DIscover what makes Pitlochry the perfect stop on the heart 200
We’ve no doubt all heard of Scotland’s alternative to Route 66 by now, the North Coast 500. The Scottish road trip resonates picturesque landscapes, breathe-taking beaches and fairytale castles, it really is no wonder droves of people flock towards the north of Scotland to immerse themselves in the rugged Highlands.
If you’ve tried the Highland route already, or you’re put off by the rural single track roads and free-roaming wildlife, we’ve got an uncompromising substitute: The Heart 200.
The Heart 200 covers approximately 200 miles around Perth, Stirling, the Trossachs and Highland Perthshire, driving you through the very heart of Scotland.
The route takes in some of Scotland’s most historic landmarks and takes you from A to B along a major route, while the frequent rest & refuelling spots coupled with the well-established road infrastructure makes this new route an up-and-coming competitor for the famous NC 500.
Your Stop on the Heart 200 route: Pitlochry
Whether you are passing by or using Pitlochry as a base, there are many must see-attractions along the way. Historic scenery, woodland walks and plenty of cafes, restaurants and distilleries are here to refuel you on your travels. Pitlochry is a must-stop on the Heart 200 route.
It really doesn’t get much better than Pitlochry if panoramic forestry and waterfalls are the desired backdrop for your hike through the woods.
Easy Access to Big Tree Country
Faskally Wood is the home of 200 year-old trees with an impressive selection of species. During the autumn months, Faskally hosts the light and sculptural display – The Enchanted Forest. It doesn’t surprise us that Perthshire has been named “Big Tree Country”. Take the steep climb to the top of Craigower and immerse yourself amongst the forestry, tremendous mountain tops and be blown away by the atmospheric lochs.
Let’s be honest, Scotland’s countryside isn’t always blessed with hike-appropriate weather. The traditional town of Pitlochry boasts a few historic gems off the beaten track.
Explore Perthshire’s Past
Go back in time with a visit to Atholl Palace Museum and explore the Victorian tales and World War links. Situated in Pitlochry, the museum offers an educating family day out!
If you managed to pack for all weathers, Killiecrankie Gorge was once famous for its location in Jacobite battle history. With a visitor centre on-site, you can find out more about the history of this famous landmark, and its role in Scottish folklore.
Thrill Seeking Perthshire
Why not dive right into the scenery rather than observe, Killiecrankie Gorge is not just what meets the eye, if you’re a thrill seeker, you can submerge yourself in activity by gorge jumping into the water from the spectator’s view.
Water-based adrenaline fun doesn’t end at Killiecrankie! The town of Aberfeldy, 15 miles from Pitlochry, is a great choice for outdoor activities including canyoning, abseiling and white water rafting.