Highland Perthshire holiday guide with maps 2012
8 page holiday guide with things to do, attractions, castles, information on Highland Perthshire along with maps helping those on holiday to get the most out of their visit to this fabulous area of Scotland. Highland Perthshire includes the towns of Aberfeldy, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Kenmore, Rannoch.
Aberfeldy, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld, Kenmore, Pitlochry & Rannoch. PITLOCHRY FESTIVAL THEATRE offers a different show every night of the week – two on matinee days! Choose from the Olivier award-winning comedy caper The 39 Steps; Rope, a psychological thriller with an ingenious twist, Little Shop Of Horrors; the all-singing, all-dancing, musical comedy; Communicating Doors, a much loved comedy thriller, Dear Brutus, JM Barrie’s enchanting and touching fantasy or Arsenic And Old Lace; part farce, part genuine thriller! Plus: Gallery, Shop, Café & Restaurant and Explorers Garden, as well as concerts, talks, tours and workshops galore! For tickets, call: 01796 484626 or visit the theatre’s Box Office or Just The Ticket! on the high street. You can also go to PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com or scan this graphic with your smartphone! PH16 5DR www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com 4 1 (Map Grid: C3) BLAIR CASTLE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS AND COUNTRY FAIR – see the world’s best riders in action in this spectacular Highland setting. 200 trade stands, large food hall, something for all the family. The Bruadar Country Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday, including falconry and gun dogs. 12 years and under FREE. PH18 5TH Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2012. Tel: 01796 481543 www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk KILLIECRANKIE VISITOR CENTRE. This magnificent wooded gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Although tranquil now, on 27th July 1689 a Jacobite army led by Bonnie Dundee defeated Government forces. The exhibition tells the story of the Pass of Killiecrankie and it’s abundant wildlife. OPEN 1st April to 1st November daily. 10am to 5.30pm. 3 miles NW of Pitlochry on B8079. PH16 5LG Tel:0844 493 2194 www.nts.org.uk 6 7 THE EDRADOUR DISTILLERY is Scotland’s smallest and most picturesque distillery, no matter what the time of year. Nestling in the hills east of Pitlochry, Edradour stands alone as Scotland’s last distillery to produce a handcrafted malt in limited quantity, unique quality and by methods which to other distilleries are. Just a fond distant memory. Tours include a dram and video Opening Hours Mon-Sat Sundays Dec, Jan & Feb 10am-4pm closed. Mar & Apr 10am-4pm 12-4pm May thru Oct 10am-5pm 12-5pm Nov 10am-4pm 12-4pm Last tour 1hr before closing time. Closed Jan 1 & 2 and Dec 25 & 26. E/mail: email@example.com Off A924 Pitlochry to Braemar Rd, PH16 5JP Tel: 01796 472095 (Map Grid: D1) BLAIR ATHOL DISTILLERY PITLOCHRY, OPEN for tours all year. Jan to Easter Monday Fri 10am -4pm Tours at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Easter to Oct Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm Jul & Aug only open until 5.30pm (Closed 29 Apr, 13 May and 20 May), Nov & Dec Mon - Fri 10 - 4pm Tours at 11am, 1pm, 3pm. Festive Tours Times visit website. Last tour 1 hour before closing. PH16 5LY. www.discovering-distilleries.com (Map Grid: D3) 2 MCKAYS PITLOCHRY, is a traditional Scottish pub and live entertainment venue serving the finest local produce, ales, premium drams and spirits as well as showcasing amongst the best Scottish music and live entertainment. OPEN daily from 11am onwards. 138 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AG Tel: 01796 473888 www.mckayshotel.co.uk (Map Grid: A2) 3 Discover BLAIR CASTLE, nestling in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire, and be taken on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. • Restaurant • Gift Shop • Playground • Tractor Rides • 9 Acre Walled Garden • Deer Park OPEN April – October 9.30am – 5.30pm November – March Weekends 10am – 4pm Tel: 01796 481207 www.blair-castle.co.uk OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES ON ATHOLL ESTATES Stay with us at Blair Castle Caravan Park or in a Woodland Lodge and for larger groups our Historic Lodges. • 40 Miles of waymarked trails & cycling • Landrover Safaris • Pony Trekking PH18 5TH • Tractor Tours Tel:01796 481355 • Fishing www.atholl-estates.co.uk • Ranger Activities 5 8 QUEEN’S VIEW. Scotland’s finest and most photographed view, 6 miles west of Pitlochry on B8019. Forest walks and activities nearby. Free audio-visual presentation with Forest Shop OPEN 10am to 6pm daily, April to October. (Tea Room OPEN 10am to 5pm). Site open all year. Parking charge £2.00 PH16 5NR www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland PERTHSHIRE VISITOR CENTRE AND RESTAURANT “Free Scottish Liqueur Tasting”. This Popular venue attracts many off the A9, to its Restaurant, Deli, shops offering clothing, leisure, gifts, jewellery, books and music. Whisky Cellar, Beer and Wine. Signposted