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    Pitlochry accommodation enroute to the North of Scotland

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    Scottish Accommodation Enroute to and from Northern Scotland

    Why Hotels in Pitlochry Perthshire are an Ideal Staging Post for your Northern Scotland Adventure

    Hotels in Pitlochry Perthshire are an ideal place for travellers from the south to spend a night or two before pressing on to the North of Scotland. Accordingly, this post includes spectacular scenes that require the traveller to linger a while in each location, in order to experience its real tresures. There is so much to see and do, anywhere you visit in Scotland. It would be such a shame to come through to the end of such a monumental experience feeling that you had missed so much in speeding onwards. Additionally, environmental damage can be dramatically reduced if folk spread themselves out a bit, rather than all following the same, single route. It also helps the local economies that lie just off the parade.

    Make Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry your Stopover Choice for a Trip to the North of Scotland

    So, are you yearning to make an epic trip this year? If so, then this North Coast route around the northern tip of Scotland – (popularly known  as the NC500), must surely go to the top section of your list of possibles. Incidentally, the thought of a trek to the far north of Scotland, all in one go, may be a little daunting. Gladly, there is a solution in that Pitlochry offers a perfect (and scenic) halfway stopover accommodation, enroute or by return – or both. This is on account of its central position just off the A9 artery which runs along the spine of Scotland. Additionally, hotels in Pitlochry Perthshire are well-geared to cater admirably for the section of the holiday-making populace that merely require a single-night stop enroute to the north of Scotland.

    Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry

    Jaw-droppingly stunning scenery, natural wilderness, fabulous hospitality and cultural and historic interest are all part of this increasingly popular holiday experience. Add a liberal sprinkling of peace and quiet and that all-important sense of feeling tiny amidst the grander scheme and you have the perfect, memorable holiday package.

     

     


    Break your Journey There and Back: Stay in Pitlochry, Perthshire

    A one-night stop-over, enroute to the nc500, would be a great plan. Best to arrive refreshed, rather than weary of travelling busier roads to reach this wondeful wilderness. Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry Perthshire is located a few hours drive before the magnificent NC500 route commences. Additionally, it could be said that the uplift in scenery begins at Perthshire. As you approach Pitlochry on the A9, at around Dunkeld and the ridge of hills that form part of the Highland Boundary Fault line, you’ll see a dramatic change in visuals.

    Throughout the Summer, visitors cross our threshhold, at Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry, for this very reason. We know to give our touring guests a sharp and to-the-point-account of things to see in our own locality. Normally, stays of more than one night are always encouraged. There’s no way to fully experience the delights of Pitlochry in an afternoon. However, it may be enough to see the highlights in a day and return another time to fully enjoy the detail of a truly beautiful location. Additionally, there is the point that Summer evenings offer lovely light and extended possibilities for sight-seeing.

    Back at Rosemount, whistle-stop tour completed, there’s a hearty dinner, great conversation in our bar, and a comfy bed in which to rest. Morning brings a splendid breakfast buffet and off we go in eager anticipation of the visual treats ahead.


    Is Doggy coming too? Perfect!

    Rosemount Hotel is a trend-setter as a dog friendly hotel in Pitlochry. We’ve been welcoming dogs for years – not so much for commercial reasons, but simply because we’re nuts about dogs. Consequently, we’ve ironed out all of the creases associated with the additional services associated with the particular needs of the market and we have excellent facilities for dogs.


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    Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry Perthshire has a variety of room choices. So, whatever your requirements are, in terms of budget and amenity, we’ll have something to suit you.

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    Unwind and Recharge at Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry Perthshire:

    Your Pit-Stop Enroute to the North of Scotland and the Spectacular North of Scotland Coastal Route

    At Rosemount, many of our Summer guests are taking a well-placed stop-over enroute to the nc500, Skye, the Caledonian Canal or Black Isle. It is quite common for folk to take up our Pitlochry bed and breakfast offering as a split booking for one night, each way, there and back to the magnificent NC500, the Western Isles or Inverness. It’s a genuine pleasure for us to see the relaxed lift on our guests’ faces upon their return visit and we enjoy looking at holiday photos and hearing the fabulous tales of good times had. If you’ve never been to the north of Scotland then you’ll need to wait until you do before you can fully appreciate this statement, however.

