While people from all over come to Pitlochry to visit this quaint little town, there are also people who live nearby that love coming here for a visit when they have a few hours or an entire day to spare. There are tons of things to do in Pitlochry for families, outdoor lovers, and anyone else, but what if you’re a pet parent and wish to bring your dog with you on your adventure? The good news is, while not all places in Pitlochry are pet-friendly, many of them are. So here are some great things to do whenever you’re travelling with a furry family member. One rule that should always be obeyed throughout Scotland, is that you must pick up after your pet (yes, poo!). Also your dog should always be under control or on a lead when on farmland, or during the spring and summer months when young birds are hatching from their eggs, and young animals are being born.
If you love nature, this is the place to be because you’ll experience glorious flora and fauna including red squirrels & roe deer, you might even see an osprey during the spring and summer months. There are stunning trees such as Norway spruce, pine, birch, larch, and oak. There are many walking trails that are perfect when accompanied by energetic doggies.
This is a great dog walking spot, with lots of free parking, and well marked routes, perfect for a short stroll or a longer walkies with your four legged friends! For the water loving breeds (like our springer spaniels) there is Loch Faskally, perfect for a dip and a cool down on warmer days. If you have the time to sit and rest around Loch Dunmore, you can see lots of ducks and waterfowl, swans, herons and even the odd king fisher if you are lucky.
Situated just behind the Atholl Palace Hotel, black spout woods are the home of the Black Spout Waterfall, this is a bit of a rougher track so a reasonable degree of fitness is required. There is an abundance of bracken for your dogs to get lost in and sticky-willy (cleavers) to get all over them!
• Hetties of Pitlochry
• McKays Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
• The Moulin Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
• The Atholl Arms & Bothy Bar in Blair Atholl
Are dogs allowed in the House of Bruar?
House of Bruar does not allow dogs (except guide dogs) in its shopping areas or restaurant. The site itself however is dog friendly, with shade parking & water bowls; the parking area is the starting point for a great walk up to the Falls of Bruar, so it is perfect for all those husbands & partners who are not thrilled by the idea of a few hours shopping, the walk takes around an hour.
Can you walk around Loch Faskally?
Yes, there is a circular walk around Loch Faskally and it is all dog friendly, however there are some stages by the road, so dogs should be kept on a lead. A good starting point is the Pitlochry Boating Station, and the walk all round takes from 1-2 hours. You will walk across the Pitlochry Dam, through Largeach Woods and back to the start point where you can enjoy a delicious treat from the Boating Station Cafe.