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Pitlochry - 5 Great Things to Do

Want to discover Highland Perthshire? There's something for everyone in the delightful town of Pitlochry.

Pitlochry Youth Hostel Manager Anna Stokes shares 5 exciting & unmissable things to do in this beautiful town... 

Grab your hiking shoes & climb local hill Ben Vrackie

It might not be a Munro, but at 841m this Corbett will surprise you with its spectacular views! The well maintained path takes you through woodland and open moorland until you reach the beautiful Loch a’ Choire, which marks the start of the last stretch of the hike: a steep climb up to the summit that will get your heart pumping. You might even see a grouse in the heather! This walk takes around 3 to 4 hours but you can make it a full day's hike (on average around 6 hours 30 minutes) by combining it with the Bealach path, which is Anna's favourite local walk. It takes you over the hills to Killiecrankie and back through the forest along the river Gary, all the way to the Faskally woods (famous for The Enchanted Forest) and Pitlochry. Very scenic walk no matter what season and shows everything the area has to offer!

Ben Vrackie: it means speckled mountains! 

Taste whisky at Edradour Distillery, Scotland's little gem

One of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and probably the most picturesque, you must visit this distillery while staying in Pitlochry! Edradour is the last original ‘Farm’ Distillery still in production today. Being such a small distillery, you will get a very welcoming family atmosphere.

"The guides are so passionate...they will make you love whisky if you don’t already! In most distilleries you can’t go into the warehouse where the whisky is stored and aged, but at Edradour you get the chance to go in, walk past the casks and smell the famous Angel’s share!" Anna told us. 

Go back in time at The Scottish Crannog Centre

Located on the shores of Loch Tay, by Kenmore, is this wonderful hands-on living history museum where you can walk in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers of the Iron Age. This is a fantastic experience that is not to be missed! With demonstrations of textiles, cooking and ancient craft and technologies, children and adults will be transported through time thanks to very knowledgeable and passionate guides! There are also regular special events - the next one will celebrate the Celtic Spring on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it? Dogs are welcome too. Keep up to date with the events programme at: www.crannog.co.uk

Copyright: Scottish Crannog Centre

A slice of luxury at The Heathergems Studio

You might have seen their range of jewellery across Scotland and at airports and Pitlochry is where the magic happens! Go to see the visitor centre/factory shop on Atholl Road where you can watch the skilled craftspeople hard at work, and learn every step involved in making this unique Scottish jewellery. The jewellery is made from natural Scottish Heather and every piece is unique. This makes for an incredible gift and is your very own little piece of Scotland to take home with you - wherever you are heading back to. Entry is free and open all year round. 

For the Daredevils: Try the Highland Fling Bungee Jump!

This is the only permanent place in Scotland (outside of Glasgow) where you can bungee jump! Located in the beautiful Pass of Killicrankie, let the adrenaline kick in and jump off the specially constructed platform which is suspended under the Gary Bridge! Meeting point is at the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre.

Pitlochry Youth Hostel opens for the season on Monday, 8 April and we're already taking bookings! 

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