off the A9 at Bankfoot. PH1 4EB OPEN, Mon to Sun 9am to 7pm (8pm summer) Tel: 01738 787696 www.PerthshireVisitorCentre.co.uk 9 The Scottish Liqueur Shop at the Perthshire Visitor Centre and Restaurant, Bankfoot. The Scottish Liqueur Shop is the home of such liqueurs as Columba Cream, Bruadar and Ginger Tams Free tastings for adults including groups Tel: 01738 787 696 Free tastings for adults including groups 1 Dunkeld, Birnam and Kenmore BIRNAM ARTS AND CONFERENCE CENTRE Off the A9, this arts and community centre, hosts a wide programme of music, dance, theatre and monthly art exhibitions. The Beatrix Potter Exhibition and garden celebrate the life of the author who drew inspiration for her books whilst on holiday here, the gift shop has gifts for all ages. The Foyer Café serves lunch, snacks, and home baking. OPEN 7 days 10am - 5pm daily. 11am - 4.30pm Sun, Nov to Mar. Tel:01350 727674 Station Rd, Birnam, by Dunkeld. PH8 0DS www.birnamarts.com 10 11 WOODLANDS BISTRO at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel. The food is created from fresh local produce by our innovative chefs. The Bistro is light and welcoming decorated with fabulous wood carvings created by Iain Chalmers (Scottish Chainsaw Carving Champion) Atholl Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AR. Tel:01350 727322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.royaldunkeld.co.uk DARJEELING RESTAURANT Situated in the centre of the historic town of Dunkeld. Great food, great decor, service and ambiance. The perfect meeting place to enjoy lunch, dinner or an evening meal. Quality creative Indian cuisine made with local produce where possible. OPEN 7 days 12 - 2.00pm and 5pm 11.00pm (Winter) 12 - 11.00pm (all day Summer) 3-5 Atholl St Dunkeld PH8 0AR. Tel: 01350 727427 or 01350 727527 www.darjeeling-dunkeld.co.uk 13 BIRNAM INN The Chef and his team create hand crafted, freshly baked pizzas, pastas, salads and grills. Eat in or take away - the choice is yours. OPEN 7 days May - Oct Mon to Fri 12-3pm & 4.309.30pm Sat to Sun 12noon - 9.30pm, Nov - Apr Mon to Fri 5-9pm Sat 12noon - 3pm & 4.30 - 9.30pm, Sun 12noon - 3pm & 4.30pm - 8.30pm Perth Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0AA Tel: 01350 728 030 www.birnamhotel.com THE COUNTRY BAKERY - Looking for something to eat? Sit in or takeaway. Hot and cold filled rolls, baguettes, light meals and drinks. Full breakfast available all day. Packed lunches made to order. Freshly made pies, pastries and cakes every day. OPEN 7 days (closed January). 26 Atholl Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AR. Tel: 01350 727343. www.countrybakerydunkeld.co.uk email@example.com KEY TO MAP Atholl Memorial Fountain A Post Office Public Toilets Tourist Information Cash Machine £ DUNKELD AND BIRNAM WALKS LEAFLET 8 Waymarked trails including a map covering 36 miles of paths. Available from the Visitor Information Centre in Dunkeld LOCH OF THE LOWES WILDLIFE CENTRE. Excellent views of ospreys from observation hides by the loch shore. Stunning close-up live CCTV footage directly from the nest. Visitor Centre with displays and friendly staff. OPEN Mar - Oct, 10am to 5pm. Nov - Feb, Fri to Sun only 10am - 4pm. Hides 24hrs. Adults £4 (Conc £3) Fam £7.50 SWT members free Child under 16yrs 50p. A923, off A9 2 miles from Dunkeld PH8 OHH. Tel:01350 727337. www.swt.org.uk 16 KENMORE VILLAGE, ‘big-head land’, grew up around the strategically important ferry crossing where the river Tay leaves Loch Tay. In 1572 The Laird of the time Colin Campbell, sponsored the buildings of the inn adjacent to the ferry,as he wanted an ale house more conveniently situated for himself and his family. It is probably Scotland’s oldest working inn. ‘Visit KARELIA HOUSE and take time to browse through the extensive range of all things crafty (wool, material, paints etc), also, a unique range of Scandinavian gifts and woodburning stoves. Why not relax and try some of the delicious homemade soups, snacks and cakes. Karelia House run craft courses throughout the year, call or visit the website for more information. OPEN Mon/Fri 9am-5pm Sat Bank Hols 10am4pm Kenmore Rd, Comrie Bridge, By Aberfeldy PH15 2LS Tel: 01887 822999 www.kareliahouse.co.uk 21 2 2 15 19 MAINS OF TAYMOUTH COURTYARD SHOP AND BRASSERIE KENMORE. A unique retail experience by the shores of Loch Tay. The delicatessen and gift shop offer some of the finest products from Scotland and Europe. Indulge yourself with fresh deli produce and tempting confectionary or simply buy something a little different for dinner! Toys and books sit alongside a huge range of contemporary gift ideas. OPEN 7 days. PH15 2HN Tel 01887 830756 www.taymouthcourtyard.com 17 THE SCOTTISH CRANNOG CENTRE. Five star heritage attraction featuring an authentic Iron Age loch-dwelling. Guided tours, exhibits, hands-on ancient crafts and activities. Dugout Canoe hire. Gift shop. Refreshments. Special events. OPEN 16th 24th Feb (2013) 1st Apr - 30th Oct. 10-5.30pm; last tour 4.30pm. 31st Oct & Nov Sat/Sun: 10-4.30pm; last tour 3.30pm. Kenmore, Loch Tay, PH15 2HY. www.crannog.co.uk Tel. 01887 830583. THE KENMORE HOTEL. Scotland’s oldest Inn C.1572 