Pitlochry has a spectacular setting under the dramatic skyline of Ben Vrackie (2,760 feet) with the River Tummel and Loch Faskally at its base. Pitlochry is well known for its magnificent theatre and salmon ladder. The Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire hills that surround the town offer over 40 miles of way marked trails in which to walk.
The main A9 truck road by passes Pitlochry connecting the city of Inverness in the north with the two central belt cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh in the south. Just sixty nine miles north of Edinburgh yet a whole world away, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit.
The main railway connecting Pitlochry to the north of Scotland passes through the town, indeed it was the arrival of the railway in 1863 that led to the town’s development, connecting Pitlochry with the main centres of population in the south. The railway brought ever-increasing numbers of holiday makers to the district, which led to developments of hotels and other facilities for the visitors. The Pitlochry Historic Trail was set up in 1997 to take visitors to the town on a journey back in time.
Pitlochry is increasingly becoming an all year round destination with visitors attracted to the town whether in Winter , Spring, Summer or Autumn. New Year attracts literally thousands to the Pitlochry New Year's Day Street Ceilidh, started in the year 2000 to celebrate the millenium and continued ever since.
Early in the 1900’s a number of leading figures in the town decided that if the town was to continue to flourish as a tourist destination it needed to have a golf course, a pipe band, a proper clean water supply and relocate the sewage treatment works! This ethos of making sure the town continues to meet the needs of its visitors continues to this day with many active groups each with their own particular area of specialism all helping to drive the town’s offering for the visitors.
The Pitlochry today still has lovely Victorian architecture, exciting independent shops, a diverse range of restaurants, retailers, friendly inns and pubs. Accommodation (ranges) from cosy self-catering cottages, through to elegant bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, historic inns, to top-of-the-range luxury hotels.