Amazing Scotland Vacations And Pitlochry, Perthshire

Scotland is a diverse nation, pretty rural districts with a plethora of impressive sites, historical buildings, fortified houses, castles and country houses compared to central belt towns and cities with masses of finest tourist attractions including some of the greatest galleries and museums in the whole of Britain. Below I discuss the immensely popular  Scottish vacation destination of Pitlochry.

Pitlochry is a small burgh located on the banks of the River Tummel in the council area of Perth and Kinross in Scotland. Widely known as the “Gateway To The Highlands” the town is very popular with mountain climbers, ramblers, hill-walkers, hikers and other people who enjoy vacations of this type. Of course plenty of other activities of this kind are able to be enjoyed here and there is also a magnificent selection of local attractions more than worth visiting. Because of the extensive appeal there is loads of hotels in Pitlochry, which are mainly found on the high street.

Pitlochry Places To Visit

Blair Castle: Dating back to the 13th century is Blair Castle, which is the ancestral seat of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl. The construction of Blair Castle began in the year twelve sixtynine, under the guidance of John I Comyn, the Lord of Badenoch, a northerly neighbor of the Earl of Atholl. The Earl was away from home, fighting in the Crusade’s, when his neighbor started construction of Blair Castle on his land. When he returned, the Earl bitterly complained to the king of Scotland, Alexander III about his neighbor, and won back his lands. Rather than destroying the tower than John I Comyn had constructed, the Earl decided to merge the tower into his own castle. A Great Hall and a series of vaulted chambers were added to the castle over the centuries, by  various Earls. It was the 2nd Duke of Atholl who, in 1740, decided to restore the castle as a Georgian Mansion.

Killiecrankie Visitor Centre: During the time of the Jacobites Killiecrankie, close to Pitlochry, found itself full of the crys of battle. The government soldiers were soundly defeated by the Jacobites, under the guidance of Bonnie Dundee. During the bloody battle an escaping soldier leapt over the River Garry, which became known as, Soldier’s Leap. The area around the gorge and pass were a favorite haunt of Queen Victoria. To learn about the famous battle one can visit the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre has a selection of otherpresentations and services, which include; ranger service’s, a natural history of the area and guided walks and many more.

Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre: A power station is a bizarre site for a tourist attraction, but this is just where you can find the Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Center. The hydro center is located inside the striking Pitlochry Power Station, and includes interactive exhibits which describe the development of hydro power in Scotland, starting in the 1940’s to the present day. The Pitlochry Dam(constructed 1947-1951) offers you the interesting ability to observe the amazing salmon ladder through 3 viewing areas. Once inside the Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre, you will find audio-visual presentations and interactive which explain this naturally occurring spectacle. The turbine hall of Pitlochry Power Station can also be viewed from inside the Visitor Center.

If you are considering having a vacation in Scotland based in Pitlochry then you will discover  Pitlochry bed and breakfast  online by using the search term  “Pitlochry hotel accommodation”  or “Pitlochry bed and breakfast” into your favorite search engine (the inverted commas can help greatly).

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