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Luxury Self Catering in Pitlochry, Perthshire

Things To Do

The charming town of Pitlochry, in Highland Perthshire, is positioned in the heart of Scotland. While remaining unspoiled it provides access to many of our most popular tourist routes and offers the ideal touring base.

Unsurpassed scenery and ease of accessibility to lochs, castles, historical sites, gardens, wildlife, walks, mountains, outdoor adventures, golf, fishing, cycling routes, natural woodland, rivers, distilleries, restaurants, galleries and theatre has made Pitlochry so appealing since Victorian times. This is a wonderful destination for activities. If this is your first time here, you will discover why you need several visits to appreciate it. The nearby Queens View is one of the most photographed scenes in Scotland.

"If an intelligent stranger were asked to describe the most varied and most beautiful province in Scotland, it is probable that he would name the County of Perth "
 Sir Walter Scott

There are so many attractions for you to experience we have listed below only a few that are very close to Courtyard Cottage.

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Historic
Visitor Attractions
Gardens and Big Tree Country
Hill Walking and Mountaineering
Outdoor Activities and Sport
Shopping


Historic

Blair Castle

13th century home of the Duke of Atholl and the only private army in Europe! Mature grounds and gardens to explore and magnificent interiors. Blair Castle welcomes more visitors than any other stately home in Scotland.
Web: www.blair-castle.co.uk

Killiecrankie Exhibition

Visit the outstandingly beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie. Hear the story of the famous battle in this tree-lined gorge, now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland and find out more at the Visitor Centre.

Castle Menzies

Sixteenth century castle. Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years.
Web: www.menzies.org

Dunkeld

A gem of an old Scottish town famous for its bridge and cathedral. You will also find Neil Gow's oak tree and the parent larch over 250 years old.
Web: www.visitdunkeld.com or www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk

Dunfallandy Stone

Ancient Pictish stone set in a secluded location just outside Pitlochry.

Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre

Moulin Kirk is situated in the centre of the conservation village of Moulin , near Pitlochry, Perthshire.
Web: www.moulinkirk.co.uk



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Visitor Attractions

Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder

The dramatic Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder. In season, watch salmon and trout negotiate the specially constructed ladder allowing them to bypass Pitlochry Dam.

Queen's View

Beautiful vista of Loch Tummel and surrounding hills including Schiehallion Hill. Famous since championed by Queen Victoria for its outstanding natural beauty (actually named after Queen Isabella from the 14th century, wife of Robert the Bruce).

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

On the banks of the River Tummel, the theatre is internationally renowned for its fine repertoire of drama and comedy. Several different plays may be enjoyed within a few days including outdoor performances. The theatre has a restaurant, shop and art gallery.
Web: www.pitlochry.org.uk

Birnam Arts and Conference Centre

New multi-arts and conference centre with a year round programme of high quality diverse exhibitions, music, theatre, dance and comedy performances, as well as the chance to participate in wide range of workshop activities for children and adults alike.
Web: www.birnaminstitute.com

Blair Athol Distillery

One of two working distilleries in Pitlochry. Home of Bell's blended whisky. Daily regular tours.
Web: www.discovering-distilleries.com/blairathol

Edradour Distillery

The smallest traditional distillery in Scotland but up there with the best. Offers informative tours and tasting. Open April – October.
Web: www.edradour.co.uk

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

March through Pitlochry every Monday at 8.00pm during the Summer months.

Beatrix Potter Garden

Visit the Beatrix Potter commemorative gardens next to the Birnam Arts centre. Beatrix Potter developed her interest in wildlife, drawing and painting during her childhood summers spent at Dalguise House near Dunkeld.
Web: www.perthshire.co.uk/index.asp?pg=231



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Gardens and Big Tree Country

Explorers Garden

A unique garden, next to the theatre, packed with rare plants celebrating Scottish Plant Hunters. Discover the fantastic stories behind the men who risked death to bring them back.
Web: www.pitlochry.org.uk/garden.php

Gardens

There are many gardens to enjoy in Perthshire including Cluny House and Bolfracks near Aberfeldy, Drummond Gardens by Crieff, Hercules Garden at Blair Castle, Dirnanean Garden in Enochdhu. At the Seer Centre recycled rock dust is used to fertilize the earth with amazing results.
Web: www.perthshiregardens.co.uk

Fortingall Yew Tree

You must not miss the oldest living organism in Europe. This living tree is possibly up to 9000 years old!
Web: www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk/index.asp?pg=26

Faskally Wood

Just outside Pitlochry. Within the wood are many trails and also picturesque Loch Dunmore, a circuit of which is suitable for wheelchair users.

Falls of Bruar

The woodland surrounding the Bruar gorge is a living memorial to the poet Robert Burns. When he visited in 1787 Burns wrote 'The Humble Petition of Bruar Water' in which he urged the Duke of Atholl to plant its bleak banks with trees. When the poet died in 1796, the Duke created a 'wild garden' in his memory.

