pet friendly holiday in Pitlochry

Pet Friendly Getaway : The Clear Joy of a Stay in Pitlochry with your Furry Friend

An Ultimate Guide to a Holiday with your Dog at Rosemount

Doggy Days Off: Maximise the Rewards of Including your Dog in your Holiday with a Little Knowledgeable Planning

Consumed with the excitment of planning your next holiday? Was there ever any doubt that the dog would come too? After all, they are part of the family! Surely, there is no better way to make lasting memories than by bringinging them along on a pet friendly getaway. So, when it comes to planning your next holiday adventure, be sure to include their needs in the process. One great way to tick most boxes, in this respect, is to find a pet friendly place to stay. Providers of pet friendly accommodation who bear a great record for providing superior service in the field of dog friendly holidays are fewer than you might think. However, we believe that Rosemount Hotel in Pitlochry excels in this respect.

Rosemount Hotel, provider of pet friendly acommodation in Pitlochry, was one of the first letting establishments in Pitlochry to accept pets. Accordingly, over many years, we have fine-tuned our offering to fully embrace the requirements of providing fully-pet-inclusive holidays. It can never simply be a notion of “allowing dogs” through the door. These creatures are highly sensitive and know, instantly, whether or not the folk around them are tuned in them positively.

Rosemount Hotel for pet friendly holidays

Tails and Trails: How to Make the Most of your Holiday with your Beloved Dog: Choose Truly Pet Friendly Accommodation

An important (and fun) part of any break away is the planning stage. Equally, you’ll get a lot more from your getaway with your dog if you do a bit of research. Undoubtedly you will wish to feel assured of the quality of your pet friendly accommodation as you first checkpoint. However, some informative guidance into walking trails around your chosen holiday spot and its amenities for pets is exceptionally handy, too. This might include local canine friendly cafes and restaurants.

Often overlooked is the convenient availability of those handy doggy waste bins. Equally as important is a nearby park or green area for that last stretch at the end of the day.

Accordingly, we thought it might be useful to create a list of suggestions that you can just tuck away for the right moment.

Tips for Planning a Perfect Pet-Pleasing Getaway: The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Holiday Checklist

Naturally, essential services for taking a dog on holiday may vary depending on the specific needs of your furry companion. Nonetheless, some additional ideas might be useful in prompting good planning. Some common points include:

  • Is your dog up to date with vaccinations? Bringing a pet into enclosed areas with other animals imposes a responsibility to ensure that the healtof all is protected.
  • Do you require any cross border travel documents? The following web address is a highly useful resource for visitors to the UK who plan to bring their dog.

    https://www.gov.uk/bring-pet-to-great-britain/listed-and-unlisted-countries
  • Dog-friendly facilities: Look for pet friendly accommodation that provides dog-friendly amenities. These might include water bowls, pet cleaning areas, waste disposal stations and nearby areas for those short walks first and last thing.
  • Above all, scour reviews for testimonials. Check that staff at your “dog friendly” letting establishment actually like and understand these sensitive creatures. The destination should have a culture and community that is both welcoming and accommodating towards dogs. Reviews really are the best place to establish this.
  • Pet-friendly dining options: Many years of expertise in the pet friendly holiday market have taught us many things. So, we understand that even the calmest pet can become distressed if left alone in a very unfamiliar place. Because your dog is happy, alone in the car, in the familiar surroundings of your local town, doesn’t mean the same will apply in a strange place. We always advise to find eating facilities that welcome pets to join their families as they dine. Notably, there are pet-friendly dining areas at Rosemount. Additionally, within 5 minutes walk are a number of restaurants and cafes that welcome dogs. This may be in their outdoor seating areas, or within, so you can dine with your furry companion.

More Tips and Checks for a Succesful Holiday with your Dog

  • Accessibility: The destination should have easily accessible areas for dogs, including walking paths, parks, and open spaces. Older dogs may require ground floor accommodation. Coming down stairs, especially, can be difficult for pets of advancing years.
  • Does the pet friendly Accommodation have parking? It can often be overlooked that our wee darlings sometimes have as much luggage as oursleves. Ferrying along a busy High St with cases, dog beds, bowls and walking gear
  • Dog-friendly transportation: If required, ensure that you have access to pet-friendly transportation options, such as airlines that allow dogs or car rentals that permit pets.
  • Veterinary services in the area: Research and have contact information for nearby veterinary clinics or hospitals in case of any emergencies. At Rosemount, there is a Veterinary Surgery directly along the road alongside the nearest park.
  • Dog-friendly activities and attractions: Look for destinations that offer activities or attractions specifically tailored for dogs, such as dog-friendly hiking trails, pet-friendly boat tours, or dog parks with agility courses. We are delighted to offer a list of suggestions.
  • Dog-sitting or daycare services: If you plan to partake in activities that are not dog-friendly or need some time alone, having access to reliable dog-sitting or daycare services can be beneficial. Just contact us if this is the case. We have a list of providers in the immediate locality. Some will look after your pet at our accommodation.
  • Pet supply stores: Locate nearby pet supply stores in case you need to purchase any essential items during your trip.
  • Pet policies and regulations: Ensure that the destination has reasonable pet policies and regulations in place, such as leash laws and waste disposal rules, to maintain a safe and clean environment for everyone. It’s a sign of a well-run establishment if these are in place