The hotel offers a choice of two wonderful bars - The Poet’s Bar in the hotel (see Rabbie Burns handwritten poem above the fireplace) and the friendly pub - The Boars Head. Food served all day in our Bar, together with innovative Scottish Cuisine (lunch/dinner) in the award winning AA rosette Taymouth Restaurant, overlooking the River Tay. PH15 2NU Tel:01887 830205 www.kenmorehotel.com 22 14 DUNKELD CATHEDRAL The medieval building sits on the banks of the River Tay, the C13th choir is used as the parish church. The architecture spans C13th to C15th The Tower was built in 1469. There are some rare Medieval carved stones, and also a stone from the first church, showing a man on horseback blowing a horn and holding a spear. Behind the alter there is the grave of King Robert II’s son, the Wolf of Badenoch. There is a small museum. Historic Scotland. THE HERMITAGE. On the banks of the River Braan, the Hermitage has been visited and admired for nearly 250 years and continues to draw people from all over the world. An attractive woodland walk leads along the river banks through mixed woodland to the picturesque folly of Ossian’s Hall. Each season offers something different here but the autumn colours are particularly striking. OPEN all year. Situated beside the A9, 0.5 mls north of Dunkeld and Inver turnings. 18 12 20 THE COURTYARD RESTAURANT. Presents a delicious array of seasonal, local produce in our stylish restaurant and bar lounge. With al fresco dining on the extensive sun deck, tremendous food, a warm welcome, a great selection of fine wines, amazing range of malt whiskies, open log fires and dogs more than welcome. Live music and entertainment throughout the year. OPEN all day every day. Kenmore PH15 2HN Tel: 01887 830763 www.thecourtyard-restaurant.co.uk Aberfeldy Loch Tay and Glen Lyon ABERFELDY, LOCH TAY AND GLEN LYON are associated with Scotland’s ancient history & traditions. Aberfeldy has the famous Wades Bridge. Fortingal’s history goes back to Roman times, and has the ancient Fortingal Yew Tree which is said to be the oldest living tree in Europe. Glen Lyon is long, narrow and winding. It is especially narrow for the first two miles as one goes west from the Pass. On either side of the glen are high mountains, those to the south divides it from Loch Tay, and those to the north divides it from Rannoch. They are set in spectacular Highland scenery, far from the pressures of today’s big cities. You will find a totally different world with water sports, castles, gardens, biking, walks, food and music festivals: For further Information Tel:01887 820276 www.visitaberfeldy.co.uk DUNOLLY ADVENTURE OUTDOORS is an outdoor adventure centre offering outdoor activities for adults, children and families. Including white water rafting, kayaking, duckying, canyoning, gorge scrambles, off road mountain biking, archery, high ropes course and climbing wall. Hostel accommodation on site, OPEN all year. Taybridge Drive, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BP Tel: 01887 820298 www.dunollyadventures.co.uk 25 • • • 23 HIGHLAND SAFARIS SAFARIS • CAFÉ • DEER PARK • TRAIL CENTRE A unique experience combining breathtaking Highland scenery, Award Winning and exhilarating Land Rover Safaris, inspiring walking and biking activities and our exclusive Red Deer Park and Gold Panning Centre. Relax and enjoy our Café and Gift Shop situated in a unique and stunning location – a truly authentic discovery of everything that makes Perthshire an exceptional destination. Not to be missed SPIRIT OF WOOD is a unique shopping experience in a stunning barn conversion set in beautiful surroundings. Offering a wide range of quality furniture and original home accessories and giftware. Something for all tastes and pockets. OPEN 7 days Apr–Oct 10am-5pm (Closed Mon NovMar) Tel: 01887 829899 Mains of Murthly, Aberfeldy PH15 2EA www.spirit-of-wood.com 26 24 ABERFELDY WATERMILL BOOKSHOP, CAFÉ AND GALLERY. Our vision has been to create a place that inspires, where you can spend half a day or longer. The Watermill, UK Independent Bookshop of the Year 2008-09 has three floors of books, art and music and a café serving fine teas, coffee and light meals. And next door is Homer, our design-led homeware shop. OPEN 7 days 10am-5pm (11am Sun). Tel:01887 822896 www.aberfeldywatermill.com BOLFRACKS GARDENS. These beautiful gardens overlooking the Tay valley include a walled garden with borders of trees, shrubs and perennials and a burn garden with rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas, meconopsis, etc., in a woodland setting. With masses of bulbs in spring and good autumn colours, a must for all garden lovers. No dogs please. OPEN 7 days 10 to 6pm. Apr 1 to Oct 31. Admission £4.00, under 16s free. 2 miles West of Aberfeldy on A827 PH15 2EX www.bolfracks.com Safaris, Cafe, Deer Park & BiketraX open daily Free WIFI in Café Booking essential for Land Rover Safaris, online or call 01887 820071 www.highlandsafaris.net Highland Safaris, Aberfeldy, PH15 2JQ 27 EXPLORE ABERFELDY The local tourism association Visitor Guide available from Visitor Information Centre The Square Aberfeldy PH15 2DD CROFT MORAIG, ‘Mary’s