    So, Once we Leave Pitlochry, Where, exactly, is the NC500?

    At Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry, we believe that our job deosn’t end when you leave our door. If we have information to share that we believe will imporve your holiday experience, then we will take trouble to do this. Knowledge and experience come to nothing if not shared.

    The NC500 route meanders the extensive coastal path around the northern half of Scotland. Certain places of interest are highlighted below, though the breadth and scope of this fabulous wee corner of our beautiful planet is far too great to cover in a single page of writing. accordingly, we suggest further research.

    It’s worthy to note the relentless onslaught of traffic trying to complete the North of Scotland Coastal Route in one go. Our recommendation is to slice it into at least 3 sections for separate visits. Apart from the environmental damage caused by too much traffic following the same route at the same time, so many truly special places can be missed in simply pressing on through. Accordingly, we recommend splitting the route and covering it over several visits and several years.

    The following interactive map, contains a useful store of information about the entire nc500 route. It comes with a solid gold recommendation. Details about  sights, hospitality, accommodation and visitor attractions can be drawn from the feature according to your needs. This is a highly valuable tool for planning one of the most exciting journeys in safe holiday territory.

    In brief, the North of Scotland Coastal Route can be split into 6 regions:-

    Inverness-shire

    Invernesshire, which includes Glen Affric, Beauly and Loch Ness, offers a truly enchanting experience for nature lovers. Inverness is the Capital of the Scottish Highlands and is located 90 miles north of Pitlochry. whilst some find this too far a stretch to travel in one day, they find that hotels in Pitlochry Perthshire aid there journey in providing the perfect resting place for a night on the way there and back.

    On any NC500 visit, Inverness-shire will constitute your entry and exit point. The area is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including ancient pinewoods, shimmering lochs, and eerie moorland.

    Glen Affric

    Geln Affric - Inverness shire

    Glen Affric, in particular, is a must-visit destination for those seeking a magical encounter with nature. Stretching over 30 miles, this ancient Caledonian pine wood is one of the largest in Scotland. As you stroll through the towering pine trees, you’ll be serenaded by the cheerful melodies of woodland birds. Moreover, keep your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife that calls Glen Affric home. You may spot ospreys soaring through the sky or catch a glimpse of elusive otters playing in the water. If you’re lucky, you might even come across red- and black-throated divers, adding a touch of intrigue to your adventure. These birds are often found on the lochs of Northern Scotland during the Summer months, though they head for coastal areas in Winter.

    The Best time to Visit Inverness-shire

    For a truly unforgettable experience, plan your visit to coincide with Autumn. The landscape becomes a breathtaking mosaic of vibrant colors as the trees turn from lush green to fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. As you take in the beauty of the changing seasons, you may also be treated to the majestic roar of red deer stags echoing through the glen.

    Invernesshire, with its blend of natural wonders and enchanting landscapes, promises a true escape into the magic of the Scottish Highlands.

    Black Isle

    Contrary to its name, the Black Isle is not an island. It is in fact a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by expanses of water, with the Cromarty Firth to the north, the Beauly Firth to the south and the Moray Firth to the east. From Inverness, it’s reachable by crossing the Kessock Bridge. Additionally, you can get there in under 2 hours directly from Pitlochry Perthshire.  Some guests even make a day trip of this from Rosemount Hotel.

    Whether you are interested in history, nature, adventure, or food, the Black Isle has something to offer everyone. It is rich in history, with fascinating Pictish stones, medieval stonework, and charming 17th-century seaside villages.

