Summer in Pitlochry

An Ultimate Guide to a Holiday with your Dog at Rosemount

Pitlochry, Scotland is often referred to as “Brigadoon” and, maybe, with good reason: A perfectly charming Victorian town, set on a hillside along a river valley which is adorned with a rich mix of craggy rocks and impressive variety of trees and natural shrubs. The wildlife that this idyll attracts, warbles, chatters, struts, peeps from under the generous blanket of natural cover and generally delights us. The greens and sense of balance tell us that nature can actually get it right all by itself, if left sufficiently to get on with the job.

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Rooms and Rates at Rosemount Hotel, Pitlochry

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Scotland's Great Outdoors costs very little to enjoy

Whether you are an adventurer, lover of the great outdoors, wildlife enthusiast or a curious and explorative traveller, a summer holiday in Scotland has never had more to offer. With keenly priced accommodation, restaurants, unique visitor outlets and days out to suit everyone’s style, now is the time to explore Scotland. Continue reading . . .

It's all right here on our doorstep!

To begin with, Rosemount enjoys quite lovely hillside views of the Tummel Valley. Beyond this, are hundreds of miles of dreamy walking and cycling trails. Many are waymarked for convenience.

Beyond this are a treasure trove of bejewelled vistas, farm shops, visitor centres, places of historic interest, adventure and activity centres, to name but a few

So Much to See and Do

Rather than jetting off over-seas, this year you can explore the beauty of Scotland and all it has to offer. How well do you know the UK? You will be amazed at the places you never knew existed once you start exploring. In such a diverse country as Scotland you will find the best hikes in the UK, access to best views of the highlands and islands and experience the city life in Edinburgh or Glasgow. 

Of course, Scotland holds some of the best scenery in the world, but the historic towns and vibrant cities can not be missed off your trip itinerary.

You will have plenty opportunity to experience all the Scotland has to offer, it does not matter if you are visiting for the views, the people, the whisky, or the history there are options for everyone, from accommodation and restaurants to hill-walks and distilleries. You will be spoiled for choice.

Is Pitlochry your next staycation destination?

Pitlochry offers some of the most beautiful views in the whole of Scotland. If you are looking for a stunning location, brilliant accommodation and a memorable experience, Pitlochry might just be on the cards for you this Summer. Pitlochry is close enough to the Cairngorms and the City of Perth; it is well worth exploring the surrounding towns and cities. Make the most out of your Pitlochry staycation.

Pitlochry lies at the very centre of Scotland: Could this make it the perfect base from which to explore Central Scotland?

We all know Scotland is famous for its whisky. Pitlochry hosts Scotland’s smallest traditional distillery, Edradour Distillery, which for any true whisky enthusiast is a must see. If the temptation of whisky does not draw you in, you can indulge in the unique landscapes, exciting days out and a wide range of eating out options. If you prefer to experience the culture of a holiday destination, there is plenty for you to and who does not love a castle? If you fancy some castle spotting or looking for that insta-worthy photo, visit Blair Castle with its 18th and 19th century décor. You really will experience true Scottish culture.

To everyone who appreciates the beauty of Scotland, we are looking forward to welcoming you this summer. Although we cannot promise the overseas temperatures or guaranteed sun, we know you will leave with amazing memories to share with all your loved ones.

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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