"Pitlochry and the tourist dollar, or pound, or yen" Pitlochry by iandsmith

Pitlochry Travel Guide: 100 reviews and 223 photos

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Queen Victoria's influence in opening up this area to tourism can never be underestimated. A few words from her after her stay at the nearby Blair Castle in 1842 and the travellers came running but it wouldn't have been possible unless General Wade put one of his military routes through the village in the early 1700s.
The railway's arrival in 1863 set the place up to even more tourists. These days it is easy to underestimate just how important it was in those days to have a rail link.
One of the most attractive features of Pitlochry is that it is surrounded by mountains. They may not be amongst Scotland's highest, but include Pitlochry's own Ben Vrackie, at 841m or 2759ft, which is obvious in many views to the north east from the town. It is usually climbed from Moulin, a north eastern, uphill outlier of Pitlochry. Less obvious is that beyond Ben Vrackie lies the Cairngorm massif, one of the largest and remotest, though not quite the highest, of Scotland's mountain ranges.
Even if you're not into shopping or climbing, there's a great deal to see and do in Pitlochry. The cultural highlight is the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, just across the River Tummel and accessible for pedestrians by means of an interesting suspension bridge. The theatre is famed for allowing visitors to see as up to eight different plays in a week: though however much you love the theatre that might just constitute an overdose.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Easily accessible, good base to see many attractions
  • Cons:weather
  • In a nutshell:Worth spending more time than you might think
  • Last visit to Pitlochry: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 23, 2006
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    what a lovely place - i don't suppose i will ever get to see it

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2006 at 9:25 AM

    Spelling corrected ha ha pity Dunnottar had bad weather!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2006 at 4:48 PM

    Glad you finally were able to see the "colors" in the fall. Your set [of four photos on your last tip] is quite beautiful. Seems as though Pitlochry is a worthwhile visit.


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