Around this time last year we had spent a week in Pitlochry, Scotland. The small town lies along the River Tummel about 26 miles (or just under 42 km) north of Perth and is considered the geographical centre of Scotland. The location was beautiful and as its pretty much in the middle of the country it was easy to take a day trip to Edinburgh, which we did. But I’ll save that for another day.
We stayed at the Poplars Guest House and the owners, Natalie and Jason, were incredibly welcoming and made sure our stay lacked nothing. Jason’s breakfasts every morning were ridiculously good. Though there was plenty to choose from I became quite the fan of the porridge (with a bit of whisky, of course) as well as the black pudding, haggis, sausage, eggs, and mushrooms. Seriously, it’s worth a visit just for the breakfast.
It’s mainly a Victorian town and has retained a large number of the stone built buildings of that time. I didn’t manage to get a picture of it but over one side of the main street in town you’ll find a distinctive cast iron canopy.
Arriving in Scotland and driving from Aberdeen to Pitlochry I got such a sense of the familiar. It felt like a mix of Canada and Norway in ways that are hard to put into words. Suffice it to say I think I’d be happy living there. My husband and I joked that we had found our retirement town in Pitlochry. Sadly we never had time to try out the lawn bowling on offer.
We walked by some beautifully kept gardens in town and what I saw then I can only hope to aspire to with my own little plot of land.
Pitlochry Dam started construction in 1947 and continued to 1951. It’s known for its salmon ladder (314 metres of it) which allows the fish to make their way up to Loch Faskally from the River Tummel. There is an underwater viewing station where, in theory, you can see the salmon as they make their journey. We didn’t catch even a fleeting glimpse of a fish however.
We only spent a week in Scotland but it’s definitely somewhere I’d revisit in a heartbeat. There’s so much more to explore and next time I’d love to do a castle tour of the country.
I’ll be highlighting our Blair Castle and Edinburgh visits in another post coming soon!