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Highland Perthshire Explore Scotland – what has changed? Newsletter 2012 Twelve months have passed since we last communicated through our Start of Season Newsletters and much has changed. We now have 11 Explore area Guides, covering the following areas:-

March/April 2012

Explore Scotland Ltd 01796 473335

Good luck to us all in the 2009 Tourist Season. In the year of The Homecoming

The newsletter • Gives you the latest Inverness tourist business news • Written by the businesses themselves

Inside this issue:




Explore Scotland


Explore Scotland


Pitlochry in Bloom


Loch of the Lowes


Aberfeldy Watermillf


Ayrshire & Arran


Highland Perthshire

Pitlochry Fest Theatre 5 Cluny House Gardens 5 Inn on the Tay




Loch Lomond & Trossachs Oban and Mull

Legends of Grandtully 6 Blair Castle


Blair Athol Distillery


Pitlochry Golf


Victoria’s Restaurant




Amor Cashmere etc


Food in the Park


Facebook to be ……


Watch this space!! Dumfries & Galloway to follow

Outer Hebrides

St Andrews & East Fife 1

Stirling & Falkirk

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Explore Scotland — Websites have changed! us her average stay was over 4 nights, when the area average was just under 2 nights. She attributed this to providing them our Explore Guides with the confirmation of booking. She also said “Quite often people do not realise how much there is to do and see here, and often wished they had allowed more time in their schedule.” We will be working on this summer to bring it into line, with the rest of the Explore Network (see front cover). What’s On – the most comprehensive What’s On for Highland Perthshire. Do you print them off for your guests? Running an event? E-mail details to:New features on Explore area web We have just completed the com- sites:plete overhaul of the Explore web “Your Trip” planner – we believe is sites, using the latest technology quite unique, it allows visitors to available to maximise the impact choose things they are interested in and drop them into their basket. and ease of use for visitors. They can then e-mail this or print New features on and bring it with them when Click on the interactive map to see they visit. the summary information on each We know from accommodation area. providers, that if they can give their Explore web sites.

Transport section – includes the latest ‘Traffic Updates’ from Traffic Scotland. Also on the Transport section –the latest Travel information Tweets from ‘Traffic Scotland’ ‘Travel Line’ and ‘Transport Scotland’ so you have one page you can check for all the traffic news.

guests a link to the information on the website – guests will often extend their stay when they realise how much there is available to see and do in the area. Our new web sites have been designed to help give visitors information in a user friendly way to encourage them to stay longer web site?

One accommodation provider told If you would like us to e-mail the What’s On at the start of each month, to you please tell

This is the Website to be ‘Seen On’ If you are interested in your business being included, please contact Or phone 01796 473335

Pitlochry In Bloom We have just opened Pitlochry’s newest Hotel in the Wildlife Garden and before you all panic, it’s for bugs and insects. A group from Pitlochry High School Nursery came along to furnish the bedrooms in February and we are now open for business. The Hotel was sponsored by Educational Cultural Ex-

change, our P2P Ambassadors programme and Lawrence Emerson, who also made it for us. Pitlochry High School and Breadalbane Academy S3 classes have been working since last year on a fantastic Poster Project, producing beautiful artwork which will go on display in the Atholl Centre in May. 2

From this a new Mural will be produced for the North-bound Station Waiting Room in preparation for the celebrations in 2013 of the 150th opening of the Highland Mainline. Various ideas are in the pipeline, but good ones are always welcome!