    Fairy Glen at Rosemarkie

    Fairy Glen at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle

    Certainly, one of the highlights of the Black Isle is its abundance of nature and wildlife. Visitors can often catch a glimpse of its resident bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the water off Chanonry Point, a truly enchanting sight.

    Another must-visit spot is the Fairy Glen at Rosemarkie (not to be confused with that of the Isle of Skye), a tranquil haven with twin,  tumbling waterfalls and woodland creatures. Rosemarkie, itself, is a small village with a beautiful beachfront.Also situated on the coast is Avoch, a fishing village characterised by neat little lanes of cottages running down to a historic harbour.

     

    Chanonry Point

    bottle nose dolphins

    Chanonry Point is a renowned location in Scotland, famous for its stunning views and as one of the best spots in the world for dolphin watching from land. Situated at the end of Chanonry Ness, between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, this picturesque peninsula offers a unique vantage point for observing bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Visitors flock to Chanonry Point, especially during the summer months, to catch a glimpse of these intelligent and playful marine mammals as they swim and frolic in the Moray Firth. Beyond dolphin watching, the area is also popular for its scenic beauty, with its rugged coastline, sandy beaches, and historic ruins adding to its charm.

    For adventure enthusiasts, the Black Isle offers one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets in mountain biking. Learnie Red Rocks provides thrilling trails and stunning views for avid mountain bikers.

    Food lovers will also delight in what the Black Isle has to offer. The region is known for its delicious natural larder, with an abundance of local produce and seafood. Pair your meal with a craft beer, as the Black Isle is famous for its excellent brews.

    Easter Ross

    Easter Ross Wester Ross
    Easter Ross, located in the north-eastern part of Scotland, is a region known for its rich history and enchanting landscapes. An abundance of white sandy beaches may be found dotted along the coastline.

    With its Pictish heritage, breathtaking views, and abundant wildlife, Easter Ross offers a variety of experiences for visitors to enjoy. One of the highlights of Easter Ross is its Pictish past. The Picts were an ancient people who lived in Scotland during the early medieval period. The area is dotted with Pictish stones, carved with intricate symbols and designs, providing a glimpse into the lives and culture of this mysterious civilization. Following the Pictish Trail, visitors can explore these historical sites and learn more about this fascinating era.

    Easter Ross is also home to an incredible array of wildlife. Along the shoreline, seals can often be seen basking in the sun or playing in the water. Birdwatchers will delight in the diverse birdlife, including sea eagles, puffins, and oystercatchers. The region’s rugged coastline and rolling hills provide habitats for a range of other animals, making it a haven for nature lovers.

    Easter Ross Highlights

    Whether you’re interested in history, natural beauty, or simply immersing yourself in the charm of the Scottish countryside, Easter Ross has something to offer. From exploring ancient ruins to taking in awe-inspiring views, this region is sure to captivate and inspire visitors with its history, romance, and natural wonders.

    Portmahomack

    Portmahomack

    This is a much gentler landscape than the rugged west coast, with lower, more rolling hills sloping down to fertile farmland and the sea, dotted with attractive seaside villages such as Portmahomack and Shandwick.

    Another iconic landmark in Easter Ross is the Fyrish monument. Built in 1782, this towering structure offers panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, including the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle. Climbing to the top of the monument rewards visitors with stunning vistas, making it a popular spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

    Glenmorangie Distillery

    Glenmorangie

    The Glenmorangie Distillery, located in Tain, Scotland, is renowned for producing some of the world’s finest single malt whiskies. Founded in 1843, Glenmorangie is famous for its tall copper pot stills, which are the tallest in Scotland, standing at 8 meters high. The distillery’s signature whisky is known for its delicate and complex flavors, which are achieved through the use of high-quality ingredients and the expertise of the distillery’s craftsmen. Glenmorangie whiskies are aged in oak casks, some of which were previously used to mature bourbon, adding depth and character to the final product. With a commitment to quality and tradition, Glenmorangie continues to be a favorite among whisky enthusiasts around the globe.

