Pitlochry is a small Highland Perthshire town, with a resident population of around 2,700 according to the national census. It sits just outside of the Cairngorm National Park in the Tummel Valley in magnificent scenery.
Tourism is the lifeblood of the town and has been since Victorial times and the coming of the Railway. Many famous fols, including Robert Louis Stevenson, Soseki Natsume and Gladstone, came for summer, encouraged by the clean Highland air and water, lovely walks, opportunities for sketch, fish, play golf, hunt and take Hydropathic treatments in the spas.
Originally, the season was from May to September, but recently the season has extended into Autumn, with the Enchanted Forest, an Autumn Classic at the Theatre and latterly into Winter with a Christmas Show at the Theatre, Reindeer Parade, a marvellous New Years Day Street Party and Winter Words in the New Year.
What would those early visitors, who took a house for the summer season, make of light shows in the woods, theatre, white water rafting, kayaking, geo-caching and bungee jumping!
Pitlochry plays host to thousands of visitors over the year, and also many seasonal staff come to work in the towns many hotels, guest houses, B&B's and caravan parks, coffee shops, visitor attractions and restaurants. Immense pressure is placed on local resources of health care, education and housings for such a small town. And the local community has to find ways to cope with the influx every summer. Visitors are often suprised when we tell them how small our town really is.
The town has many local groups, of which the "Bloom" is one, who volunteer to provide locals and visitors with things to see and doo, fund raise and keep our Highland Town clean and green.
Come and visit us, you will be most welcome.