Monday, 22 December 2014

VICTORIAS PITLOCHRY



Just a short walk from Craigatin House and Courtyard, Victoria's restaurant Pitlochry.  Family owned and run, Victoria's has a focus on friendly, attentive service, in informal surroundings. Serving specialty coffees & teas, patisseries, home baking, lunches & light meals from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day. 


From 5.30pm onwards Victorias provides a bistro style dinner menu with freshly made Italian pizzas, fajitas, charcoal grilled steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers, vegetarian dishes & traditionally Scottish fayre. 



Sunday, 21 December 2014

PERTHSHIRE WHISKY DISTILLERIES

Pitlochry is home to not one, but two distilleries, both of which walking distance from Craigatin House and Courtyard, 


The Blair Athol Distillery 

Established in 1798 right here in Pitlochry, producing the signature malt of the best selling Scotch in the UK, Bells Whiky. The easiest of all Highland Perthshire's distilleries to visit, as it is just off the main street running through the town


The Edradour Distillery.
Get up close and personal at Scotland's smallest distillery. Edradour Distillery occupies a lovely position above the town of Pitlochry, and is well worth a visit even as a stopping off point on one of Pitlochry's great network of walking paths. Styled as Scotland's smallest distillery, for those who enjoy whisky, this is a must visit distillery.

Added to these two Pitlochry Distilleries,  there are numerous other distilleries just a short drive away, these are:


Dalwhinnie Distillery
The highest distillery in Scotland is located at Dalwhinnie in Inverness-shire at an elevation of 1073 feet, just a few miles up the A9 road from Pitlochry. The little town lies midway between Perth and Inverness in a glen with the Monadhlaith Mountains on the one side, the Forest of Atholl, the Cairngorms and the Grampians to the other.


Dewars World of Whisky Aberfeldy
Aberfeldy Distillery is home to a selection of whiskies including; Dewar's White Label, Dewar's 12 year old, Dewar's 18 year old, Dewar's Signature, Aberfeldy 12 year old and Aberfeldy 21 year old. Dewar's Master Blenders have passed down skills for seven generations over the last 160 years.


Glenturret - Famous Grouse Whisky
The Glenturret Distillery is a hidden gem, set on the banks of the river Turret in the beautiful town of Crieff and only an hour from Pitlochry. Novices and whisky enthusiasts alike will enjoy the distillery tours, with a chance to see the Guinness World Record for the largest bottle of whisky!

https://www.craigatinhouse.co.uk/localattractions/whisky_distilleries.htm


PITLOCHRY WHISKY

Pitlochry is home to not one, but two distilleries, both of which walking distance from Craigatin House and Courtyard, 


The Blair Athol Distillery 

Established in 1798 right here in Pitlochry, producing the signature malt of the best selling Scotch in the UK, Bells Whiky. The easiest of all Highland Perthshire's distilleries to visit, as it is just off the main street running through the town


The Edradour Distillery.
Get up close and personal at Scotland's smallest distillery. Edradour Distillery occupies a lovely position above the town of Pitlochry, and is well worth a visit even as a stopping off point on one of Pitlochry's great network of walking paths. Styled as Scotland's smallest distillery, for those who enjoy whisky, this is a must visit distillery.

Added to these two Pitlochry Distilleries,  there are numerous other distilleries just a short drive away, these are:


Dalwhinnie Distillery
The highest distillery in Scotland is located at Dalwhinnie in Inverness-shire at an elevation of 1073 feet, just a few miles up the A9 road from Pitlochry. The little town lies midway between Perth and Inverness in a glen with the Monadhlaith Mountains on the one side, the Forest of Atholl, the Cairngorms and the Grampians to the other.


Dewars World of Whisky Aberfeldy
Aberfeldy Distillery is home to a selection of whiskies including; Dewar's White Label, Dewar's 12 year old, Dewar's 18 year old, Dewar's Signature, Aberfeldy 12 year old and Aberfeldy 21 year old. Dewar's Master Blenders have passed down skills for seven generations over the last 160 years.


Glenturret - Famous Grouse Whisky
The Glenturret Distillery is a hidden gem, set on the banks of the river Turret in the beautiful town of Crieff and only an hour from Pitlochry. Novices and whisky enthusiasts alike will enjoy the distillery tours, with a chance to see the Guinness World Record for the largest bottle of whisky!

https://www.craigatinhouse.co.uk/localattractions/whisky_distilleries.htm





GOLF IN PITLOCHRY

Scotland is The Home of Golf, we have over 550 golf courses!  The game has flourished here for six centuries and remains one of the nation’s key attractions. 
There is no finer place for a golf break than here at Craigatin House and Courtyard Pitlochry in the country that gave golf to the world!  Highland Perthshire offers golfing fans a whole host of courses to play.  
From the World famous golf courses like St.Andrews and Gleneagles (recent venue to The Ryder Cup) to our very own Pitlochry Golf Course. 
The spectacular Pitlochry Golf Course is situated less than one mile from 
Craigatin House and Courtyard.
The Pitlochry Golf course is one of the most picturesque in Perthshire with each hole affording not only a new and interesting challenge for the golfer, but also ever changing views of the glorious surrounding Pitlochry countryside.

