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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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Communicating Doors – August 2012

Communicating Doors poster

Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn has been open for a few weeks now at the Pitlochry Theatre. You need to be on your toes to follow the plot as it flips back and forth through time, but our guests are loving it and it is certainly entertaining and very funny. The Pitlochry Theatre’s own website describes the play as follows:

“Three women. One hotel suite. In 1992, one is on her honeymoon night. In 2012, one is about to be murdered. In 2032, one discovers that a communicating door holds the key to all their destinies . . . When Poopay, a self-styled ‘Specialist Sexual Consultant’, is summoned to a five star hotel, it transpires that her elderly client isn`t interested in her usual services. Instead, the conscience-stricken Reece wants her to witness his dying confession: that many years before, he employed his business associate, Julian, to murder his two wives.

When he learns of the confession, the deranged Julian decides that Poopay must be silenced. Permanently. Terrified, Poopay flees through the communicating door, only to find that it leads not into an adjacent room, but back into the same suite . . . twenty years before . . . on the very night that wife number two, Ruella, is due to die . . . Can Poopay help Ruella escape the fate that awaits her (clue: avoid open windows)? Can she journey even further back in time and convince Reece’s first wife, Jessica, that she shouldn’t go swimming any time soon? And can she change the future . . . for all three?

Ayckbourn’s sheer comic genius combines with influences from film noir and TV classic The Twilight Zone in this award-winning, time-travelling comedy thriller.

Fast, funny and wholly entertaining, Communicating Doors has become one of Ayckbourn`s best-loved and most often revived plays. If you enjoyed Snake In The Grass in 2008, you`ll love this!”

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Dear Brutus – August 2012

Dear Brutus poster

Dear Brutus is now up and running at the Pitlochry Theatre and getting great reviews from the citics and our guests. The Pitlochry Festival Theatre describes the play as follows:

“Sinister Warren, the country house of the mysterious, puckish Lob, is the venue for a curious summer party. None of the guests knows their host – or seem to have anything in common with each other – whilst Lob himself is interested only in spinning wild tales about an enchanted wood, which according to local legend appears once a year on Midsummer`s Eve . . . And the guests themselves could certainly do with some enchantment. Jack and Mabel Purdie`s marriage is threatened by his dalliance with Joanna Trott: curious that Lob should have invited all three. Artist Will Dearth and his wife are embittered by their childless state – and he`s drinking too much. An older couple, the Coades, seem comfortable and content, but is it just habit? And the snobbish Lady Caroline seems alone and loveless.

Then, on Midsummer`s Eve, as the guests prepare to take an evening stroll, a moonlit wood appears as if by magic on the very spot where Lob`s garden had once stood. Transfixed, Lob reveals that, according to legend, in the wood you get what all of his guests secretly wish for: a second chance at life . . . And one by one, they venture out into the trees, desperate to discover what might have been . . . and enter a world of magic, and confusion, and unexpected possibilities . . . J. M. Barrie`s delightful, touching comedy-drama from 1917 is full of the author`s characteristic wit, imagination and understanding.

Following our acclaimed revival of Barrie`s What Every Woman Knows in 2009, this will be an entertaining, stylish and magical journey into the woods!”

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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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Pitlochry Theatre – Rope – June 2012

The Rope promo poster

We went to see Rope last week. A suspense thriller by Patrick Hamilton set in one room! Another enjoyable show from the 2012 cast and production team at the Pitlochry Theatre. A synopsis of the play from the Pitlochry Theatre website follows:

“On a rainy night in London, two Oxford undergraduates, Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo, commit a murder. Not out of passion, or hatred, or fear, but simply to prove that they are clever enough to get away with it. Because without a motive that connects them to the crime, how will they ever be caught? But murder alone is not enough for the urbane Brandon, who convinces his highly strung partner to join him in an elaborate and gruesome challenge. The body of their victim is placed in a large chest in the centre of the drawing room. The same drawing room in which, later that evening, the victim`s family and friends will gather for a previously arranged dinner party . . . As the guests arrive, the two students have to test their ingenuity – and their nerve – to the limit. But will any of the newcomers become aware of the terrible game that is being played and discover the dark secret in the centre of the room? Is there just one visitor with a nose for murder? Inspired by the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, this taut psychological thriller by the author of Gaslight is once of the most celebrated crime dramas of the last century. Premiered in 1929 and memorably filmed with James Stewart in 1948, this chilling depiction of an apparently motiveless murder is a masterclass in suspense, stretching the audience`s nerves – like a rope – to breaking point . . .”

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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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