We thought we would detail some of the means of transport that you can use to get to Pitlochry.
Pitlochry is on the main A9 Scottish trunk road system so it is easy to travel by car to Pitlochry. You will find the roads relatively free of traffic compared to the big towns and cities in the south. Our equivalent of a traffic jam is being stuck behind a caravan or tractor.
National Buses Coaches travel from Glasgow and Edinburgh in the south to Pitlochry and from Inverness in the north. www.citylink.co.uk
Local Buses run from Pitlochry to the rest of Highland Perthshire: Tel 01796 472290 for information
Train Services to Pitlochry
Pitlochry sits on the Highland mainline and enjoys a direct link to London Kings Cross and overnight sleeper service to Euston. There are four direct trains per day connecting to the capital London. A stunning scenic journey takes you from or to London down the East Coast, thru Edinburgh, passing Berwick on Tweed, Newcastle, York and arriving relaxed. So book a ticket and pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Visitors have been travelling to Pitlochry by train since 1863 and 2013 will celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Highland Mainline.
Frequent trains throughout the day connect Pitlochry with Perth, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Stirling and a limited local service to Blair Atholl, Dunkeld & Birnam, Kingussie and Newtonmore. It is easy to enjoy a day trip from Pitlochry and leave the driving to someone else.
For the adventurous, get up early for a day trip with a difference. Take the car or bus to Rannoch Station and board the West Highland Line, one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world, and famous for the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Harry Potter sequence with the flying car. A short lunch-stop at Mallaig allows just enough time for fabulous fish & chips in the Fishermans Mission or lunch in one of the many seafood restaurants.
Trains stops at Pitlochry station on a regular basis throughout the day. To book or enquire about trains here are some useful telephone numbers.
Travel Line Scotland - 0870 6082608
National Rail - 08457 484950
Scot Rail - 08457 550033 to book your tickets on the phone
Three of Scotland's principal airports are within easy driving distance.
Edinburgh Airport is probably the easiest international airport to get to and from Pitlochry. The thing to beware of is Edinburgh City rush travel in the morning or evening rush to and from the city. There are two routes to Highland Perthshire one is over the Forth Road Bridge and the other is via Stirling. The Forth Road Bridge route is probably the quickest route to Pitlochry so long as there are no road works on the Bridge and the city rush is not on in the evening.
Glasgow Airport is on the south side of Glasgow which means one has to drive on the M8 right through the middle of Glasgow. Again, you may wish to avoid the city traffic at peak times. If the traffic is non existent and the roads are clear driving time will take about 1 hour 45 mins, with heavy traffic add up to another forty minutes.
Inverness Airport does not take many international flights, but cheap internal flight operators use Inverness so you may be able to get a better deal by flying to Inverness. The drive time from Inverness to Pitlochry is of the order of 1hour 30 minutes.