croft’, is a stone circle comprised of 8 standing stones in an oval setting at about 7m diameter followed by a second circle of 12 standing stones about 12m in diameter. Excavations in 1965 found pottery of local Neolithic origin dating to 300BC. Access through the gate into the field. Explanation plaques tell you the whole story. On left of road just metres after the farm entrance. (See map on back page.) 30 28 Glen Lyon - ‘the Crooked Glen of Stones’ is said to be “the most beautiful glen in Scotland” The much photographed RUINED STONE BRIDGE on the opposite bank dates from the late C18th. Carnban ‘White Cairn’ Castle was built in 1564 by the Laird of Glen Lyon. It had previously been the site of the home of the hated McNab who had terrorised the local tenants. When you reach Bridge of Balgie, take the road to Loch Tay up through the high mountain pass to Ben Lawers. THE FORTINGALL YEW TREE estimated as being between 3,000 and 5,000 years old. Acknowledged as Europe’s oldest tree. In 1769 the tree’s girth was 56ft (over 17 metres). Tradition has it that Pontius Pilate was born here whilst his father was on a mission from Caesar to a Caledonii King. The Yew tree is in Fortingall church yard. OPEN all year, free entry. 32 CLUNY HOUSE GARDENS is a 6 acre Himalayan woodland garden,situated on a hillside overlooking the scenic Strathtay valley. See red squirrels! The aspect, climate and soil are ideal for growing Primulas, Meconopsis, Trilliums, Rhododendrons Lilies and many species of trees and shrubs. OPEN daily from March 1 to Oct. 31, 10am to 6pm. Adults £5.00, children under 16 £1.00. Tel: 01887 820795 Signposted from the Weem and Grandtully junctions of Strathtay to Weem Rd. PH15 2JT www.clunyhousegardens.com 29 CASTLE MENZIES - an outstanding example of a C16th “Z” plan fortified house. The seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies and still owned by the Menzies Clan who were heavily involved in the turbulent history of the highlands, Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuart Pretender to the throne, rested for two nights in the Castle on his way to the Battle of Culloden in 1746. See the Menzies Claymore (sword) used by the Chief at the Battle of Bannockburn. One of the few castles still owned by a clan today, it has been renovated and restored to it’s original condition as at the time it was built in the 1550’s. 30 rooms on view. Ghost Hunt tours available at night. OPEN 1 Apr to mid Oct Mon to Sat 10.30am - 5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm Adults £6 Conc. £5 Children £2 Family conc. available. Clan Museum/Gift Shop. Walled garden. 1ml West of Aberfeldy on the B846. PH15 2JD. Tel: 01887 820982 www.menzies.com 31 This is one of a series of 11 Explore Scotland Guides. For Further information contact 01796 473335 or VISIT Explore Scotland at www.ExploreScotland.net 3 Pitlochry Map Colour Key Places to Visit 1 Shops/Services Sport/Leisure 1 1 Eating Out 1 Cash Machines 43 55 41 Blair Castle 35 5 Atholl Leisure Centre 3 57 45 56 47 42 36 33 34 59 54 48 53 1 46 44 52 51 Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre Dam & 58 Festival Theatre & Explorers Garden 33 4 AMOR CASHMERE AND TWEED The Tweeds have been sourced from some of the oldest Mills in the UK to make an exclusive range of clothing including ladies & gents jackets. The collection of Cashmere Knitwear and scarves are exclusive to Amor, with an exquisite range of home furnishings in merino wool, alpaca and cashmere throws & cushions. A unique collection to inspire you. Tel: 01796 472202 123 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AG www.amorcashmereandtweed.co.uk (Map Grid B3) THE CO-OPERATIVE. Supporting the local community. Offering a wide choice of fresh produce, chilled and frozen foods, beers, wines and spirits plus an extensive range of packaged groceries. A full range of newspapers and magazines. Freshly baked bread/pastries daily. Also Lottery and Paypoint service and 7 day home delivery. OPEN 7days 7am to 10pm. Tel:01796 474088 West Moulin Rd. PH16 5EA. 35 34 1 MACDONALD BROS BUTCHERS AND DELI carefully selected meats from local farms known to the family for 40+yrs. Scotch pies, bridies, venison sausages, potted haugh & haggis, wine & local beer. Fresh fish, fruit/veg. Delicatessen has home made quiche, pate, wide choice of cheeses & smoked salmon. Next day UK delivery. Pre-Order and collect. OPEN Mon - Sat 7am - 5pm, Apr Sept Sun 11am - 5pm. Tel:01796 472047 Bonnethill Rd, PH16 5BS www.macdonald-bros.co.uk (Map Grid: C3) THE SCOTTISH SHOP Your family name history point ‘Hall of Fame’. Made to measure ladies and gents kilts. Clan related shields, kiltpins, cufflinks, tartan blankets and wool clan and tartan scarves. Large range of Arran Knitwear, and other clothing with souvenir items to suit all budgets. OPEN 7 days all year. Mail order service. 