THINGS TO DO IN PITLOCHRY

WHAT TO DO IN PITLOCHRY

Pitlochry is a charming Scottish town located in the heart of Perthshire, known for its stunning scenery, rich cultural heritage, and wide range of outdoor activities.

Whether you're interested in history, nature, or adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Pitlochry to keep you entertained. Here are just a few ideas we have put together for you.

THINGS TO DO NEAR PITLOCHRY

In the surrounding area of Pitlochry there are plenty of activities to do in and around the town for both locals and tourists. Here are some things to do near Pitlochry that are focused around activities:

1. We offer canyoning and gorge walking trips 

2. Go hiking - Pitlochry is surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains. There are many hiking trails for all levels of experience. Some popular trails include Ben Vrackie, Schiehallion, and the Birks of Aberfeldy.

3. White Water Rafting - If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, try white water rafting on the River Tummel. The rapids are suitable for beginners and experienced rafters.

4. Explore Loch Tummel - Hire a kayak or a paddleboard and explore the beautiful Loch Tummel. You can also take a boat tour to learn about the history and wildlife of the area.

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Canyoning at Bruar falls 

15 mins from Pitlochry the famous Bruar Falls flows through the Atholl Estate. Bruar is a very special place for canyoning in Scotland. Its first descent was over 15 years ago, and was one of the first canyoning venues opened in Scotland. It has exquisite waterfalls and rock features surrounded by beautiful pine forests. Find out more here.

 

Visit Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder

The Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, offering visitors the chance to witness salmon making their way upstream to spawn. You can view the fish through large underwater windows, and there are informative displays and videos to help you learn more about the salmon's journey. There's also a visitor centre with a café and gift shop.

 

Walk or Cycle the Rob Roy Way

The Rob Roy Way is a long-distance walking and cycling trail that runs through Pitlochry and the surrounding area. Named after the legendary Scottish outlaw, the route takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in the region, including forests, lochs, and hills. You can tackle the entire route over several days, or simply pick a section that suits your interests and abilities.

 

Visit Blair Castle

Blair Castle is a magnificent historic property located just outside Pitlochry. The castle dates back to the 13th century and has been the seat of the Clan Murray for over 700 years. Visitors can explore the castle's opulent rooms, stunning gardens, and extensive grounds, which include a deer park and a walled garden.

 

Enjoy a Whisky Tasting

Scotland is famous for its whisky, and there are plenty of distilleries in the Pitlochry area that offer tours and tastings. Some of the most popular distilleries in the region include Edradour, Blair Athol, and Dalwhinnie. Whether you're a whisky connoisseur or simply looking to sample some of Scotland's finest spirits, a whisky tasting is a must-do activity in Pitlochry.

 

Go Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity in the Pitlochry area, thanks to the numerous rivers and lochs that are teeming with fish. You can try your hand at fly fishing for salmon or trout, or simply relax by the water's edge and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There are plenty of local fishing guides and outfitters that can help you plan your fishing excursion.

 

Explore the Tummel Valley

The Tummel Valley is a beautiful area just outside Pitlochry that's home to some of the most stunning scenery in the region. You can take a scenic drive through the valley, stopping at viewpoints along the way to take in the breathtaking views. There are also several walking and cycling trails that will take you through the valley and its surrounding hills.

 

Go Horse Riding

Horse riding is a popular activity in the Pitlochry area, thanks to the numerous stables and riding schools in the region. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a beginner, there are plenty of options for exploring the countryside on horseback. You can take a guided trail ride through the forests and hills, or even try your hand at jumping or dressage.

 

Visit the Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest is an annual event that takes place in Pitlochry each autumn. The event transforms Faskally Wood into a magical wonderland, with stunning light displays, interactive exhibits, and live performances. It's a unique and unforgettable experience that's not to be missed.

 

Play Golf

Golf is a popular sport in Scotland, and there are several golf courses in the Pitlochry area that offer stunning views and challenging play. Pitlochry's own course has stunning views of the Tummel river flowing down the glen. The golf club also has a very good restaurant and bar to help you refuel after a round.

