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Black Spout waterfall – Edradour, Pitlochry

Sign post in the Black Spout Woods

One of our favourite short walks around Pitlochry is through the Black Spout Woods to the Black Spout waterfall.

The woods can be accessed from the Atholl Road near to the Blair Atholl Distillery (home of Bells whisky). However, our preferred route is a short walk from above the falls starting at the Edradour Distillery.

The route is less than 1km in each direction. Follow the signs down from Edradour and you can’t go wrong. Lovely oak woodland with great views across the fields to Ben Vrackie, Craigower Hill and Pitlochry. The waterfall itself is about 60m high and after periods of rainfall can be an impressive torrent.

Well worth the short walk. Easily combined with a tour of Edradour Distillery.



The Black Spout Waterfall

The Black Spout Woods

Craigower Hill and Pitlochry from Black Spout (taken in May)

Ben Vrackie from Black Spout (taken in May)

The whitewashed buildings of Edradour Distillery

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Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry

The sign at Edradour Distillery

Here in Pitlochry we have the smallest distillery in Scotland. The Edradour distillery is housed in a collection of old whitewashed farm buildings set in an idyllic Highland Perthshire glen.

Using the smallest stills allowed by law, the three distillers of Edradour produce only 12 casks of whisky per week. All by hand! Its a cracking malt – ‘smooth and creamy with a nutty, honeyed finish’. Here at Torrdarach we always have a bottle on the shelf.

The distillery offers a very interesting tour from 10am-4pm throughout the summer season. Well worth a visit. Check out their website – Edradour Distillery

From the car park at Edradour you can make the short walk through an oak woodland to The Black Spout waterfall. One of the of the highest waterfalls around Highland Perthshire and easily accessible. Great views across the fields to Ben Vrackie from the walk in. Not to be missed on a visit to Edradour.


The Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry

Barrels in the car park

The whitewashed buildings of Edradour

The superbly refurbished shop

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Pitlochry Golf Course – July 2012

I took a few photos of Pitlochry Golf Course and Clubhouse the other day. See below.  Pitlochry Golf Course offers a fantastic round of golf with some of the best golfing scenery in Scotland. Views over Pitlochry, down the Vale of Atholl and up to Craigower Hill and Ben Vrackie.

Built in 1908 by Willie Fernie, Pitlochry Golf Club has been hosting The Highland Open since the following year. Taking place in August each year this is an amateur event and it is still extremely popular.

The Pitlochry Clubhouse was fully refurbished a few years ago and now houses a super restaurant. Some of the best food in Pitlochry with some of the best views.

Weekly events such as ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’  and numerous golf packages are available on the Pitlochry Golf Club website  www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk

From the first fairway

The Pro shop

The starter's hut and Ben Vrackie

The 1st and 18th

Great food and views from the Clubhouse

The clubhouse deck with Ben Vrackie in the distance

From the Black Spout walk

Some history of Pitlochry Golf Club

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Highland Open, Pitlochry Golf – June 2012

Pitlochry Golf Course hosts the Highland Open in early August each year.  Suitable for all handicaps this is an excellent week of golf on one of Scotland’s most stunning courses.

There are also off-course events each evening in the Piltochry Golf Clubhouse. The Clubhouse also offers its usual excellent food offering thoughout the week.

Highland Open 2012 entry forms are available now at the link below. More information on Pitlochry Golf Club can also be found on their excellent website, also below.

The Highland Open website - http://www.thehighlandopen.com/index.htm

Entry form - http://www.thehighlandopen.com/Highland-Open-Entry-Form-2012-3v2.pdf

Pitlochry Golf Club website - http://www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk/

Screenshot from the Pitlochry Highland Open website

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Enchanted Forest 2012 – June 2012

The Enchanted Forest festival of sound and light is returning to Faskally Woods near Pitlochry for its 10th season show. This year’s show is entitled ‘Flow’ and takes its inspiration from the ‘dynamic elements of water and trees, plants and animals of Faskally Woods’.

World renowned visual artists, Dalziel and Scullion have been commissioned to work alongside the award winning sound and light engineers from previous Enchanted Forest shows, so it is sure to be an impressive event.  Storytelling in the yurt also makes a popular return at this year’s event. Hot food, drinks and mulled wine will also be available in the woods.

The Enchanted Forest runs from Friday 5th October to Saturday 27th October and tickets are on sale now:


Snapshot of the excellent Enchanted Forest website

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Blair Castle – Atholl Gathering, Highland Games – May 2012

The Pipes and Drums leading the ‘March On’

The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year and is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.

It was very hot indeed at Blair Castle this year and the whole day was a great success. The Atholl Highlanders officially opened the Highland Games with a “March On”, led by the skirl of their pipes and booming drums.

Following the March On, heavyweight strong men (and one lady) from around Scotland battled it out in the Highland Games, which included all the traditional events such as tossing the caber, putting the shot and throwing the hammer.