    No visit to Easter Ross would be complete without sampling the local whisky. Glenmorangie, one of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, is located in the heart of the region. Visitors can take guided tours of the distillery, learn about the whisky-making process, and indulge in a tasting session to experience the unique flavors of this Highland whisky.

    Caithness

    Caithness, located in the northernmost part of mainland Scotland, is known for its vast open landscape and rich archaeological heritage. The region is often referred to as the flow country, showcasing its open and expansive terrain. This area is home to numerous archaeological remnants that offer a glimpse into the region’s ancient history.

    Caithness, with its archaeological treasures and captivating coastal scenery, is a remarkable destination for those seeking natural beauty and a glimpse into Scotland’s ancient past.

    Caithness Highlights

    Whaligoe Steps

    Whaligoe steps

    Whaligoe Haven is one of the most remarkable harbours to be found in Scotland – surrounded on three sides by 250 feet cliffs, and reached by the 360 Whaligoe Steps which zig-zag down the cliffside. The natural harbour at the foot of the steps has been a long standing landing point for herring, salmon, whitefish and shellfish.

    The stairs zigzag down the cliffs to a narrow terrace just above the crashing waves. The steps are worn and there is no handrail, so take extreme care. Furthermore, they are slippery in wet weather.There are no safety features here beyond common sense. That said, anyone exercising reasonable care will have no trouble in navigating them.

    First prospected by Thomas Telford in 1786 who decided it was a terrible place for a harbour, Captain David Brodie then went on to build the steps at a cost of £8, resulting in a harbour which supported 14 herring boats. Follow in the footsteps of the fisherwoman, who used to haul baskets of fish up the 365 man-made steps every day during the 1800s, before they were taken on foot to be sold in nearby Wick, some 7 to 8 miles away.

    The Stacks of Duncansby

    nc500 Duncansby stacks

     

    The coastline of Caithness is particularly impressive, featuring towering sea stacks, vibrant colonies of seabirds, and cliff-faced headlands that extend into the untamed waters of the Pentland Firth. These geological features create a dramatic and picturesque natural landscape. The ‘Stacks of Duncansby’ can be approached via a three kilometre walk (six both ways) along the north coast east from John O’Groats to Duncansby Head Lighthouse and then on to the massive rock stacks.

    One interesting fact about Caithness is that Dunnet Head is officially recognized as the most northerly point on mainland Britain. This scenic location offers stunning views and is a popular destination for visitors. In addition, John O’Groats, a village in Caithness, holds the title of the most northerly village in mainland Britain. 

    The Castle of Mey

    Castle of Mey, Caithness

     

    The Castle of Mey

    The Castle of Mey located in Caithness, holds a significant place in history as it was once the cherished residence of the Queen Mother. This grand castle stands majestically, overlooking the picturesque landscapes of Caithness. Steeped in regal elegance and surrounded by the beauty of nature, it offers a captivating glimpse into a bygone era.

    Constructed with meticulous attention to detail, The Castle of May reflects the architectural brilliance of its time. Its sturdy stone walls and intricate facades are a testament to the craftsmanship and skill of the past. As one steps through its imposing entrance, they are transported back in time, enveloped by an air of regality and grace.

    It’s easy to imagine the illustrious occupants who once graced these halls. The Queen Mother, known for her poise and elegance, called The Castle of May her home. Her love for Caithness was evident, as she often retreated to this tranquil haven to find solace and inspiration. The castle’s rich history is intertwined with her own, making it a cherished landmark for royal enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

    The surrounding grounds of The Castle of May are equally enchanting. Vast gardens, meticulously maintained, offer a sanctuary of tranquility and natural beauty. Strolling along the pathways, visitors can admire the vibrant blooms and fragrant blossoms that paint the landscape in a myriad of colours.

    As the sun sets over Caithness, casting a golden glow upon the castle’s ancient walls, one cannot help but feel a sense of awe and reverence. The Castle of May will forever remain a symbol of royal elegance and a living testament to the rich history of this remarkable region.

