What to do and see in Pitlochry, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 13, 2017 Jana Sager

Highland Perthshire places some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery within easy reach of both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Pitlochry is the most geared-up base from which to enjoy it. It’s been a bustling mountain resort since the railways arrived in 1863, and these days manages to be both a cozy favorite for tourists who enjoy browsing in its woolen mills and taking in the repertory of plays at its famous Festival Theatre, and a magnet for adrenalin junkies in search of bungee jumping, canyoning, tubing and white water rafting adventures. Visitors of any age will be intrigued by the Pictish carvings on the huge Dunfallandy stone at nearby Ballinluig and, after a bracing mountain walk or visit to the famous salmon ladder, adults can enjoy a warming dram of malt whiskey after a tour at one of the two local distilleries, Edradour and Blair Athol.
Restaurants in Pitlochry

1. Ben Vrackie

Pitlochry, Scotland
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5 based on 232 reviews

Ben Vrackie

Reviewed By Scotlandmac - Glasgow, United Kingdom

I think the hill itself and the walk up it is the highlight.It's a beatiful small mountain.Around the lochan below the summit is possibly the prettiest spot.The views at the top are ok....there is not much close by that is high so not spectacular views but they are extensive.Great track all the way.Parking can be an issue as the small parking area fills up quickly.

2. Nae Limits Adventure

Ballinluig, Pitlochry PH9 0LG, Scotland +44 1796 482600
Excellent
84%
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4.5 based on 462 reviews

Nae Limits Adventure

Nae Limits is Scotland's most established and innovative adventure & outdoor activity centre based near Pitlochry in Perthshire, Scotland. White water rafting, canyoning, tubing, quad biking, paintball and much more! We cater for everyone; adrenaline junkies, beginners, families, stag & hen groups, corporate groups, schools and kids with our new "Wee Limits" activities.

Reviewed By Velociraptor3000 - Greenock, United Kingdom

What a day out. Came up here for my friend’s stag and Nae Limits certainly gave us a good time. We loved the white water rafting. Dale (the instructor on our boat) is a great guy. Great patter and I felt very safe with him in the wild waters of the River Tay.
As we approached the boat with party’s stag on board, Dale (Great Guy) egged us on to jump on their boat and dunk the stag in the water. However Darren put an end to this by telling the boat we were approaching. No one likes a grass.
Would really recommend this place if you’re looking for a great time.
Peace.

3. Blair Athol Distillery

Perth Road, Pitlochry PH16 5LY, Scotland +44 1796 482003
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 879 reviews

Blair Athol Distillery

Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working Distilleries in Scotland established in 1798. We are open to the public 362 days a year and are the spiritual home of Bell's. We have a range of tours and tastings available and the full list can be found by our website.

Reviewed By Alan C - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We took the tour of the distillery yesterday afternoon and it proved the highlight of our visit to Pitlochry. All staff were friendly and welcoming while our excellent tour guide Ian was knowledgeable, inclusive and amusing. All that with free parking and a free dram of Blair Athol single malt at the end of the tour.

4. Edradour Distillery

Pitlochry PH16 5JP, Scotland +44 1796 472095
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Edradour Distillery

Reviewed By 938fjg - Ulverston, United Kingdom

One of the smallest traditional whisky Distilleries in Scotland. It's in a lovely setting, near the town of Pitlochry, off the A924. There is plenty of parking. The guided tours last about 1 hour and the guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You start the tour with a generous sample of 2 types of single malt and are given a very nice embossed glass to keep. The tour takes you through the distillery and explains the process all the way through. It was very interesting to learn that some of the equipment here has been in use for many, many years. A good contrast to some of the larger more industrial Distilleries. Well worth a visit for all the family.

5. Faskally Wood

Freshwater Fish Laboratory 8019 Faskally | Tay Forest Park, Pitlochry PH16 5LB, Scotland +44 1350 727284
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4.5 based on 544 reviews

Faskally Wood

Reviewed By 44AlanS - Strathaven, United Kingdom

This was our second visit. Last year's was amazing with a flying bird over the water & lots of interactive features. We felt that this year's wasn't just as good but was still really excellent & very family friendly. The whole thing is very slick with buses taking you to the forest & you can choose when to come back. A different theme is chosen each year so the organisers are starting from scratch. This year's was "the edge of the water". We particularly liked the light-houses, the flowing river, the bridge & the coloured umbrellas. The story-telling tent is fun. The only other comment I'd make is that perhaps the publicity should say that tickets sell-out fast & in advance. It's great that they don't allow too many people in at once, but some tourists are probably disappointed because they expect to be able to buy a ticket on the day & might have travelled a fair distance to Pitlochry.

