Things to Do in Pitlochry without a Car

If you are travelling to Pitlochry by Bus or train, you might be wondering what you can do in Pitlochry without a car? There is a lot that you can do, and even more if you enjoy walking!

Here are some things you can do in Pitlochry without a car:

Visit the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder - you can walk to this historic dam and watch the salmon swim upstream. The dam is only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town. You can visit the Dam visitors centre too which has lots of interesting displays about how the dam was built as well as how the power is created. A great little café inside the centre serves food, cakes and coffees all day.

Go on a walk - there are many beautiful walks in the surrounding hills that you can reach on foot- you could even make your way up Ben Vrackie, from the town centre it may take around 6-8 hours to reach the summit and back down, but the views are spectacular.

There is also Craigower Hill, which would take around 2-3 hours from the town, and also has good views of the town, and all the way up loch Tummel to Glencoe when it is clear.

Take a stroll along the River Tummel - there are many scenic paths and bridges along this river that offer great views. You can also walk all around Loch Faskally, which takes 1-2 hours dependant on walking speed, you could stop off at the Pitlochry Boating Station for lunch!

Visit the Pitlochry Festival Theatre - this theatre has a busy schedule of plays, concerts and other events, and is located just 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Pitlochry – some hotels even offer a shuttle service to the theatre.

Enjoy the local shops and cafes - Pitlochry has a lot of shops and cafes that you can enjoy, many of which are stocked full of lovely Scottish gifts and crafts.

Take the bus – Pitlochry has a decent bus service, so you could take the bus to Blair Atholl, Aberfeldy Dunkeld or Perth quite easily and get the bus back to the town centre at the end of the day.

The number 27 runs from Perth To Aberfeldy - so you can change in Ballinluig to get a number 24 runs from Pitlochry to Ballinluig. Visit the Stagecoach website and insert the bus number into the 'Download Bus timetable PDF' box for the latest timetables.

You can travel to Blair Atholl, Kinloch Ranoch, Killiecrankie & Bruar on Yules Local Buses

Take the train – The train station is in the centre of town, so you are able to get to Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow for a day – probably best to get an early train though so you get the most out of the day. Scotrail, LNER & Caledonian Sleeper services all stop in Pitlochry.