Spring Breaks in Pitlochry

    Pitlochry Spring Breaks

    As Spring greenery emerges and winter slowly fades in our memory, our thoughts often turn to a few days change of scene. After all, this can really help in the process of shaking off that closed-in, closed-down January feeling. Moreover, Spring carries so many natural uplifts, that a quick getaway to a beautiful place will probably beat a visit to the doctor, or pot of expensive supplements any time. So, maybe consider a Pitlochry Spring Break, especially if stunning scenery is your particular draw when choosing a short break.

    Pitlochry is a paradise for a short break in Spring time. Scotland, as a whole, is exquisite when the green shoots. The landscape assumes a cloak of acid limes and bright, fresh yellows and whites, whilst he birdsong reaches almost deafening proportions, just like when we were kids, further South, but sadly less so, nowadays.

    The Lonely Planet Guide cites Pitlochry as a pretty place in Spring.  Unlike the evergreen pine forests in the mountains and highlands, the county of Perthshire is blessed with deciduous trees that shed their summer cloaks come the cooler seasons, then burst into a rich and vibrant tapestry come Spring. As can be seen, a Spring Break in Pitlochry is guaranteed to enthral.

    A Blaze of Colour Awaits . . . 

    Lime and yellow-greens carpet the hillsides that surround Pitlochry in every direction. However, those seeking to truly capture the glory of Springtime in Pitlochry will find innumerable photography spots around and near the town. Many such vantage points are just a short walk from Rosemount Hotel. These immersive landscapes, lush in the summer and magical in the autumn, have an uplifting quality in Spring. They glow golden in the soft light of dawn while the early-hour sunsets seem to compete with the warmly-coloured boughs to see which is more vivid. The rich hues are virtual paintings, embodying how art imitates life. Needless to say, whether you’re a professional, a point-and-shooter, or an avid Instagrammer, Springtime photography at these places near Pitlochry are sure to please.

    “Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.” . . . . . Anita Krizzan

    Pitlochry Walks


    Scenic spots in Pitlochry for Spring Break Photography

    Within 20 minutes by car

    Black Spout Falls

    4 minutes

    An easy walk from Pitlochry town centre, Black Spout Falls takes its name from its surrounding woods. Relish the crunch of dried leaves underfoot on your stroll over for it will soon be drowned by the gush of water. The best spot to view the entirety of the 190ft waterfall and the gorge below is from the timber viewing platform. The surrounding greenery turns into a riot of colours as the cold starts to set in.

    Linn of Tummel

    10 minutes

    linn of tummel pitlochry autumn photography

    Follow your ears, when wandering through this thicket of oak, for you may hear, before you see, the junction of the Rivers Garry and Tummel. Tirelessly, the waters swirl, gush and tumble over rocks with tremendous force and swiftness as they meet. Many try to immortalise this frothing beast on camera; this is one definite instance in which a photo speaks a thousand words.


    Autmun Break in Pitlochry




    17 minutes

    places to visit from Pitlochry - Hermitage

    Give your camera lenses a great workout here. Hermitage abounds with sights to snap, from the towering Douglas firs – among the tallest trees in Britain – to salmon leaping up the falls as they head to spawning grounds further along the river this season.  The contrast between the evergreen firs and the dazzling autumnal hues of the deciduous trees makes for intense pictures.

    Queen’s View

    18 minutes

    One of the first places we recommend to guests taking a Pitlochry Spring Break, is Queen’s Viw. Seven miles from Rosemount Hotel, along a winding tree-lined route, is possibly one of the most iconic and stunningly beautiful Scottish vistas. The viewpoint lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel and overlooks of Scotland’s most iconic panoramas, tracing the loch all the way up to Schiehallion mountain. Queens Isabella and Victoria enjoyed this very view, giving this spectacle a royal stamp of approval. On clear days, the calm lake perfectly mirrors the thick foliage that runs along it. Meanwhile, in autumn, this spectacle is a mirage of blue, green, red and gold, vibrant colours striking for photography.

    Allean Forest

    18 minutes

    Allean Forest Walk

    The shutterbug won’t know which way to turn in this forest, a trove of heritage and natural wonder. The remains of a 300-year-old farming settlement is nestled amid this ancient woodland, with two trails to follow if you so desire. Through the thicket of trees and up the the steep grassy slopes is a stunning view across the Tummel Valley. For a pretty and serene escape, few can surpass this.

