We had a very nice short weekend in Pitolchry.
This was a short weekend for 2 middle aged male whisky lovers, a chance to get away from the pressures of work and to enjoy a relaxing time.
Staying in the MacDonald's B&B (see separate review) we had a most enjoyable time.
Took a train from Edinburgh Waverley to Pitlochry, travel time was about 2 hours. Arriving in the middle of the afternoon we checked into our accommodation and then went for a walk in the small town of Pitlochry.It is a very tourist orientated place with lots of shops bars etc.The town is a very attractive place and a winner of Scotland's Towns in Bloom awards.
Friday was spent just wandering and enjoying the fine weather. Friday evening took us to Scotland's Hotel for a very fine meal (haunch of Venison) and a few drinks. There are lots of bars to quench your thirst but we found most of them to be quite expensive even compared to big city prices.
Saturday morning rose bright sunny and very warm, after an excellent breakfast in the B&B we took the 2.5 mile walk up to the Edradour distillery, having visited this before a couple of years ago we knew what to expect but things have moved on apace with a new visitors reception, tasting bar and very nice shop. The Tour here is free and very good it is too, the smallest working distillery in Scotland but producing some of the finest whisky around; of course much money was spent in the shop buying whisky that is just not available anywhere else.
From Ardour we walked the mile or so to the small hamlet of Moulin where there is the Moulin Inn which dates back to 1695, it has its own micro- brewery, though we didn't get a tour of this we did have a beer or two in the Inn as well as a very fine meal (Venison again yum).well fed and watered we walked back to Pitlochry.
Now I know I motion a lot of walking but you can drive or cycle, we chose to walk as a way of relaxing and enjoying the countryside.
Once back in the Town we left our purchases in our B&B and then headed the 15 minutes or so walk to the Blair Athol distillery, a fine place this is and the tour is lead by a young Kilt clad local lad, a fine wee tour it was with a fine large dram at the end. This whisky is not widely known as a single malt as only 2%of it is sold as such, but it is better known as the main malt in the well known blended Bells whisky. They call Blair Athol the Heart of Bells.
The tour costs £5 but you do get a large dram and a £3 voucher towards a purchase of a bottle of malt...
Back to the B&B after all this fun to get changed and go out to watch the opening games of the European Football championship.
Watch the first game whilst enjoying a beer then headed to Scotland's hotel for an evening meal (Fish & chips) which was most enjoyable.
We can highly recommend the food in this establishment and the service was also excellent.
In the bar of the Hotel was a large Screen TV and we enjoyed the second game of the day from the European Championship.
After a few late drinks in a couple of other bars Fishers and Mackays (if I remember correctly) we headed back to the B&B just about exhausted.
Sunday Morning saw another lovely day and after another superb breakfast we checked out (the B&B looked after our bags till we were ready to collect them).
Headed out to the Dam and fish ladder and strolled about the place enjoying the great views and lovely weather, walked past the Pitlochry Theatre and over the suspension bridge back into the town.
Collected our bags and headed the short distance to the train Station to get the 11.20 train back to Edinburgh, a short but most enjoyable weekend away.