Pitlochry is the largest town in Highland Perthshire, 27 miles north of the City of Perth and 85 miles south of Inverness. It established a reputation for the quality of its air when Queen Victoria's physician sang its praises back in 1845, today it is the main tourist centre for this area of Scotland. The railway arriving in the town in 1863 making it easy to travel to, establishing it as a popular tourist destination, a reputation that it has enjoyed ever since.
The town was so popular by 1874 that a spectacular built a 'Scotch Baronial' Hotel or as it was known then a Hydropathic establishment. It took one hundred and fifty men, four years to build the Atholl Palace Hotel, eventually opening its doors in 1878. Many first time visitors to the town today, think it is a castle. The Atholl Palace Museum takes you back to 1878, displaying the then state of art accommodation, for its top class guests, you will find it a fascinating visit.
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The original meaning of the word Pitlochry. Pit is generally agreed to indicate a Pictish settlement and is common in the Eastern side of Scotland. The native Gaelic speakers can recognise the meaning of the local words such as Pitlochry by the local pronunciation of the name, which is generally very accurate. So in the case of Pitlochry it would Pit Lochraidh, (where lochraidh means cattle), so it originally meant Cattle Settlement.
Pitlochry is set beneath its own mountain Ben-Y-Vrackie, with the main Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness railway passing through the town. The main trunk road, the A9, which connects the busy central belt of Scotland to the Highlands also passes by the town. The excellent road and rail network is an important reason for the town's success as a tourist town.
Many of the town's buildings are in the Victorian Scottish Baronial architecture which is particularly popular with the many visitors to the town, with many having their photographs taken with the buildings as a back drop. Scottish Baronial architecture has its origins in the sixteenth century. Pioneered by figures including Sir Walter Scott in the nineteenth century, it frequently features towers adorned by small turrets and remained popular until World War I.
The walk network is arguably the best in Scotland, catering for all abilities. For more details on the 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 which has a new visitor centre; it has two distilleries within the town, the Festival Theatre often called 'The Theatre in the Hills' is one of the best theatres in Scotland, if not Britain, best known for its rolling repertoire of 6 or 7 summer plays and for the many other performances throughout the year.
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To the north side of Pitlochry is the ancient village of Moulin with its crusader’s grave was established around the year 700 A.D. by St Colm, it was the centre of activity in the area for over 1,000 years. Today it has a popular hotel with a traditional bar and its own small brewery brewing four popular beers.
About the Pitlochry area
The area around Pitlochry has much to offer, with towns such as the cathedral town of Dunkeld when it likely founded as an ecclesiastical nature early importance for the area of the later town and bishop's seat, stretching back into the Iron Age (prehistory).
Loch Tay and the village of Kenmore is another special location with reputedly Scotland’s oldest Inn and the burial place of the infant son of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire.
Loch Rannoch with its station on the West Highland Line is set in the moors of Rannoch give a very different landscape for the visitor to experience. There is also a popular walk where you catch the train to the next station and walk back. You can also catch the train to Fort William and Malaig.
The village of Blair Atholl, 6 miles north of Pitlochry is the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl and Europe’s only legal private army, you will also find one of Scotland’s oldest working watermills in the village. It is also a popular location for walking and cycling.
Pitlochry is located at the centre of Scotland, making it an ideal base to travel to the rest of the country. Day trips include places such as Fort William and Glen Coe, Loch Ness and the Great Glen, the small city of Stirling with its castle and Scotland’s famous victory over the English at Bannock Burn. St Andrews and the East Neuk villages is another excellent day out. Aviemoor and the Spey Side an hour’s drive away is another excellent day trip and the route through Glen Shee to Braemar the summer home of the Royal family is yet another.
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.
The Enchanted Forest attracts over 70,000 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.
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