THINGS TO DO IN PITLOCHRY

The bustling town of Pitlochry is the gateway to the Highlands, located just outside the Cairngorm National Park. Pitlochry is a very popular town with a wide choice of accommodation, superb restaurants and bars, an internationally renowned theatre, great scenery and home to Scotland’s smallest distillery.
Just off the main A9 route north, Pitlochry is a busy stop-off point for people heading into the Highlands. It benefits from a number of superb sites to visit and attractions to see in a lovely setting on the River Tummel, backed by the mountain Ben Vrackie. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do when staying in Pitlochry

The Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder
Pitlochry Dam was built between 1947 and 1951 as part of a networks of dams in the Highlands to generate electricity. Pitlochry Dam & Fish ladder is one of the town’s more famous attractions.  The Fish Ladder was built as part of Pitlochry Dam to allow the annual migration of thousands of Atlantic Salmon to pass through the dam wall.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre
A stay in Pitlochry would not be complete without a visit to The Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Open every day throughout the year, the main Summer season of plays, concerts and shows runs from May to October

The Queens View
Located just 5 miles north of Craigatin House, this spectacular view – considered the best in Scotland – is definitely worth the short drive to get there. Gift shop, tearoom and toilets on site.

Loch Faskally & Faskally Woods
Both right on the door step of Craigatin House. A beautiful little loch with amazing views and delightful gentle paths that hug the shoreline, Loch Dunmore can also be found within the woods.

Ben Vrackie Mountain
One for the fit and active! Towering 841metres over Pitlochry, Ben Vrackie is a dominating sight, yet pretty straightforward to climb. Well defined paths will take you up and down in approx. 4 hours!

The Pass of Killiecrankie and Soldier’s Leap
The Pass of Killiecrankie is a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing along its base. The Battle of Killiecrankie, the major event in the first of the Jacobite uprisings, was fought nearby.  In July 1689 the peace and tranquility of this beautiful gorge was shattered when the first shots in the Jacobite cause were fired.  One soldier escaped by making a spectacular jump across the River Garry at the spot now known as Soldier’s Leap.

Blair Castle – Blair Atholl
Situated 5 mile to the north of Craigatin House, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, Blair Castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire, a great day out!

The Waterfalls of Bruar
10 miles north of Craigatin House and located behind the fabulous House of Bruar, this famous and spectacular walk is a must when visiting the House of Bruar. Robbie Burns wrote the poem The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl about these beautiful falls.

The House of Bruar
10 miles north of Craigatin House you’ll find the fabulous House of Bruar.  The House of Bruar enjoys a unique reputation for quality, and our art gallery, food hall and country clothing range showcase the best Scotland has to offer.

Blair Athol Distillery

A 15 minute walk from Craigatin House, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurely conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram of Blair Athol 12 Year Old.

Edradour Distillery
Reputed to be the smallest distillery in Scotland, home of Edradour 10-year-single malt whisky. Guided tours include a taste of Edradour whisky, an audio-visual presentation and a real insight into the traditional methods of whisky making.

Shopping
Pitlochry has a wide range of retailers selling an eclectic mix of items from food, gifts, souvenirs and clothing, not to mention coffee shops and art galleries.

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OUTLANDER TV SERIES

Outlander TV Series

Outlander TV Series

The Outlander TV Series is a British-American television drama series based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.  

This hugely popular TV show began its first run of 16 episodes in the United States in August 2014. 

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randell who is a married nurse from 1946, mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened,encountering civil war and the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.

The Courier Awards 2014

Almost 600 local business leaders will don their glad rags tonight for the second annual Courier Business Awards.

The glittering ceremony held at the Fairmont St Andrews Resort will be hosted by television funnyman Hugh Dennis and will see 12 firms recognised for their efforts in fields as diverse as retail, digital and online, agriculture, tourism, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing.  Courier Country’s top family business will also be named, as will the best small firm operating in east central Scotland.

Craigatin House & Courtyard is nominated for an award in the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Business of the Year category.  All will be revealed later this evening!  A summary video from last year here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLseOY6WVSg

The Courier Awards 2014

The Courier Awards 2014

SCOTTISH THISTLE AWARDS 2014/15

Scottish Thistle Awards 2014

Delighted to report that Craigatin House and Courtyard is a regional winner for “Most Hospitable Guesthouse” in the 2014/15 Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards. Well done to all of yesterdays other winners at the Perth Racecourse presentation and very special thanks to all our guests and supporters. The National Scottish Thistle final takes place in Glasgow on 5th March 2015

YEAR OF FOOD AND DRINK SCOTLAND 2015

Yeas of Food and Drink Scotland 2015

Yeas of Food and Drink Scotland 2015

Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnernership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink.

Craigatin House

Craigatin House

The aim of Year of Food and Drink 2015 is to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to all followers and guests and in doing so, further develop Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

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Here at Craigatin House & Courtyard Pitlochry we do whatever we can to use local suppliers in thecreation of our breakfast menu.Our eggs come from Allarburn Farm in Elgin.  Our award winning black puddings come from Grants of Speyside along with our Pork Sausages.  

We use Smoked Haddock in our Arnold Bennett omelettes from Buckie, homemade Strawberry Jam and Marmalade supplied by award winning Perthshire Preserves.

Our biscuits are from the award winning Kenmore Bakery, local honey from Tenandry hives and all finished off nicely with coffee from Perthshire roaster Glen Lyon Coffee.
 

CRAIGATIN HOUSE by Marja Slooten

Some great Craigatin House #Pitlochry pictures sent in by Dutch photographer Marja Slooten, many thanks indeed Marja! See more of Marja’s photo’s of Scotland here:www.marjaslooten-fotografie.nl

Craigatin Garden

Craigatin House Dining

Craigatin House Lounge

Craigatin House

QUEEN’S BATON RELAY COMES TO PITLOCHRY

Friday 4th July 2014 saw the arrival of the Commonwealth Games,
Queen’s Baton Relay in Pitlochry, Perthshire.
A somewhat damp day dit not deter a huge turn out from the towns residents to welcome and celebrate the baton being run the length of Atholl Road.