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Pitlochry hike to Edradour

Rick's "Pitlochry Whisky Walk" sounds delightful. But I'm wondering how long it takes. The Scotland guide says to allow 2-3 hours, depending on how long you linger at the distilleries. And to allow at least an hour of walking each way. I find this confusing. The tour at Edradour takes an hour, and even with 3 per hour there's likely to be some waiting time.

Any recommendations from experienced whisky walkers?

This matters because we won't be spending the night in Pitlochry. In by train from Edinburgh, then on to Inverness the same day.

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Hi, mholt,

How are you getting from the Pitlochry train station to the Edradour Distillery?

Mike (auchterless)

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It's a nice stroll and worth your time. While I don't recall the exact amount of time required when I last visited it, but if Rick's current information is budget 2-3 hours overall, then that's a good general idea. The distillery is tiny. Just do it.

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Hi, auchterless. We'll be walking. With a short side trip to the Black Spout waterfall.

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Hi again, mholt,

If you're concerned about time (based on your train schedule), you could possibly take a taxi to the distillery, and walk back via the Black Spout. Or you could take a taxi back from the distillery, if you find that you're pressed for time. The folks at Edradour would be happy to ring for a cab. Or let you use their telephone to ring the taxi company.

Enjoy your visit!

Mike (auchterless)

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it takes about 40 minutes to walk from Pitlochry to Edradour, maybe an hour for the tour and then the same walk back . you could take a slightly longer route back by going via the Moulin Inn which dates back to 1695 (if I remember correctly). great food and they also make their own beer there.

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This may be an unpopular statement, but Edradour was probably my least favorite distillery experience. The grounds were absolutely beautiful, the people lovely, and the history is great - loved the fact that the whole process still takes place in one smallish building. But, I didn't like the overall flow of the tour (unguided samples at the very beginning while you watch a short video), that there was a lot of focus on Signatory Vintage (not that it wasn't neat to see some of those old barrels in the barrel warehouse) and that the tour itself ended with a tour of the gift shop. There is a tasting bar available after with a knowledgeable fellow, where you can purchase a few drams.
See if you can work in Blair Atholl distillery... if you have time you can walk a loop to the two distilleries and through Black Spout Wood to the falls. Beautiful!

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rosiebee,thats the impression I am getting from folk i talk to, It has been quite a number of years since i was there but things have changed quite a bit,tours used to be free but they now charge and the bar was not there last time i was at the distillery.
The Blair Atholl your was very good. there was a charge but you got a voucher for a discount in the shop as well as a decent dram.

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Thank you all. I'm thinking we'll hike there and take a taxi back. And maybe get in a stop at Blair Atholl, too.

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Or! Consider an alternative day trip to Stirling: sweet little town, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and a taxi/bus to Deanston Distillery which is about a (gorgeous) mile hike away to Doune Castle. Time, of course is a factor.