Meikleour Beech Hedge

Ten miles east of Dunkeld. You can't miss the extraordinary hedge of Meikleour which forms an incredible wall of beech trees, 30 metres high and 530 metres long. The trees were planted in 1745 and are still growing.
Web: www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk/index.asp?pg=31

The Hermitage

A renowned picturesque mile-long walk along the River Braan runs through ancient woodland to a folly built in 1758 called Ossian's Hall. Visitors have included William Wordsworth, J M W Turner and Queen Victoria. The stand of Douglas firs is one of the tallest stands of trees in the country.
Web: www.nts.org.uk/Property/57/

Linn Of Tummel Woodland

Mixed woodland and fields, at the confluence of the rivers Garry and Tummel. The setting exemplifies the basic elements of the much-lauded Highland Perthshire scenery.
Web: www.nts.org.uk/Property/43/



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Hill Walking and Mountaineering

Ben Y Vrackie Hill Walk

At 2759 ft Ben Vrackie's summit offers, on a good day, spectacular vistas. North lies the larger climb of Beinn a'Ghlo with Glen Tilt and the vast wilderness of the Cairngorms beyond.
Web: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/pitlochry/benvrackie/

Beinn a'Ghlo Munro

For experienced hillwalkers looking to add to their Munro tally. By Blair Atholl.
Web: www.walkscotland.com/beinnaghlo.htm

Schiehallion Hill

Also called the Fairy Mountain, Schiehallion is 3553 ft tall, a good climb and stunningly overlooks Loch Rannoch. The location of the first ever measurement of the mass of the earth by the then Astronomer-Royal.
Web: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/rannoch/schiehallion/

Glen Lyon

Or 'Glen of Polished Water' is often proudly proclaimed as the most beautiful glen in the whole of Scotland that is little known to tourists.
Web: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/glenlyon/glenlyon/index.html

Sma'Glen

On the way to Crieff you will find this small but towering glen.
Web: www.visitdunkeld.com/tour-sma-glen.htm



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Outdoor Activities and Sport

Pitlochry Highland Games

Traditional Highland games featuring piping, highland dance and track & field competitions including tossing the caber. Held annually on the second Saturday in September.

Pitlochry Golf Club

18 hole golf course set in the hills and one of the most beautiful in Scotland. The club house has been recently refurbished with a restaurant. Open to non members.
Web: www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk

Fishing

There are many locations for the experienced fisherman to choose from in the vicinity. Alterrnatively, enjoy a relaxing day fishing on Loch Faskally for salmon, trout, perch and pike. Hire a boat and fishing rod from the Pitlochry Boating Station.
Web: www.fishfask.com

Ospreys at Loch of Lowes

Where the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys. Beautiful setting and Visitor Centre.
Web: www.swt.org.uk/wildlife/lochoflowes.asp

Cycling

Perthshire has some of the best cycle routes in Europe with lots of choice for off-road cycling. Local routes include Atholl Estates and Craigvinean Forest, Dunkeld.
Web: www.perthshire.co.uk/index.asp?tm=18
For Hire of bikes: www.escape-route.biz

White Water Rafting

Expert guidance for those seeking an exciting holiday with an adrenaline rush in the natural elements!
Web: www.naelimits.co.uk

4x4 Offroad driving and Adventure Safaris

See Highland Perthshire from behind the wheel of a new Land Rover, drive into the mountains and through rivers!
Web: www.highlandadventuresafaris.co.uk

Killikrankie Bungee Jump

For those seeking a big thrill don7#39;t miss an opportunity to go beyond your limits. Why not book a bungee jump off the bridge at Killikrankie situated amidst stunning surroundings.
Highland Fling Bungee: www.bungeejumpscotland.co.uk/?gclid=CI7Mp-W-gckCFRATGwodKL4PnA
Ace Adventure: www.aceadventures.co.uk/bungee-jump-scotland/killiecrankie-bungee-perthshire

Horse Riding

Blair Castle Trekking
Web: www.blaircastletrekking.co.uk



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Shopping

Woollens

Pitlochry is very famous for many shops selling its fine woollens and cashmeres.

The Watermill Bookshop

The largest bookshop in the rural Highlands, contemporary art gallery, music and coffee shop. Grade-A listed former watermill set in Aberfeldy opened by Michael Palin in May 2005. Awarded Four Star visitor attraction status.
Web: www.aberfeldywatermill.com

Heather Jewellery

Visit Heathergems where craftspeople can be viewed turning heather, pulled from the Perthshire hills, into attractive and unusual jewellery.
Web: www.heathergems.com

Highland Chocolatier

World class gourmet chocolates from Iain Burnett, the highland chocolatier.
Web: www.highlandchocolatier.com

House of Bruar

Shop at Scotland's most prestigious country store. Quality food, clothing and art works.
Web: www.houseofbruar.com

For more places to picnic and visit see www.perthshire.co.uk.