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Pitlochry day trips by car, heading west

Rosemount Hotel, Pitlochry is an ideal base for Pitlochry day trips covering the whole of Central Scotland

Things to do on a Break in Pitlochry

Why not book a break in Pitlochry and use it’s central location as a springboard for some fabulous days out and Pitlochry day trips. How nice to know you have a warm, cosy, friendly place to return to at the end of a splendid day’s sight-seeing. You might even visit our famous Pitlochry Theatre as an evening treat.

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Day trips by car: Glencoe, Appin and Fort William

An option for a wonderful, scenic, round day trip to Fort William takes you past the stunning Queens View ( 6 miles west of Pitlochry along the B8019). The following tour takes a determined push to get done in one day and sections of it can be hived off for exploring in greater depth another day. From Tummel Bridge, past Queen’s View, follow signs for Aberfeldy, initially, then take signs for Kenmore.

Kenmore. Loch Tay and Killin

Pitlochry Day Trips. Kenmore, near Pitlochry

Kenmore, near Pitlochry

Places of Interest enroute

At Kenmore, it is worth checking out the Crannog Centre if you have an interest in history. This 5 star heritage attraction features an authentic iron-age loch dwelling. It’s impressive pier structure stretches out majestically over Loch Tay. The structure has been re-created as a result of extensive underwater research at Crannog sites throughout Perthshire.  A convenient partner for refreshment may be found at Tayside Marina, located close by .

Guided tours, exhibits and hands on ancient crafts give an insight into the fascinating way of life. For their time,  the farmers and traders who inhabited these water-based dwellings were relatively sophisticated. The good farmland and access to trade routes provided them with relative largess and life, for them, reaped good rewards.

Special events run regularly feature artists, musicians, skilled craft workers, and other specialists. Together with the Crannog’s own team of Iron Age Guides, they actively bring the past to life.

For walkers and those appreciative of fabulous scenery, you may wish to make time for a visit to the Falls of Acharn or Drummond Hill.

The lochside drive along Loch Tay from Kenmore to Killin is a feast for the senses. Almost constant views of the loch and hillside backdrop  accompany the journey on one side. The opposing and contrasting rugged greenery, feeding native sheep breeds, deer and a myriad of other precious wild-life, along the roadside, has a stunning, though rustic appeal.

Loch Tay

Loch Tay, near Pitlochry

Killin is a small village at the Falls of Dochart, a spectacular series of rapids, at the western end of Loch Tay.

Falls of Dochart, near Pitlochry

Falls of Dochart in Autumn

Crianlarich, Tyndrum and Glencoe

… . . and then to Crianlarich which has been a major crossroads for north and westbound journeys in Scotland since mediaeval times. This is a small village with a few shops and places to eat.

. . . . . and the fabulous Tyndrum. The scenery becomes more characteristic of the Highlands with sharp-rising hills coming down almost to meet the road. Visitors are faced with a choice at this point – to visit Fort William to the North, or Oban to the South

The road to the Isles

The road to the Isles

 

North from Tyndrum through Glencoe to Fort William.

Glencoe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous historic and scenic glen. It’s a great place to stop off for refreshment and to soak in the atmosphere . . Maybe seek out the Clachaig Inn, a 300year old hostelry in a stunning setting, in the heart of Glencoe. You’ll be glad to note that the Inn is serving food all day. Many visitors take the opportunity to stretch their legs on a highly scenic walk towards Glencoe Lochan.

Fort William

Fort William’s setting is dramatic, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and in the mighty shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Credited with the title “Outdoor Captal of the UK”, the town is a haven for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. though can maybe be a little disappointing in other respects if considered a destination in it’s own right.

We often pass Fort William and press onwards north to Spean Bridge then take the Laggan/Dalwhinnie road across beautiful countryside to join the A9 southbound at Dalwhinnie. Just past Laggan is a delightful pottery and tearoom called Coaldair Pottery. In the perfect location for thast last bit of refreshment before returning to Pitlochry

Alternatively, at Tyndrum, turn left for Oban.

Oban

The largest town in Argyll & The Isles, Oban is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’.

The town itself lies in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay and is a busy town with plenty of cafes and restaurants, and wide selection of activities and day trips including boat trips to see the coastal sealife. This popular town is also known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ offering a remarkable number of award-winning restaurants.

The most outstanding feature within Oban is McCaig’s Tower, the Colosseum lookalike, which is 10 minutes hard walk uphill from the centre of the town but provides spectacular views over the town and onto the neighbouring islands.

Oban Distillery is well worth the visit too. Nestled right in the heart of the town beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, it is easily recognizable by its tall chimney. Built in 1794, this is one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky.

Standing close to the shore is also the ruined Dunollie Castle, stronghold of the MacDougall Clan while Dunstaffnage Castle, which has belonged to the Campbells since 1470, is only two miles away and is open to the public all year round. Kids would love a visit to the Scottish Sea Life & Marine Sanctuary near to Oban on the shore of Loch Creran.

Car-free Alternatives

Great idea for a car free day – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from Mid May until Mid October.

This is also ideal for walkers and cyclists seeking to reach routes normally achievable only with a drop-off and pick-up

The Ring of Breadalbane Explorer is a “hop-on hop-off” mini bus service for local residents and visitors. It takes passengers through the stunning highland scenery of Breadalbane. The service passes through beautiful towns and villages, and calls at major visitor attractions along the route.

The service connects Crieff, Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead, Killin, Kenmore, Acharn and Aberfeldy on a circular route. They’ve found a great way of providing easy access to the area’s top tourist attractions. These include the

  • Birks Cinema
  • Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
  • Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
  • the Scottish Crannog Centre and
  • Highland Safaris.

This valuable service runs both clockwise and anti-clockwise four-times daily to a scheduled timetable. The bus offers visitors and residents the means to have a perfect day out in Breadalbane. They can accommodate child buggies, cycles and well behaved dogs at no extra cost. Bike trailers in tow, they pass by many popular walk locations. The two Explorer mini buses open up the area to linear walks and cycle routes. Alternatively, these may only be undertaken using two cars.

 


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