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Pitlochry In Bloom cont. We had quite a struggle last year with the weather and financially! So we will have to pull our belts in, no major competition entries for us in 2012, although we did receive an invite from Communities in Bloom, which we regretfully had to decline. We also need to spend a year doing maintenance, the cleaning of the War Memorial by P&KC is high on our list, as it is covered in green moss, hiding the beautiful Rubislaw granite. Also the benches need replacing in the Pitlochry was again a finalist in the Petit Jardin opposite the Scout Hut, and “Champion of Champions” in Britain in that involves taking down the walls, a Bloom last year. From 1,000 entrants, big job. It is very unlikely we will be able to afford to put up the floral only five communities were chodisplays on the Victorian sen by the RHS to represent the very best in Britain, three were “We have just arcades this year as so few opened of the shops underneath are from Perthshire. The RHS campaign judges towns, villages and Pitlochry’s able to sponsor them and cities UK wide on Horticulture, newest Hotel we cannot subsidise them Environment and Community in the Wildlife and the ones on the lampParticipation. Last year brought posts. Garden ” our fourth Gold medal from the Last year Pitlochry Litter RHS. Action Group carried out a planned litPitlochry also won the Tayside Trophy for the beautiful War Memorial & Gardens from the RBLS. Congratulations to Aldour Court & Gardens for their second Level 5 award in the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” campaign, a noncompetitive judging organised by BeautifulScotland. A new campaign by Keep Scotland Beautiful instigated by John Yellowlees resulted in a first Gold for Pitlochry Station.

much better and will continue thru to the Autumn. Any helpers always welcomed. Events thru the summer include the famous Green Park Hotel Coffee Morning on 23rd June and our very successful Secret Gardens Day, which sees local gardens open to the public, on Sunday 5th August. For updated information please check our diary page on We are, as ever, really grateful to all those businesses who support us, whether financially or putting on their own beautiful floral displays. They are very much appreciated by our visitors, so we hope we will all be able to keep Pitlochry the clean and green destination it has become. And that the financial downturn will not affect us and you too much more in 2012. We wish you all a good Season and surely some sunshine will come our way this year!

ter-pick on the last Thursday of the month, from March until October. The equipment and hi-viz vests were paid for by the Scottish Co-op Community Fund and we thank them for that. Some of the team went the extra mile litter picking early in the morning on our judging day in August.

The group have already begun this year in February as the weather was so

The Country Bakery, Dunkeld This Coffee Shop & Takeaway has been operated by the current owners since 2006. Prior to that, they had run a successful restaurant in Braemar, collect-

ing a number of nationally recognised qualifications and the owners come awards along the way. The business from a long line of craft bakers. All vegetarian products, cakes and ethos is simple – good quality “Open scones are made daily on the food, fast efficient service and – all meat products, at a price to suit 7 days, premises bread and rolls are made daily by all pockets. As closed Gowrie Bakers in Blairgowrie. If well as the regular “sit-in” and January.” you are planning a special event or a celebration meal, ask us “takeaway” menus, The Country Bak- about our hand made speciality breads ery offers a range of out- – with 24 hours advance notice, we will side catering and private hand make focaccia, ciabatta, olive and party options – from sun dried tomato breads, flat breads “stovies-in-a-field-for-60- … fact, any type of speciality bread people” to“breakfast-for- you require., at-5am”. 01350 727343, All full time staff hold recognised catering 3

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The Scottish Wildlife Trusts Loch of the Lowes Centre. Lowes into a year-round tourist destination. New for 2012, we have a Wildlife Interpreter, Lindsey, who will be based spring for an incredible 22nd consecu- in the observation hides, providing comtive season. Regardless of whether she mentary on the comings and goings at makes it back visitors are in for a treat, the osprey eyrie and highlighting the other fascinating wetland wildwith pin-sharp high definition views of the osprey eyrie from “close-up life. Lindsey will be working the visitor centre and the stunencounters alongside the visitor centre staff; Jonathan, Cherry, Michael ning lochside panorama from with red & David to ensure that all visithe observation hides – a mere 200 metres from the nest tree. squirrels ” tors have the best possible experience indoors and out. A full programme of family events is planned throughout the year. Go to for details. Image by Neil McDonald The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, situated just outside Dunkeld, will once again be opening its doors to thousands of osprey & wildlife fans from right across the UK. Famed in recent years as home to the UK’s oldest known osprey, affectionately known as ‘Lady’, staff and volunteers are waiting with baited breath to see whether she returns to breed this

Image by Bryan Turnbull Often overlooked by visitors, close-up encounters with red squirrels and a veritable feast of woodland birds are afforded from the large viewing window that looks out onto our feeding station. We are particularly keen for accommodation providers to highlight this to their guests as we look to turn Loch of the

Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Café, Homeware …….. tures quality homeware and gifts On ‘Trip Advisor’ our rating is over alongside pieces of vintage furni- 4.5/5, with typical reviewers confirming our aspiration that visitors could spend ture. ‘a couple of hours’ or ‘an afternoon’ Our book selection includes plenty of ‘holiday reading’, a having a coffee and browsing. dedicated children’s room and also a selection of high quality ‘coffee table’ books that customers are welcome to browse.