6. Pitlochry Festival Theatre

2 Port-Na-Craig Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DR, Scotland +44 1796 484600
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4.5 based on 988 reviews

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Reviewed By Viewlander - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An excellent show and Pitlochry at its best. Great cast and band with several standout Performances and a great pace. Echoing earlier comments - incredibly slow service in cafe ( not bar) and to run out of soup 75 mins before show was not the best experience.

7. Pitlochry VisitScotland iCentre

22 Atholl Road | Perthshire, Pitlochry PH16 5BX, Scotland +44 1796 472215
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Pitlochry VisitScotland iCentre

Pitlochry Information Centre is located on the main street in Pitlochry (Atholl Road) and has its own car park. It is open all year round. VisitScotland's Information Centre in Pitlochry is open throughout the year and offers a variety of services for both visitors and locals. We can book a variety of buses which leave from Pitlochry and go to Perth, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and Inverness as well as other locations. Local fishing permits are available for local lochs and rivers as well as tickets for attractions such as Scone Palace and the Black Watch Castle & Museum. If you fancy an adrenalin thrill we can arrange a day of adventure with Nae Limits. We have a selection of Scottish gifts to remind you of a special visit to Pitlochry in the heart of Scotland including Ness handbags and purses, Lochcarron scarves and a wide range of books and maps to help you make the most of your stay.

Reviewed By Welshwasp - South Wales

Nothing much to see here as there is no local exhibition but quite a few information leaflets and booklets. There is a live camera feed in season on some local Ospreys which is worth a view for a couple of minutes. The staff themselves are helpful.

8. Queen's View

Pitlochry, Scotland +44 1350 727284
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Queen's View

Reviewed By angela D - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Small cafe with lovely selection although limited. Fantastic wee gift shop with the cheapest Harris tweed I've seen. Visited during the snow so it was a bit too slippy for us old things ! Who needs walking when there's a lovely tea shop with wonderful surroundings !

9. Black Spout Wood

East Moulin road, Pitlochry, Scotland
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Black Spout Wood

Reviewed By Rantin rover - Biggar, United Kingdom

Just at the edge of town there's a small blue walking sign to indicate the turnoff for the car park and trailhead (it's not obvious if driving so keep your eyes peeled). It's a short single track road, uphill, and on the day we visited in November the car park was like an ice rink.
There are a few different routes through the woods and if you are in no hurry you can have a nice wander. We veered off to the right over a bridge crossing a burn at one point only to come to a bit of a dead end. The path to the waterfall is uphill and you can extend your visit beyond here on a loop which eventually borders a field with the outlook per the attached photo, leading to the distillery. It was very windy and cold at the time so I'm glad there doesn't appear to be camera shake. Follow the road past the distillery, take a left turn and you eventually see signs for the car park.
The paths were muddy in places so it would be a good idea to wear boots or trainers at least. A wooden platform has been constructed to provide a view of the falls which at the time we visited were fairly modest so I'd recommend it for the walk but not the wow factor.

10. Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

Armoury Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AP, Scotland +44 1796 484111
Excellent
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

A brand new, purpose built visitor centre at Pitlochry Dam. The centre hosts an exhibition over two floors and a gift shop and cafe with spectacular views over the river Tummel and Loch Faskally.

Reviewed By David B - Manchester, United Kingdom

Visited on 12th February 2018 we had our dog with us. The place is not dig friendly at all.
I went to the toilet within the visitor centre whilst my partner stayed outside with the dog, she decided to stand in the lobby with other people with their dogs to take shelter. There was another door preventing access to the main part of the building.
A lady on the visitor centre desk was very rude and shouted "No Dogs allowed in the building" So after such a rude introduction we decided to cut our loses and just leave.
It's about time places became dog friendly, Don't understand how some places with a cafe etc can be and others are not.

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