Pitlochry is such an important and popular place for visitors and is a place where the community and tourists unite for great fun and revelry. Throughout the year, Pitlochry hosts many events that attract visitors from far reaches as well as bringing the locals together. Some of the best Pitlochry events include;
Pitlochry Highland Games
Taking place every year on the second weekend of September, the games draw an immense crowd of up to 5000 people. Quite an impressive number as this does not include the participants, judges and helpers needed to run the event.
The first re-established Pitlochry Highland Games began in 1852; the games have gone from strength to strength. Competitions you can see at the games include; Tug o’ War, Junior Heavyweight event as well as the Perthshire Heavyweight League, a Junior Relay Final and a street parade of pipe bands among many, many more. With tickets sold on the day, it is a guaranteed fun-filled family day out.
Set in Faskally Wood in the midst of Autumn, the Enchanted Forest is not to be missed. The Forestry Commission annually create a wonder of light and sound to create a dream-like forest which impresses, delights and astounds all visitors, whether young or old.
The impressive installation of the Enchanted Forest is one that draws many visitors to the Highlands of Perthshire and has even been awarded the Best Cultural Event in the UK at the 2016 UK Event Awards. It’s a popular event, so make sure to plan ahead and book your tickets early.
Soldiers of Killiecrankie
To commemorate the Battle of Killiecrankie that took place in 1689, the Soldiers of Killiecrankie is a two-day event remembering the battle and celebrating Jacobite Cavalry. The event is a truly exceptional chance to immerse yourself in living history as you learn how the battle unfolded and what life was like over 300 years ago.
As well as meeting soldiers in traditional dress, you can also enjoy battlefield tours, an interactive retelling of the battle and enjoy delicious food, all of which would have been served at that point in history.
One of the most exciting and exhilarating cycling events, the Etape Caledonia spans a gruelling 81 miles including long hills and steep climbs. The route enjoys tree lined roads and beautiful views across the lochs as well as a steep climb to Shiehallion where you can enjoy views below of the Scottish Highlands at their best.
If you’re up for the challenge of 81 miles and the beautiful cycle ride with 5000 fellow cyclists, then make sure you sign up early to reserve your place.
Blair Horse Trials
The annual Blair Horse Trials take place in the stunning grounds of Blair Castle and is considered Scotland’s leading equestrian event. Held every August, the horse trials see an incredible 37,000 visitors a year which sees Olympic medallists compete as well as amateurs in three-day eventing, testing the all-round ability of the horses. You’ll see events in dressage, cross country, show jumping and military disciplines.
Even if horses aren’t your interest, the trial enjoys a true slice of country life with a large food hall and stalls that celebrate all that is wonderful about the great outdoors.