The Watermill and Homer are in the middle of Aberfeldy (just off the main street) and have car parking to the rear. Both are open 10am – 5pm (11am Sunday) seven days a week. Tel 01887 In our café we serve coffees and teas made to the highest stan- 822896. Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Café, dards, with all our staff attending barista training courses. Our cakes are Homeware & Gallery. made locally and our light lunches are Our vision has been to create a place that inspires, where visitors can spend freshly made to order. half a day. The Watermill, which won Our events programme of book signthe award for UK Independent Book- ings, children’s storytimes and art exhishop of the Year in 2009, has three bitions is featured on our website floors of books, art & music and a café serving fine teas, coffee and light, which is meals. Next door is Homer, which fea- regularly updated. 4

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Pitlochry Festival Theatre—All systems Go! Sometimes, I think those of us involved in Tourism in Perthshire are guilty of forgetting just how fantastic and unique this place is. PFT does theatrical spectacle on a grand scale, everyday of the week, throughout the length of the Summer. And don’t take my word for it either, The Herald in 2011 positioned PFT like this:

With the first three Summer shows now rehearsing side-by-side, it's not only creative teams and members of the acting company and that are in overdrive at Pitlochry Festival Theatre! If you were to visit the stage, the wardrobe department and the workshops, you'd discover carpenters, scenic artists and costume makers (amongst many, many others) all busily preparing for curtain up on the 61st Summer Season at the Theatre in the Hills.

visitors to see different plays over several days, performed by the same group of actors, but also for the West End quality of our large and detailed sets and spectacular costumes.

I’m always keen to explore how we can work together with other visitor attractions and accommodation providers of all sizes to help people ‘Escape to Perthshire’. Get in touch and get in“The stylistic equivalent of a West End producing theatre set against a volved! Giles Conisbee picture-postcard backdrop of rolling Head Of Marketing Perthshire hills” Pitlochry Festival Theatre A great descriptor which all businesses that are in the tourism trade should use to encourage people to come and stay in the area, and of course, see a show! PFT is a major reason why people love coming to Pitlochry and it’s a major reason why many return, year after year. Not only to enjoy our unique rep system which allows your guests and

Cluny House Gardens Now that John has retired from teach- The following are monthly highlights at ing completely, the two of us are full- Cluny: time in the garden. John would actually April: trilliums, erythroniums, hellesay “I’m only doing my hobby” despite bores, early primulas. this involving at least six very long days of hard graft! We also have Fiona partMay: candelabra primulas, metime doing an excellent job helping with conopsis, rhododendrons, arithe propagation during the season and saemas. tidying up during the winter months. June; meconopsis, cande“This This spring we are having two events labra primulas, lilies, which we hope will be informative and spring we are arisaemas. different. having two July: lilies, giant HimalaSaturday 14th April 10.00 to 11.30. events which yan lily, Chilean flame Behind the scenes at Cluny and a tour we hope will flower, ligularia. of the garden at early Trillium time. £5/ person, £1/child under 16. Please telephone 01887 820795 or email to book.

Saturday 12th May 10.00 to 11.30. Guided tour of Cluny as it reaches its peak for candelabra primulas and early meconopsis. £5/person, £1/child under 16. Contact as above.

be informative

August: late lilies, hydranand different”. geas, autumn crocus, fungi. September: autumn crocus, cyclamen, the start of autumn colour, fungi. October: spectacular autumn colour of many different trees and shrubs.

The best time of day to view the red squirrels feeding on a mixture of nuts is when the garden opens at 10am or late in the afternoon. They tend to enjoy a Wendy & John Mattingley snooze in the middle of the day! 5

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Inn on the Tay

The Inn on the Tay is located at the spectacular setting of Grandtully rapids in one of the most memorable venues for a dining experience anywhere on the Banks of the Tay. Our customers can watch Olympian canoeists practising or wild water rafters enjoying the ride as they sit in the comfort of our highly regarded 56-seater restaurant relaxing over a coffee or enjoying a meal.

