Perthshire Journals

A Few Days in Highland Perthshire

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An August 2007 trip to Perthshire by Drever

Pitlochry Photo, More Photos
Quote: Highland Perthshire is probably as beautiful as any area on earth. Here we are enjoying that peaceful beauty.

Best Western Scotland's Hotel

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Hotel | "Scotland Hotel"

Best Western Scotland's Hotel Photo,
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We stayed in Scotland’s Hotel on this occasion, it being the only one available through the discount-booking agency we used. The hotel is central to Pitlochry with the main shopping street being a few metres from the front door. We arrived by car and parked in the adequate parking space available. This hotel is also close to the railway station and bus routes. Scotland’s Hotel is a substantial stone building dating from the early 1900s, but with the recent addition of a comprehensive leisure club. Two neighbouring Victorian houses, one a former bank, offer more private accommodation for families or groups.We booked in with no problem, the girls in reception were friendly and helpf...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2007

Best Western Scotland's Hotel
40 Bonnethill Road
Pitlochry , Scotland PH16 5BT
+44 (0870) 9506276

Pass of Killiecrankie

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Attraction

Pass of Killiecrankie Photo, Pitlochry, Scotland
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The Pass of Killiecrankie offers a splendid walk beside the River Garry through spectacular oak and mixed deciduous woodland, much admired by Queen Victoria in 1844. The woodland is famous for its autumn colour, with the view along the pass from the Garry Bridge being one of the most photographed in Perthshire. It offers plentiful wildlife. The Pass lies three miles north of Pitlochry. For a mile it threads through the deep, steep, thickly wooded gorge of the Garry, between a spur of Ben Vrackie (2757 feet) and Tenandry Hill, with the village of Killiecrankie at the north end. Through this narrow winding pass, above the rushing river, run the A9 Highway and the railway to Inverness.Abo...Read More

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Pass of Killiecrankie
Three Miles North of Pitlochry by the A9 Road
Perthshire, Scotland

Pitlochry

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Attraction

Pitlochry Photo,
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Pitlochry surrounded by mountains and tree clad slopes is a place of natural beauty. Ben Vrackie, at 841m stands out in views to the north-east of the town. Beyond Ben Vrackie lies the Cairngorm massif, one of the largest and remotest of Scotland's mountain ranges. There are plentiful streams, none prettier than the falls at the House of Bruar.The present town dating mainly from the 19th century is recent by Perthshire standards. After Queen Victoria visited in 1844 it quickly grew into the tourist town of today: the first modern highland games took place there in 1852. The scenery and the coming of the railway in 1863 guaranteed Pitlochry's success as a Victorian resort. The town possibly has...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2007

Pitlochry

Perthshire, Scotland

Blair Castle

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Attraction

Blair Castle Photo,
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Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, has been awarded five stars as a visitor attraction by the Scottish tourist agency- its highest award. Its history extends over 740 years and it was the last castle in the British Isles to be besieged - in 1746 during the last Jacobite Rebellion.Records begin in 1269 when the Earl of the day returned from the crusades to find that he had acquired a squatter. Neighbour, John Cumming of Badenoch, had moved on to his land in his absence and started building a tower. Today over 700 years later his tower still stands and is the oldest and tallest part of the Castle. The majority of the Castle is from the 16th century. The many al...Read More

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Blair Castle

Perthshire, Scotland

Atholl Country Life Museum (The)

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Attraction | "Museum of Country Life"

Atholl Country Life Museum (The) Photo, Perthshire, Scotland
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This museum gives a vivid reality to Highland country life in the Atholl area using facts, historical photos and stories set in imaginative displays. The Scottish Highlanders are the remnant of the Celtic race, which remained mainly untouched by Roman and Saxon invasion so this museum is about a unique people. Clanship and tartan go beyond the bounds of history. From the land came all the materials to clothe them. Animal skins for warmth and leather, flax to make linen, wool to knit and weave, dyes from the vegetation. Clothes lasted until worn-out.The museum opened in 1981 in the old school, which closed in 1974. The displays tie in to stories of the use of display items in homes and workplac...Read More

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Atholl Country Life Museum (The)
Blair Athol
Perthshire, Scotland PH18 5SP
+44 (1796) 481232

Loch Tay Crannog

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Attraction | "Loch Tay Cranog"

Loch Tay Crannog Photo,
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Loch Tay Crannog is an experiment in bringing the past to life. It is a five-star visitor attraction and educational centre with a Gold award for best practice in environmental management. Its location Loch Tay is a freshwater loch around 14 miles long, and around 1.5 miles wide in the Highland Perthshire in Scotland.Many Scottish lochs contain small, tree-filled islands appearing just above the water’s surface. These are often artificial islands (crannogs) originally containing thatched, timber roundhouses supported on huge, wooden piles driven deep into the bed of the loch. Crannogs date from as early as the Neolithic Age (5000 years ago) to as late as the 17th century. Throughout their long...Read More

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Loch Tay Crannog

Perthshire, Scotland