Add a Bark to your Break: Creating Memorable Holidays with your Canine Companion

One of the main reasons to bring your dog on holiday is the joy of having them by your side. Taking a dog friendly getaway means being able to spend quality time with your loyal companion and this can enhance your overall travel experience. They provide comfort and companionship, making your holiday even more enjoyable.

Moreover, bringing your dog on holiday gives you a great reason to get out and explore the surroundings. Dogs love to go on walks and discover new places, and what better way to experience the local scenery than with your furry friend? Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the beach or a hike through the mountains, having your dog with you will make those moments even more special.

Pet-Friendly Amenities at Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry

When it comes to dog-friendly hotels in Pitlochry, Rosemount Hotel stands out as a true gem. This charming establishment not only welcomes pets but also offers a range of amenities designed specifically for their comfort and enjoyment.

Upon arrival at Rosemount Hotel, you’ll be greeted with open arms by the friendly staff who are always ready to cater to your needs. Your furry friend will receive a warm welcome too, with treats and toys awaiting them at the reception desk.

The hotel provides spacious and comfortable rooms that are specially designated for guests with pets. These rooms are equipped with cozy beds for your furry friend to relax in after a day of exploration. Additionally, there are designated areas within the hotel where your pet can stretch their legs and socialize with other four-legged guests.

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Walking with the Dog in Pitlochry

Pitlochry Dam and Loch Faskally Circular Walk. This picturesque hiking trail combines the beauty of nature with the engineering marvel of the Pitlochry Dam. The walk starts at the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the history and functions of the hydro electric dam and its importance in providing renewable energy to the area, through exhibitions and displays.

From there, the path follows the banks of Loch Faskally, offering stunning views of the surrounding hills and forests and a sense of tranquillity that will remain embedded in your mind. The circular walk is approximately 5.5 miles long and takes around 2-3 hours to complete. It is a relatively easy walk with some gentle inclines, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Along the way, you will pass by several viewpoints where you can stop and admire the panoramic views of the loch and the surrounding hills.

One of the highlights of this circular walk is the opportunity to witness the dam in action. The Pitlochry Dam is used to generate hydroelectric power and has a unique fish ladder that allows salmon to bypass the dam on their migration routes. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see the dam gates opening and water rushing through, creating an impressive spectacle. Additionally, there will be plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for otters, ospreys, red squirrels, and a variety of bird species that inhabit the area. The Loch Faskally is also home to a salmon ladder, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these magnificent fish as they navigate their way upstream.

Degree of Challenge: Moderate. There is parking close to the Dam, though there are some steps. if you continue along Loch Faskally after passing the Dam, you will encounter a number of steps, but you can turn back at this point.

Black Spout Woods is a picturesque woodland located just south of Pitlochry, a popular tourist destination in Scotland. The woods are known for their stunning waterfall, which cascades down 60 meters and provides a stunning backdrop for photography. Visitors can explore several walking trails of varying difficulties, providing a unique view of the surrounding landscape. The woods are home to a variety of plants, including oak, birch, and hazel trees.

As you follow one of the winding trails through the woods, you’ll discover hidden gems at every turn.. The sounds of nature fill the air, with birdsong echoing through the trees and the rustling of leaves underfoot. The diverse range of plant life creates a tapestry of colours and scents, with vibrant green moss clinging to ancient tree trunks and delicate wildflowers peeking out from the forest floor. It’s not uncommon to stumble upon a tranquil clearing where shafts of sunlight filter through the canopy, casting a golden glow upon the mossy ground. Explorers may even catch a glimpse of elusive red squirrels darting between the branches or spot a graceful roe deer gracefully navigating the underbrush. The melodic chirping of birds provides a soothing soundtrack to a visual backdrop that will delight the most avid photographer.

Patient navigation of a steady incline will reward the hiker with a surprising and breathtaking spectacle in the Black Spout waterfall: A magnificent natural wonder characterized by a tall and narrow stream of water descending forcefully from a towering height, exhibiting a captivating black hue due to the surrounding rock formations. A seated platform creates the perfect spot for a picnic

Degree of Challenge: Moderate, but constant incline. Uneven in places

Ben Vrackie mountainBen Vrackie is a prominent mountain overlooking the town of Pitlochry. With an elevation of 841 meters, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Loch Tummel and the Grampian Mountains. The name “Ben Vrackie” translates to “speckled mountain” in Gaelic, which is fitting considering the distinctive patches of white quartz on its slopes. 