129 Atholl Road PH16 5AG Tel 01796 473971 www.thescottishshopdirect.co.uk (Map Grid: A3) This is one of a series of 11 Explore Scotland Guides. For Further information contact 01796 473335 or VISIT Explore Scotland at www.ExploreScotland.net 36 £ Attractions Shopping Sport and Leisure 7 39 PITLOCHRY AND MOULIN HERITAGE CENTRE. The Kirk founded by St Colm built in 1813 occupies the site of the original church lost by fire. Exhibits and interesting displays of historic interest are on view together with the facility to enable you to research your family history & roots. The graveyard contains interesting tombstones including a Crusader’s grave & the Jong Tree - legend has it to be the hanging tree. Situated in Moulin village, outside Pitlochry on the Braemar Rd. PH16 5EH www.moulinkirk.co.uk (Map Grid: D1) Edradour Distillery 50 38 39 38 MOULIN BREWERY. This tiny craft brewery produces 4 real ales, including Braveheart Ale, with souvenir bottled beer available. Free tours by Brewer, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm. Situated behind the 300 year old Moulin Hotel, in the centre of Moulin village just north of Pitlochry. PH16 5EH Tel: 01796 472196 (Map Grid: D1) HIGHLAND NIGHTS. (Robert Wiseman dairies Vale of Atholl Pipe Band), Highland and Scottish dancing, songs and music. Mondays, 28th May to 3rd September 7.45pm Gates open 7pm. Venue - Recreation Ground. If wet, venue - Pitlochry Town Hall. Adults £5 Children £1. www.highlandnight.co.uk (Map Grid: C3) 40 37 49 40 2 Blair Athol Distillery © Explore Scotland Ltd 2012 Tel: 01796 473335 E/mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 41 THE ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL MUSEUM This museum occupies some 10 original rooms from the Victorian era. It tells the story of tourism in Scotland and the development and life of Pitlochry’s most picturesque hotel. Learn about its design and construction in the Scottish Baronial Victorian style. See life as a Victorian guest including an original guests bedroom/ bathroom with wash closet. see life as an employee at the hotel from Amy Baird’s 1920 Laundry room to the servants accommodation of the time. There is an audio visual presentation, from its construction, to its life as a hydrotherapy retreat, a school during the wars-up to the modern day. OPEN 7 days all year 10am to 5pm. Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5LY Tel: 01796 472400 www.athollpalace.com (Map Grid: D2) 37 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING. Visitors welcome to join us on the dance floor or come along and watch. 26 May, 9 & 23 June, 7 & 21 July, 4 & 18 Aug., 1 & 15 Sept., at 7.30pm. Dancers:£7.00, Spectators :£2.00 Pitlochry Town Hall. Info: Tel: 01796 473488 (Map Grid: B2) PITLOCHRY IN BLOOM 2011 won their fourth Gold Medal from the RHS in the “Champion of Champions” category and a new Gold award for Pitlochry Station. The “War Memorial” collected the RBLS trophy for Tayside. Pitlochry in Bloom is responsible for the floral displays in the town and run events which include the famous Green Park Hotel Coffee Morning held on 23rd June & Secret Gardens Day, which sees local gardens opened to the public on Sunday August 5th in 2012. www.pitlochryinbloom.co.uk PITLOCHRY DAM AND FISH LADDER WALK This short walk, taking 30-45 mins, starts in the middle of Pitlochry. It goes down and along the River Tummel, through the ancient settlement of Port-nacraig to the fish ladder and observation room, over the dam wall and back into Pitlochry. Along the route are the Festival Theatre, and The Port-na-craig Inn. PITLOCHRY DAM was constructed between 1947 and 1951, creating Loch Faskally some 5km in length. In order to allow on average some 5,000 salmon to pass upstream each year, a 311m long fish ladder was created incorporating a viewing window in 1 of the 3 resting pools. (Map Grid: C2, B3, A3) 42 PITLOCHRY PUTTING GREEN. Part of Pitlochry Golf and has been described as one of Scotland’s finest putting courses. Fantastic fun for all the family in the heart of Pitlochry. Putters and balls provided. OPEN 7 days April to October Rie- Achan Road,on the way to the dam and fish ladder. (Map Grid A3) PITLOCHRY GOLF COURSE Open to everyone 7 days a week. “one of the best hidden gems in the world” Buggies available, lessons, clubs for hire, Pro and well stocked golf pro shop on site. Golf Course Road Pitlochry PH16 5QY Tel: 01796 472792 www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk (Map Grid: B1) This is one of a series of 11 Explore Scotland Guides. For Further information contact 01796 473335 or VISIT Explore Scotland at www.ExploreScotland.net 43 £99 4 ball includes SUNDAY CARVERY 5 Eating out in Pitlochry 44 VICTORIA’S RESTAURANT offers a friendly, taste-filled experience that will leave you wanting more. The restaurant is family owned and has a reputation for offering some of the best service in the area. The dining experience is a stylish blend of daytime speciality coffee house merging seamlessly into a chic evening eatery. OPEN 7 days, 10am until late. 45 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Tel: 01796 472670 www.victorias-pitlochry.co.uk (Map Grid: C3) MCKAYS BAR AND RESTAURANT, an all day destination, offering good pub favourites and traditional Scottish dishes, Steak Night Friday nights, Children’s Menu. Excellent selection of draft beers. Large screen TV, pool table, Comedy Club last Saturday of each month. OPEN all year, food served from 11am onwards. 