20 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO AROUND PITLOCHRY
Pitlochry, often referred to as ‘the gateway to the highlands’ is a quintessentially centrally located stone walled town, which many overlook unless travelling Northwoods. It’s part of the county of Perthshire with a plethora of things to do as well as within a short drive, to the outskirts of the town.
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- A Little More About Pitlochry
- How to get to Pitlochry
- Best Time to Visit Pitlochry: By Month
- Getting around Pitlochry
- 20 Things to do in Pitlochry
- 1. Have a wonder around the Pretty Town
- 2. Take a day trip from the Pitlochry Train Station
- 3. Drive through Loch Lomand & Trossachs National Park on your way to Pitlochry
- 4. Walk through The Hermitage
- 5. Take a Tour of the Blair Atholl Distillery
- 6. Sample the vegan taster menu at Saorsa 1875
- 7. Watch the Salmon at Pitlochry Dam
- 8. Discover the Beauty of Queens View
- 9. Mooch around Atholl Palace Museum
- 10. Support local at the independent and artisan shops in Pitlochry
- 11. Discover Blair Castle and its Gardens
- 12. Be Adventurous and Walk Ben Vrackie
- 13. Walk through Craighower for Views of Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch
- 14. Marvel the Splendor of the Falls of Bruar
- 15. Summit Schiehallion for Stunning Views and Great Botanical Life
- 16. Learn of the historic site of Killiecrankie Gorge
- 17. Peruse the reading material at Pitlochry Station Bookshop
- 18. Walk to Black Spout for farm and Pitlochry Views
- 19. Walk around Loch Rannoch
- 20. Head to the Village of Kinnloch Rannoch
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- Useful Information for your Pitlochry Trip
- Where to Stay in Pitlochry
- Where to Eat & Drink in Pitlochry
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A Little More About Pitlochry
Pitlochry is ideally located on the River Tummel, in the Scottish county of Perthshire. It’s juxta positioned between lush green scenery, flowing rivers, and mountain backdrops such as Vrackie and Schehallion with its distinct cone headed summit.
The town of Pitlochry has all the feel of a Scottish town lined with colourful florals, hanging baskets and quaint independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and tearooms. Some fab places to dine and the vegetarian and vegan game is high as with a lot of Scotland.
There are plenty of places to grab some souvenirs plus a hydroelectric dam as well as two whisky distilleries and yes you must try them, even if you’re not a fan, the tours are incredibly insightful.
Additionally, if you’re driving to Pitlochry, there are some real gems you can visit on your way, such as Loch Lomand, the Trossachs National Park and The Hermitage.
On the other hand, if you’re travelling by rail, Pitlochry is home to it’s very own station with some pretty scenic journey routes.
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How to get to Pitlochry
- Car: Pitlochry is on the main A9 Scottish trunk road system so it is easy to travel by car to Pitlochry. You will find the roads relatively free of traffic compared to the big towns and cities in the south. The equivalent of a traffic jam is being stuck behind a caravan or tractor.
- Buses: National Buses Coaches travel from Glasgow and Edinburgh in the south to Pitlochry and from Inverness in the north. Local Buses – Run from Pitlochry to the rest of Highland Perthshire: Tel 01796 472290 for information.
- Train: Pitlochry sits on the Highland mainline and enjoys a direct link to London Kings Cross and overnight sleeper service to Euston. There are four direct trains per day connecting to London. A stunning scenic journey takes you from or to London down the East Coast, through Edinburgh, passing Berwick on Tweed, Newcastle, York and arriving relaxed. So book a ticket and pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Visitors have been travelling to Pitlochry by train since 1863 and 2013 will celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Highland Mainline. Frequent trains throughout the day connect Pitlochry with Perth, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Stirling and a limited local service to Blair Atholl, Dunkeld & Birnam, Kingussie and Newtonmore. It is easy to enjoy a day trip from Pitlochry and leave the driving to someone else.
