If you head north on the A9 from Tayview Lodges, you’ll soon find yourself in Pitlochry. There are two car parks in the town centre, where you can leave your car. It’ll take you no more than 10 minutes from leaving Tayview Lodges to stepping out of your vehicle, ready for a day out. Pitlochry has a lot to offer so it can be a good idea to plan your day before you go, that way you’ll get to see/do everything you want.
Within the town, there are two different whiskey distillery to visit. Blair Athol distillery is located right in the heart of the town and is one of the oldest working distilleries. The Erdradour distillery is just on the outskirts of town and claims to be the smallest distillery in Scotland. Both offer tours and tastings and give an insight into Scottish heritage.
From the centre of town, you can easily walk to the golf course if you fancy some time on the greens. There are so many opportunities for active pursuits in the town. For example, you can pop down to the boating station and take a boat or paddleboard out on the water.
For a bit of history, you can see the ruins of the Black Castle of Moulin or explore the Atholl Palace Museum. Each will give you a glimpse into the history of this rugged and beautiful town.
Furthermore, you can’t go to Pitlochry without making a stop at the Pitlochry Dam. The dam and its visitor centre will give you a chance to see a couple of marvels. The first is the dam itself which produces electricity for the town. In addition to the dam is the salmon ladder. When the dam was built, a see-through tunnel was also made. The tunnel allows the salmon to get past the barrier. You can watch them swim up the ladder if you visit at the right time of year.
Over the river is the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The building itself is impressive and if you can catch a show, you should. In the ground of the theatre is the Explorer’s Garden. It’s a beautiful garden filled with plants brought from around by the world by Victorian explorers.