138 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AG Tel: 01796 473888 wwwMckaysHotel.co.uk (Map Grid A2) THE STEAKHOUSE AT ACARSAID HOTEL new for 2012. Delicious Steaks, in all shapes and sizes. Fish and Vegetarian dishes complement a fabulous range of prime Scottish Beef locally sourced (just outside Perth) and cooked to perfection! The “Steak Sharing Platters” are the stuff of Meaty Dreams!! Starters and Gorgeous Desserts made on the premises. OPEN 5pm - 8.30pm each night - pre-booking advised Tel: 01796 472389 8 Atholl Road, PH16 5BX email@example.com (Map Grid: D3) 49 MOULIN HOTEL has a 300 year old Inn and restaurant. In the Good Beer Guide and Good Pub Guide. Offering courtyard and garden seating next to the Moulin Burn. The menu offers Scottish Fayre using the best local produce. Braveheart and Ale of Atholl are made at the small craft brewery. Located in the centre of the 5,000 year ancient settlement of Moulin next to the historic Kirkyard with Crusader’s grave. All day food (12noon to 9.30pm) 7 days a week all year. Just north of Pitlochry in the centre of Moulin village. Follow East or West Moulin Road. PH16 5EH Tel: 01796 472196 www.moulinhotel.co.uk 50 THE PASHA RESTAURANT - specialising in authentic Turkish and Mediterranean Food. Starting with delicious daily choice of 2 soups that you will not have tasted before. A wide choice of hot and cold Meze ‘little appertisers’, great to order 5 to 6 mezes and share them. Turkish Grills, cooked on a charcoal grill giving t h e meat that perfect authentic taste. Casseroles cooked using traditional Turkish methods ‘very special’. Only fresh Scottish fish used in the seafood dishes. A choice of three Turkish deserts. The authentic Turkish bread made daily on the premises. Tea, coffee, fresh scones and European light lunches. OPEN early to late evening 7 days all year. Tel: 01796 473366. 101, Atholl Road PH16 5AB (Map Grid: B3) 51 DRUMMONDS RESTAURANT & PUBLIC HOUSE ‘Home’ of home cooking, “just how your Mum would cook it”, from home made steak pie, roast beef to Buckie fresh fish. Daily Specials. All food is freshly cooked to order. The bar area has comfy seating for a quiet drink, Bikers haven. OPEN 7 days Mar to Oct 10am-11pm (Thur, Fri, Sat 12.30pm). Regular days in winter. Ferry Rd. PH16 5DD Tel: 01796 470 000 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Map Grid: C3) 52 FERN COTTAGE RESTAURANT, just off Atholl Rd. With a large sunny patio overlooking the beautiful, award winning Memorial Gardens, this restaurant will delight you, with its unique mix of Mediterranean and Scottish cuisine, daily seafood specials, its warm welcome and friendly, attentive service. 54 10% discount on all Take Away meals. OPEN 7 days a week all year. 5 - 7 Station Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AN Tel: 01796 472275 or 01796 473770 (Map Grid: A3) 6 Open from 10.30am Lunch 12-3pm. Pre-theatre dinner 5.30pm to 6.45pm. A la Carte from 5.30pm, until late. Ferry Rd. PH16 5DD Tel:01796 473840 www.ferncottagepitlochry.co.uk HETTIE’S TEAROOMS situated in the heart of Pitlochry just a short walk from the train/coach station. Specialising in mouth-watering homebaking, their own unique blends of tea & coffee, freshly prepared lunches & Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sundaes, Hettie’s is a destination not to be missed! The cakes are big, the scones are fresh & the service is warm. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your lips this is Fabulous Indulgence at its best! 93 - 95 Atholl Road, PH16 5AB. Tel: 01796 473991www.hetties-tearooms.com (Map Grid: B3) PRINCE OF INDIA TANDOORI RESTAURANT. Centrally positioned just off the main street and close to the railway station right in the middle of this beautiful Victorian Highland Town. Offering attentive service and a fantastic selection of dishes, including authentic Balti dishes, Chef’s recommendation and European dishes (for non-curry eaters in the party). Great value 3-course lunch £6.95 and children under 12 eat for £3.95, 12noon to 4.30pm (2pm winter). Main menu 5pm to 11pm. 46 48 (Map Grid: D1) 53 ARDCHOILLE FISH AND CHIP CAFÉ. Eat in or take away. Beers and Wines. Recommended in ‘Scotland for Dummies Guide 2007’ highlighted as a “Bargain Alert” for its great value. Our fresh North Sea Haddock is very popular. Steak Pies, Whole Tail Scampi, Chicken, also White, Black and Haggis Puddings. Outdoor patio seating. Fish teas (fish and chips plus tea bread and butter). Children’s meals. Tel: 01796 472170 142 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AG www.macdonalds-pitlochry.co.uk (Map Grid: A2) CAFE BIBA. Choose from the extensive menu of home cooked food, including soups freshly prepared every day, specials, children’s menu, fantastic main meals and deserts. New pizza menu available. For a quick snack or an evening or pre-theatre meal. Restaurant also has a large bright conservatory and outdoor area. OPEN 7 days: March to October 10am9pm, Winter 10-5pm. 40 Atholl Road, PH16 5BX Tel:01796 473294 www.cafebiba.co.uk (Map Grid: C3) Serving mouth-watering food from breakfast through to dinner menus include a wide choice of dishes from patisserie and pasta to steak, seafood and fajitas. 