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Gentle relaxation or extreme sports; both are possible here!

Pitlochry Blair Castle

Pitlochry is an attractive town surrounded by the dramatic beauty of Highland Perthshire’s hills and mountains. It was developed as a Victorian resort and many of the town’s buildings were built in the early 1900s. With a vibrant town centre featuring a world-famous theatre and variety of independent shops and restaurants, Pitlochry offers visitors a unique and relaxing experience.

Pitlochry lies 26 miles north of Perth, in the middle of Highland Perthshire’s mountainous countryside. Since the Victorian era, it has been a popular resort and base for exploring the Highlands. For adrenaline junkies, a variety of high-energy activities such as white-water rafting and bungee jumping are easily accessible. The hills and mountains surrounding Pitlochry are some of the Highlands’ most picturesque, and brilliant for long walks and bird-watching.

Pitlochry is home to a world-famous theatre which puts on a different show every night of the week and draws visitors from across the globe. Pitlochry Festival Theatre is one of Scotland’s most respected performance venues, with a reputation for innovatively produced plays.

Faskally Bridge

It sits on the banks of the River Tummel, surrounded by hills, and offers visitors the unique opportunity to see some of Scotland’s best performers in a the middle of Highland Perthshire.

For a fairly small town, Pitlochry has a surprisingly varied selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs. The Steakhouse at Arcasaid Hotel is popular for its traditional Scottish cooking and commitment to serving the best locally sourced meat and seafood. Another favourite is Victoria’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop, which serves breakfasts, pastries and light lunches. A short drive from Pitlochry is Logierait Inn, a welcoming pub where you can settle down by the open fire or order in some hearty, homemade food.

For a day of gruelling competition, try the Pitlochry Highland Games . The event has been running since the 1800s and takes place every September. It’s a great day out and a chance to see some of the Highlands’ traditional competitions, including tossing the caber. There are also pipe band performances, highland dancing and children’s activities.

“Pitlochry is an attractive town surrounded by the dramatic beauty of Highland Perthshire’s hills and mountains”

For a glimpse into the Highlands’ fascinating history, visit Blair Castle. It’s one of Scotland’s oldest castes, dating back to 1269, and is home to Europe's only legal private army, the Atholl Highlanders, who can be seen parading around the grounds on the last weekend of May every year. Take a tour through the castles 30 rooms and explore centuries of Pitlochry’s intriguing past.

While you’re there

Faskally Wood

Enjoy musical light displays and walking trails through this spectacular woodland.

Pitlochry Dam and Fish ladder

Watch Salmon as they use a specially designed ladder to by-pass the dam crossing the River Tummel.

Dunkeld Cathedral

Explore the ancient history and religion of this magnificent building set in tranquil surroundings.

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