Using seasonal and, where possible, exertions. We extend our friendly welcome to dogs who are allowed in local ingredients cooked simply with care and passion by “located at the Bar and on the Decking. We also provide free Wi-Fi internet our Head Chef Gavin and his the team, we serve food all day. spectacular access and free car parking. We have been recognised as setting of one of the Top Inns in Scotland to Stay by the Sunday Grandtully Times, a high accolade and rapids”. one we are very proud of as we continue to maintain our own exacting high standards. To embrace our stunning location, we have a spectacular extension of external decking offering incredible views of the River Tay and a children’s play area. We are situated on walking and cycling routes and both walkers and cyclists are made to feel most welcome after or during their

Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier & Legends of quite rare quality and the only chocolatier to produce a unique offering in the Western Hemisphere. We are based in Grandtully, near Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire, Scotland and supply Michelin star and 5 star chefs The business is in its fifth year of tradwith an outstanding Cocoa Dusted Veling but has already achieved a very high profile amongst tourists, locals vet Truffle. and the elite food industry. It has also He has a very select client base which achieved a number of National and includes amongst others Claridges, The International awards and received 4 Lanesborough, Gleneagles, The Old Course, The Royal Scotsman train, Star rating from Visit Scotland. Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road in There is a delightful and magical Coffee London etc., we also supply Harvey and Chocolate house that serves light Nichols in Edinburgh and The Perth Deli lunches with scrumptious cakes and one of the best cups of coffee in the at McEwens. Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier and Legends of Grandtully are set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Highland Perthshire, on the banks of the River Tay.

area. Presenting unusual gifts, clothing, jewellery and homewares in elegant showrooms with professional merchandising along side the unique award winning Scottish Chocolate Centre, a FREE exhibition of gourmet chocolate from plant to plate, explaining the harvesting, fermentation and conching of this superb cocoa from the small island of Sao Tome. Chocolate Tastings, including a peek into the chocolate kitchens, are available by prior appointment by booking at 01887 840775. Iain is an Artisan Gourmet Chocolatier

It is not only the texture but also the flavour profile of this amazing cocoa from Sao Tome, mixed with Scottish cream, that has it standing out from all other offerings on the European market. We produce a full range of both fresh enrobed and un6

enrobed chocolates, own label chocolate bon-bons, a full range of ambient products such as Florentines, Rolled in Chocolate and Bars and a succulent range of Candied Fruits dipped in chocolate. Winners of: Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards for Food Service Product of the Year 2009 3 Gold Stars in the Great Taste Awards 2010 5 awards in The Academy of Chocolate Awards 2011 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards for Food & Drink Tourism 2011 Thanks to the development of his own elegant packaging, he is now able to share with all his customers the outstanding textures and flavours created in this gourmet range of chocolates – freshly and elegantly hand-crafted with natural local ingredients at a price which is not elitist. For more information, please visit our websites: Grandtully, Between Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. Highland Perthshire. PH9 0PL Tel: 01887 840 775

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Blair Castle Nineteen generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl have all left their mark on Blair Castle, its collections and historic grounds and in 2012 the changes continue as the Clocktower has been fully restored following the fire last March. Mo Tracey, Castle Head Guide and her team will take you on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and in this jubilee year learn how the visit of Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe’s only surviving private army. Why not take the chance to see the Atholl Highlanders at their annual parade and gathering on 26th & 27th May.

pony on a gentle trek or a faster ride. Then from 23rd to 26th August we host Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair; Scotland's leading equestrian event, attracting in excess of 40,000 visitors watching Olympic medallists compete alongside amateurs in the four International event classes. “Nineteen

To see more of our Highland working estate follow the 30 miles of waymarked trails, 50 generations of miles of cycle routes or join Stewarts and an expert guide with over 50 Murrays of years of experience of the Atholl have all estate on a Landrover Safari . left their mark For a traditional adventure, on Blair Castle”. see the sights from the back of a sure-footed Highland

During our winter weekend openings we welcome you with a warming dram and you can enjoy Sunday lunch in the magnificent Ballroom. In December Hercules Gardens’ folly hosts Santa for all of the family to enjoy.