- Plane: Edinburgh Airport. The closest international airport to get to from Pitlochry. The Forth Road Bridge route is probably the quickest route to Pitlochry as there are no road works on the Bridge. Leave an approximate drive time of around 1hr 10 minutes. Glasgow Airport. is on the south side of Glasgow via the M8 right through the middle of Glasgow. Driving time will take about 1 hour 45 mins. Inverness Airport. More for internal flights which are generally a good deal. The drive time from Inverness to Pitlochry is of the order of 1hour 30 minutes.
Best Time to Visit Pitlochry: By Month
The first tourists begin to arrive in March but the days are pretty cold.
- April feels a lot like summer is on its way and the trees and bushes start to turn green mid-month.
- May has a few local public holidays so best to get accommodation booked early but the greenery is in full swing at this time.
- June brings the longest day of the year with long bright days.
- July and August are the peak tourist months which also coincide with school holidays meaning accommodation and attractions as well as restaurants are booked up quite pronto with prices being at their premium. The Blair Castle Horse Trials take place in August and therefore accommodation can be very difficult to find, especially at last minute so plan accordingly.
- September is a great time to visit with school summer holidays being over and less crowded. The Highland Games take place in the second week of September so bear in mind this time can be pretty busy.
- October is when the autumn colours are at their best. This is almost the end of the tourist season. But it is a good month to see the salmon run up the rivers to spawn and hear the red deer rutting.
- November to March is generally when the tourists disappear as it’s officially cold and the short days draw in.
Be-lavie Tip: The imagery for this guide, was taken in early autumn time (late September-early October). Autumn is by far the BEST time to visit as the foliage is absolutely stunning. The gold, orange and yellow foliage is utterly breathtaking
Getting around Pitlochry
Most places in the town centre are within walking distance but a car is recommended for getting around the surroundings. The Trainline is well connected as are buses so with some forward planning and booking you can plan your trip.
Once you’re there, everything in the town itself is walkable. For getting out and about to local attractions, you’re sadly best with a car. However, there’s the excellent trainline and a few bus services for doing things nearby, so a public transport holiday is entirely doable with a bit of planning.
How Long to Stay in Pitlochry
A recommended time depends upon what you intend to do in the area. Anything from a long weekend to five days is sufficient with lots of reaction time built in between seeing the attractions, going for hikes, having a few wee drams of whiskey and trying the local foodie haunts.
20 Things to do around Pitlochry
1. Have a wonder around the Pretty Town Centre
First things first, get your orientation of this town by heading to the Victorian town centre and mooching around. Note the beautifully bright floral hanging baskets, friendly locals and eateries as well as take in local small-town life and a feel for the area.
- Location: Pitlochry. PH16
2. Take a day trip from the Pitlochry Train Station
Car is one of the only ways to discover some of Scotland’s remote locations however, if you’re opting to travel more eco-friendly, then head to Pilochry train station. It’s quite the quaint station lined with floral hanging baskets and a bookshop (see later).
Some of the scenic routes you can travel to and from here are utterly breathtaking on the Highland Mainline. Consider taking a day trip or two if you have some free time in Pitlochry, such as Dunkeld, Dalwhinnie or Kingussie.
As Pitlochry is in Perthshire, why not head to Perth in the train? It takes around 30 minutes, and you’ll arrive at this very beautiful, picturesque town next to the river.
There is definitely enough to do in Perth from restaurants to craft beer bars and shops, independent shopping and a few museums incase the weather turns.
National Trust members, use your membership at Branklyn Garden, a stunning hillside garden – perfect on a sunny day.
- Location: Station Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5AN. Website
3. Drive through Loch Lomand & Trossachs National Park on your way to Pitlochry
If you’re driving to Pitlochry via the A9, maybe from Glasgow make sure you take the scenic route and drive through Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park. There may not be time to take in all 22 Lochs but a boat trip on the world famous Loch Lomand is absolutely stunning but also you’ll drive past some of the more smaller lochs. Loch Chon is stunning and is equally as incredible. If you’re feeling adventurous you can always head back and try some kayaking on the lochs as well as going on the many hikes and Oh spotting the red squirrels.
Be-lavie Tip: Autumn is a fab time to see this National Park as the season turns the colours are absolutely majestic.
