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Coordinates: 56°42′18″N 3°43′59″W / 56.7050°N 3.7330°W / 56.7050; -3.7330

Pitlochry
Scottish Gaelic: Baile Chloichridh
Scots: Pitlochr
Pitlochry is located in Scotland
Pitlochry

 Pitlochry shown within Scotland
Population 2,564 
OS grid reference NN941582
Council area Perth and Kinross
Lieutenancy area Perth and Kinross
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PITLOCHRY
Postcode district PH16 5
Dialling code 01796
Police Tayside
Fire Tayside
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Perth and North Perthshire
Scottish Parliament Tayside North
Mid Scotland and Fife
Website www.pitlochry.org
List of places: UK • Scotland •

Pitlochry (Baile Chloichridh or Baile Chloichrigh in Gaelic), is a burgh in the council area of Perth and Kinross, Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Its population according to the 2001 census was 2,564[1].

It is largely a Victorian town, whose success as a tourist resort was due to Queen Victoria visiting the area in 1842, and the arrival of the railway in 1863. It remains a popular tourist resort today and is particularly known as a centre for hillwalking, surrounded by mountains such as Ben Vrackie. The town has retained many stone-built Victorian buildings.

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History

Pitlochry dates largely from Victorian times, though the area known as Moulin, once a separate village, is older. Moulin Kirk was granted by the Earl of Atholl to Dunfermline Abbey in 1180. Moulin became a burgh of barony in 1511.

Pitlochry itself first started to grow after General George Wade built a road through the town as part of his effort to improve access to rural Scotland between 1725 and 1737 as a response to the Jacobite Rising of 1715.

In 1842, Queen Victoria visited the nearby Blair Castle. Her favourable opinion of the area caused the town to be more widely noticed. After the railway station was built in 1863, Pitlochry became a favoured destination for tourists.

In 1947 Pitlochry became a burgh. That year also saw the beginning of construction of a dam as part of the Tummel hydro-electric power scheme. The dam and its fish ladder are a popular tourist attraction today. The damming of the river created an artificial loch, Loch Faskally.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre[2] opened in 1951, originally situated in the current location of the Curling Rink as a tent. The current building dates from 1981.

Every year in October, Pitlochry transforms into a hub of activity for some 20,000 visitors who descend upon the town to see The Enchanted Forest sound and light show and the Pitlochry Autumn Festival that runs alongside the event.

The town was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2009 Britain in Bloom horticultural contest, and outright winner in the category of Small Town. See www.pitlochryinbloom.co.uk

Governance

Pitlochry Church of Scotland and Tryst.

Pitlochry is part of the Perth and Kinross council area. The council members representing the town are the now late Eleanor Howie, and John Culliven, both members of the Scottish National Party.[2]

The Scottish Parliamentary constituency is Tayside North, represented by John Swinney of the Scottish National Party. The UK Parliament constituency is Perth and North Perthshire. The MP is Peter Wishart, also of the Scottish National Party.[3]. The area has traditionally been a Conservative-voting one, with Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home and flamboyant right-wingers Nicholas Fairbairn and Bill Walker representing the area for the Conservatives.

As Scotland comprises a single European Parliament Constituency, Pitlochry participates in electing 7 MEPs using the d'Hondt method of proportional representation every five years.

Demography

Pitlochry had a population of 2,564 at the 2001 census. According to the census, 34.17% of the population was of pensionable age and older, compared to a Scottish average of 18.61%. The median age for males was 47, compared to a Scottish median age of 37, while the median age for females was 52, compared to a Scottish median of 39.[4]

Economy

Fish ladder in Pitlochry

Pitlochry's main tourist attraction is its setting, with the surrounding mountains attracting hillwalkers and climbers. Other outdoor activities, such as angling and boating, are also popular.

The town has two whisky distilleries, whose visitor centres are popular attractions: Edradour, which is the smallest distillery in Scotland, and Blair Athol Distillery [5], which dates back to 1798. The town has many pubs and hotels, including the Moulin Inn[6], which has its own microbrewery attached.

The power station's dam is known for its 310 metre salmon ladder; fish can be viewed swimming from weir to weir within the ladder, via an underwater viewing station or a video from inside the visitor centre.

Kindrogan House near Enochdu is a field studies centre run by the Field Studies Council with accommodation for 95 staff and students on a wide variety of courses.

Transport

Ben Y Vrackie at 841m dominates the scenery around Pitlochry. The view is from the A9 looking north and shows part of the village of Pitlochry.

The town, which lies 26 miles north of Perth is bypassed by the main A9 Inverness to Perth road, and has a railway station on the Highland Main Line.

The town lies at the eastern end of the Rob Roy Way, a long distance footpath that runs from Drymen.

Arts and culture

Pitlochry has a repertory theatre (with a seating capacity of 544[7]), Pitlochry Festival Theatre, founded by John Stewart former director of Skerry's College.[8] Its ensemble company is the largest in Scotland. The theatre boasts Scottish-based author JK Rowling as a patron. Its vision is "Stay Six Days and See Six Plays". In 1960, Margaret Morris founded a Scottish National Ballet Company in the town.

