There’s a real air of elegance and sophistication about Pitlochry.
Ever since Queen Victoria stayed at nearby Blair Castle in 1842, Pitlochry has been a haven for tourists and has attracted famous authors and politicians including Robert Louis Stevenson and William Gladstone. It’s easy to see why. Surrounded by mountain peaks and rolling hills, it offers some of Scotland’s most scintillating scenery making it a popular centre for walkers.
Originally a Pictish settlement, Pitlochry comes from the Gaelic "Pit Cloich Aire", meaning "place of the Sentinel Stone". Today, two original Sentinel stones survive, one in the estate of Tigh na Cloich and the other in the garden at Northlands. The whole surrounding area is packed with ancient stone landmarks, the most famous being the wonderfully carved Dunfallandy Stone which dates back over 1,200 years.
The main street in the town centre is brimming with quaint gift shops, restaurants and a celebrated tea room culture. Whilst there, make sure you try the town’s famous teacakes, which are simply divine! The town is home to not one but two distilleries, including the sweet Estradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest, set in an idyllic location in the hills, where you can enjoy an intimate tour and wee dram. If beer’s more your thing, then head to Moulin Hotel, which has its own working brewery, whilst you can sample the local ales in the town’s pubs.
Meanwhile, no visit to Pitlochry is complete without a visit to the town’s hydroelectric dam. Discover how the water from the lochs and glens is turned into electricity. Here you will also find the town’s unusual but most fascinating attraction, the salmon ladder, where you can watch fish climb 34 chambers past the dam walls to Loch Faskally.
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