- Location Carrochan. Carrochan Road. Balloch. G83 8EG Tel. +44 (0)1389 722600. Website:
4. Walk through The Hermitage
Looked after by the National Trust of Scotland, The Hermitage is known as a magical forest in Perthshire, which started life as a 18th century pleasure ground for the Dukes of Atholl. Follow the path to the Black Linn waterfall, where the River Braan crashes into the deep foaming pools below. In the woods stumble upon the 18th century folly, Ossian’s overlooking the waterfall.
You’ll be following in the footsteps of past visitors such as Wordsworth, Queen Victoria, Mendelssohn and Turner when you visit the Hermitage.
Spot wildlife such as beavers as you walk along the River Braan, as well as red squirrels in the tree tops. In the autumn you may even see Salmon leaping to head to their spawn further up the river.
- Location: Old Military Rd, Dunkeld PH8 0JR. Tel. +44 (0)1350 728641. Car park is open 24 Hours. Website
Be-lavie Tip: the woodland walk trail is around 1.5 miles however if you fancy a longer walk, link to one of the trails in the Dunkeld Path Network.
5. Take a Tour of the Blair Athol Distillery
Even if you are not a Whisky lover, you have to visit one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries in Scotland, Blair Athol Distillery. It has been distilling since 1798. Their ancient source of water, Allt Dour (translated to ‘burn of the otter’), is said to add to the whisky’s mellow and smooth finish as it runs through the rich landscape from Ben Vrackie.
The best way to experience the distillery is by pre-booking a 45-minute tour (very cost effective at £14) which is well worth the money and most informative. The process, history and three samples you get to try at the end have been well thought out and you’ll also discover why Blair Athol Distillery only has one ‘l’ instead of two like the nearby town.
At the end of the whisky tasting session, you can even take your small whisky glass home as well as look at the selection of whisky’s on offer to purchase, your favourites at a good price.
Remember to pop in to the on-site bar area on your way out and maybe have a drink where the bartender can match whisky’s and cocktails to your individual tastes.
Designated drivers will have the chance to take their whisky selection home to taste and enjoy later.
Be-lavie Tip: Ensure you make provisions for driving post-tasting. In Scotland the law is quite simply if you are driving, you can’t drink. if you are stopped and any amount of alcohol that shows up in a breathalyser will lead to prosecution. Book a taxi or have a designated driver arranged pre-visit.
- Location: Perth Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5LY. Tel. +44 (0)1796 482003. Website (for tour bookings)
6. Sample the Vegan Taster Menu at Saorsa 1875
For a fine dining meal with a difference, head to Saorsa 1875, The UK’s first vegan hotel. One of the quirkiest hotels you will come across in Pitlochry, with neo lighting, fun décor housed in a beautiful 19th century double-faced baronial property.
Non-residents can book in for dinner at Saorsa 1875, where each night a different five course taster menu is served in the dining room consisting of seasonal, foraged and local produce, and plant-based ingredients put together and overseen by Australian ex-Noma chef, Deborah Fleck. Beautifully plated and presented, each course is an explosion of flavours and ingredients cooked inventively.
It’s only a matter of time before these guys are listed in the Michelin Guide, and have made their name on National Geographics, ’11 of Europe’s best vegan dining restaurants’ list.
- Location: Saorsa 1875. 2 East Moulin Road. Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5DW. Tel. +44 (0)1796 475217. Website
7. Watch the Salmon at Pitlochry Hydroelectric Dam
Pitlochry Dam is quite the tourist attraction in this cute little town. The hydroelectric Dam was built between 1947 and 1951 and is worth a visit when in Pitlochry.
The dam blocks the way up the River Tummel for the thousands of salmon who are able to leap their way upstream in order to breed. For this reason it has what is known as a ‘fish ladder’ which is essentially a series of 37 rising pools, not too dissimilar to lochs for canal boast and here the fish are able to climb up to the top and carry on their journey upstream.
Previously the salmon could be seen leaping through glass panels inside the dam building however due to safety issues, this no longer exists. You can, however, still watch the salmon live on webcams should you wish to get a bit of a taste of what the ladder is all about.
