Bed and Breakfast in Pitlochry for day trips to Crieff and Oban
Many folk like to take bed and breakfast in Pitlochry, taking advantage of its exceptional central location for touring by car. There are many options for enjoying the delights of areas a little further afield, in addition to those many that surround us close at hand. There are more than 14 Pitlochry day trips which take in a complete radial spectacle which offers stunning scenery and many points of historical and natural interest.
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Pitlochry Day Trips by Car
Circular Pitlochry Day Trip through Crieff, Comrie, Loch Earn and Oban
Take, for example, the journey through the magnificent Sma’ Glen to Crieff, then to Comrie, amidst its pleasant greenery , then along stunning Loch Earn to Oban and, maybe, a sealife-watching boat trip.
Leave Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry via the A9 towards Dunkeld. The Dunkeld area is rich in visitor interest and will be covered separately.
Sma’ Glen and Crieff
Take the A822 to Crieff via the beautiful Sma’ Glen, where rock and heather clad hills rise sharply from the roadside and the River Almond meanders through, very close to the road. Look out for an 8′ monolith marking the burial place of Ossian, a 3rd Century bard and father of Fingal (remember that fabulous creation of Mendelssohn that we ritually slaughtered, with such earnest good intention, in our County Youth Orchestra days?).
At Crieff, it is worthwhile making time for a visit to Drummond Castle and Gardens, one of Europe’s most impressive formal gardens. An alternative source of interest might be found at Glenturret distillery, home to the Famous Grouse Experience.
Crieff is quite sizeable for a Highland town, with its history reaching back many hundreds of years, when it had its day as a Cattle market town when many thousands of cattle were driven through rugged mountain passes to be sold at the town’s market. It had a “wild-frontier” reputation. Once the fashion amongst wealthy people for living in beautiful, well-located places developed and the market moved, the town took on a very genteel air, capitalising on its convenient location for accessing the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The air of past grandeur remains and it is a pleasant place to visit.
Comrie, Lochearnhead and Crianlarich
Moving onwards to the small and delightful town of Comrie, visitors may wish to visit Earthquake House. Without wishing to cause alarm, Comrie has a reputation as the Earthquake capital of the UK, (fear not – the town remains intact after many hundreds of years!)lying close to the Highland Boundary Fault that has thrown up a line of ridges from south west to north east right across Scotland. Earthquake House was built in the 1870’s to house sensors.
Heading through the west end of the town, we reach Loch Earn, which presents many photo opportunies. Pass through the delightful St Fillans where you may enjoy the prospect of the Marina across the Loch at Ardtrostan, from the Four Seasons Hotel over, maybe, a spot of lunch.
Tyndrum and Loch Awe
Onwards, then, to Lochearnhead, Crianlarich, Tyndrum and the nothern banks of Loch Awe, the longest freshwater loch in Scotland. Its small village and Hotel provide opportunity to take refreshment and enjoy some spectacular views across the Loch to Kilchurn Castle – a somewhat ghostly ruin . This is possibly one of the most photographed ruins in Scotland. Its small island setting is stunning in all seasons with mountain backdrop and loch curtilage. The castle may be visited by short boat trip or by foot from the bridge over the River Orchy.
The magnificent, though eccentric St Conan’s Kirk, built by the self-styled architect, Walter Douglas Campbell as a place of worship for his elderly mother. Created in a mix of architectural styles, is most certainly worth a visit. It sits high on a crag above the loch amidst a mass of roses, honeysuckle, and ivy surrounded by large trees. Described, variously, as eccentric, bizarre, magnificent, picture perfect, idyllic, unconventional, the church stirs a mixed response from visitors, maybe unsettling those who prefer adherence to form.
Oban overlooks a beautiful, sheltered bay area. It is known as the seafood capital of Scotland and time might well be set aside to sample the fresh produce available in the town.
- The coluseum-like Mccaig’s Tower offers a stunning view of the bay after a bit of a stiff climb.
- Oban Distillery is source of one of Scotland’s oldest single malts and offer daily tours.
- Oban’s War and Peace Museum offers free entry for an insight into life in Oban through and between the two world wars.
- Whale and Dolphin watching trips may be booked with award-winning Sealife Adventures.
- More local forays to observe coastal sea-life may be booked at the quayside.
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