Loads of other stuff going on too, such as highland dancing events,  tug o’ war, solo piping and food and drinks stands.

The ‘March On’

Blair Castle in the blazing sun

The Games

The tug o’ war

A lot of people out to enjoy the sun and the Games

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Pitlochry Theatre – The 39 Steps – May 2012

The 39 Steps - very funny

We had another excellent trip to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre last night for the second show of the 2012 season. The 39 Steps is extremely funny and very impressive with the cast of 4 playing well over 100 characters. How do they do it! Well done again to Pitlochry Theatre and the cast.

The Pitlochry Festival Theatre website describes The 39 Steps as follows:

“Seeking entertainment at a West End variety show, the handsome adventurer Richard Hannay instead encounters the mysterious Annabella Schmidt – who’s not just beautiful, but also rather handy with a gun. At Hannay’s flat, Annabella reveals that she is trying to prevent a state secret being smuggled out of Britain by a mysterious spy organization . . . and that two of their men are on her trail . . .

Hannay awakes the next day to find Annabella dead – and himself framed for her murder! His only chance to clear his name? To expose the organization that killed her. But Annabella has left him just three clues to pursue: the gang’s leader is missing the tip of his little finger; they’re connected to a place named Alt-na-Shellach in the Scottish Highlands; and they’re called . . . The 39 Steps . . .

Inspired by John Buchan’s gripping spy novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic 1935 film, Patrick Barlow’s hilarious, spectacular adaptation brings the greatest adventure story of the 20th century triumphantly to the stage, complete with such legendary scenes as the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the biplane crash, the election meeting, the night in the McGarrigle Hotel – and the death-defying finale at the London Palladium!

With a cast of four playing 139 roles between them, the Scottish premiére of this Olivier Award-winning comedy caper promises to be one of the most astonishing theatrical spectacles ever seen at PFT!”

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Blair Castle – Atholl Gathering, Highlanders’ Parade – May 2012

The pipes, drums and army on the parade ground

The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year. This unusual event is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.

Looking back at Blair Castle from the gardens

The Highlanders’ Parade is the annual inspection by the Duke of Atholl of his army, Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The army parades on the forecourt of historic Blair Castle, accompanied by the sound of their tremendous pipes and drums.

Usually beginning 2.30pm and continuing for about an hour the Blair Castle Highlanders’ Parade is great fun and as a bonus there us a very noisy gun.

In 2012 Prince Michael of Kent was present and the Highlanders were awarded Queen’s Jubilee medals.

What a great sound

Blair Castle in the sun

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Pitlochry Theatre – opening night – May 2012

We had a super trip to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre last night for the opening show of the season. Little Shop of Horrors is a blast and we think it will be a great success. A very enjoyable evening. Well done Pitlochry Theatre and good luck for the rest of the season.

Pitlochry Theatre's first show of 2012

The Pitlochry Festival Theatre website describes this 1950′s inspired sci-fi spoof as follows:

“Business is so bad at his Skid Row Florists that Mr. Mushnik is considering throwing in the trowel – sorry, towel. But just when it seems that the zinnias are destined for the garbage, Mushnik`s gawky, accident-prone assistant, Seymour, discovers a strange and exotic new plant . . . Seymour names his discovery “Audrey Two”, after the shop`s ditsy sales girl Audrey, whom he secretly worships. And when Audrey Two starts to attract much needed custom – and the attention of the press – Seymour`s dreams of escaping the poverty of Skid Row and winning the hand of the real Audrey seem to be within reach. But Audrey Two is no ordinary shrub. It grows at a phenomenal rate, thanks to a – well, let`s say, unusual diet. Oh, and it has plans for world domination. Only Seymour knows Audrey Two`s terrible secrets . . . and he`s prepared to risk everything if it means he has a shot at fame, fortune and true love . . . Satirizing the sci-fi movies and ‘creature features’ of the 1950s, and with a score that recreates the sounds of that era, PFT`s latest musical – featuring an all-singing, all-dancing, instrument-playing cast of actor-musicians, fabulous sets and costumes, and a terrifying Audrey Two! – is sure to get the Flights of Fancy season off to a flying start!”

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Etape Caledonia Pitlochry – May 2012

Up at 4.30am today to prep a vat of porridge for our many Etape Caledonia 2012 competitors. I managed to get down to the start line to see them off at 6.30am. 5000 riders cover 80 miles around Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire. The winner should be back in Pitlochry around 10am! I’ll let you do the maths, but that seems quite quick. Rather them than me….

The start of the big race - 6.30 am

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As well as the main event there is loads of great cycling related stuff going on in Pitlochry and all over Highland Perthshire. For information on the very successful Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival which runs alongside the Etape please click here.

The 2013 Etape Caledonia entries will well out fast when the race is officially announced in a few days. If you are interested in slogging your guts on a bike around Pitlochry next year, get your application in fast. Here is the website you need – Etape Caledonia

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