Pitlochry is the place
name for four other places around the world, (two in
north America, one in Australia), this is the original
Pitlochry. It started as a crossroads after General Wade
built his new military road here in 1728. It originally
consisted of three separate hamlets. The settlements attracted
mills and distilleries, (two of which remain to this day). It
was the arrival of the railway in 1863 that transformed the town in
to a thriving tourist town.
The Pitlochry railway station is an important link, being on the
main East Coast Line between London and Inverness, bringing many
visitors to the town all year round. Piltochry continues to enjoy
being on the main road network (the A9 being the main arterial
route through Scotland) connecting central Scotland to the north of
Scotland. Both these factors have helped maintain the town's
importance, when so many other towns have lost theirs from the
early days of tourism.
On YOU TUBE - A short
video of the popular Highland town of Pitlochry,
includes massed pipes and drums taken in 2009.
Pitlochry has a strong culture of
business groups and organisations working together for the benefit
of the town as a whole. This was established at the start of the
20th century when a number of the town's businesses decided, if the
town wanted to be a tourist town it had to have a number of
- They established the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band (which is as
strong and vibrant as ever), with over 100 members.
- They established Pitlochry Golf Course just before so many
young men went off to fight and never return from the First
- They put in a proper water supply to the town.
Pitlochry continues to develop its tourism infra structure,
recently being gifted the Enchanted Forest, which runs for 17
nights each autumn attracting some 20,000 people to Pitlochry and
Highland Perthshire each year.