The mountain is part of the Tay Forest Park and is home to a variety of wildlife, including red deer and golden eagles. The mountain is a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts, with well-maintained trails leading to the summit. The ascent typically takes around 3-4 hours, and the summit rewards visitors with stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside. 

Ben Vrackie is also known for its diverse flora and fauna, including red deer, golden eagles, and rare alpine plants. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or simply a peaceful retreat in nature, Ben Vrackie is a must-visit destination in the Scottish Highlands.

Degree of Challenge: Moderately difficult. Constant incline steepens sharply for the last stretch. A seat at this point is a welcome sight. Spectacular views

Loch Dunmore  Nestled amidst the majestic Scottish Highlands, Loch Dunmore in Pitlochry is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, this tranquil loch offers a serene haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. As you stroll along the scenic shores, admire the mirror-like reflections of the in the crystal-clear waters which reflect the beauty of the surrounding forestry, creating a picture-perfect setting.

The air is crisp and invigorating, carrying with it the faint scent of pine trees that dot the shoreline. This is an idyllic spot for leisurely walks or picnics and finding solace in nature. With its abundance of wildlife, the tranquil waters of the loch attract a diverse array of species, making it a hotspot for birdwatching. As you stroll along the shore, you may spot majestic ospreys soaring above, gracefully diving into the water to catch their prey. Kingfishers are almost a common sight.

Additionally, the surrounding woodlands provide a habitat for a variety of woodland birds, from vibrant songbirds to elusive woodpeckers. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of red deer grazing peacefully in the nearby meadows.

Loch Dunmore is home to the Enchanted Forest Sound and Light spectacle, occurring during October, each year. This event is highly popular with families and adults, alike. Rosemount Hotel has special offers available throughout the period.

Degree of Challenge: Easy- on the level. Car parking at site. Quality hard-core  pathway

Edradour distillery

Edradour and Moulin Walk.

The Edradour and Moulin Walk is a picturesque hiking trail that takes you through beautiful scenery that incorporates woodland, a waterfall, country lanes through idyllic farmland, a 200 year old pub, a golf course and no fewer than two distilleries (only one – Blair Athol is open to the public. There are hilltop views straight out of Brigadoon.

Starting at the Blair Atholl Distillery at the southern end of Pitlochry, you’ll head left through Black Spout Wood, enjoying the diverse woodland setting as you pass by a stunning waterfall.  Continuing onwards, you’ll reach Edradour, a charming little hamlet known for its whisky distillery. Take some time to explore this almost quixotic idyll before heading eastwards towards Moulin. This country lane takes you high over the town of Pitlochry and offers beautiful views. Head down along the main road to Moulin and maybe call in to sample the delights of their 200year old hostelry. The bar is pet friendly

The walk may be curtailed by following the main road back to town. Alternatively, we can recommend diverting behind the Moulin Inn and continuing your downhill stroll past the Golf Course and delightful Cuilc pond. 

Degree of Challenge: Moderate. Steady incline through Black Spout Woods, beyond the waterfall

killicrankie

Killiecrankie Walk. Variations of this trail can include a mountain hike, along the Beallach mountain route. because of the many variations, we strongly recommend consulting a map to choose your route according to your ability and requirements. (Ref the useful resources included below) For the purposes of this condensed summary, we recommend taking the 2 mile paved walk out of the Eastern end of Pitlochry town, or taking the car, for the 2 mile trip to Killiecrankie. Parking at the Visitor Centre. Car-free walkers may return to Pitlochry along either of the shores of the river and Loch Faskally.

Upon arriving at the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, begin your journey via the balcony, passing the wildlife at the feeding station. This path will lead you to a set of steps that guide you down to the main Pass. After a short walk, you will discover a bench that offers breathtaking views of the gorge, surrounded by lush woodland and the River Garry. If you venture further down into the gorge, you will come across Soldier’s Leap, where a charming little waterfall awaits. The entire walk from the car park takes approximately 15 minutes.

For those without a vehicle, you can continue along the riverside path towards the green footbridge (which takes about 30 minutes to reach from Soldier’s Leap). Once you cross the footbridge, you can explore the enchanting Linn of Tummel, where the rivers Garry and Tummel converge. The word “linne” in Gaelic translates to “deep pool,” which perfectly describes the serene yet dynamic nature of this location. The peaceful Garry River and the energetic Tummel River merge and flow into Loch Faskally, surrounded by a magnificent forest. This area is part of the renowned “Big Tree Country” and showcases the diverse beauty of the Highland Perthshire landscape. A country road takes you west back to Pitlochry past the archway at Clunie power station.

Alternatively, you have the option to continue your journey on the left side of the river and follow the footpath for approximately 3 miles, leading you to Pitlochry. Another option is return along the same roadside that you took enroute, but the riverside path through the captivating woodland offers a much more scenic view.

Useful Resources

Pitlochry Path Network Maps.

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