Pitlochry is a small and bustling town nestled in Highland Perthshire. It’s characterful and colourful, and the two hour drive is well worth it for a change of scene. What makes Pitlochry such a great destination, is that the surrounding area provides something to suit everyone’s interests.
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House of Bruar
Go to the House of Bruar and spend a lazy afternoon browsing the store’s quality Scottish merchandise. House of Briar specialises in luxury highland clothing and homeware. But the large food hall and café are also a big draw. Perusing the delicatessen, butchery, confectionary, bakery and wine cabinet will keep you busy for a while! Sit in and enjoy a hearty meal or an afternoon tea, before heading to the in store Wildlife Art Gallery. There you will find a range of contemporary paintings and sculpture concerned with capturing and preserving the rustic beauty of rural Scotland.
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Queen’s View Visitor Centre
If you prefer the great outdoors, head over to the Queen’s View Visitor Centre. The centre acts a starting point for a range of woodland walks in the area. Make sure you go to the viewing platform that overlooks Loch Tummel. The view, a wide and magnificent vista, stretches out to the horizon and is majestic in whatever weather. The view is said to have been named after Queen Victoria following her visit to Pitlochry in 1866.
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Blair Castle and Gardens
For those who want to learn more about the area’s history, Blair Castle and Gardens is well worth a visit. The ancient castle has seen over 700 years of highland history. The rooms, furnishings, portraits, china and arms are beautifully preserved and steeped in the past. A highlight of mine was the Ballroom, which captured true highland spirit with its soaring ceiling and walls hung with hundreds of stag skulls and antlers. And before you leave, don’t forget to have a wander round the gardens and say hello to the highland cattle.