Category: Further afield

NC500 – North Coast 500 via Pitlochry

An aerial shot of Kylesku Bridge on the NC500 route.

An aerial shot of Kylesku Bridge on the NC500 route.

The North Coast 500 (or NC 500) is a piece of marketing genius highlighting 500 miles of the best coastline driving Britain has to offer. The NC500 route kicks off north of Pitlochry in Inverness and takes in Dornoch, John O’ Groats, Wick, Tounge, Durness, Kylesku, Lochinver, Ullapool, Gairloch, Torridon and Applecross. We have driven the

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Inverness and Rocpool Restaurant

Inverness CastleInverness is the nearest city to the north of Pitlochry. An excellent little city providing great access to the far north and, more importanly, it is home to our favourite restuarant, Rocpool on the river. If you do visit Inverness, lunch in Rocpool is a must. If you get lucky with your table, you might even have a view of the castle.

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Braemar Castle

Braemar CastleNot far outside Braemar is Braemar Castle. Built as a grand hunting lodge on the banks of the River Dee in 1628 by the Earl of Mar, the castle has been the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Farquarson since the 1800’s. Now run and

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Balmoral Castle

Balmoral CastleBalmoral Castle is close to Braemar in Royal Deeside and around a one hour drive from Pitlochry. The truly enormous Balmoral Estate boasts many munros and massive expanses of stunning ancient Caledonian Pine forest. At the heart of the estate and on the banks of the River Dee is Balmoral Castle itself. Purchased in the 19th Century by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert it soon

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Loch Garten Ospreys

The RSPB osprey hide at Loch GartenLoch Garten is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, just an hour or so up the road from Pitlochry. For decades, the RSPB have run an excellent Osprey Centre set up to give visitors and excellent view of an occupied osprey nest. As you can see in the above photo, the dead tree on

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Ospreys in the Cairngorms

Osprey in Scotland

We are lucky in Highland Perthshire that we are within easy reach of both the RBPB osprey hide at Loch Garten and the Scottish Wildlife Trust osprey hide near Dunkeld. Both experiences are excellent and afford a easy look directly into occupied nests. However, there are a number of ‘secret’ osprey nests within easy reach of Pitlochry, with one being only a couple of kilometers out of town.

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Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5HT

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