    Pass of Killiecrankie 

    20 minutes

    Cleaved where Highlands meet the Lowlands, the mountain pass of Killiecrankie is midway between Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. This wooded gorge is best known for its gory Jacobite Battle but no traces of that horror are in evidence. Instead, all one sees is a stunning haven of dense foliage, glistening waterfalls, and merry, frolicking wildlife, including red squirrels, pine martens, and woodpeckers. The view from the Garry bridge is among the most photographed in Perthshire. However, don’t let that stop you from setting up  your tripod.

    Foss Road

    8 minutes

    The small country road that traverses the southern shore of Loch Tummel is a photgraphers delight. Just seconds from the road are some fabulous viewpoints. The smallest scramble through bracken and undergrowth is well worth the effort!

    Within 30 minutes by car

    Glen Tilt

    23 minutes

    A mere 11 miles away from Rosemount Hotel, on the outskirts of Blair Atholl, lies another world entirely. The glen appears to be straight of out a fairy-tale, its ethereal air enhanced by the shy deer that peep inquisitively at visitors. In between stately hills, where quality marble was occasionally quarried, runs the River Tilt. Meanwhile, the lower half of the glen’s east is dominated by the mighty Beinn a’ Ghlò and its three summits. Photographers will enjoy capturing the magic of autumn’s touch on this scenery.

    Birnam Hill

    20 minutes

    Each part of the journey to the top of Birnam Hill is a reward in itself. A steep ascent is rendered almost negligible with superb views over the surrounding countryside. Naturally, though, the best is yet to come for the vision that unfolds upon reaching the top of Birnam Hill is breathtaking. It looks out across to the Perthshire mountains and, on clear days, the Grampians can be seen in the distance. Keep your camera in hand even on the descent for the slope grants views over Dunkeld from a crag on the way down.



    38 minutes

    In the north of Loch Tay is Kenmore, a chic village with plenty to photograph. Built around Kenmore Hotel, Scotland’s oldest inn which had the honour of hosting Robert Burns, it was once home to over 18 crannogs, most of which are now submerged. Today it is praised for its specialty shopping, watersports, and beautiful lochside beach. Furthermore, autumn is a fine time to visit; tread through bewitching beech trees to the glorious 70-feet Falls of Acharn, the path picturesque throughout.

    Within 60 minutes by car

    Loch Tay 

    52 minutes

    pitlcohy accommodation. Visit Kenmore


    This dark stretch of water is Perthshire’s largest loch and one of Scotland’s deepest at 15 miles long and 508 ft deep. Magnificent and mysterious, it begs for lenses to be trained its way to capture its many moods. Sailing and watersports enthusiasts regularly pay the loch a call. A large crannog, one of few that can still be seen, near the northern shore at Kenmore is the ancient burial place of Queen Sybilla, wife of Alexander King of Scots.


    Spring in Killin


    Located at the western tip of Loch Tay, Killin is a perfect place to stop for lunch when visiting the Loch for a day’s circuit-trip. The stunning rapids of the River Dochart pass right through the village. We always recommend the circular tour of Loch Tay. Both shores offer stunning vistas at all times of year.

    Glen Lyon

    B&B Accommodation Pitlochry and Glen Lyon tour

    Imagine 30 miles of rolling greenery and fewer than 100 residents. Glen Lyon is Scotland’s longest and arguably loveliest glen, if Sir Walter Scott is to be believed. Wild and wonderful sights fight for your attention, from the deeply-wooded banks and craggy mountains to tranquil hamlets and pools. In the upper reaches are Loch Lyon and Loch an Daimh. Like many remote treasures, access is hard-earned but the rewards are bountiful: this is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Now picture that vision enlivened by Spring’s acid lime and Fresh green hues – Forget photo albums, the resulting shots belong framed on the wall.

    The above-mentioned scenic spots within 20-minute drives, 40-minute drives and 60-minute drives are marked on Google Maps. The driving distances use Rosemount Hotel as a starting point. With our range of accommodation, from sumptuous junior suites to inviting regular and economy bedrooms, you are sure to be comfortable on your photography expedition this autumn. Furthermore, feel free to bring your best friend along – we warmly welcome dogs.

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