Pop into the visitor centre at the dam which is full of interesting information and exhibitions on hydroelectricity and salmon as well as the surroundings.
- Location: Armoury Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5AP. Tel. +44 (0)1796 484111. Website:
8. Discover the Beauty of Queens View
Named by Queen Victoria, after her visit in 1866, Queens View is located just outside of Pitlochry and overlooks the stunning Loch Tummel. The view is seriously unforgettable, especially in autumn time. You can enjoy a range of walks in the area where you can even spot the towering mountain of Schiehallion in the distance. The visitor centre (run by the Scottish National Trust) is a great spot to enjoy some lunch in the café and learn more about the forests and surrounding Perthshire area.
To get a good look at Queen’s View, just walk about a minute from the visitor centre up to a viewing platform where you’ll see this view for for a queen on a clear day.
- Location: Queens View Visitor Centre, B8019, Pitlochry PH16 5NR. Tel. +44 1796 474188, Website:
Be-lavie Tip: At the visitor centre, look at for ‘the Queens’s Pew” an incredible photo spot!
9. Mooch around Atholl Palace Museum
Set in the former servant’s wing, Atholl Palace Museum, charts the history of Atholl Palace Hotel from when it first opened as a hydropathic centre in 1878 to when it reopened following World War II to present day. Learn of the tales, Victorian history and experience audio dramas, short films, a games area which help to bring this fascinating palace to life.
- Location: Atholl Road, Perth Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5LX.
10. Support local at the independent and artisan shops in Pitlochry
As with any small town, Pitlochry has some quaint shops to explore and pick up some local products from the fab local shops not to be missed include:
At the Honest Thistle products range from kimono-style dressing gowns to handmade greetings cards and tea towels – all local artisans from the area. Definitely a place, where you feel like you NEED it all!
- Location: 73B Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BL. Tel. +44 (0)1796 472242.
A zero waste shop for the eco-conscious with refill stations toiletries milk in glass bottles and perfect if you’re staying in self-catering accommodation and run out of supplies
- Location: Burnside Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BP Website
The Highland Soap Company
The most beautiful handmade soap bars in a range of scents – the lemongrass and ginger will have you reliving days in Bali!
- Location: 134 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AB. Tel. +44 (0)1397 719186. Website
11. Discover Blair Castle and its Gardens
Probably most famous for hosting the Blair International Horse Trials each August, the castle and gardens are well worth a visit for their prominence in the equestrian calendar.
Blair castle is white, quite unusual for the grey stoned architecture seen in the rest of this area and other Scottish castles.
As you walk through the grounds, you’ll see red deer camouflaged well in the autumnal foliage as well as beautiful Victorian walled gardens.
History buffs will appreciate the ruins of St Bride’s Kirk in the grounds, where the grave of Viscount Dundee (aka Bonnie Dundee) is following his death at the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689.
The castle is rather glorious from inside and almost looks rather fairytale like with its princess tower. Look out for the huge room lined with antlers.
Be-lavie Tip: If driving, there is a car park located almost opposite the road in front of the castle gates, where parking is quite reasonable priced or even free in off-peak times.
- Location: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5TL. Tel. +44 (0)1796 481207. Website
12. Be Adventurous and Walk Ben Vrackie
This well-known and much-loved hill provides a scenic backdrop to Pitlochry with a summit that peaks at an incredible 2,757 ft (841m). Ben Vrackie translates as ‘speckled mountain’ which dates back to a time when white quartz could be seen scattered across its slopes. Venture to the summit and take in the breathtaking views of the Beinn a Ghlo range to the north and the Strathtay and Strathtummel areas to the west.
The climb up. Ben Vrackie takes around four hours and features some pretty steep areas. The paths are pretty well laid and should be followed to avoid unnecessary ground erosion.
- More Ben Vrackie information: Visit Scotland
13. Walk through Craigower for Views of Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch
Perthshire is known as the ‘The Big Country’ due to its unique woodlands, scenic forest trails, huge mountains and atmospheric lochs. All these can become a panoramic photo opportunity if you take the steep but short two hour hike up to Craigower hill to be absolutely blown away! Here you’ll be able to spot the glassy pools of Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch and the peaks of Glencoe.
