Spring in Scotland can sometimes adopt the guise of a hard-earned reward, long awaited and oh, so appreciated! As we dust off the last remnants of Winter down-time, thoughts inevitably turn to holidays. Naturally, so close to the expensive Festive Season, the pocket might not be quite ready for a full two-week vacation. All is not lost, however, since a short break has great remedial value in lifting the spirits.
Celebrate Spring in Scotland with a Short Break at Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry
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Things to do on a Spring Break in Pitlochry Scotland
A Spring Break in Scotland bears the hallmark of “mood-uplift” quite perfectly and completely. What better antidote to having spent months hidden away for our Winter rest than to spend blissful hours walking through stunning scenery. A big, open sky above, not blazingly hot, but textured and protective, exudes a kind and welcome light, not oppressive in its brightness. As trees prepare to unfold their magnificent canopy, the entire landscape starts to brighten and sharpen in tone. Hints of lime, lemon and purple start to emerge, and , along with the birds, our hearts sense the urge to twitter an irrepressible a song. At last, we see those brave little bulb-shoots push their way through the still-cold soil to offer up the halting question . . . “Is it time yet?” At their first appearance, there seems to be a general, all-round shift in energy levels.
With your Pitlochry Spring Break at least planned, here are some fabulous ways to enjoy the re-emergence of energy and enthusiasm during your Spring Break in Pitlochry Scotland:-
There are a vast number of exciting things to do whilst on holiday in Pitlochry. We recommend:-
Black Spout Wood Walk –
A saunter through light woodland to a delightful waterfall. For a longer stretch, press on to Edradour Distillery and enjoy the gorgeous downhill amble back into town. The views are breathtaking. Refreshment at the Moulin Inn or Pitlochry Golf Club enroute. This walk leads from the door of Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry. It can be modified to circuits of varying length which take from around 40 minutes to several hours to enjoy.
Ben Vrackie, Beallach-na-Searmoin, Ben y Ghlo and Craigower Hill.
(Fabulous scenic hillwalks with a range of degrees of challenge)
Ben Vrackie is a well known and much-admired hill which forms the ever-changing and scenic northerly landscape to the bustling resort town of Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire. Because “the Ben” sits to the north of the town, the sun lights its rugged southerly aspect, emphasising the contrast between greens, purples and greys in an ever-moving and dramatic way. All this against an equally dynamic and stunningly contrasting sky.
Ben Vrackie translates as `speckled mountain` and comes from a time when white quartz rocks were scattered across its slopes. On a good clear day the view from the summit of 2,757 ft (841 m) is tremendous with the Beinn a Ghlo range to the north and the sweep of Strathtay and Strathtummel to the west. In exceptional conditions it is even possible to see Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.
The walk to the summit of this imposing backdrop to Pitlochry town (sometimes known as Ben y Vrackie) is approximately 3 hours there and back from Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry. The path is well-constructed for most of the route, passing beside Moulin Burn and then across heather moorland. A Lochan situated two thirds of the way up provides good safe swimming for dogs – an ideal cooler on a hot day. The final section is more demanding, but worth a little effort in return for the rewarding views. Red grouse and red deer live on the hillside and sometimes a flash of white can indicate the presence of the shy mountain hare.
Loch Dunmore –
An instantly-loveable, small Loch, just outside Pitlochry, surrounded by mixed woodland and teeming with wildlife, such as Red Squirrel, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Owls and some beautiful water birds. A wee holiday treat!
Killiecrankie, Queen’s View, Blair Atholl and Bruar
The Pass of Killiecrankie.
An impressive , tree-lined gorge which is simply breathtaking in Autumn, but beautiful all year around.
A must-visit place during holidays in the Pitlochry area. The panoramic view has been described as “spine-tingling”.
Allean Forest Walk.
Near to Queen’s View. A steady uphill walk, passing an abandoned crofting farmstead enroute. One of the buildings has been re-constituted to give a fascinating insight into the realities of living in this area in days gone by. Wonderful views over Loch Tummel towards Schiehallion on the horizon.
Blair Atholl, with Blair Castle,
visitor centre and country life museum, working watermill and Glen Tilt walks. Blair Castle offers many hours of historical education and interest. Pony trekking and wildlife safaris are bookable within its splendid grounds. Additionally, walkers and cyclists may find a whole network of trails leading from the castle gates. Cycle hire is available just opposite. There is plenty enough to spend a whole day exploring in this delightful hamlet. Just a few miles from Pitlochry.
House of Bruar and the Falls of Bruar.
A pleasing combination of top-end visitor facility with a delightful walk passing two waterfalls.
often described as the most beautiful Glen in Scotland. Please take a trip along this beautiful landscape during you Pitlochry holiday. You can drive onwards to Loch Tay and Kenmore, then on to Aberfeldy, the Spirit of Wood, Dewars Distillery and the Highland Chocolatier. A fabulous day out.
Kenmore and Loch Tay
with Kenmore Marina, Mains of Taymouth Visitor Centre and Restaurant and Crannog Centre
Aberfeldy and Strathtay
A quaint Highland town with independent shops, arty cafes and an art-house style cinema. Although the town is only 20 minutes direct drive away, there are several beautiful, scenic routes that we recommend our guests to take with many points of interest, eateries and viewpoints enroute. All in all – a full day of feasting the eyes, the soul and the belly!
The Highland Chocolatier
Exquisite chocolate made in situ. Pop over the road to see the rapids
Dunkeld and the Hermitage Forest walk
The romance of a semi-ruined Cathedral right on the banks of the Tay and a picture-perfect wee Highland town. Great walks around and about
Newtonmore and Kingussie
with Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie and Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. Working Sheepdogs and Loch Insch Watersports Centre are located nearby in Kincraig.
For thrill-seekers and lovers of the great outdoors, there are a huge number of options for excitement:-
We are delighted to assist with booking outdoor activities and have many recommendations and ideas for things to do on an active break in Pitlochry
Bungee Jump –
located at the Garry Bridge over the Pass of Killiecrankie. Operated by Highland Fling. The ultimate Pitlochry Holidays adrenalin rush!
White Water rafting –
at the Linn of Tummel and Grandtully. Several operators include Nae Limits and Splash.
A new venture by the canyoning Company. See some fabulous, slightly more remote places, then jump off a cliff!?!
Microlite Flying –
Again, a relatively new craze in the area, but a fabulous experience. Flights and lessons from Scone Airport. A definite holiday Pitlochry Highilght!
One of the many Pitlochry holiday activities bookable at Activity Scotland
Horse Riding –
Available for all ages and abilities, though weight restrictions apply, at Blair Castle.
Mountaineering instructor, Stewart Johnson, is based at Aberfeldy.
A rich assortment of walks of every grade, and type of terrain, is available in the area.
In Loch or River – quiet or torrent
Choose from over 50 courses within a reasonable drive
Ski-ing and Snowboarding –
We are ideally located mid way between Aviemore and Glenshee, Just under an hour from either.
4×4 Offroad and Quad bikes –
There are several operators providing these experiences in the area. We are only too delighted to provide information.
Along quiet, scenic roads, or taking off into the hills and mountains