Blair Athol Distillery Pitlochry A Warm Welcome awaits you at Bell’s invite all accommodation providers, local businesses and all their staff to a Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry complimentary tour of the distillery followed by a dram of Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt. We would also like to offer complimentary tutored whisky tastings to our local bar staff to allow them to speak more knowledgeably about whisky. This offer is open all year so please send any new recruits along Our enhanced tours are currently doing throughout the season. extremely well with more and more of our visitors looking to spend extra time learning the differences of all the wonderful whiskies that we stock. Listed below is a note of our enhanced tours. Prices can be found on our website blairathol FLORA AND FAUNA TOUR - Private tour and tasting of our Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt plus a further 2 Single Malts from the Flora Fauna Range. Minimum numbers 4 - Maximum numbers 18. ALLT DOUR DELUXE TOUR - Private tour and tutored tasting of our Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt, our Cask Strength Blair Athol drawn direct from the cask and 4 further "Drams" from our Whisky Treasure Trove. Minimum numbers 4 – Maximum numbers 8. As in previous years we would like to

2012-Opening Hours

10.00am-5.00pm* July & August only - open until 5.30pm (*closed Sunday 29th April, Sunday 13th May, Sunday 20th May) November and December Mon – Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm Festive Tour Times Restricted opening – please telephone in advance to confirm tour times or visit

January to Easter

our website. Last Tour 1 hour before

Mon – Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm*


(*Silent Season-19th March until 30th March 2012.Please note that there may be further alterations to these dates. Due to the nature of the work being carried out during our silent season, distillery tours will be unlikely to take place. The Distillery shop however is expected to remain open from 10am until 4.00pm except for Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd




In the event of adverse weather conditions the site may be closed to ensure the Health & Safety of our employees and our Visitors. Every possible effort will be made to contact pre-booked visits. We would however ask that you visit our website if you are in any doubt. Tel 01796 482003 or e.mail us on

March 2012 when we will be fully


Jill Scougall, Blair Athol Distillery, Perth Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5LY Tel 01796 482003

Easter to October Mon – Sunday 7

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Pitlochry Golf

Pitlochry Golf is fast becoming one of the finest inland golfing facilities in Scotland and we welcome everyone to be a part of our great golfing experience – from the fantastic course with sweeping views of the Tummel Valley to our state of the art clubhouse serving great food and drink – delivering fantastic service and value.

relax in the sunshine away from the We have packages available with traffic of the town centre and enjoy the special deals for groups of 8 or views of Ben- Y - Vrackie more and our Sunday Driver 4 ball that includes golf and Sunday With the exciting news that we have the carvery for only £99 bego ahead for our centre for tween 12noon and 4pm excellence, work will get “With the every Sunday under way this Autumn on Pitlochry Golf Week run- exciting news a 7 bay covered driving ning this year from June 9th – that we have range and practice area 15th is packed with lessons, the go ahead which will give us the best activities and entertainment. for our centre facilities in Perthshire. Entry fee is only £139.00 p.p

for excellence”.

At Pitlochry Golf there is The Ladies Highland Open takes place from 9th- 13th July and the always something happening on and off Gents from 4th – 10th August. These the course and we are open to everycompetitions comprise events on and body- no need to be a member. Wonderful Wednesdays are open to all- off the course- it makes for a an open competition every Wednesday complete golfing experience. from 4th April until 10th October. Only The Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant £10 entry includes green fee and sta- has proved to be very popular bleford entry if you have a registered with golfers, visiting parties, local CONGU handicap but non handicap families and tourists. The large golfers are welcome for a £10 green wooden decking area has been a fee. great attraction where you can

Victoria’s Restaurant

As the season approaches, we're getting ready here at Victoria's Restaurant for another fantastic year ahead. The spring flowers are out in their abundance and the terrace is ready and w aitin g f or th e co m in g go od weather. We can't wait for the normal bustle of Pitlochry in full swing. Diners at Victoria's Restaurant tell us time and time again that we are one of the best places to eat in Pitlochry. We're lucky to have such wonderful customers, both new to Victoria's and regular, and it's great to get recognition for all the hard work, planning and passion that we put into the business.

