Welcome to Pitlochry's dedicated tourist web site.
Including the nearby towns of Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Blair Atholl, Kenmore on Loch Tay and Rannoch.
What does Pitlochry mean?
Pit is generally agreed to indicate a Pictish settlement. The native Gaelic speakers recognise Pitlochry as Pit Lochraidh, (where lochraidh means cattle). So it originally meant 'Cattle Settlement'.
Where is Pitlochry?
Pitlochry is in the very centre of Scotland, just north of the Highland Fault Line (meaning it is in the Scottish Highlands). It is ideal place to base yourself if you want to see other areas of Scotland. Loch Ness, The Great Glen, Glen Coe, St Andrews, Stirling are all within a days drive and make a good day out. Glen Shee to Braemar the summer home of the Royal family is yet another.
Located 85 miles north of Glasgow and 75 miles from Edinburgh in the Scottish Highlands. It is 25 miles north of Perth. 75 miles south of Inverness.
How to get to Pitlochry?
Trains - Pitlochry is on the Highland Line connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness railway passing through the town. Pitlochry railway station is 100 metres from Pitlochry main street. The main street and train station are on the same elevation, so very easy to walk to and from.
Road- Pitlochry is on the main trunk road A9 connecting Inverness with Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are regular coach and bus services to the town. The excellent road and rail network is one of the reasons for the town's success as a tourist destination.
Airports - Pitlochry is 70 miles by road from from Edinburgh International airport. Inverness Airport (a good airport for affordable internal UK flights), is 90 miles away.
Pitlochry the town.
Pitlochry has a network of walks from the town centre. The town is build at the bottom of a glen, with the main street and the popular dam and fish ladder walk are all on the same level. The streets behind the main street where some of the accommodation providers are situated on an incline. The town is very walkable.
The town's architecture.
Many of the town's buildings are in the Victorian Scottish Baronial architecture particularly popular with the visitors. Scottish Baronial architecture originates in the sixteenth century and was revived in the nineteenth century. The buildings feature conical roofs, corbelled turrets. The corbels supporting the turret are roll-moulded. . Gables are often crow-stepped.
The walk network is arguably the best in Scotland, catering for all abilities. For more details on the Pitlochry Walks. There are many fine golf courses in and around Pitlochry. The highland scenery in abundance, there are castles , distilleries and some fabulous gardens.
The town's biggest attraction is the Dam and fish ladder visitor centre. There are two distilleries within the town. The Festival Theatre is one of the best theatres in Scotland, if not Britain. Best known for its rolling repertoire of 6 or 7 summer plays and many other performances throughout the year.
The Explore Highland Perthshire Guide is published each year, and comes out at Easter, in time for the season. If you wish to have an entry, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to view the whole Guide, then just click the image below PDF Version - Explore Highland Perthsire Guide 2018
To the north side of Pitlochry is the ancient village of Moulin with its crusader’s grave. Moulin was established around the year 700 A.D. by St Colm. It was the centre of the area for over 1,000 years. Today it has a popular hotel with a traditional bar and small brewery.
Pitlochry and the wider area
The area around Pitlochry has much to offer. The cathedral town of Dunkeld was founded as an ecclesiastical centre for the area. The cathedral and town are well worth a visit.
Loch Tay and the village of Kenmore is another special location. The loch is beautiful, the village of Kenmore has its own distinct architecture. It is the burial place of the infant son of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire.
Loch Rannoch another lovely loch, with a very drive-able road around it. To the west is Rannoch Station on the West Highland Line set on the moors of Rannoch. From Rannoch Station there is a popular train and walk. Catch the train to the next station and walk back. You can also catch the train to Fort William and Malaig on Scotland's West Coast.
The village of Blair Atholl, 6 miles north of Pitlochry. It is the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl and Europe’s only legal private army. Also home to one of Scotland’s oldest working watermills with a popular cafe and bakery.
The area is known for its year round events which include six highland games, the first of the season at Blair Atholl with the Duke of Atholl and his Atholl Highlanders and the last in Pitlochry in mid-September, with a popular event seeing the mass pipe bands marching down Pitlochry main street, certainly draws the crowds in large numbers.
Pitlochry Major Events
The Enchanted Forest attracts over 80,000 visitors to the town each October and the four day Blair Castle Horse Trials brings in another 45,000 people. Britain’s first closed road cycle event, Etape Caledonia has attracted some 5,300 cyclists with another 10,000 friends and family each May. It is estimated the Pitlochry New Year’s Day Street Party attracts some 5,000 visitors to dance to a ceilidh band in the main street from 1pm to 4pm each year.
This web site is produced by people who live and work here, with the objective of helping those who travel here get the most out of their visit.