47 45 55 (Map Grid: C3) THE CLUBHOUSE BAR & RESTAURANT is OPEN to everyone. Situated on Pitlochry Golf Course, offering excellent value ,a wide variety of choice, friendly service with panoramic views of Ben y Vrackie. Golf Course Road, Pitlochry,PH16 5QY. www.pitlochryrestaurant.co.uk Tel: 01796 472334 (Map Grid: B1) MACDONALD’S RESTAURANT & GUEST HOUSE, at the heart of Pitlochry, welcoming visitors since 1959. Serving wholesome Scottish Fayre from fish and chips to steak pie and haggis lasagne. Recommended by Scotland for Dummies Guide “hospitality is generous .….. hard to beat the price”. Fully licensed. Children’s meals. Renowned for Traditional Scottish High Teas. 140, Atholl Road, PH16 5AG Tel: 01796 472170. www.macdonalds-pitlochry.co.uk (Map Grid: A2) This is one of a series of 11 Explore Scotland Guides. For Further information contact 01796 473335 or VISIT Explore Scotland at www.ExploreScotland.net 56 Pitlochry and Blair Atholl 57 59 THE AULD SMIDDY INN, a beautifully refurbished Blacksmiths Forge. OPEN daily from 11.00am for teas, coffees, lunches and evening meals. Fully stocked bar serving Real Ale. They serve home cooked food and specialise in various seafood (when available). Sit outside in the garden or inside in a warm, cosy bar area. OPEN all year. 154 Atholl Road, PH16 5AG. Tel: 01796 472356 (Map Grid: A2) www.auldsmiddyinn.co.uk PORT-NA-CRAIG INN & RESTAURANT 58 This ancient eating place is nestled on the bank of the River Tummel in the historic hamlet of Port Na Craig. Just a leisurely stroll from the town centre. It is also only a stones throw away from the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The restaurant and its conservatory offers an intimate place to dine. Serving morning coffee, lunch pre-theatre and evening meals. Using local produce all dishes are prepared and cooked to order. STRATHGARRY RESTAURANT & ROOMS. Visit and you will find ‘simple classics’ that change seasonally, with the head chef adding his own selections daily, all supporting the philosophy of using the finest and freshest local produce, cooked simply, priced sensibly. 113 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. PH16 5AG Tel:01796 472469 www.strathgarryhotel.co.uk (Map Grid: A3) OPEN 7 days 11.00 a.m. until late. “Simply a Beautiful Location”. PH16 5ND Tel:01796 472777 www.portnacraig.com (Map Grid: C3) Blair Atholl BLAIR ATHOLL - Gateway to the Cairngorms is on the the community and organises many local tourism activities. The village has two Gala Nights each summer, a local skills trail, and two village markets. Atholl Estates former home of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl hosts many activities throughout the year for thousands of visitors, all of which contribute to the diverse nature of this unique part of Perthshire. mainline London to Inverness railway. A close knit community with innovative ideas to keep the village in the forefront of tourism events and activities. Blair Atholl boasts its own award winning ‘Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Pipe Band’. The ‘Blair Atholl Area Tourism Association’ has wide support from BOTHY BAR AT THE ATHOLL ARMS HOTEL, BLAIR ATHOLL is Pitlochry’s new ‘pub’ character bar near Blair Castle. Bar meals are served all day along with real ales. Children’s play area. The Great Hall - one of Scotland’s finest public banqueting/ dining halls - is available for private parties, etc. In the centre of Blair Atholl village, 6 miles NW of Pitlochry. PH18 5SG Tel: 01796 481205. www.athollarmshotel.co.uk 62 60 ‘FOOD IN THE PARK’ Coffee house, fish & chips and Pizza Restaurant - eat in or take away! A great place to start or finish your National Park Experience. Ample parking in beautiful surroundings. OPEN from 11am until late every day from Easter to November. Private garden and children’s play area. Tel: orders 01796 481484 Atholl Country Life Museum car park, Blair Atholl PH18 5SP BLAIR ATHOLL WATER MILL & TEA ROOM Visit the traditional working watermill dating from the 1590’s and sample the homebaking, made with all their own flour. Light lunches available including their delicious bagels. Fresh bread and baking available daily. OPEN from 1Apr - 31Oct. 10am - 5.30pm daily Ford Road PH18 5SH Tel: 01796 481321 www.blairathollwatermill.co.uk BLAIR ATHOLL AREA TOURISM ASSOCIATION (BAATA) produces a detailed local map listing accommodation providers and businesses in the area. There is also a very informative Blair Atholl area guide, which includes information about places to see, things to do, a list of local events and a large pictorial map. Both publications are free of charge and widely available locally. visit: www.blairatholl.org.uk. 64 ATHOLL COUNTRY LIFE MUSEUM. This lively, unique museum is not to be missed. Fun for children, informative and entertaining for adults. One of Scotland’s finest wee museums. OPEN Easter, May weekends then daily June to end of Sept 1.30pm to 5pm, also weekdays from 10am in July & August. Situated in Blair Atholl village. PH18 5SP Turn in at the White