& coffee-house during the mornings (think delicious lattes' & cappuccinos' with delectable home-baked cakes & scones), a great place to lunch or laze with a coffee and a paper in the afternoon and then at night the restaurant transforms into a

local businesses who continually support and refer custom to us. May we take a moment to give our sincerest thanks and to say that we're looking forward to working with you over the season ahead. As always, you're welcome any time for a coffee and a catch up. We're nothing without our ambassadors! A happy diner, with a great experience to share, will tell the world why they should visit Victoria's. If you're new to Victoria's, we look forward to adding you to our list of ambassadors. We hope to see you at Victoria's Restaurant soon!

chic evening eatery where you can sample the best of Perthshire & Scotland on a plate.

What makes us stand out from the rest? Our people. We think our staff are some of the best and friendliest in Perthshire. Nothing is too much trouble and we're always ready with a welcome As always, we're open from 10AM through to 9PM every day. We're sure smile and a professional attitude. you'll tell your customers, but as a wee 2011 was a good year for Victoria's and reminder, we offer a mix of brunch stop huge credit for this is down to all the 8

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Drummonds Restaurant and Public House Geordie and Mags Drummond would like to welcome you to Drummonds in Ferry Road, Pitlochry (the road that runs • from Atholl Road beside Pitlochry War Memorial). The Drummonds family started the business in 1999, it is a family business in every sense of the word, in that there is always at least one member of the family on the prem- • ises at all times. •

• • • Now in to 13th year, the business has steadily built up, as folk get to know the simple affordable home from home cooking, ‘Just as your Mum would cook • it”, everything is cooked to order using Scottish produce at all times. • What makes Drummonds different? • •

It has a private car park for pa-

trons (no town car park fees).

proceeds go to the Pitlochry Youth Club Project. A stall £10 per pitch. You can donate items to Geordie at Drummonds.

Dog owners in the summer have a gazibo with table and chairs – to allow dog owners to have a quiet social drink or meal with- Fife Mining Heritage - Geordie and out having to put the dog in the Mags are proud descendents of Fife miners, both their fathers worked in the car. pits. In remembrance of the Scottish Walkers, Cyclists, Bikers are all mining heritage and their own families welcome. Fife mining history, Drummonds has a Children are welcome – special whole range of mining memorabilia children’s menu £5 include from original mining paints, to miners juice, main meal and home lamps, canary’s cage, limited edition made Italian Ice cream. They can miners commemorative plates, to coal also choose half portions off the figures depicting mining scenes. Geordie says the collection has attracted a main menu. lot of comments from visitors and loHalf portions 3 course senior cals, with items being added to the collection by past miners and their famicitizen meal for £7.50 lies all the time. Coach parties welcome. Draughts available:- McEwans Export, Tenants Larger Beer, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. A choice of Cairngorm Brewery Award winning bottled real ales. Wine sold by the bottle/glass. Summer Car boot sale every Sunday from 25th March – all

Amor Cashmere & Tweed Your invitation to Amor Cashmere and Tweed in Pitlochry. The shop opened last summer bringing a fresh take on ladies and gents Tweed and Cashmere.

and older. A carefully chosen exclusive range of Cashmere and Tweed from leading established quality branded suppliers. The Amor Cashmere range is from suppliers such as Peter Scott, John Lang Hawick Cashmere, Beggs of Scotland, Joshua Ellis all leading brands. There are also a range of carefully chosen items from other quality Cashmere suppliers of scarves, throws, shawls, scrape …... The Amor Tweed range is supplied by Harris Tweed and range of original Donegal Tweed from Magee, for ladies and gents clothing, jackets, trousers, skirts, waste coats, hand bags, wallets, man bags, I-pad covers, gloves, gents tweed caps and more.