     

     

    Sutherland

    Sutherland, located in the northernmost part of mainland Scotland, is often referred to as Europe’s last great wilderness. Part of the Nc500 route, this vast and remote region is known for its stunning landscapes, where the mountains meet the sea. The region is sparsely populated, partly because of the Highland clearances. Accordingly, the area is largely untouched by modern development, making it a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Nontheless, you’ll find lovely Highland towns, villages  and settlements with enchanting names like (in the East) Dornoch, Embo, Brora,Golspie, (in the west) Lochinver, Scourie, Durness, Lairg, Bonar Bridge and Helmsdale.

    Many of these villages are in beautiful locations, either close to attractive mountain scenery or the picturesque coastline. Sutherland is home to Loch Eriboll, a deep sea loch known for its natural beauty and historical importance. During World War II, it served as a safe anchorage for warships and submarines. Its deep and sheltered waters made it an ideal location for the British Navy to hide its vessels from enemy detection. This deep loch is also home to a rich marine life, including seals, dolphins, and various seabird species.

    Sutherland

    Sutherland Highlights

    The area is rich in wildlife, including red deer, golden eagles, otters, and seals. Visitors may also spot the elusive Scottish wildcat, which is one of the rarest cat species in the world.

    For those interested in history and culture, Sutherland has a wealth of archaeological sites, ancient castles, and historic ruins. It is also known for its connections to the Highland Clearances, a significant period in Scottish history when many people were forced off their land. The mountains in Sutherland, such as Ben Hope and Suilven, offer fantastic hiking and climbing opportunities, with breathtaking views from their summits. The region also boasts numerous lochs and rivers, providing excellent fishing spots. Sutherland’s coastline is equally impressive, with dramatic cliffs, secluded beaches that would not be out of place in the mediterranean, and picturesque fishing villages.

    Sutherland’s Coastline

    The remote cove of Sandwood Bay is worth seeking out. However, its isolated location means you need to hike just over 4 miles to reach the bay. Start from the car park in the village of Blairmore, north-west of the hamlet of Kinlochbervie on the single-track B801. The hike itself is easy enough and as you travel you’re rewarded with views of the north-west Highlands. In all, Sutherland is a perfect destination for coastal walks, wildlife spotting, and exploring hidden coves.The scene of Viking landings, numerous shipwrecks and many a wild camp, Sandwood Bay is considered one of Britain’s most stunning beaches.

    A large stretch of golden-pink sand faces off against the wild North Atlantic, with Cape Wrath to the north and the towering Am Buachaille sea stack to the southwest. The beach is flanked on either side by impressive cliffs and is even home to a dramatic little waterfall. However, its isolated location means you need to hike just over 4 miles to reach the bay. Start from the car park in the village of Blairmore, north-west of the hamlet of Kinlochbervie on the single-track B801. The hike itself is easy enough and as you travel you’re rewarded with views of the north-west Highlands. In all, Sutherland is a perfect destination for coastal walks, wildlife spotting, and exploring hidden coves.

    Sandwood Bay

    NC500 Sandwood Bay

     

    Scourie

    Scourie

    Continuing south, you would reach the village of Scourie, situated on the western coastline of North West Sutherland. A historic crofting village, Scourie  is the perfect place for exploring the spectacular hills and lochs. The surrounding area is famed for its rugged beauty and remote charm, benefitting from a wonderful array of natural delights which include the seabird colonies (some 200,00 birds) on Handa Island, red and black-throated divers in the nearby lochs and in the bay, otters along the coast and the tiny frog orchids among Iron Age ruins.

    This area is known for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Continuing on, you would come across the beautiful Lochinver, a fishing village located on the shores of Loch Inver.

     

    Getting to Sutherland

    Despite its remote location Sutherland has good transport links.  The A9 provides the main road route north/south via Inverness  and Pitlochry (41/2 hours). Inverness also provides the closest airport for UK and international travel, with a drive time to the airport of between 1 and 3 hours depending on the location in Sutherland. The east coast of Sutherland also has good train links south to Inverness and north to Caithness and Thurso in several villages.

