Plan a trip to Pitlochry for its dramatic Scottish landscapes of mighty hill forts, duns, crannogs, and fortified homesteads. Participate in traditional Highland games, music festivals, and local celebrations, or indulge in relaxing outdoor activities such as hill walking, cycling, and fishing. For adrenaline seekers, there's bungee jumping, quad biking, and white water rafting to choose from. Age-old distilleries, old pubs, and tearooms serve classic Highland fare in a tranquil setting, and Scotland's oldest working distillery, Blair Atholl, hosts educational guided walks followed by a dram of smooth single malt whiskey. Attracting over 100,00 visitors annually, Pitlochry Festival Theatre sits on the river banks with fine views of Ben Vrackie. Enjoy its period dramas, contemporary comedies, musicals, and local productions.
Meanwhile, Atholl Palace Museum makes for an interesting visit, with tactile exhibits that trace the region's colourful past. Here, stroll through the award-winning Japanese Garden and Kitchen Herb Garden. Savour typical Highland delicacies such as Perthshire bacon, Scottish salmon, Strathbraan battered haddock, and Scottish artisanal cheeses at iconic establishments such as The Inn at Loch Tummel. It's easy to find deals on accommodations here, whether you're seeking a luxurious or cheap hotel. Opodo's powerful and easy-to-use search engine will help you find the best prices on apartments, hostels, and hotels in Pitlochry – just select your dates and number of rooms and travellers.
Ben Vrackie, which translates into 'speckled mountain' in Scottish, forms a striking backdrop to Pitlochry. Climb the summit and soak in far-reaching views of Beinn a'Ghlo, or head to Queen's View for equally endless vistas of legendary Loch Tummel and Schiehallion's 1083m peak. Experienced hikers should definitely attempt scaling Schiehallion, while the rest can access it from the Braes of Foss car park. You just might encounter local wildlife here, including red deer, ptarmigans, and whinchats. A short walk from the city centre is a well-marked trail that leads to the thunderous Black Spout waterfall. You can take excellent photos from the well-located viewing platform.
Tay Forest Park, which features some of Scotland's tallest trees, easy woodland trails, and breathtaking loch views, is the setting of many a legend. While here, check out the timber footbridge and boathouse at Loch Dunmore. History lovers shouldn't miss Killiecrankie Gorge, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in Jacobite history and home to fascinating natural history exhibits. From the gorge, stroll through lush woodlands down to Soldier's Leap. Play an invigorating round of golf at majestic Pitlochry Golf Course before unwinding at your hotel in Pitlochry.
Many Pitlochry hotels are right in the city centre by Pitlochry Town Hall, the main railway station, the idyllic River Tummel, and Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre. Some of the town's oldest inns and pubs are on the main street, drawing photography enthusiasts and culture trippers alike. Special offers on these hotels are aplenty on Opodo, too.
Consider booking a hotel in the quaint villages of Ballinluig and Logierait for their fine mansions, castle ruins, and centuries-old churches. Stop in at the Logierait Inn for mouthwatering Scotch beef pot roast, herring, and Yorkshire pudding. On Opodo, you'll also find accommodations near Tay Forest Park (a favourite area among nature enthusiasts), and Loch Tummel, a good base for professional and amateur anglers seeking salmon, brown trout, and pike. The area north of the loch is worth exploring for its abandoned towns, ruins of Pictish villages, and Iron Age ring fort.