Thursday, 27 November 2014


Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The TV show, created by Ronald D. Moore, began its first run of 16 episodes in the United States in August 2014. 

The producers have now renewed the series for a second season of at least 13 episodes, which will be based on Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in Gabaldon's series.

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randell, 
a married nurse from 1946 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743,
where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened, encountering civil war and the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.

Outlander, is a eight book series, the first of which was published 20 years ago, and have become a phenomenon selling over 25 million copies worldwide.

In 2914 the series has been filmed across Scotland, but many locations in Highland Perthshire have been used, especially
Doune Castle, in Perthshire, which was chosen for the main location (Doune was also used in the Monty Python and The Holy Grail film). 

Outlander has been described as Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones, the hit series from the US HBO network that has boosted the industry in 
Northern Ireland where it is mainly filmed.

 British Outlander fans are now eagerly waiting to discover when 
Outlander will be aired in the UK. 


Superb picture of Loch Faskally Pitlochry shared by Ian Thomson from Inverness on the BBC Scotland website:


Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of our American, Craigatin House friends and followers, we hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Well, another superb evening spent in great surroundings and company, this time at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards in Crieff. We were honored to be 2014 finalists in the “Excellence in Customer Service” category which was won on the night by the specialist team building company BlueSky Experiences, so congratulations to them and congratulations to all of last nights winners and finalists, and special thanks to our Craigatin House staff and all our Craigatin House guests past, present and future for their continued support and patronage.

Friday, 21 November 2014


The 2014 Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards take place this evening at The Crieff Hydro.  We are both delighted and excited to be a finalist in the "Excellence in Customer Service" category!  
Good luck to all of this evenings finalists!

Friday, 14 November 2014


Almost 600 local business leaders will don their glad rags tonight for the second annual Courier Business Awards.

The glittering ceremony held at the Fairmont St Andrews Resort will be hosted by television funnyman Hugh Dennis and will see 12 firms recognised for their efforts in fields as diverse as retail, digital and online, agriculture, tourism, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing.  Courier Country’s top family business will also be named, as will the best small firm operating in east central Scotland.

Craigatin House & Courtyard is nominated for an award in the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Business of the Year category.  All will be revealed later this evening!  A summary video from last year here:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


We are delighted to have won the Eastern & Tayside regional final of the Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards 2014/15 for Most Hospitable Guesthouse.  The Grand Final will take place in Glasgow 5th March 2015

Monday, 10 November 2014


Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnernership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink.

The aim of Year of Food and Drink 2015 is to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's natural larder and quality produce to all followers and guests and in doing so, further develop Scotland's reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

Here at Craigatin House & Courtyard Pitlochry we do whatever we can to use local suppliers in the creation of our breakfast menu.

Our eggs come from Allarburn Farm in Elgin.  Our award winning black puddings come from Grants of Speyside along with our Pork Sausages.  

We use Smoked Haddock in our Arnold Bennett omelettes from Buckie, homemade Strawberry Jam and Marmalade supplied by award winning Perthshire Preserves.

  Our biscuits are from the award winning Kenmore Bakery, local honey from Tenandry hives and all finished off nicely with coffee from 
Perthshire roaster Glen Lyon Coffee.