Recreating the Glory
Recreating the glorious gardens that were part of the original vision for the Atholl Palace has been a particularly important part of our work on the hotel. Our gardeners' hard work and imaginative planting has been rewarded with several prizes from the Pitlochry in Bloom Competition over the last few years. The gardens have been developed with walkways and seats to encourage all, both hotel guests and day visitors,to relax and enjoy the abundant wildlife. The remarkable specimen trees, planted as the hotel was being built from 1874, have been described as "an undiscovered arboretum", and are part of Perthshire's Big Tree Country. The formal gardens, at the front of the Hotel, are a constant blaze of colour throughout the summer. They are an ideal setting for photographs, a quiet drink or a romantic stroll down lovers lane.
Gardeners Innes Smith and Kenny MacPerson with their first Pitlochry in Bloom Prize. They are happy to talk to you about their work as you stroll around the gardens. Innes also writes a monthly diary if you would like to keep up with progress in the garden.