Pitlochry annual events

Pitlochry New Year’s Day celebrations – 1 January 2014
IMG_1929-2 The Pitlochry New Year’s Day celebration was started in 2000 and has been a great success ever since. With up to 3000 people participating there is a real party atmosphere. Atholl Road, Pitlochry’s main street, is closed to traffic from 2pm to 4pm and the ceilidh band leads the entire town in a ceilidh.

Sausage rolls (thousands of them), soup and pies are provided free of charge by the generous Macdonald Brothers butchers.

See YouTube Pitlochry Street Party clip from 2009

Pitlochry Etape Caledonia closed road cycle race – May 2014
IMG_1929-2 A hugely popular event both with participants and supporters. The Etape Caledonia is the only closed road race in Britain covering 81 miles of wonderful Highland Perthshire roads. The race starts and finishes in Pitlochry. With over 4,500 entrants each year, the places in the race and local accommodation sell out fast. Book early!

Visit this link for more information on the race. Fantastic Pitlochry bike shop click here.

Visit www.cyclehighlandperthshire.com for more information on cycling in and around Pitlochry.

Atholl Highlanders Gathering and Parade – May 2014
atholl_highlanders_pipe_band-1 This unrivalled spectacle gives visitors the chance to participate in a unique Highland tradition that has persisted for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.

The Parade is the annual inspection by the Duke of Atholl of his own private army, The Atholl Highlanders. This takes place in front of Blair Castle to the rousing sound of the pipes and drums. Quite a sight and quite a sound!

www.blair-castle.co.uk or see YouTube clip at Atholl Highlanders Parade at Blair Castle

The Highland Open Golf Competitions – August 2014
PGC1-1-2 The Highland Open is held just 2 minutes up the road from Torrdarach House at the Pitlochry Golf Course. This is a tournament open to amatuers and continues to be extremely popular event both on and off the course with entrants coming from all over the world.

A visually stunning golf course with cracking views, this little part of Highland Perthshire is sometimes known as ‘little Switzerland’.

Visit www.thehighlandopen.com or www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk.

Blair Castle Horse Trials – August 2014
Highland-WHP-1 Blair Castle Horse Trials and Country Fair is Scotland’s leading equestrian event, running over four days in August each year and attracting in excess of 37,000 visitors.

The Bruadar Country Fair runs alongside the equestrian activities on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring displays of both traditional and more modern countryside pursuits.

An excellent web site with much more detail at www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk

Pitlochry Highland Games – September 2014
heavyevents-1-2 One of the very last Highland Games of a long Season, Pitlochry Highland Games hosts the finals of a number of the major competitions. A classic Highland Games with all the competition and entertainment you would expect.

Sausage rolls (thousands of them), soup and pies are provided free of charge by the generous Macdonald Brothers butchers.

Full details of this year’s event at www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

YouTube clip of Pitlochry Highland Games Pipe Band Parade

The Enchanted Forest – October 2014

Attracting around 40,000 visitors a year, The Enchanted Forest is a tremendous sound and light show. Set around Loch Dunmore in Faskally Woods it will be a fantastic opportunity to experience the outdoors, at night with spectacular imagery. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience Scotland’s premier sound and light experience.

Much more at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

See STV 2010 coverage of The Enchanted Forest on YouTube

Perthshire Amber Festival – October 2013
188183_130180963703717_3733012_n12 Lead by the legendary Dougie MacLean, the Perthshire Amber Festival includes concert performances in a wide range of Perthshire venues…from concert hall, town halls and village halls to castles, cathedral and even an Iron Age crannog.

Well worth a look at the excellent Amber website for further information and ticket sales. www.perthshireamber.com

See Dougie MacLean on a You Tube clip performing at Edradour Distillery 2010