Description: Small town packed with history in the heart of Perthshire
Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day
In the heart of Scotland and known as the gateway to the Highlands, the little town of Pitlochry is the perfect stopping-off point for visitors crossing the country. Set in a lovely scenery with the river Tummel flowing nearby, the town is a popular destination offering a range of independent shops, restaurant, cafes and traditional and friendly pubs. The surrounding area around Pitlochry is very beautiful, you can stroll along the river, through the woodsand open moorland, and of course, you can walk up to the dramatic Ben Vrackie situated about 6 to 8 miles from Pitlochry. From the summit, you can even see Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh on a clear day!
Edradour Whisky Distillery
Edradour Whisky Distillery, Pitlochry
Blair Athol Whisky Distillery
Blair Athol Whisky Distillery, Pitlochry
Pitlochry has two local distilleries. Edradour is the smallest working distillery in Scotland and offers guided tours with tasting, showing you the traditional methods of whisky making. Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in the country, producing a 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky. Along with guided tours, the distillery has a very interesting visitor centre displaying the art and process of whisky making all year round.
Explorers Garden, Pitlochry
This garden celebrates the people that travelled the world to find plants and bring them back in Scotland for cultivation, commerce and conservation. Each section of the garden represents a part of the globe, displaying an amazing collection along with beautiful sculptures and artworks.
The Atholl Country Life Museum
The Atholl Country Life Museum, Pitlochry
Located just 10 minutes away from Pitlochry is the pretty village of Blair Atholl is the Atholl Country Life Museum, capturing how people used to live in the Highlands and telling stories about great characters of the area, their skills and achievements.
What can I see in the area?
Perth, a former capital of Scotland, lies in a valley next to the River Tay. Its history goes back some 800 years with many Kings of Scotland being crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace, just outside the town.
Perth city centre enjoys an enviable location, in between two beautiful public parks (North and South Inch). As you wander along the striking Tay Street promenade you can be inspired by the works of local artists as they display their paintings, drawings and original prints. The city also has some splendid Georgian buildings, and 12th century St John’s Kirk is the centrepiece of the town being one of the finest and oldest churches in Scotland. Perth is also a premier culinary centre with cordon bleu cooking to parlour tearooms and cosy pubs to bustling bistros.
Scone Palace, Perth
Scone Palace was once the site of the crowning of Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce and has been the seat of Parliament. It houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts and lies in some outstanding grounds with the Grampian Mountains in the distance.
Perth Museum and Gallery
Perth Museum and Gallery, Perth
Perth Museum and Gallery is where you can find out about the natural and social history of Perthshire through the ages with a variety of changing exhibitions.
Museum of the Black Watch
Museum of the Black Watch, Perth
The Museum of the Black Watch is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle which is set in beautiful grounds. The Museum displays a variety of artefacts illustrating the history of the Black Watch Regiment. Caithness Glass (to the north of Perth) is known throughout the world for high quality paperweights and art glass.
Elcho Castle, Perth
The 16th century Elcho Castle is set on an idyllic location on the banks of the River Tay. The castle is free to visit which includes a fascinating guided tour.
The county of Perthshire is where you’ll find a remarkable combination of woodland (with some of the tallest trees in Europe), mountains and lakes making the area one of the best areas for outdoor activities in Scotland. You’ll also find lots of culture in the region with plenty of castles, cathedrals and historic houses to visit..
At Aberfeldy you can find a working water mill in the town centre with demonstrations of oatmeal milling. You can visit the stunning Loch Tay where it is possible to take part in many water based activities.
Scottish Crannog Centre
Scottish Crannog Centre, Perthshire
Next to Loch Tay, the unique Iron Age Scottish Crannog Centre is an award winning attraction featuring a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, as were found throughout Scotland and Ireland around 5,000 years ago.
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorns National Park, Perthshire
Cairngorms National Park is Britain's highest and most massive mountain range. It captures all the beauty of Scotland’s best landscapes – you will find rivers and lochs with clear water, native mountains and exceptional wildlife. The history and heritage of this part of Scotland is well preserved, you will still find remains from prehistoric, Celtic and Pictish times.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
Historic Scotland Pass
Historic Scotland Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Transport options in this area: Transport is limited in the area so best explored with a vehicle or driver.
Did you know:
During the medieval period the busy little town of Perth was known by locals as St. John's Toun or Saint Johnstoun.
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