"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
Here is our A - Z of suggested activities and places to visit, which will suit a variety of ages and groups.
Suggestions from easy walks to getting "wet 'n' wilde"!
All suggested activities are based either on our doorstep or a maximum of approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours from the Atholl Palace.
If you require any further information, or wish to book some of our suggested activities, please contact our Activities Desk on 01796 473777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Atholl Palace - We have so much to offer within our grounds you may never leave. We have everything from woodlands walks to wildlife spotting (look out for the rare red squirrels) and Pitch 'n' Putt to a game of tennis on one of our 4 Highland Tennis Championship Courts.
Approximately 15 Miles from the Atholl Palace, Active Kids Adventure Park has enough climbing, sliding, jumping and go-karting equipment to exhaust any child as well as farm animals and an indoor soft play barn.
Aviemore - only 56 miles north of Pitlochry in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore and the surrounding area offers everthing from castles and mountain bothies to cultural landscapes and the language and folklore - a must for anyone visiting Perthshire - "the gateway to the Highlands"
Blair Castle - located only 8 miles north of Pitlochry this magnificent ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl is Scotland’s most visited historic house and the home of the Atholl Highlanders, Europe’s only remaining private army. Visit their website for details of their special interest tours such as "Behind Closed Doors" or "Bug World" with one of the castles' Rangers.
Cycling - Why not get "dropped at the top" by Highland Adventure Safaris and enjoy a 2 - 4 hour bike ride through spectacular scenery? About 100 yards from the Atholl Palace entrance is Perthshire's most dynamic bike shop, where you can hire bikes, tandems, tag-along's and any required equipment. Kevin or Malcolm will also be able to give you route maps and suggest a route which suits your abilities. A Bike Storage facility is also availabile in the centre of Pitlochry.
Canyoning - for the really adventurous! Nae Limits a local company who we recommend, pride themselves at being top of the canyonning game, it is NOT GORGE WALKING, their canyons involve ropes, harnesses and jumps !
Churches - there are churches in Pitlochry and the service/mass times are as follows:-
Dam and Fishladder - Pitlochry Dam is home to the famous Salmon Ladder where the fish may be seen in the viewing chamber during their ascent past Pitlochry Dam.
Dunkeld - just over 13 miles south of Pitlochry, you will find a variety of walks, namely the Hermitage, and the river walk by the Cathedral where you will be see an abundance of flora and flauna. The Beatrix Potter garden and museum in Birnam, Dunkeld with a trail of hidden sculptures and a small but charming museum where you can hang up Mrs. Tiggy Winkles washing and hide Peter Rabbit from Mr. MacGregor.
Edradour Distillery - take a leisurely walk through the hotel grounds to the smallest working distillery in Scotland "Edradour". Once you have enjoyed the free tour, why not sample the water of life?
Fishing - fish in the little-known hidden gem, the River Tummel, for the elusive Scottish Spring Salmon, or in a loch nearby for wild brown trout.
Funicular Railway and Cairngorm National Park - is located approximately 56 miles north of Pitlochry and is a must for anyone looking for a taste of mountains, wildlife and scenery in Scotland. Take a trip on the Funicular Railway for fantastic views over the Cairngorm National Park - you might be lucky and have some snow! Funicular Railway
Golf - with Pitlochry being the geographical centre of Scotland, where better to stay to have access to many of the fantastic golf courses in Scotland, and we have around 17 courses all within 1 hour of the Atholl Palace.
For those who don't know Geocaching is like a treasure hunt on an international scale. The 'hunt' can take you to stunning view points and historical relics in a unique way. Many trails are accessible by wheelchair or buggy. The code breaking ability varies from primary school level to The Times crossword. Our Scottish access laws mean that you can legally reach parts of the countyside that would normaly be out of bounds so we have caches in some great spots. Perthshire hosted the 2010 Mega Event.
Games Room in the Atholl Palace Hotel with Pool Table (cues and balls available to borrow). There is also a Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and X-box 360 and a few games, but you may like to bring your own games and extra controllers.
House of Bruar - is Scotland’s most prestigious country store and, for many, no trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to ‘The Home of Country Clothing’. The annual November sale is a must for that great bargain!
Highland Adventure Safaris - Operating within 250,000 acres of Highland Perthshire Estate, Highland Safaris offer a unique range of Safari products combining breathtaking scenery, Scottish heritage and inspirational adventure. Let us pre-book your activity with HAS to avoid disappointment as availability becomes very limited
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking Can either be booked with Blair Castle or Loch Tay Equestrian Centre where you can enjoy everything from pony rides for small children, to exhilarating rides into the hills or splashing through the shallows of Loch Tay.
Innes' Gardening skills can be viewed all around the hotel's 48 acres. Visit the Japanese Garden, the specimen trees planted over 120 years ago or the herb garden to admire the constant work which takes place in the estate
Jogging - We have a variety of jogging routes around our gardens and estate - you can download a pdf version of our route map here or request a copy from the hotel reception or the Activities Desk.
Lavender Spa - A perfect retreat, the Lavender Spa located on the garden level combines hands on treatments and relaxation in our thermal rooms and spa pools. It is advisable to pre-book your treatment prior to your stay as availability can become very limited.
Lochs - whether it be a leisurely drive to a loch for peace and tranquility, fishing or water sports you have an abundance to choose from, and all within an easy drive of Pitlochry. Why not organise a packed lunch with reception and make a day of it?
Loch Tummel - The B8019 turns off the B8079 road from Pitlochry to Blair Atholl and runs west along the shores of beautiful lochs Tummel and Rannoch, best seen in the autumn when the trees change their colours. At the eastern end of Loch Tummel is Queen's View, a spectacular viewpoint which looks down the loch and across to Schiehallion. There's a visitor centre here, with displays and audio-visual programmes about the area. Apr-Oct daily 1000-1730. Free, but £1 parking charge.
Loch Tay - the largest loch in Perthshire and the start of the River Tay. Visit the Loch Tay Boating Centre on your trip for a variety of activities including motor boat hire, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking and power boat sports www.loch-tay.co.uk
Pitlochry Festival Theatre - Pitlochry's renowned Festival Theatre has plays, music, talks and courses running throughout the year. The range courses they offer grows each year and currently includes writing, painting, photography, theatre skills and drystone walling. Come and see "Little Shop of Horrors" this season's most talked about play!
QQueens View - One of the outstanding beauty spots in all of Scotland is the Queen’s View where a panorama of lake and mountain scenery stretches westwards as far as the Glen Coe hills, on clear days. Sure to take your breath away with this stunning beautiful scenery and only around 10 miles from the Atholl Palace
RRambling - a perfect base for rambling, the Atholl Palace offers access to many walks for various levels of experience. Maps can be printed off at the Activities Desk
Schiehallion - The "fairy hill of the Caledonians" is a munro which lies between Loch Tay and Loch Tummel, 10 miles north of Aberfeldy. Grab a packed lunch and bag a munro!
Sailing - Loch Tay is the perfect location for a "Swallows and Amazons" experience. Learn to sail with an experienced instructor.
UUnique - our fresh Highland air Enjoy a variety of activities in our great outdoors in our fresh Highland air and have a great nights sleep.
VVariety As we have such a large suggestion of activities and things to see in the local area, you will never have a day with nothing to do!
Explorers Garden - You don’t have to be a budding botanist to really appreciate the beauty of this unique Garden. Not only is it packed with amazing and rare plants, you’ll also discover the fantastic stories behind the men who risked death to bring them back. And to bring those stories to life, there is some stunning architecture, art and outdoor performances too.