Travel Itinerary: 48 Hours In Blair Atholl & Pitlochry 2019Posted on: November 20, 2019
There’s nothing quite like exploring your surroundings by road. The unparalleled thrill of discovering and enjoying hidden treasures that might otherwise pass you by is something that our two day road trip in Blair Atholl and Pitlochry had in spades.
Shortly after sunrise we set off from Roseisle Luxury Campervans in the Carado t448 and Westfalia Columbus, travelling the 1 hour 45 minutes from Edinburgh to Pitlochry.
Pitlochry Things To Do
Feeling brave, we opted for bungee jumping as our first Pitlochry experience and immediately felt safe in the hands of Highland Fling Bungee, despite being suspended 40 metres above the River Garry gorge.
In 1689 the same site endured the Battle of Killiecrankie during the first Jacobite rising, making it a fitting location for demonstrations of Herculean effort!
Blair Atholl Walks
Fuelled by adrenaline and beckoned by Perthshire’s resplendent mountains, we ascended into the hills, chasing both the sun and the snow. Boasting lush glens and magnificent rivers, hill walkers are spoilt for choice in this region. The Glen Tilt circuit, Drumochter Pass, Rannoch Moor and mighty Schiehallion are all within easy reach.
Blair Athol Distillery
Our descent culminated in a visit to Blair Athol Distillery, standing proudly as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The drams of Blair Atholl 12 Year Old were as warm and welcoming as the Blair Athol team, who recounted beautiful tales of the distillery and Blair Athol whisky during our visit.
One such story was that of the distillery’s newest blends – ‘A Song of Fire’ and ‘A Song of Ice’ – which recently joined Diageo’s Game of Thrones whisky collection. Distilleries the length and breadth of the Highlands have their own additions to the series. What better way to discover them all than in a Roseisle luxury campervan?
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Pitlochry Bike Hire
A short hop from Blair Athol Distillery is Escape Route Bike Workshop & Cafe – one of Roseisle Luxury Campervans’ service partners – where we hired two e-bikes to help us on our way. It’s fully equipped bike workshop, highly skilled team and exceptional café make it the perfect pit stop for cyclists on the road.
We all treated ourselves to hot chocolate with marshmallows and some of the best and biggest cake portions we have ever seen (they were so good, we treated ourselves again the following day when we returned the bikes!)
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After an exhilarating day, there was no better place to relax and unwind that the Moulin Inn Hotel. The Moulin Inn first opened its doors in 1695 and has long since been regarded as one of the top pubs to visit in Scotland. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Moulin Inn is famed for its delicious pub food, roaring open fires and original features (to all of which we can attest).
What makes this idyllic stop even more enchanting is its in-house micro-brewery, which since 1995 (its 300th anniversary) has stocked the bar. Free brewery tours run 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday with tastings of its carefully created range (Braveheart Ale, Ale of Atholl and the Old Remedial Ale) also available.
Blair Atholl Camping
Fresh from the cold, warmed by the fire and indulged in food we retired to the comfort of Blair Castle Caravan Estate where we parked up for the night – the most picturesque Blair Atholl accommodation located in the Cairngorms National Park.
After settling in at our electric pitch we made use of the exceptional on-site services – with washing up, toilet and shower facilities located less than 50 yards from our pitch.
Prepping the 4 berth Carado T448 for bedtime was a cinch. It boasts 2 single beds at the back (which can also be made into a double) and 1 double bed which folds down from above – leaving plenty of room for nibbles and a nightcap.
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After a 7am rise we made use of the campsite facilities (while trying not to wake our neighbours!) before launching into our second day of adventure.
With autumn’s copper glow dominating much of the day, we set out early on the trail to make the most of the light. On our journey we came across the tranquil Falls of Bruar, which served as inspiration for the great poet Robert Burns in 1787.
The highly popular House of Bruar serves as the perfect base to enjoy the falls and a spot of lunch. It is well worth remembering that the House of Bruar serves fish and chips until late in the evening – something that can be most appreciated on long journeys up and down the A9!
Blair Atholl Things To Do
A 45 minute hop down the road is the Scottish Crannog Centre – which boasts a full-size replica traditional iron age dwelling on the banks of Loch Tay. With guided tours, period dress and activities galore, it certainly made a unique addition to our trip!
Finally we made an unforgettable visit to Taymouth Marina’s Hot Box Spa – a hydrotherapy experience like no other. We began with a trepidatious Loch Tay dip before launching ourselves into the wood fired sauna, complete with panoramic views of Loch Tay. The relaxing hydro pool and outdoor fire pit made the perfect end to our adventure, easing those tired muscles.
Tips For Your Trip
Our round trip from Edinburgh came in at under 4 hours – making it a more than manageable weekend away. Just be sure to allow enough time for picking up your campervan hire from Roseisle Luxury Campervans before your planned activities.
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