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Pitlochry tourism. Day trips I hour to the North

Things to do Pitlochry – Day trips by Car

Dalwhinnie, Rothiemurcus and Cairngorm

The next in our series of day trips from Pitlochry takes us a little further onwards from Newtonmore and Kingussie. We  shortly arrive at  Dalwhinnie Distillery. A few miles further on is the fabulous Rothiemurcus Estate – a paradise for outdoor activities of any nature. Conveniently, Cairngorm and its Funicular Railway lies shortly beyond and Loch Garten RSPB Reserve and the Speyside Heather Centre are also located within this wildlife paradise.

Dalwhinnie Distillery, near Pitlochry

Dalwhinnie Distillery, near Pitlochry

Dalwhinnie Disitillery 

This Whisky Still amongst the Heather is quite convenient to those staying in Pitlochry, or travelling onwards to the North. Fabulous value may be found in offers to those interested in a distillery visit. Tours, with or without tastings, run between 9.45 am and 5.30 to 6.00 pm, with earlier last-tour times during the winter months. Rosemount Hotel has discount vouchers available for up to £4 each for 4 adults. The Distillery has undertaken a collaboration with the Highland Chocolatier at Grandtully. Together, they offer the opportunity to explore an interesting relationship between malt whisky and luxury chocolate. Naturally, whisky tastings are not recommended for drivers, though there is the opportunity to purchase a discounted bottle of malt at the tour end.

Rothiemurcus National Park

Loch an Eilean - a day trip from Pitlochry

Loch an Eilean – a day trip from Pitlochry

(Aside note – if lunch is required after visiting Dalwhinnie, then there can be no better place than the Druie Restaurant and Cafe at Rothiemurcus. Notably, they stock with produce from the estate, wherever possible. This fabulous lunch-venue offers the best in wholesome fayre and a friendly atmosphere. Be prepared to queue at peak times, but it will be worth the wait)

Rothiemurcus is an exceptional area of wildlife conservation. At its heart,  lies one of the largest areas of ancient forest in Britain. This bountiful paradise offers refuge to a quite extraordinary variety of wildlife. Beautiful lochs and views of the Cairngorms complete the stunning backdrop. Amidst all, there is the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of experiences, with the aid of expert instructors, including:-

  • Quad and Pony – trekking
  • Wildlife watching
  • 4×4 off-road driving
  • Photography
  • Walking
  • Cycling and
  • Landrover Safaris.

Don’t miss Loch an Eileann (photographed above) for a fabulous lochside hike of an hour or so. The Druie Cafe is recommended as a source of nourishment after the walk. – Much of the produce used is fresh from the estate – with taste befitting beasts that have foraged the local forests and glens.

Cairngorm Mountain and Funicular Railway

Cairngorm viewed from Loch Morlich on the northern edge of Rothiemurcus Estate

Cairngorm viewed from Loch Morlich on the northern edge of Rothiemurcus Estate

Cairngorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. This is a unique visitor experience that allows people of all abilities to reach Cairngorm’s  Top Station. Here, the Ptarmigan Restaurant offers panoramic views from its 3,500ft vantage point. A splendid viewing terrace, exhibition, shop and the highest post box in the British isles complete the visitor offering. It is worthy of note that Funicular passengers wishing to exit this facility to go onto the mountain must take a guided walk or a guided mountain bike descent.

RSPB Nature Reserve Loch Garten

A fabulous facility for nature lovers which offers excellent wildlife watching facilities. This is easily reached on a daytrip from Pitlochry. View Ospreys, Red Squirrel, Capercaillie and a variety of other fabulous wildlife in their natural habitat. This may all be achieved quite unobtrusively, through binoculars and via webcams in this protected area. Hides, integrated into the forest setting, give plentiful opportunities for viewing.

Red Squirrel, still reasonably abundant around Pitlochry

Red Squirrel are still reasonably abundant around Pitlochry and to the north

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