The walk starts at Craigower car park (more of a small clearing at the roadside), cross a golf course and walk into the woods which is where the ascent begins. Follow a good map by the way!!
- More Craighower Information: Visit Scotland
14. Marvel the Splendor of the Falls of Bruar
Some of the most dramatic waterfalls you’ll see in Scotland, the Bruar Falls are located on the doorstep of The House of Bruar and have been recognised as beauty spot for over 200 hundred years.
Upon visiting the area in 1787, Robert Burns was inspired to write “The Humble Petition of Bruar Water” as a request to the 4th Duke of Atholl. Written from the point of view of the tumbling waters, which at the time meandered through a barren landscape of rock and stone, it beseeches the Duke to “shade my banks wi’ tow’ring trees, and bonnie spreading bushes” – advice which the Duke took to heart, and the Falls have been swathed in lush and verdant greenery ever since.
In addition to planting trees around the Falls, the Duke also constructed the path which still stands to this day, unfortunately the stone shelters have since been destroyed.
The 1.5 mile (2km) path is steep at times so allow around 90 minutes to climb, there are facilities for dog owners in the car park that has designated dog areas.
Following your walk, stop by the House of Bruar food hall for a bite to eat and shop.
- Location Bruar Water
15. Summit Schiehallion for Stunning Views and Great Botanical Life
Schiehallion is one of Perthshire’s well-known landmarks and stands 3,547 feet high at summit. It’s almost perfect conical shape can be seen prominently when viewed particularly from the west.
Schiehallion is well known as ‘The fairy of the Caledonians’ and it’s easy to see why. It forms an important part of Queens View (mentioned previously). Supposedly Schiehallion is pretty easy to bag – known to hillwalkers as being easy to climb and summit. It’s a six hour round trip and obviously the views are incredible.
If you are embarking on the climb, keep an eye out for birds of prey, grouse, red deer and ptarmigan across the landscape.
- Location: between Loch Tay, Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) to the west-northwest of Aberfeldy in Perthshire. Park at the Braes of Foss car park (charges apply)
16. Learn of the historic site of Killiecrankie Gorge
Killikrankie Gorge was the site of one of the goriest battles in Jacobite history. If you fancy learning more about this, make a bee line for the visitor centre, where you can also find out about the geology, wildlife and history of the area.
Killiekrankie Pass is a wooded Gorge over the River Garry, which like most of this area, is best viewed in autumn with the red and orange trees lining it, looking like they are on fire with seasonal colour.
In 1689, during the Battle of Killiekrankie, a Redcoat soldier called Donald McBane was running from the Jacobite army. He found he has no option but to to leap across an 18-foot gap over the raging river Garry. He actually got across!
During rainy spells, do keep an eye out for salmon leaping at the falls beneath the Soldier’s Leap. You can head down to the river at the viaduct and you’ll see trains pass every 15 minutes or so.
If you carry on along the path, you’ll arrive at a footbridge where you can get some pretty cool photos and then walk back the three miles to Pitlochry.
- Location (visitor centre): Killiecrankie, Pitlochry PH16 5LG. +44 (0)1796 473233. Website
17. Peruse the reading material at Pitlochry Station Bookshop
Calling all bargain bookshop lovers! Head to the Station Bookshop and grab yourself a good book for £1-£2 max with all the proceeds being donated to charity.
It’s a great place to spend a few minutes or thirty whilst maybe waiting for your train to arrive. It’s on Platform 1 and is most definitely a bit of a tardis! Don’t forget to take your old books along with you as these can be donated here too.
- Location: Station Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5AN. Website
18. Walk to Black Spout for farm and Pitlochry Views
For a beautiful, relatively easy, countryside, farming location walk, head past the Black Spout Wood Waterfall and Edradour Distillery, where you will end next to the fore mentioned.
Atholl Palace Hotel. Fee free to call in for a drink or two!
The walk is not challenging and done in a leisurely fashion, will take around 90 minutes to two hours even with photo stops.
