When tourists come to this part of Perth and Kinross in Scotland they expect the complete holiday package; unrestricted R&R and a clutch of fun outdoor activities. And they are rarely ever disappointed as this Victorian town delivers on all levels. Its picturesque landscape that features green hills and tranquil water masses is a beauty to behold in all four seasons of the year. The area is laden with sites of cultural significance and also provides shoppers with a unique experience. The Queen herself visited way back in 1842 and was left swooning by the charms of Pitlochry. Given this burgh?s status as a renowned tourist resort, accommodation options are unsurprisingly plenteous. Among them are charming self-catering stone cottages surrounded by neatly kept yards, beautiful lodges overlooking a staid loch and well furnished apartments
Hiking up the mountainous landscape that surrounds this locale is both relaxing and exhilarating. Those looking for a bit of a challenge can climb the hill of Ben Vrackie. Walking down the Pass of Killiecrankie is a particularly enchanting experience not only for the air of tranquillity visitors get as they pass by the tree-lined gorge, but also because it was the scene of famous battles. All through the walk visitors will spot an assortment of birds flitting among the trees. Autumn brings the best out of Pitlochry?s abundant scenery; the sight of the orange-brown vegetation reflecting on the perfectly still loch waters is something visitors should plan to see. Hiring a boat to row around Loch Faskally is also a splendid idea.
Walks through Pitlochry?s beautiful countryside will eventually lead tourists to the charming Blair Atholl village; a quaint stone-built village that hosts a surprising number of activities. While here visitors can be taken on guided walks that culminate in a visit to the local museum. There is plenty they will learn about the history and culture of the place from this excursion. Apart from this, a tour of this village yields plenty in the way of outdoor activity with golfing, mountain biking and pony trekking being among visitor favourites. But perhaps the most unforgettable part of this village is the imposing Blair Castle and its numerous works of art and exhibits of ancient weapons. Those who schedule their Pitlochry visit for August will have the opportunity to witness the exciting Blair Castle International Horse Trials held on the castle?s grounds.
The weather in these parts is extremely mild and even in summer temperatures don?t rise much beyond 15°C. Winters sees figures below freezing recorded but even these don?t go much lower than -1°C.
Less than an hour from Pitlochry is the Dundee Airport which serves such chartered airliners as Flybe and CityJet. These bring visitors from London and other cities in Europe. Taxis and car hire services are available there.