OUR MOST WANTED EXPERIENCES NEAR PITLOCHRY

BRUAR GORGE WALKING

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ACCOMMODATION NEAR PITLOCHRY

Whilst on a course with us, different venues will be used. But we will be based in and around Perthshire. There are lots of options for accommodation in the Dunkeld and Pitlochry area. Here are some of our recommendations. 

SELF CATERING

Tay Bunkhouse

Sister company to The Canyoning Company, is ideal for group bookings. The Tay bunkhouse caters for group retreats, activity weekends, special occasion breaks, families, and clubs. The bunkhouse is available for exclusive use, bookings all year round. Tay Bunkhouse is a beautiful self-catering stone cottage with three bedrooms sleeping up to 10 people. The kitchen has full self-catering facilities with an oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher. The lounge has sofas, dining table and benches, free view TV and free WIFI with ample space for you to relax after your day’s training.We have a large garden and outdoor space perfect for BBQs, dining or relaxing around the outdoor a fire with a dram. 

DISCOUNT OFFER: USE CODE TBH15 FOR 15% OFF.

https://taybunkhouse.co.uk/

 

Logierait lodges

Our 15 well-appointed self-catering lodges, sleeping from 2 to 7 people, enjoy a stunning riverside location with balconies designed to maximise your views of the surrounding Highland Perthshire countryside. https://www.logieraitlodges.com/

Hotels

Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld

An award-winning 4-star hotel and restaurant, we’re right at the head of the five arched bridge over the famous River Tay that leads you into the charming conservation village and the cathedral city of Dunkeld, in the heart of highland Perthshire. https://www.athollarmshotel.com/

Tay House

Tay House accommodation now enjoys a luxurious finish that will ensure you and your guests have a relaxing experience in the heart of one of Scotland’s most beautiful villages.

Tay House can also be hired for exclusive use.

https://www.thetayhouse.co.uk/

Dunkeld House Hotel

This four-star luxury country house hotel sits on 280 acres of well-maintained and natural woodland and overlooks the wide and fast-flowing River Tay, renowned for its famous salmon fishing.

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy nature, tranquillity and Scottish scenery at its very best.  From a romantic weekend getaway to short breaks full of fantastic outdoor activities, the hotel holiday resort can be as relaxing or as action-packed as you wish it to be.

https://dunkeldhousehotel.co.uk/

Fisher’s Hotel Pitlochry

Located right in the centre of the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. The front door opens straight onto Atholl Road and the back door opens up to the train station. https://www.fishershotelpitlochry.com/

Atholl Palace

The Atholl Palace Hotel, the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendour, stands overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the town to the surrounding hills. Originally opened as the Athole Hydropathic in Victorian times, the hotel retains many features of the traditional large country house, with bedroom facilities and standards which often exceed expectations and complement spacious and relaxing public areas.

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Caravan Parks & Campsites

Inver Mill Campsite

Our aim is to offer a peaceful and restful break in the most beautiful part of Scotland.  The tranquility of the River Braan which runs through the site and the mighty River Tay a few minutes walk away, gives Invermill a particular soothing atmosphere which people enjoy and return to year after year. 

https://www.inver-caravan-park.co.uk/

 

SCA Grantully campsite

Open all year round, Grandtully Station Campsite is family (and pet!) friendly and welcomes guests in tents, motorhomes and caravans. Situated between Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, two minutes walk from the Grandtully rapids on the River Tay, our site is a perfect base from which to explore the heart of Scotland. https://www.canoescotland.org/go-paddling/grandtully-campsite#gsc.tab=0

 

Faskally Caravan Park

Experience the beauty that Perthshire has to offer, with a family-friendly break at Faskally Caravan Park. Our family run park has holiday homes and wooden chalets for hire. Touring caravans and motorhomes are welcome with both grass and hardstanding pitches available. 

https://www.faskally.co.uk/

 

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CANYONING ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES

Canyoning is a perfect mix of different outdoor activities. But although canyoning uses a mixture of skills it has its own specific way to do things. It involves rock climbing skills, as there is often abseiling and rappelling. Swimming is an important part as most canyons have water in them.

Canyoneering is an adventure activity. It combines rock and water activities into a sport full of adrenaline and natural beauty. When you go canyoning you will be trekking through river gorges. You will also explore around rock pools and behind waterfalls. You will find yourself abseiling down waterfalls as well as tackling cliff jumps into stunning water rock pools.

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