When we rolled into the train station I was a bit sceptic. Was this really the right place? It looked so deserted. We got off the train and filled the car with all our bags, curious about our new destination: Pitlochry. And when the car swung out on Pitlochry High Street my heart melted a little. It looked so cozy with all its small restaurants, cafees, local shops and all the people, both locals and tourists, enjoying the sunny weather. We all got very excited to explore more of this little town in Highland Perthshire.
After having checked in to our hotel, we walked back to the main street and simply walked up and down, soaking it all in and visiting the small local stores, before stopping for a lunch. I really understand why this town in so appealing to tourists.
We also stopped by the iconic “The Old Mill Inn”, a local hotel/pub I have seen in countless pictures ever since I started working for VisitBritain. And it was as cute in real life as in all the pictures! The perfect stop for a pint or a cup of coffee in the cutest of surroundings.
WHERE WE STAYED
Atholl Palace Hotel
For this occasion we had booked a night at Atholl Palace Hotel, a beautiful castle on top of a little hill, just a 10 minutes walk from “city centre”. We are talking squeaky old floors, Scottish interior and a wonderful view. They also have a spa department, an indoor pool and a tennis and golf court that can be enjoyed. Included in the price we had both dinner and breakfast, and as the dinner turned out to be one of the best during the whole trip, sadly the breakfast was not so impressive. But as long as you give me a cup of coffee and a good view, I am happy!
The dream would be to spend a night or two over the Christmas holiday here. Must be magical. Going for long walks, drink hot chocolate and play cards in their lounge area. As the girls said; I slide right in with the rest of the senior citizens at the hotel! Let’s just say there were many of them!
Perth Rd, Pitlochry
I warmly recommend Pitlochry, that is just a 2 hour train ride from Edinburgh. Dont need much more than a day or two here, depending on what kind of activities you would like to try out in the area around, but a must see! We combined this with “The Enchanted Forest” experience and a highland mountain safari, but both deserve their own blog posts! So stay tuned..
Lots of love from Henriette Sophia
//All photos in this blog post are taken by the talented Emilia Wallin