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What to do and see around Pitlochry

Whether you’re looking for a quiet holiday, or an action packed vacation in the outdoors, Pitlochry has something for you. A popular tourist spot, there are so many things to do and see that we are sure you’ll be back again and again to visit Highland Perthshire.

If you’re planning a relaxing holiday, the Birchwood Hotel has everything you need in one place. beautiful period bedrooms, a comfortable restaurant and cosy lounge, and acres of gardens and woodland for walks.

Outdoor activities in Pitlochry

For those who want to explore the area, there are many opportunities for outdoor activities in Pitlochry. Here are some of the things you can get up to.


Sightseeing by car or, more energetically, by foot, bike, horseback, canoe, raft, or most other means you can think of is one of the most popular activities for all Birchwood Hotel guests. Pitlochry is such a beautiful town, with a rich heritage of history and culture, that you’ll find sightseeing an enriching and rewarding experience wherever you go.

Outdoor sports

Residents of Pitlochry like to make the most of the sprawling countryside and there is a huge range of outdoor sports available to tourists. Have a go at hill walking or climbing, water sports, cycling off and on road, paragliding, go on a safari trip to see the wildlife or relax by the river trying out fishing.

A range of outdoor equipment can easily be found in the shops of Pitlochry and John and Viv will be happy to advise on your chosen activities when you arrive. If cycling is your preferred means of transport, expert and friendly access to all your two-wheeled requirements can be found at the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op.

For cycling enthusiasts, Perthshire hosts one of Britain's biggest events for serious cyclists, the Etape Caledonia. Each May, Pitlochry is invaded by thousands of riders and their supporters competing over a spectacular course, on 81 miles of traffic-free roads, encompassing Lochs Tummel, Rannoch and Tay, Shiehallion, Strathtay and the Tummel Valley. It's an exhilarating weekend with the added benefit of a massive contribution to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Golfers are superbly catered for, there being around 30 courses in Perthshire and 50 within an hour or two drive of Pitlochry. However, why travel? Pitlochry Golf Club offers a combination of hill walking, enjoying breath-taking scenery overlooking the Tummel valley, with the challenge of a serious game on a course recognised as one of the best in the area.

Cultural and leisure activities in Pitlochry

For guests who want to experience the history and culture of Pitlochry, there are many leisure activities available. Pitlochry is a historic Victorian town, and has many of its original buildings and features; take a walk down the main street and view the splendid period architecture.

Visit castles, historic homes and ancient sites

For those who enjoy visiting museums, there are many for you to choose from. There are four main castles and great historic houses to visit, Blair CastleGlamis CastleScone Palace and Balmoral Castle. You can also visit the numerous ancient sites including stone circles and Pictish standing stones which can be found throughout the area.

In Perthshire, there are a number of museums such as the Blair Atholl Musuem, the Atholl Palace Museum and the Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre. The Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay is a living reconstruction of an iron-age settlement, bringing history to life. 

Sample original Scottish whisky at a distillery

A popular destination for tourists is the Perthshire distilleries. The small but very charming Edradour Whisky Distillery can be found in Pitlochry, along with the Blair Atholl Whisky Distillery where you can find out how the beloved Scottish whisky is made, before having a sample or two.

Shopping and spa therapy

Pitlochry is abundant with quaint, independent shops such as bookshops, antique shops, jewellery stores and nurseries. For fresh produce, visit the Pitlochry Market which runs on every third Sunday of the month. There are also a couple of spas in the area should you wish to unwind with a complimentary therapy such as a massage or a facial.

Wine and Dine in Pitlochry

Throughout Pitlochry there are plenty of places to eat and drink, including the Birchwood Hotel restaurant. In addition, there are many pubs, bars, cafes and coffee shops for refreshment throughout your trip.

Visit the Pitlochry Festival Theatre

A visit to Pitlochry is incomplete without catching a show or two at the marvellous Festival Theatre, which is renowned for its quality of staging, acting and performance. Each summer the company stages a selection of comedy, drama and music enabling theatre lovers to enjoy a different performance each night of a week-long stay. Treat yourself to wine and dinner before the show at the Birchwood Hotel where we can ensure your meal is prepared early so you will have more than enough time before show time.

Special Events

The town hosts special events throughout the year, from the Christmas Market and the Winter Words Festival to the Highland Games, country dancing evenings and the Enchanted Forrest, Scotland’s premier sound and light experience set in the stunning autumn setting of Faskally Wood just outside Pitlochry.

If you are a keen photographer or are simply looking forward to taking some pleasant holiday photographs, Perthshire is a wonderful place to explore with a camera.

If you'd like further information on activities listed here, or other pursuits you may want to explore, just ask. 

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