If you around the area, it is always good to drop into Pitlochry in Scotland. It’s a lovely little village, just off the A9 if you’re driving, with nice pub food and some fantastic little shops. It’s no surprise Pitlochry has very good Whiskey shops with some very knowledgeable owners, given the closeness to a number of great distilleries (Edradour, Aberfeldy, Dalwhinny etc). Unfortunately, my last visit there was on a dark and rainy day in June, but that didn’t detract from the charm of the village, or the quality of the food. On a sunny day the village is spectacular.
Most of the buildings are stone built in local materials which adds to the charm of the village, but can give it a dark appearance, especially on a rainy day. Although don’t let that distract from the friendliness of the people of the attractiveness of the architecture. There is plenty of car parking, just off the main road through the village, with good signposting to their locations.
It is possible to see an operating waterwheel at The Old Mill Inn, which is a B&B and serves excellent food. The pub is located up a slight side street from the main road.
If you have time when you’re there, it is worth walking up to the salmon ladder at Pitlochry Dam. This was built between 1947 and 1951 when the river Tummel was Dammed to form Loch Faskally. This gives a method of letting the migrating salmon continue past the dam was needed and the salmon ladder was constructed to give them passage around the dam. Here they swim from chamber to chamber as they make the climb up the dam, and some chambers have viewing windows where salmon may be seen swimming up the ladder at certain times of year. Well worth a visit.