Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire

Pitlochry has long had the reputation as one of the finest holiday resorts in Scotland. Located almost exactly in the centre of the country, Pitlochry makes not only an ideal base for a touring holiday but is itself easy to reach, either by road or rail.

 Pitlochry has many attractions which are all within easy walking distance of Fonab and there is plenty to keep you busy within a short drive of the town.

 

Distilleries

The Bell's Blair Athol Distillery is a short stroll over the River Tummel from Fonab and gives tours all year round. 

Edradour Distillery open from mid April to mid October and is only several miles walk up through the picturesque Black Spout Woods.

 

Golf Course

Enjoy a round of golf at Pitlochry's Hidden Gem course, with the spectacular backdrop of Ben Vrackie mountain.

If you wish to go further afield there are various other golf courses located in Perth and Kinross. Including Blair Atholl golf course, Rosemount golf course and Blairgowrie golf course.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

The Pitlochry Festival Theatre located on the bank of the river Tummel is a large performing arts theatre attracting over 100,000 each year. A trip to the theatre makes for an ideal day or night's entertainment during your stay.

Shows are performed all year round and Each Christmas various seasonal musicals are also performed.

Mountain Bike Hire

Mountain Bike hire is available from Escape Route less than a mile away from the campsite. 

Escape Route also have a welcoming cafe, serving delicious coffee made from fair trade beans which have been roasted locally.  

Hydro-Electric Dam

The Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder are one of the town's more famous attractions. There is a viewing room where you can view fish on the way up the ladder.

In 2017 SSE opened a visitor centre for the Dam, showcasing the engineering skills of the hydro-electric projects that still power thousands of homes in the UK today. You will also learn how the Dam actually works to produce electricity.

The visitor centre features; Audio-visual displays, a documentary area, 3D models and maps and interactive dynamos. Entry is free and there is a cafe serving drinks and locally sourced food.

Highland Fling Bungee

For those who are more daring or looking for a thrilling experience, Highland Fling Bungee offer a bungee jump over the pass of Killiecrankie, located only a few miles away from the campsite.

The jump is a 40 meter free fall at over 50mph from the bridge platform towards water. T-shirts and photos are available onsite as a reminder of your experience.

Queen's View, Loch Tummel

The roads on either side of Loch Tummel offer fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, most famously from 'Queen's View' on the north shore. Although Queen Victoria visited, it was named for Queen Isabella, wife of Robert The Bruce. The view has a lovely tea room and is a starting point for easy walks and more adventurous forest hikes through Perthshire's most famous landscapes.

Queens View Walks

Blair Castle

Blair Castle is the home of the Dukes of Atholl, and the only private army in the UK. It is such a famous example of a Scottish castle that it is featured in the Legoland mini world to represent Scotland. Visitors may tour the castle and the Hercules Garden from April to October. 

The castle is also the location for the Atholl Gathering, the earliest Highland Games in the calendar, and the Blair Horse Trials that features world class equestrian events.

Blair Castle visitor information

Ben Y Vrackie

Ben Y Vrackie is the mountain that dominates the skyline at Fonab. At 841 m (2759 feet) high it is classed as a Corbett. You can walk to the summit from Fonab or drive to the car park in Moulin to start. The first part of the walk takes you through forest to open moors with spectacular views down the Tummel Valley and Pitlochry. 

The final part of the walk is very steep but the view from the top is well worth the effort. On a good day you can see as far as the Western Isles and the Forth Bridges.

Loch Faskally

Loch Faskally was formed as a reservoir as part of the Hydro-Electric scheme. Surrounded by wooden hills it is nicely sheltered and features several a lovely waterside and forest walks from Pitlochry to Killiecrankie.

Outlander fans may recognise the landscape as this was the location used as North Carolina and New York state in series 4. 

At the Faskally Boating station you can also rent boats and paddleboards and E-bikes, or simply enjoy some home baking!

Heathergems

Heathergems is a unique range of Scottish jewellery, made in Pitlochry, from natural heather stems.Their factory shop includes a visitor centre that tells the story of the jewellery making process and the shop has an extensive range of jewelry and gemstones at all price ranges.