The Black Spot Waterfall has a great little viewing platform from where you can gram some great photography.
More Walk Information: Black Spout walk
19. Walk around Loch Rannoch
You have the option of driving around the loch, 22 miles or stop off where you fancy and going anti-clockwise follow the Clan Trail. The trail has varying information boards which tell you stories of the clans that once lived in the area. It can be quite bloody and gruesome just to note! You’ll be able to spot various clan-based scenery as you go, such as an artificial island on the west side of the loch, which was built in the 18th century for the MacGregor clan to hide out in.
You can even pop by the Loch Rannoch hotel if you fancy it!
More Loch rannoch Information: Visit Scotland
20. Head to the Village of Kinnloch Rannoch
Kinnloch Rannoch means ‘end of the loch’ and is such a picturesque village located right on the edge of Loch Rannoch.
There are a number of walks you can embark on from the centre including an hours nature trail route.
The village as many UK villages has a parish church, a café and a shop selling local baked goods. The Dunalastair Hotel Suites are also located here and are super luxe.
The Shed Gallery sells a good mix of local books and photography, Watch out for books by local photographer, Ian Biggs if you love landscape images.
- Location Postcode: PH16. Website
Day Trips from Pitlochry
- Pitlochry Gorge Walking
- Summer White water rafting on the River Tummel
- Falls of Bruar Canyoning Experience
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Where to Stay in Pitlochry
Pitlochry benefits from a huge array of self-Catering cottages, Guest Houses, luxury, and mid-range hotels as well as quality Bed & Breakfast with a lovely family touch. There really is accommodation to suit everyone and all within easy location of the sites and attractions of the area.
Be-lavie Tip: To avoid disappointment book accommodation as soon as possible as many of these beautifully located hotels overlooking lochs and stunning landscapes are filled up way in advance.
Bed & Breakfast: Ellangowan House
Ellangowan House is a beautiful Victorian Villa situated in the quiet residential area of Lower Oakfield in Piochry.
Guests are warmly welcomed by Mairi and Sean Mansell who take care of your every need and provide a very friendly and relaxing environment.
Also within walking distance is the River Tummel and Loch Faskally with Pitlochry’s famous dam and salmon ladder and the towns internationally renowned festival theatre, known as the ‘Theatre in the Hills.
There is ample private parking with steps leading down to a delightful secluded garden. With only a short walk to Pitlochry town centre where you can find great shops, excellent restaurants, and the lovely Victorian quality of the town.
- Location: 24 Lower Oakfield, Perthshire, Pitlochry PH16 5DS. Tel. +44 (0)1796 473704. Website:
- Price Range: ££
Sustainable: Saorsa 1875
The UK’s first vegan hotel, Saorsa 1875, is an incredible place to stay. Centrally located in Pitlochry, close to the Blair Athol Distillery. The rooms are all beautifully individually designed and the service and atmosphere is relaxed and super friendly. The hotel focusses on sustainable practices throughout from sourcing furniture, support of local businesses, the food, drink and onsite activities
- Location: 2 East Moulin Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5DW. Tel. +44 (0)1796 475217. Website
- Price range ££-£££
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Luxury: Fonab Castle Hotel
If you’re looking to splurge, Fonab Castle Hotel is the one for special occasions. Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is a truly unique five star hotel. Lovingly restored, it draws inspiration from its historic past and breath-taking surroundings whilst adding the odd contemporary twist. It really is ‘beyond the ordinary’.
- Location: Foss Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5ND. Tel. +44 (0)1796 470140. Website
- Price Range: ££££
Mid-Range: Tigh Na Cloich, Pitlochry
Meaning house of sentinel stone, Tigh Na Cloich, is an elegant historical Victorian house with 10 en-suite rooms, a fully licensed bar, and mountain views across the Tummel Valley. In a unique position, it’s a minutes walk from the nearest shops, bars and restaurants, yet offers a serene, peaceful stay. The sweeping panoramic views are the best in town and most appreciated from the Superior rooms or with a drink in the guest lounge garden terrace.