Horse. www.athollcountrylifemuseum.org 63 61 THE STEADINGS SPA. Pool, Toddler’s pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, Standing Tan, New Multi Gym and Waves Hair Salon Tel:01796 481408 for bookings. OPEN daily 8am - 8pm for members, and 10am for sessions. Tel: 01796 481600. Blair Atholl PH18 5TE. www.rivertiltpark.co.uk. Also the home of the world famous Hubblebub cattery www.hubblebub.com ATHOLL ESTATES RANGER SERVICE offers two superb booklets, which open up the area to visitors for exploration on foot or by bicycle. Way-marked Trails: This 10-page booklet provides details of 6 way-marked routes ranging from 1 mile to 10 miles through woodlands, along rivers and over heather-clad hills. Cycle Routes from Blair Atholl: This booklet highlights 4 cycle trails with a detailed area map included. Both booklets can be obtained from the Atholl Estates Ranger’s Office (beside the Atholl Country Life Museum) in Blair Atholl. Tel: 01796 481355 65 BLAIR ATHOLL VILLAGE EVENTS 2012 Blair Atholl Summer Market 29th July on the green next to Atholl Country Life Museum. Blair Atholl Tourism Association Gala Nights 18th July and 1st August in the Memorial Park. Blair Atholl Local Skills Days 8th & 9th August in the Village Hall. Highland Fun Night in the Memorial Park in August in aid of the Atholl Country Life Museum. This is one of a series of 11 Explore Scotland Guides. For Further information contact 01796 473335 or VISIT Explore Scotland at www.ExploreScotland.net 7 Places to Visit 66 BLAIR ANTIQUES. Wide ranges of porcelain, paintings, silver, clocks and furniture to interest the enthusiastic beginner and the specialist collector. Prices start at £5 to £1000’s. Member of the London and Provincial Antiques Dealers Association. OPEN all year, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Situated by the Falls of Bruar, north of Pitlochry beyond Blair Atholl on B8079 off the A9. PH18 5TW Tel: 01796 483264 THE FALLS OF BRUAR. Long have the Falls drawn visitors - travellers, poets, artists, nobility and royalty - to view the wild grandeur of the Falls and their surroundings. In 1787, Robert Burns wrote a poem pleading with the Duke of Atholl to plant its banks with trees. Only after Burns’ death in 1796 did the Duke plant 60,000 larch and Scots pines. In 1844, the mature trees enchanted Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their visit. The well marked route is just over one mile long. OPEN all year. North of Pitlochry on B8079. 68 GUIDED WALKS AND COUNTRYSIDE EVENTS, a fantastic range of events for all the family from April to November. Obtain your free detailed 2012 events leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre or phone the following Ranger Services for details: Atholl Estates Tel: 01796 481355 Forest Enterprise Tel: 01350 727284 The NTS. Tel: 01350 728641 8 CLAN TRAIL. Around Loch Rannoch there are a series of plaques which tell the story of the different clans who occupied the lands in times past. MacDonalds, Menzies, MacGregors, MacDougalls, Robertsons, Stewarts and Camerons all lived here. Look out for the descriptive plaques marked by green marker stakes (shown here). Leaflets available from shops, garages, etc. in Rannoch and at the T.I.C. 71 67 THE INN ON THE TAY Relaxed, informal dining with an emphasis on quality, the restaurant at The Inn offers one of the most memorable settings for a dining experience anywhere on the Banks of the Tay. With game, fish and meats of the worldwide recognition on our doorstep, we can guarantee Scotland at it’s best for all the family. Grandtully Perthshire PH9 0PL. Tel: 01887 840760 www.theinnonthetay.co.uk LOGIERAIT INN - C1710 Fully refurbished in 2008, has had Queen Victoria using the privy. Rob Roy staying in the jail. William Wordsworth waiting while his sister Dorothy inspects the Old Court House. OPEN for dinner, Wed to Sun, from 5pm, Sunday Lunch 12.30pm Pre-theatre meals 5pm6pm 2 Courses £13.95 - 3 Courses from £15.95. Logierait 5 miles South of Pitlochry PH9 0LJ. Booking recommended. Tel: 01796 482423 70 69 LOGIERAIT HISTORIC TRAIL The original Church was founded by St Cedd C650AD, was re-built in 1904 and still has it’s Mort Safes. The courthouse C1457 which was of great importance “One hundred lairds and gentlemen of Atholl sat here in full session under Atholl or his hereditary Commissioner, Stewart of Ballechin.” In 1717 Rob Roy MacGregor was imprisoned here. There is the Atholl Monument to the North of the Village erected in 1865. Leaflet available from The Logierait Inn. PH9 0LJ IAIN BURNETT THE HIGHLAND CHOCOLATIER Taste the award winning gourmet chocolates of renowned artisan Iain Burnett. Visit the 4 star Scottish Chocolate Centre and enjoy a warming lunch with real coffee or pure hot chocolate. Browse unique fashion and homeware collections in the showroom. OPEN 7 days 10am - 5pm (winter 11am - 4pm) Grandtully between Aberfeldy and Pitlochry PH9 0PL. Tel: 01887 840775 www.LegendsofGrandtully.com. Online Shop www.HighlandChocolatier.com This is one of a series of 11 Explore Scotland Guides. For Further information contact 01796 473335 or VISIT Explore Scotland at www.ExploreScotland.net 72