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Pitlochry - no, it's not the Pits
Pitlochry in General
Member Name: radams
Pitlochry in General
Date: 17/09/03, updated on 17/09/03 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty to do
Disadvantages: A bit oldfashioned
Pitlochry has obviously been a popular tourist sport for many years, and it’s easy to see why the town became a haven for holidaymakers. Like many places in the Lake District, and Betws-y-Coed in Wales, it has that bet-the-Victorians-loved it here feel about it, and, generally speaking, it looks like the kind of place that middle aged couples would enjoy.
That’s not to say that there’s nothing to attract young families, or those looking for an active holiday, but you know what I mean – there are no rows of amusement arcades or nightclubs.
The town is a lively little place, though – and there’s all the shops you could ever really need. There’s also a good selection of hotels. There are plenty of 3 star hotels, as well as cheaper guest houses. We stayed at a Best Western hotel, the Scotlands Hotel, functional enough, 3 stars and with a swimming pool, but it’s clearly seen better days.
One of the main attractions is the Dam Visitor Centre, and the Salmon Ladder – this is most definitely worth seeing, as you can actually see the salmon making their way up the river, there are cutaway, aquarium-like sections where you can even watch in a shelter, if it happens to be raining. If you’re only visiting Pitlochry for a day, do call in here.
The Festival Theatre is located in a prime location amid the forest, with the River Tummel below. It’s a very peaceful kind of place, and worth a visit for the restaurant, as well as the theatre.
The Restaurant does pre-show meals, starting at 6.30 p.m. at a price of £18.50 for 2 courses or £21.50 for 3 courses. The food is excellent, and the views are the best I’ve seen in any restaurant – two of the ‘walls’ are clear glass, and you look down into the forests. The perfect setting.
The Scottish Plant Collectors Garden is a fairly new attraction, opening in April 2003.
It has an arty feel to it as well
as the more horticultural ambitions. It covers several acres, and includes some specially designed structures, and an amphitheatre. Entrance\to the garden costs £3.00
Some plays are staged in the gardens during the summer period.
If you’re driving to Pitlochry from Edinburgh, on the M9, you’ll see a sign which points to the “Tourist Route to Pitlochry”. It’s definitely what you’d call a scenic route, leads you through some very lovely countryside – but only go that way if you have a couple of hours to spare, rather than the 30 minutes or so it’ll take you on the A9.
Overall – Pitlochry is a great town for a day trip, and also worth considering if you like walking, great scenery, or generally having a quiet time in a small town.
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