The renowned sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest [9], takes place in Pitlochry's nearby Faskally Wood every year in October, attracting 20,000 visitors to the town.

Sport

Pitlochry is home to the Vale of Atholl Football Club. 'The Vale' were founded in 1879 and originally played at the old Recreation Park now situated at the bottom of Loch Faskally. Relocating along with the pavillion in the 1950s when the dam was built to the current location the Vale were regular competitors in the Scottish Cup in the past having played ties against the likes of Dundee and Hibernian. The Vales most famous former player remains Dundee United and Scotland legend Paul Sturrock who is currently manager at Plymouth Argyll. Paul remains a committed Vale supporter. The Vale's only First Division championship victory was in the 1990s but recently tasted Second Division success in 2004/5.

The newly created Atholl Highlanders rugby team also play at Recreation Park.

Twin towns

References

  1. ^ Scotland's Census Results OnLine
  2. ^ Perth and Kinross Council WebsiteYour councillor
  3. ^ upmystreet.comThe political reps for Pitlochry- please note that the source omits one of the local councillors
  4. ^ Scotland's Census Results Online Pitlochry Locality
  5. ^ Blair Athol Distillery
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Hi-arts.co.ukVenue Profile
  8. ^ Pitlochry Festival Theatre History
  9. ^ The Enchanted Forest

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Pitlochry [1] is a town in Perth and Kinross.

  • Pitlochry Railway Station is on the Highland Main Line from Perth to Inverness, which offers some fantastic views. Services are operated by First Scotrail [2]. Direct trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow take 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Scottish Citylink [3] coaches from Edinburgh and Glasgow (via Perth) to Inverness stop in the main street.

Get around

The best way to get around the local area is by car.

  • Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR, 01796 472680, [4]. Pitlochry Dam was constructed between 1947 and 1951, creating a man-made loch as well as a breeding site for greylag geese. This loch was named Loch Faskally and is approximately 5 kilometres long. The dam is home to the famous Pitlochry salmon ladder which provides a route for the salmon to make their way upstream along the River Tummel, beyond the dam itself. The dam is also significant for its contribution to the post-WW2 development of hydro-electric power which brought electricity to the Highlands.  edit
  • See a play at the Festival Theatre. [5]
  • Go for a walk in the surrounding countryside, possibly climbing Ben Vrackie (841m) if you have the right kit and experience.
  • Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, PH16 5JP, 01796 472002, [6]. Edradour is a Highland single malt Scotch whisky made in Pitlochry, from the distillery of the same name, which is reputed to be the smallest in Scotland. Established in 1825, the distillery has always been run by three men. Only twelve casks are produced each week. They have a free tour which includes a dram. The stills are the smallest in use of any distillery in Scotland. Were they any smaller, they would be deemed by HM Revenue and Customs to be portable, with the implicit capacity for illegal production. There is a variety of whiskies available from the distillery. Most are chill-filtered, a process by which the esters and oils are removed, producing a cleaner look to the whisky, which when chilled or has ice added to it does not turn cloudy. There is also a non-chill-filtered 12-year-old malt, some of which goes into the "House of Lords" and "Clan Campbell" blends. Free.  edit
  • House of Bruar, By Blair Atholl, PH18 5TZ (Follow the A9 north past Blair Atholl), 01796 483236, [7]. Located ten miles north of Pitlochry on the A9, the Falls of Bruar are a spectacular series of pools and waterfalls that are well worth a look if you're visiting the House of Bruar. One of the most picturesque walks in Pitlochry, the Falls of Bruar is a site of stunning natural beauty as the Bruar Water cuts a dramatic gorge through the rugged and rocky tree-lined landscape. Best viewed when in full torrent after heavy rain (not an uncommon occurrence in Scotland!), the Falls of Bruar are a truly stunning sight that really should be taken in if you're in the Pitlochry area. And with the House of Bruar conveniently located at the foot of the Falls, you can make a real day of it!  edit
  • McKays Restaurant and Bar, 138 Atholl Road, PH16 5AG, 01796 473888, [8]. McKays is known for good pub food, live music and live TV sport in Pitlochry.  edit
  • Kingfisher Bar, 75-79 Atholl Road, PH16 5BN, 01796 472027, [9].  edit
  • Pitlochry Youth Hostel, Knockard Road,PH16 5HJ, 0870 004 1145, [12]. reat 65 bed hostel near the town centre in a fine stone mansion.  edit

Get out

Go to Dunkeld and Birnam to see a tree from Shakespeare's Birnam Wood.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PITLOCHRY, a village of Perthshire, Scotland, 282 m. N.W. of Perth by the Highland railway. Pop. (1901), 1541. It lies on the left bank of the Tummel, a little below the confluence of that river and the Garry, 350 ft. above the sea. It is a favourite health resort and tourist centre. Among the immediate attractions are the pass of Killiecrankie, the falls of Tummel, the exquisite prospect called "Queen's View" (named after Queen Victoria) and Loch Tummel, 8 m. to the west. One m. S.E. of the village is the Black Spout, a waterfall of 80 ft. formed by the Edradour.


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