+ meters) has incredible views north and east towards the main bulk of the Cairngorms, West towards Schihallion, Glen Lyon and the Lawers group. However, the main point of attraction lies north towards the Beinn A’ Ghlo group. There is no better view of these three mountains than the summit of Ben Vrackie in my humble opinion.
The walk is fairly easy by hillwalking standards but make sure you pack the right gear. Ben Vrackie’s summit can be reached within 4 hours in normal conditions. View the detailed route on Walkhighlands.
Another stunning mountain that is very accessible from Pitlochry is Schiehallion.
This mountain is very distinct and sit quite alone at the head of Loch Rannoch. Because of this, the mountain is very distinct when climbing other munros.
Schiehallion is one of the easier Munros (mountains in Scotland over 3000ft).
The climb starts at Braes of Foss. Read Walkhighlands guide to Schiehallion.
The Hermitage sits a few miles back down the A9 towards Perth.
This short woodland walk leads up to Ossian’s Hall. Here you get a cracking view of Black Linn Falls.
Atholl Palace Museum
The Atholl Palace Museum sits in the eastern outskirts of Pitlochry and you will most likely pass this when coming into Pitlochry from the south.
This museum forms part of the Atholl Palace Hotel and is a tribute to that hotel.
Visitors can learn about the history of the estate and hotel. Indeed, this is the only museum in Scotland dedicated to a hotel in Scotland and was the only museum dedicated to a hotel in the UK when it opened in 2005.
Black Spout Wood
Black Spout wood sits to the east of Pitlochry and takes it’s name from the Black Spout Waterfall.
You can do a 1.5 hour walk starting in Pitlochry, taking you to the Black Spout Waterfall and Edradour Distillery. Check out Walkhighlands Guide.
Situated in the town centre, this unique jewlery shop offers visitors jewlery made from Scottish heather.
Heather is a plant that grows in abundance in the Scottish Highlands. At certain times of year the hills look purple and brown due to the colour of heather.
The company shapes, compresses and lacquers pieces of heather before appending them to pieces of jewellery.
Starting at the visitor centre, you can walk towards the Soilder’s Leap. It was here that a British soilder jamp 18ft from one side of the River Gary to the other whilst fleeing Jacobites. Yikes!
Continuing ahead you will come to the footbridge crossing the River Garry. Here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Gorge.
Visitors from across the UK travel to Pitlochry to see the wonder of Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire. Every Autumn, the woodlands become “The Enchanted Forest”.
This award-winning sound and light show has received many accolades from critics, including the UK’s Best Cultural Event, Best Outdoor Festival, and Scotland’s Best Large Event.
This unique event is a must-see experience if you are visiting the town during the Autumn months.
Faskally Woods is the site where the Enchanted Forrst event takes place every year.
However, the forrest itself is worth a visit outwith the Enchanted Forrest Event.
Sitting one mile north of Pitlochry, Faskally Wood is a especially vibrant in autumn with bright colours and clearly marked paths for walking.
If you are into geology, there are several interesting rock formations including ironpans formed above Dalradian mica schist.
Blair Athol Distillery
Please note: the Blair Athol Distillery is not in Blair Athol. It is in Pitlochry, just as you come into the town coming off the A9 heading North.
If you are planning a trip to the gateway to the Scottish Highlands do not miss Blair Athol Distillery. This well-known whisky brand is based in the south of Pitlochry in the foothills of the Grampian mountains.
You can choose between a guided tour or a tasting experience at Blair Atholl, a working distillery which was founded in 1798.
Accommodation and Hotels in Pitlochry
Whether you are travelling on a budget or want to spoil yourself with the perfect Scottish break there are a good handful of beautiful hotels in Pitlochry.
Star Pick: Atholl Palace Hotel
This fairy-tale location in Pitlochry comes with a spa, museum, award-winning gardens and stunning mountain and river views.
This grand four-star hotel is in the heart of Highland Perthshire, a stone’s throw away from the town of Pitlochry and a one-hour drive from Edinburgh airport.
With so much on-site, our star pick is suitable for both couples and families that need a break the countryside.
Fonab Castle Hotel
Fonab Castle is a golfer favourite with Scottish golfers as it is located just five minutes away from Pitlochry’s golf course and is a 40-minute drive away from Glen Eagles.
This stunning hotel offers its world-class service luxurious rooms, beautiful views of the hotel’s gardens and the surrounding countryside. Guest also have access to free Wi-Fi, free parking, and two restaurants that are on site.
If you are looking for accommodation near the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry check out the Rosemount Hotel. This family-run hotel is suitable for all travelers and welcomes guests with dogs to its Edwardian villa.
Rosemount Hotel is a 15-minute walk from the town’s train station and only 1 mile from Pitlochry Golf Course.
Pitlochry Youth Hostel
There are two hostels in Pitlochry that guests can choose between – both are great value for money!
Pitlochry Youth Hostel is a great choice if you want somewhere you can sleep and go! Rates start at £18 per person per night, this includes Wi-Fi and parking on site!
This is a dog-friendly, guest can bring their furry friend along with them on their Scottish adventure for just £5 per night.
If you would rather opt for luxury self-catering in Pitlochry, the town and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer. Prices for this type of accommodation vary depending on the size of the property and its location.
We have selected two excellent options for self-catering travelers to Perthshire below.
Location is key and this cosy holiday cottage is only a 6-minute walk away from central Pitlochry.
This self-catering option is excellent for couples that want to unwind and take in the Scottish scenery.
Its four-star rating is well deserved as it has a well-kept garden on-site and although it was built in circa 1880, the cottage’s host has modernised it, so it has everything you need for the perfect self-catering staff in Pitlochry.
Faskally Holiday Park
Guests travelling to Pitlochry in a large group can find larger accommodation at Faskally Holiday Park. This hidden gem offers its guests that chance to get involved with all kinds of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, horse-riding, and fishing.
On-site you will find a range of self-catering options including beautiful chalets that are “nestled within a former walled garden”.
Two-bedroom and three-bedroom log cabins can be reserved here. Each comes with full gas central heating, double-glazing, a fridge-freezer and private porch area with a table and chairs.