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Pitlochry

Looks like a cool place to visit and taste some whisky but I don't see anything about it in Rick's UK Guide.
Anyone have any input/suggestions?

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great place ,easy to get to by train.has two distilleries, Blair Athol in the town itself and Edradour a mile or so outside the town.There is also the Heather Gem factory there too and the wonderful Moulin Inn just outside the town which has it's own brewery. there is an amazing dam with a unique fish ladder and a lovely little theatre .Also has won numerous Scotland in Bloom titles.

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We took the Edradour whisky tour and really enjoyed it. We did not have time to see the town or anything else there.

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@unclegus, this reminded me of the recent "60 minutes visits Islay" shown this past Sunday. A fascinating piece that featured the late Bob Simon who passed away in 2015. Apparently another news reporter (Steve Kroft) completed the segment in Bob's honor. We were blown away at the numbers of fans who flock to the island every year. Not easy to get there. Have you been there? It was truly an educational experience. Not being a Scotch drinker I had no idea of the process. Sounds like a special place.

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I visited for 2 nights in 2014. At the time, there was a small section on Pitlochry in the RS Great Britain book.

We stayed at the Craigroystan House which was a short walk from the train station. I would stay there again.
https://www.craigroystonhouse.co.uk

We primarily went to see some plays at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. If you are there during the theatre season, I’d suggest you try to see a play. It is a nice regional theatre and they rotate the plays so if you are there multiple nights, you can see multiple shows.

https://pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com/2019-summer-season/

We also visited both of the distilleries. I enjoyed both tours, but if you only have time for one, choose Edradour. We took a pathway to the Edradour Distillery which is a very pleasant walk through the countryside.

We had pre-theatre dinners at the Auld Smiddy Inn and the Port-na-Craig Inn. While neither was particularly memorable, the food was fine.

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We thought the tour at Edradour was the best of the 4 distilleries we visited; definitely worth a visit. We walked/hiked there from Pitlochry. I believe there is info on Pitlochry in RS Scotland guide.

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Janis I have been to Islay ,about 10 years ago staying in Lagavulin cottage next door to the distillery, we did a tour of several distileries as well as just visiting others just to see tham. I actually own 1 sq foot of the laphraoig distillery in Islay a present from my brother who also has a square foot and our names are in book 6 of the register of owners,we get a rent of a minature of whisky every time we visit.

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We stopped in Pitlochry for 1 night this past summer and I would go back again to see everything I missed. We did get a chance to stop at Blair Atholl . It is a fascinating castle and one that has been used in the PBS show Victoria. Many of the show props are on display in the castle. If you like horses, you can also book a pony trekking session around the castle grounds on one of the Atholl Highland ponies. https://atholl-estates.co.uk/estate-activities/activities/blair-castle-trekking/.
Margaret

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We spent 1 night there in 2014 and also stayed at the Craigroyston House. Blair Atol had scotch that is not shipped in the US. Since they age in sherry casks, the taste is completely different than the Smokey flavored scotch.
We also went to a play there! Could have easily spent two nights instead of. one.

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We spent two nights in Pitlochry last September specifically for the Highland Games. It was a very nice town - but if the games weren't happening, I likely would not have chosen it. My husband, however, liked it very much. The town is pretty with some tat shops on the High Street. We toured Edradour (probably our favorite distillery and we toured many), and visited Blair Castle. After the Games we walked up to the little town of Moulin and went to a terrific pub.

If are spending a lot of time in the Highalnds, Pitlochry is skippable. But if you aren't, it's a nice little town.