- Location: Larchwood Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5AS. Tel. +44 (0)1796 472420. Website
- Price range: ££
Where to Eat & Drink in Pitlochry
Like most popular Scottish towns, Pitlochry has more than its fair share of cafés and tearooms to choose from. It can be overwhelming trying to pick somewhere for lunch or for tea and cake. What a terrible problem to have, eh?
Fine dining food lovers, this one is for you, but with a plant-based twist at Saorsa 1875. Each night sees Chef Deborah and her team create a different five course vegan menu for diners from foraged and sustainably sourced local produce. Creative and inventive, think of dishes such as king oyster mushrooms with pesto and almond aillade and squash with mozzarella fermented chilli and tomato to mention a couple. Accompanying wines are also vegan friendly. Ex-nomo chef Debra also comes out at the end and is happy to talk trough the dishes with the diners.
Be-lavie Tip: It’s imperative to book, tables are few and this place is popular within the foodie community.
- Location: 2 East Moulin Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5DW. Tel. +44 (0)1796 475217. Website
- Price range ££-£££
The bright Blue Façade of Hetties Tearooms cannot be missed, located on the main road, and calling you in with its bright colour, this place as the name suggests has some delicious homemade treats. This is the place to fuel up if you’ve been doing tons of walking of course! The cheesecakes here are incredible. All cakes come in generous sizes and there’s a great selection of vegan, vegetarian and vegan options. Lets also not forget the big variety of speciality teas on offer too. Oh and if you don’t have a sweet tooth, worry not, there are savoury food options galore too!
- Location: 93-95 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AB. Tel. +44 (0)1796 473991 Website
- Price Range: £-££
Having one of the largest selection of vegan options, if you are on a plant-based diet, get Café Calluna on your list pronto! The daily soup is usually a vegan one and is accompanied with bread/oatcakes/paninis.
They also do some delicious, toasted sandwiches and salads and cake. The Lotus Biscoff Cake comes highly recommended!
If you have your four legged friend in tow, worry not, the cafe is dog-friendly and there’s always a bowl of water on offer!
- Location: 90 Atholl Road. Pitlochry. Tel. PH16 5BL. Tel. +44 (0)1796 474068 Website
- Price Range £-££
Old Mill Inn Garden
A really lovely Inn and restaurant which has an outdoor drinking area just over a little light lined bridge. It’s great to pop into on an evening or just drop by for some delicious pub grub in a friendly environment. Oh and sitting outside at Old Mill Inn will be no problem as they have a lot of heaters to cover the cool Highland weather.
- Location: Mill Lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH. Tel. +44 (0)1796 474020. Website
- Price Range: £-££
Wasted Degrees Brewing
If you love your beer, pop into Wasted Degrees who make small batched of great quality beer. If you’re wondering about the name, it’s named after the two owners who supposedly wasted their university degrees by going into brewing!!
There is also a tap room here where you can head for drinks and is open on Fridays and Saturday only over the summer months though.
If you are a fan of IPA, then the Wasted Degrees is for you!! If you enjoy the beer on your trip, you can buy online too and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home!
- Location: Unit 11, sawmill yard, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5TL. Website
Blair Atholl Watermill
Blair Atholl Watermill was built in the 1590s and still works, however much is dependent on the water level. As well as being a watermill, it’s also a tearoom and a pretty cute one at that!
All the delicious goodies on offer are freshly homemade using a lot of locally sourced produce. The flour which is milled from the grains onsite. They serve a lovely selection of sweet and savoury items, bagels, cakes, scones, bread, soup and light lunches. The soup is much welcomed in the autumn months too accompanied by a freshly made sandwich.
There is outdoor seating in the cottage garden where you can watch birds coming into feed.
- Location: Ford Rd, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SH. Tel. +44 (0)1796 481321. Website
20 Things to do in Pitlochry Round-Up
Pitlochry is a beautiful town surrounded by an impressive landscape which forms part of many of the activities which can be enjoyed in this area. From lochs to rives, forests to mountains and fairytale Castles, this part of Perthshire is truly stunning. There’s plenty to check out with the foodie scene as well as beautiful hotels with the most perfect vistas. So, Pitlochry is not just all about the whisky!
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