Pitlochry Holiday Advice
We give you our Pitlochry Holiday advice, as locals who have lived and worked here since 1997.
The first important point to consider is that Pitlochry is located at the very centre of Scotland, the geographic centre of Scotland. Which means you can access many areas of Scotland from here.
• We believe this makes Pitlochry the ideal base stay and tour Scotland from.
• You can easily travel north, east, south or west to important destinations, see below.
• The added advantage is you are not having to packing bags every morning.
The second important consideration is time of year. Each month is different, have a look at our page What is the best time of the year to visit Scotland? Every season offers something different our web page tries to break this down for you.
Our Pitlochry Holiday Travel Advice suggestions:-
Whether you travel north, south, east or west from Pitlochry you will reach important destinations, known the world over.
Here are our four suggested car trips from Pitlochry:-
To the north is Loch Ness (two hours away) - This a very good circular route takes in Inverness, the full length of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, through Roy Bridge, and back to Pitlochry.
To the east is St Andrews (one and a half hours away) and the East Neuk of Fife - the Home of Golf and Scotland's oldest University. There is also the beautiful coastal villages of Crail and Anstruther.
To the south is Stirling Castle (one and a quarter hours away), the Wallace Monument, Battle of Bannockburn (the site of Scotland's greatest victory over the English, 700 years ago).
To the West is Glen Coe Scotland's best known magnificently rugged glen and the site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald's by the Campbells, is another excellent circular day trip.
What does the Pitlochry Area offer?
The local area is full of activities and places to visit from distilleries, castles and magnificent scenery to rafting, canyoning and bungee jumping. Down load our Pitlochry Tourist Guide with maps
Where to stay?
Pitlochry itself is full of every type of accommodation. But do not forget the other towns in the area, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy, Kenmore on beautiful Loch Tay and Blair Atholl. These outlying villages will give you very good accommodation at more competitive rates.
Best time to visit Scotland
This page details our advice when planning your Scotland holiday. There are two main factors that you should take in to consideration. What events would you like to see? Also which month of the year, best suits what you want to do and see. The daylight hours vary considerably from the short hours of winter to the long daylight hours of summer. READ MORE
Pitlochry Town Map, Parking and Pitlochry Tourist Information
The painted Pitlochry Town Map details all there is to see and do in the town. There is also a map of the Pitlochry area highlighting all the towns each with their own map. We have also highlighted the car parks and the electric car charge points within the town. There is also information on Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre. All of this is in the Pitlochry Guide. READ MORE
Our Pitlochry Holiday advice Transport tips:-
Main road network - Pitlochry is on the A9 which connects Edinburgh and Glasgow with Inverness in the Highlands. Heading south the A9 takes you to Stirling and beyond that Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Trains - Pitlochry is on the main Highland Line, which connects Edinburgh and Glasgow with Inverness and the Highlands.
Best train prices - Our tip for getting the best train prices is to book exactly 3 months ahead of your travel date.
National Coach Service - The large coach operators all stop in Pitlochry. So you can travel to and from Pitlochry by coach.
Local buses - being a rural service, the frequency is limited. Elizabeth Yule Transport operates our local buses, the offices are in the centre of Pitlochry near the train station. We recommend you plan ahead.
Local highland roads, can be quite narrow compared to city roads. Do not let this out you off. Take your time, please allow faster traffic pass you safely or hire one of the local tour guides who will drive and tell you things that the average tourist never knows.