Winter Wonderland in Pitlochry

Winter Wonderland in Pitlochry

The winter season is the perfect time to visit Pitlochry. With stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife, and a long list of outdoor activities suitable for all ages, now is the time to book your winter escape!

We have came up with our Top 5 outdoor activities you must try when visiting us!


Just a short walk from McKays Hotel, Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre showcases the rich history of hydro electricity in the north of Scotland and how it transformed our lives. There is a large number of amazing artifacts on display that show how generations of homes have been transformed by electrical appliances.

The Dam also boasts the “fish ladder” which thousands of travellers visit to see the Salmon swim to their breeding grounds up stream.


For the little troopers, bigger kids and adults, why not tackle Pitlochry’s best hill walk. Ben Vrackie is an incredibly popular hill walk which starts from the town of Pitlochry. At 841m, climbing Ben Vrackie is getting closer to how it will feel to climb a Munro, without actually climbing one. For a large part of the walk, there is a well-made path, with steps to help you climb the very steep sections towards the top. From the top the views are stunning as you will be looking across to the amazing Beinn a’Ghlo range and even as far as the Cairngorm mountains. We suggest visiting the Pitlochry Visitor Centre for a leaflet on how to prepare yourself for the climb!


The Queen’s View in Highland Perthshire overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866.

The Queen’s View Visitor Centre lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel and is surrounded by part of the Tay Forest Park. As well as a stunning viewpoint overlooking the loch and beyond to the iconic Schiehallion, the area offers a range of woodland walks suitable for all abilities. This is a fabulous walk with breathtaking sights to take in!


Take a peek at the ins and outs of our working distillery. 

Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. Set in open moorland south of the town, in the foothills of the Grampian mountains, Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s, mellow quality and smooth finish.

This really should be on your To-Do list when visiting Pitlochry!

Booking is advised to avoid disappointment!


If you are looking for something a little more adventurous to do with the kids, look no further than Nae Limits, situated only a 9 minute drive from McKays Hotel. They have over 14 adrenalin-fuelled water and land adventure activities for you to experience. Nae Limits have many awesome adventure activities available all year round. They also offer a children’s outdoor activity programme called The Wee Limits Adventure Academy which offers children outdoor adventures and holiday activities for “wee adventurers” aged 5-12. Booking is a must!

Finish off your day at McKays Hotel, where you can get a hearty homemade meal, well deserved drink, and relax infront of our log fire. Then retire upstairs to your room, put your feet up, and relax with a hot cup or tea, or a wee dram!

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