There are four Pitlochry Castles, importantly there is only Black Castle that is truly in Pitlochry. Black Castle is a ruin today. Built in 1326 on an island, or crannog, in a loch. The castle was torched in 1512, due to a fear of plague, and fell into ruins. The loch was drained in 1720. You can walk around the castle, alas there is not much to see. If you want to walk past it, look at the Pitlochry Walks Leaflet Route 1 – Black Spout Wood and Moulin route.
A number of Pitlochry hotels are referred to as Pitlochry castles. Fonab Castle Hotel was built in 1892, as a home by the Sandeman family the port and sherry merchant fame. Many tourist refer to the Atholl Palace Hotel as the Atholl Castle Pitlochry. It was towers of Pitlochry as you drive in from the south. Built as a Victorian Scotch Baronial Hydropathic hotel in 1878, with luxurious accommodation, Turkish baths and treatment rooms.
Castles near Pitlochry.
There are three true castles near Pitlochry in Perth and Kinross.
1. Blair Castle is 6 miles north up the A9 from Pitliochry at Blair Atholl. Home to Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
2. Castle Menzies at Weem, by Aberfeldy is 16 miles about 30mins drive away. Home to the Menzies clan chiefs. An outstanding example of a 16th century Z plan fortified house. The Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 500 years. Today it is run by the Menzies clan society and is open to the public.
3. Taymouth Castle is regarded as the most important Scottish castle in private ownership. It stands on the site of the much older Balloch Castle, at Kenmore on Loch Tay. Built in 1552, as the seat of the Campbell’s of Breadalbane. Taymouth Castle is a private residence