Welcome to Pitlochry Scotland.
An all year round destination from which to explore the whole of Scotland. Pitlochry is one of Scotland's top tourist towns.
What makes this web site different? We live here, we use our local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their holiday. We have been doing this since 1996, so have over 20 years of expertise and advice. Our focus is on the area within a maximum 45 mins drive which includes the nearby towns of Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Blair Atholl, Kenmore on Loch Tay and Rannoch. We highlight a number of excellent circular day trips to the north, south, east and west seeing the best of Scotland. The video below provides you a quick overview of what is on offer.
Where is Pitlochry in Scotland?
It is in the very centre of Scotland, just north of the Highland Fault Line (so it is in the Scottish Highlands).
How far is it from Edinburgh and Glasgow?
85 miles north of Glasgow which is about 1hr 45 mins by car. It is 75 miles from Edinburgh which is about 1hr 30mins by car. It is 25 miles north of Perth. 75 miles south of Inverness about 1 hr 45 mins by car.
Because of its central location, it is the ideal base to see other areas of Scotland, especially the Highlands. Day trips to Loch Ness, The Great Glen, Glen Coe, St Andrews, Stirling are all make a days good day out. Glen Shee to Braemar the summer home of the Royal family is yet another.
How to get to here?
Trains - Pitlochry is on the Highland Line connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness railway. Pitlochry railway station is 100 metres from the main street. Many visitors come by train and walk to their hotel.
Road- The town is on the A9 which connects Inverness with Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are regular coach and bus services to the town. Because of the excellent road and rail network they are one of the principle reasons for the town's success as a tourist destination.
Airports - The nearest airport is 70 miles by road from Edinburgh International airport. Inverness Airport (a good airport for affordable internal UK flights), is 90 miles away. So you have a choice or airports to the south and north.
What does Pitlochry mean?
The native Gaelic speakers tells us the local gaelic is Pit Lochraidh, (where lochraidh means cattle). So it originally meant 'Cattle Settlement'. Pit is generally agreed to indicate a connection with the Picts.
How is it is pronounced?
It is "Pit-loch-ree" very straight forward. The emphasis is on 'loch' which is pronounced 'lock'. So lets spell it how you would say it "Pit-lock-ree".
The town's Victorian Scottish Baronial architecture is 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. So you will see many tourists photographing the main street in particular.
A walk network that is arguably the best in Scotland, catering for all abilities. There are many fine golf courses in and around the town. The highland scenery in abundance, there are castles , distilleries and fabulous gardens to visit.
What is the town famous for?
It is best known for the Dam and fish ladder, the distilleries and the Festival Theatre. So the visitor has two distilleries within the town to choose from. 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.
Our Explore Pitlochry You Tube Channel contains many videos about this area of Scotland.
The Pitlochry area
North side of the town is the ancient village of Moulin with its crusader’s grave. Moulin was established around the year 700 A.D. by St Colm. So it was the centre activity in the area for over 1,000 years.
The cathedral town of Dunkeld, is south to the south. It 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 home of the Scottish Crannog Centre and the burial place of the infant son of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire.
Loch Rannoch is lovely loch, with a very drive-able road around it, so it is a good day out. To the west of Loch Rannoch is Rannoch Station. A station on the West Highland Line located on the moors of Rannoch. Rannoch Station is known for its train trip and walk back. 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.
Blair Atholl is 6 miles north. It has Blair Castle the ancient home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s only legal private army. There is also Scotland’s oldest working watermill known for its working watermill machinery, cafe and bakery. So another good day trip to consider.
Year Round Events
There is an enviable list of events held in the area. Events drive tourist. Because of this, people will travel considerable distances to enjoy the many events held here.
The area is known for its year round events which include six highland games. The first of the season is at Blair Atholl where the Duke of Atholl and his Atholl Highlanders can be seen. Scotland's last games are held on the final games weekend in Pitlochry in mid-September. So a very popular event with mass pipe bands marching down Pitlochry main street, drawing the large crowds.
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 attracts some 5,000 cyclists plus another 10,000 friends and family each May. 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 to Pitlochry, to make the most out of their visit.