Pitlochry Golf Course was created in 1908 by Troon's Willie Fernie, who was commissioned by local landowner Colonel Charles Butter, and although some cosmetic changes have been implemented since, 
Pitlochry is pretty true to its early style.

Stunning scenery and a fascinating course are the fundamentals at Pitlochry, so why not experience Craigatin House and Courtyard and a truly beautiful golf course during your next golfing tour of Highland Perthshire?
In addition to our Pitlochry Golf Course, close to Craigatin House we have the following Golf Courses all of which are just a short drive away: 

Blair Atholl Golf Course
Blairgowrie Golf Course
Aberfeldy Golf Course
Strathtay Golf Course
Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Course
Crieff Golf Course
Kenmore Golf Course

Website for Pitlochry Golf Club:

Craigatin House and Courtyard Website:

The Courier Business Awards


 Enjoyed a fantastic night at The Courier 2014 Business Awards with our friends from The Courier Newspaper. We were honored finalists in the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality category which was won by Guy and Jamie at Blown Away Land yachts, so very well done to them. 
Congratulations to all of last nights winners and finalists and 
special thanks to all of our Courier Country guests, fans and followers, 
without whom, non of our success would be possible!

Friday, 19 December 2014

PITLOCHRY DAM AND FISH LADDER

Pitlochry Dam & Fish Ladder


Pitlochry Dam was built between 1947 and 1951 as part of a networks of dams in the Highlands to generate electricity. Pitlochry Dam & Fish ladder is one of the town's more famous attractions.  
The Fish Ladder was built as part of Pitlochry Dam to allow the annual migration of thousands of Atlantic Salmon to pass through the dam wall.


Pitlochry Fish Ladder and Dam  was constructed between 1947 and 1951, damming up the River Tummel to form Loch Faskally some 5km in length. This flooded the old Pitlochry Recreation Ground and Highland Games Field.


With such a massive obstacle across the River Tummel it was necessary to create a way for the 5,000+ salmon each year to pass upstream. 


The salmon season opening celebrations occur in January each year. Many salmon swimming up stream during the spring, the peak period is April to end of August. The late salmon run starts in September and ends in October.






THINGS TO DO IN PITLOCHRY

The bustling town of Pitlochry is the gateway to the Highlands, located just outside the Cairngorm National Park. Pitlochry is a very popular town with a wide choice of accommodation, superb restaurants and bars, an internationally renowned theatre, great scenery and home to Scotland's smallest distillery.


Just off the main A9 route north, Pitlochry is a busy stop-off point for people heading into the Highlands. It benefits from a number of superb sites to visit and attractions to see in a lovely setting on the River Tummel, backed by the mountain Ben Vrackie. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do when staying in Pitlochry




The Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder
Pitlochry Dam was built between 1947 and 1951 as part of a networks of dams in the Highlands to generate electricity. Pitlochry Dam & Fish ladder is one of the town's more famous attractions.  The Fish Ladder was built as part of Pitlochry Dam to allow the annual migration of thousands of Atlantic Salmon to pass through the dam wall.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre
A stay in Pitlochry would not be complete without a visit to The Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Open every day throughout the year, the main Summer season of plays, concerts and shows runs from May to October


The Queens View
Located just 5 miles north of Craigatin House, this spectacular view – considered the best in Scotland – is definitely worth the short drive to get there. Gift shop, tearoom and toilets on site.


Loch Faskally & Faskally Woods
Both right on the door step of Craigatin House. A beautiful little loch with amazing views and delightful gentle paths that hug the shoreline, Loch Dunmore can also be found within the woods.




 Ben Vrackie Mountain
One for the fit and active! Towering 841metres over Pitlochry, Ben Vrackie is a dominating sight, yet pretty straightforward to climb. Well defined paths will take you up and down in approx. 4 hours!



The Pass of Killiecrankie and Soldier's Leap
The Pass of Killiecrankie is a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing along its base. The Battle of Killiecrankie, the major event in the first of the Jacobite uprisings, was fought nearby.  In July 1689 the peace and tranquility of this beautiful gorge was shattered when the first shots in the Jacobite cause were fired.  One soldier escaped by making a spectacular jump across the River Garry at the spot now known as Soldier's Leap.


Blair Castle – Blair Atholl
Situated 5 mile to the north of Craigatin House, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, Blair Castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire, a great day out!



The Waterfalls of Bruar
10 miles north of Craigatin House and located behind the fabulous House of Bruar, this famous and spectacular walk is a must when visiting the House of Bruar. Robbie Burns wrote the poem The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl about these beautiful falls.


The House of Bruar
10 miles north of Craigatin House you'll find the fabulous House of Bruar.  The House of Bruar enjoys a unique reputation for quality, and our art gallery, food hall and country clothing range showcase the best Scotland has to offer.

Blair Athol Distillery
A 15 minute walk from Craigatin House, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurely conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram of Blair Athol 12 Year Old.


Edradour Distillery
Reputed to be the smallest distillery in Scotland, home of Edradour 10-year-single malt whisky. Guided tours include a taste of Edradour whisky, an audio-visual presentation and a real insight into the traditional methods of whisky making.


Shopping
Pitlochry has a wide range of retailers selling an eclectic mix of items from food, gifts, souvenirs and clothing, not to mention coffee shops and art galleries.