    In terms of accessibility, Sutherland can be reached by road or rail from major Scottish cities like Inverness or Aberdeen. Once there, visitors can explore the region by foot, bike, or car, taking advantage of the numerous hiking trails and scenic drives.

    Overall, Sutherland offers a unique and untouched wilderness experience in Europe, where majestic mountains meet the wild sea, providing a haven for those seeking solitude and natural beauty.

    Wester Ross

    Wester Ross
    Wester Ross is a region in the northwest Highlands of Scotland, located along the west coast. It is known for its rugged, stunning landscapes, including mountains, lochs, and coastal scenery.

    Starting from the north, Wester Ross includes the Loch Inver in the Assynt region known for its wild and rugged beauty. This area is renowned for its distinctive landscape characterized by dramatic mountains and lochs. From the low lying coastal ground your eyes rove along an array of striking mountain peaks  from Ben More Coigach to Cul Beag, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor, Suilven, Canisp and the mysterious Quinag. The two Munros of Conival and Ben More Assynt dominate the hinterland beyond. Continuing southwards, you would come across the picturesque village of Ullapool, situated on the eastern shore of Loch Broom.

     

    Ullapool

    Ullapool

     Ullapool is a popular tourist destination and serves as a gateway to the Outer Hebrides. It serves as an excellent base to stay, from which you can explore the untouched landscapes of Wester Ross.
    Ullapool’s picturesque harbour, lined with charming fishing boats and surrounded by stunning mountains, adds to the town’s appeal as a tourist hub. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood at local restaurants, take boat trips to spot seals and dolphins, or simply soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this coastal gem.

    Gairloch

    Gairloch

    The village of Gairloch is located within Wester Ross. This scenic hub for visitors offers amenities such as hotels, restaurants, and shops. The region is also home to several historical sites and attractions. One example is Inverewe Garden, a renowned botanical resource. There are several good sandy beaches in the area, such as the brilliantly-named Big Sand. At Redpoint, which offers lovely views to Raasay, Skye and the Western Isles, you might catch an unforgettable sunset across the Minch.

    The area has plenty of rocky coastline to explore. Here, visitors might occasionally see whales offshore, as well as enjoying remarkable views spreading north to the volcanic peaks of Assynt.

    Torridon

    Torridon

     

    Torridon has long been a magnet for hikers and climbers, a place of majestic and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

    Considered by many to embody the North Highland landscape of Scotland, Torridon is an ancient and enchanting wilderness.  The rugged mountains are incredibly old and form a stunning tapestry set against various waterways. Fascinatingly, the Torridonian sandstone that forms the bulk of all the mountains dates back 750 million years. On the west side of the estate the hilly and loch-strewn landscape is even older. It’s over 2,600 million years old. Moreover, it was the erosion of this land that provided the sediment, laid down in shallow seas, for the sandstone we know today.

     

     

    Overall, Wester Ross is a picturesque region that offers a combination of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Notes for Further Development

    Further south, back at the starting point, you will come across the vibrant city of Inverness. This delightful City is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Highlands.” Here, you can explore historic sites like Inverness Castle and Culloden Battlefield. For lovers of Nightlife. the city has a lively atmosphere and excellent dining options.

    From Inverness, you can embark on a journey through the picturesque Loch Ness, famous for its mythical monster, Nessie. Take a boat tour to search for the elusive creature or simply enjoy the stunning scenery surrounding the lake.

    Continuing south, you will encounter the majestic Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK. This wild and rugged landscape is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, skiing, wildlife watching, and more.

    Choose Pitlochry for the end of a Perfect Northern Scottish Holiday

    Finally, you will reach the charming town of Pitlochry. Known for its Victorian architecture, scenic surroundings, and the nearby Blair Castle, this town is a highly popular visitor destination. Explore the town’s quaint streets, visit the famous Edradour Distillery, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

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