Whether you are looking for casual wear or something for a formal occasion, Amor Cashmere and Tweed in Pitlochry have created a collection to inspire, with many unique exclusive The Amor Home furnishings are from items for both ladies and gents. some of the very finest names in British Cashmere and Tweed in a fresh new textile industry, such as Beggs, Bronte style aimed at anyone 20 years of age and Joshua Ellis, brands established in 9

1837, supplying items such as throws, cushions and fabric, which you can buy by the metre. The Amor footwear is supplied by Loakes and Joseph Cheaney who have been making handcrafted shoes, with quality and comfort in mind, in the factory in Northampton since 1880. You no longer have to go to the high streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow for your quality Cashmere and Tweed. Drop in to Amor Cashmere and Tweed Amor Cashmere and Tweed is at the Blair Atholl end of Pitlochry’s main street, 123 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AG. Tel: 01796 472202

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Food in the Park—Blair Atholl a magnificent pizza from our choice of 12, a delicious homemade soup or a fair trade coffee and one of our gorgeous cakes. If you’re just after a snack, why not pop in for a bacon roll or half a pizza? Take-away service is on offer day and night and you can call us to order whenever you want! Ample parking available, eat in or sit outside in one of our two alfresco areas with views of the river and mountains. We also have a large Food in the Park is a unique Chippy, garden ideal for Pizza Restaurant, Coffee House and kids to run around in and work up an take-away, open from 11am until 8pm appetite! from 30th March 2012. Nestled into NEW this year is our BBQ the edge of woodland, a “EXCITING Chicken Pizza and the fastone’s throw from the River NEWS!!! With mous ‘Smosage’… perfect Tilt in the centre of Blair Atholl, Blair Atholl with chips! Or why not inour friendly, family-focussed becoming the establishment welcomes eve- official Southern dulge yourself with our new ryone from weary walkers, pad- Gateway to the to ‘Steak Ciabatta’?! dlers and mountain bikers the Cairngorms EXCITING NEWS!!! With Blair needing refreshments and an National Park”. Atholl becoming the official energy boost to families lookSouthern Gateway to the to ing for a friendly place to have lunch or the Cairngorms National Park, the new dinner. Dave and Sally invite you to Information Hub, Car Park and Rangers enjoy the ‘best Fish Tea in Scotland’ or Centre are now being constructed on

our doorstep! This is the first phase of two large projects taking place which will see the car park being extended, the grounds being landscaped, an ‘Information Hub’ being erected for visitors and a modern toilet facility being constructed. Why not pop down to see the new-look area, due for completion in June 2012, and pop in to Food in the Park for a coffee or snack afterwards?! Again this year you will find our colourful Yo! Frooty kiosk in the garden of the restaurant, serving the best frozen yoghurt and smoothies money can buy! Enjoy as a refreshing, healthy snack or treat yourself to one as a dessert after your lunch or Fish supper!

Food in the Park is open from 11am until 8pm from 30th March to November 2012 – phone orders welcome on: 01796 481484

FaceBook to be bigger than Google! All the pundits, indeed Google itself acknowledges that FaceBook will, in the long term be more important than Google. Google tried to buy FaceBook, having failed, launched Google+, their FaceBook equivalent. Any business not on FaceBook is loosing out! FaceBook does not cost anything, other than a small amount of time and organisation each day. If you want to get started on FaceBook we have a sheet we can e-mail you, taking you through the basic steps to get you started. So what is FaceBook – for those not involved?

How many of you have read the newspaper horror stories (remember newspapers have a vested interested in FaceBook not working, as their sales continue to drop). I say ‘A long time ago there was a thing you bought called a newspaper. The paper was full of stories some you were interested in some you were not. Depending on which paper you bought the stories were skewed to the left or to the right. Well today we have FaceBook, you choose what you are interested in and ‘Like’ that business, football team, your local butcher etc. So when they write something on their FaceBook Wall it comes to you, no one twisting the story. You choose what you are interested in and FaceBook 10

does the rest. Your customers will be interested in your business too. FaceBook is an easy affordable way of keeping them up to date. Explore FaceBook – keep up to date with your area news. We now have FaceBook and Twitter

and are actively communicating and promoting your area of Scotland. So please join us and lets work together and tell as many people as possible what a great area it is. Highland.Perthshire

Highland Perthshire start of the season newsletter for 2012  
Highland Perthshire start of the season newsletter for 2012  

Tourism newsletter with short articles written by businesses in Highland Perthshire, about their business and the new tourist season. Highla...